Our Program Advisory Committee is a multidisciplinary committee of senior volunteer practitioners, clinical councillors, and educators who meet regularly to advise our program team and provide assistance with policies and procedures,  risk assessments and effective program delivery. We are most grateful for the dedication and hard work of  our  program advisory committee members.


Shariq Nawab M.D

Shariq is currently chair of our Program Advisory Committee.

Shariq is a physician by education and holds Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelors of Surgery. He is also involved in healthcare research and holds certifications in clinical research and health advocacy.   He developed  a strong sense and understanding  of  people in poverty with physical and mental health issues during his graduate years by becoming an active member of  a university based,  not-for- profit student run charity organization for patient’s welfare.  Apart from professional commitments he has over  ten years’ of experience  serving in many charity organizations in various capacities to achieve the common goal of bringing hope and positive change for people who are destitute and disadvantaged.

Karen Mason

Karen Mason

Karen joined our Program Advisory Committee in 2014.  She is a Certified Career Development Practitioner with over 20 years of experience in the field of employment counselling within not-for-profit, education, and corporate settings.

Karen has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Brock University and a Post-Diploma Certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College.  She is certified in a variety of assessment tools including Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Personality Dimensions, and the Strong Interest Inventory.  In addition, she has participated in professional development training in the areas of Solution-Focused Counselling and Motivational Interviewing.

Karen is a community partner and the Settlement Services, Employment Services, Literacy and Basic Skills, and Program Integration advisor of The Centre for Skills Development & Training’s Oakville Employment Services site, funded by Employment Ontario.   She is passionate about developing and participating in community partnerships that respond to improving the well-being of communities and the individuals within them.