The Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Board of Directors are delighted to welcome Sundas Shamshad as Interim Executive Director (until August 2023).
Sundas, who has called Fort McMurray home for eight years, is well-known in the social profit and volunteer sector. In March 2022, Sundas was a recipient of the Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta Women of Inspiration award, she is the volunteer founder of the Sisters in Cancer YMM support group, and the volunteer treasurer for NorthWord literary journal (Fort McMurray’s first and only literary magazine). Sundas is also the ambassador for and sits on the Compassion House Foundation, Edmonton board, a social profit supporting women and their families who must leave their homes for cancer care.
As Board of Directors President Tasneem Rahim remarked “We are absolutely delighted to have Sundas lead Girls Inc. Her love for our region, advocacy of women through her fantastic volunteer work, and boundless professionalism make her a perfect fit for the role of Interim Executive Director.
And Sundas is excited to take on this role. In her own words, “I have always been impressed with Girls Inc. and am delighted to lead the organization. The breadth and depth of the group’s programming to empower girls is incredible. It is an honour and a privilege to help lead the next generation of strong, smart, bold girls. Thank you to the Board of Directors for this opportunity,” she said.
At Girls Inc. Sundas will be overseeing high-level program partnership development with new and existing partners, program implementation, and overall program delivery management. In addition, she will be the voice of the local chapter for Girls Inc. National and relay their messaging to staff and local stakeholders.
About Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta
Girls Inc. of Northern Alberta (Girls Inc.) inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold through direct service and advocacy. Our comprehensive approach to whole girl development equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers and to grow up to be educated, and independent. Since 2004, Girls Inc. operates on the lands of Treaty 8 territory, the traditional meeting ground, gathering place, travelling route and home of the Cree, Dene, and Métis people for thousands of years. In 2021, Girls Inc. was able to connect with over 1,566 girls from Conklin to Fort Chipewyan. The girls-only, physically, and emotionally safe environment where girls discover their strengths, find their voice, and become agents of change.
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