Meet the nominees for the ECCAO board of directors for 2022 – 2023

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Asser ElGindy

Asser ElGindy moved to Canada in 2018. Since then, he has been heavily involved in the community. He quickly became a member of ECCAO family and a familiar face who offers his support and volunteering at ECCAO events. Through the past four years, Asser organised and supported several ECCAO events including camping, potlucks and social gatherings. He as well volunteered with the Canadian Red Cross and  the Canadian Blood Services. 

You can always count on his perseverance if you face a challenge! 

Asser is a software engineer by profession.  When he is not working, Asser enjoys outdoor activities; camping, hiking, skiing etc. 

Asser is also passionate about astronomy and enjoys hosting stargazing events. 

Asser is looking forward to joining the ECCAO board in 2022 and work with everyone to support the community.

Eslam Shaaban

Eslam Shaaban

Eslam Shaaban received his Ph.D in IP Law from University of Ottawa. He obtained his LL.B from Alexandria University and his LL.M from Indiana University. In addition, Eslam has volunteered with different NGOs and Charity organizations and had been elected as a board or committee member in different organizations.

Eslam objective is to create engaging programs and activities related to young generations of the Egyptian-Canadian community.

George Tadros

George Tadros

George Tadros is an accomplished financial professional and a Realtor® with ReMax. He is a graduate of Alexandria University with a Bachelor of Commerce. After graduation, he worked as a finance manager for many large multinational corporations. And has volunteered for many community service organizations including Egyptian Sea Scouts, Scouts Canada,  ECCAO and the Rotary club of Orleans. George has been the ECCAO treasurer for the past two years.

Khaled Badawi

Khaled Badawi

Khaled Badawi is a collaborative professional with a comprehensive career portfolio showcasing world-class leadership in fast-paced engineering and technology environments. He has a great passion for promoting social and cultural activities, he enthusiastically works to elevate the rich Egyptian cultural aspects in Canada. In his past roles on the ECCAO Board of Directors, he collaborated to partner with communities across Canada to expand social activities, promote cultural diversity, and encourage excellence in the arts and humanities.  Khaled is excited about the opportunity to rejoin the Board and is looking forward to continuing serving the community along with the rest of the Board Members.

Maha Gawdat

Maha Gawdat

Maha was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt.  She moved to Canada in 1993 . Maha has a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in philosophy.  She also has a Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College, Ottawa. Maha is an entrepreneurial who runs a home daycare based on Montessori methodology.  She enjoys supporting children development, both educationally and socially.  She used her event planning skills and passion for social gatherings and celebrations to expand her business to include kids birthday parties, bridal showers and baby showers.  Maha is a long standing community member and a big advocate for active citizenship.  She joined ECCAO board in 2020 and served in the the capacity of Vice President for two years.  She is hoping – if elected- to continue working with her colleagues and fellow Egyptian Canadians to serve the community and promote our heritage and rich culture.

Peter Ibrahim

Peter Ibrahim

Born and raised in Alexandria, graduated 2008 from u of Alexandria (Pharmacy). Moved to Canada in 2010, Initially lived in Montreal then Calgary, and now established in the Ottawa Area.  I am currently a practicing pharmacist who likes hiking, and wishing for the day I can ice-skate smoothly without slipping frequently.  What motivates me to join ECCAO, is that I see a great Egyptian community in Ottawa that has potential to be even greater.  I volunteered in many ECCAO events and I appreciate the sense of community and the role ECCAO plays in bringing people from all different walks of life together.  I wish to be a force to further cultivate the sense of community amongst members (and non-members alike.) While we gather and have fun together in various events, it would be even better to further cultivate support systems in place to provide help for those who need it. From young students that land here faced with a completely new city, to the more established that experience sudden unexpected harsh life events, having support and sense of community can make a huge difference to a person during those moments. Fostering a further welcoming and mobilizable community to lend support to its members when needed will be my main driving force.

Sally Selim

Sally Selim

Sally Selim is a human resources professional with an equal passion for people and analysis.  HR analytics is her passion and the career she chose driven by her intent to harness the power of data by  turning it into information and information to insight, particularly human insight. 

Born and raised in Cairo, Egypt, which shaped her can-do attitude, Sally holds a bachelor’s in International  Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in Canada and an MBA from Heriot-Watt  University in UK.  

In her efforts to give back to her community, Sally is an active volunteer with Canadian Blood Services. She  enjoys interacting with donors and listening to their heartwarming and inspiring stories. In her spare time,  she enjoys exploring new cultures through books, food and art. Thanks to the lovely group of ECCAO, she  added hiking to her list to help burn off some of the calories added from exploration!  

Sally is looking forward to serve in ECCAO’s board and contribute to an association that personally helped  her by giving her a sense of belonging and a community. She is eager to be a part of ECCAO’s efforts to  create solidarity around the shared experiences of Egyptians and Arab communities in Canada.  

Visit Sally’s LinkedIn profile if you’re interested to learn more about her professional career: http://linkedin.com/in/sallyselim

Salma Khaled

Salma Khaled

My name is Salma Abouseada.  I was born in Alexandria and raised in Saudi Arabia. I came to Canada almost 6 years ago with my family and studied Communications and Media Studies at Carleton University. I got the opportunity to join the Egyptians’ Students Association at Carleton and met a handful of the Egyptian community.  Joining the ESA allowed me to help create a lively atmosphere for all the students who were missing home. A few years later I had the chance to be the President of the association and had the pleasure to collaborate with ECCAO for a few events.  I joined the ECCAO as a member a few years ago and volunteered and attended events held by the members. It’s wonderful to see how connected the Egyptian community is here in Ottawa, and it would be my pleasure to be a part of the Board this year to participate in organizing events and initiatives to increase engagement in the community.

Ziad Aly

My name is Ziad Aly. I immigrated to Canada more than 21 years. I’m  married and father of 2 daughters, one in university and the other in elementary. I am working for the fed gov. I already served in the ECCAO BoD few years ago as secretary and participated and still in many of the ECCAO’s activities and events. I also co-founded the Egyptian Student Association in University of Sherbrooke,QC. I do have good connections with many of the Egyptian families in Ottawa and I am aware of a lot the needs of our beautiful community. I believe that I am able to serve the association once again and hopefully, by God willing, will be able to be up to your expectations.

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