We are a non-profit organization for physically and developmentally disabled individuals. In memory of Moeen Alam, an individual that suffered from such disabilities and lost his life at only the age of 18 in a house fire. His mother, Qaisar Alam was determined to honour Moeen’s legacy by introducing a centre that would offer individuals like Moeen the opportunity to learn and interact with others facing similar challenges. Through the assistance of friends, family, volunteers and board members, Moeen Centre became a well-established organization that now hosts fundraising events, community workshops and seminars. An office was initially set up in East York and after much fundraising efforts and many volunteer hours, the Centre relocated to our new and current address of 551 Kennedy Road. The Centre started its operations in September 2006 and offers programs that allow a continuation of what the individual’s goals were in the public school system.
Moeen Centre is on a mission to facilitate the removal of barriers for young adults living with physical disabilities and developmental challenges and to increase their participation in their community by providing services that promote greater independence and reduce isolation.
Our Vision is to build a diverse community where all those living with physical disabilities and developmental challenges are valued, respected, and assisted to reach their full potential so that they are independent contributing members of our society.
Qaisar Alam (Founder)
Recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal
Qaisar Alam is a strong, compassionate, and determined individual. As an educator with the Toronto District School Board, she strongly values education and understands its importance in helping those who have disabilities reach their full potential. In 1996, Moeen Centre began as an idea that was only spoken about in her living room. The more that she spoke about it with her family, the more she was encouraged to create a safe space for young adults living with disabilities. As a result, a few years later, the Moeen Centre was established and continues operating in Scarborough, ON. In recognition of her commitment to supporting vulnerable populations in the community, Qaisar is a proud recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
The Honorable David C. Onley
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
The Honorable David Charles Onley is the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. As the province’s first Lieutenant Governor with a disability, he was committed to using his position to help remove barriers for people living with disabilities. Prior to his appointment, he worked as a journalist for CityTV primarily on science and technology stories and he was a published author. Upon leaving his post, the Honourable David C. Onley was appointed as senior lecturer in the Department of Political Sciences at University of Toronto, his alma mater and he served as the University’s Special Ambassador for the 2015 Pan American and Parapan American Games.
Board of Directors
Mr. Abdulla Idris (Honorary)
Dr. Abdulla Idris is a well-known public speaker, imam and community leader. He is the founder of the Islamic Society of North America, the first full-time Islamic school in Toronto, ON. He serves as the chair of the Islamic Media Foundation, a board member of the North American Islamic Trust and Islamic Teaching Center, and a member of the advisory board of the American Muslim Council.
Mr. A-Yaman Al Taher (Honorary)
Imam Ayman Al-Taher is the Imam of the International Muslims Organization (IMO), in Toronto, ON. Since 1997, he has been an active counsellor and caregiver at the Hospital for Sick Kids. In the past, he has worked for the Multi Faith Council (OMC) of Ontario. Imam Ayman is a member of the Imam’s Council of Canada and is a board member and Chairperson for the Muslim Children Aid and Support Services.
Mr. Habeeb Alli (Honorary)
Sheikh Habeeb Alli is an author and chaplain. He is a member of the Canadian Council of Imams and serves as a Federal Chaplain with Correctional Services Canada. In the past, he has worked with the Toronto Police Department as a consultant on the incorporation of the Hijab into uniform protocol. Sheikh Habeeb attended Queen’s College in India where he earned a Diploma in Journalism and a Master’s in Islamic Theology and Arabic Language.
Mr. Adeel Khan (President)
Adeel Khan is a loving father of five children and lives with his family in Toronto, ON. Since the formation of the idea, Adeel has supported the Moeen Centre through managing human resources, renovations and ensuring that the centre remains (physically and financially) accessible to those who need it the most. As an entrepreneur, he manages his own company in the development industry. In his spare time, he travels around the world, immersing himself within different cultures.
Dr. Kubra Kapasi-Khandwala
Dr. Kubra Kapasi-Khandwala is the Founder and President of Kapasi International Relief and Education Assistance (KIREA), a charitable organization focused on assisting individuals who are living in poverty around the world. She is currently a Science Teacher with the Peel District School Board. Prior to this, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Women’s College Research Institute. Kubra holds a Ph.D degree from the University of Toronto, an M.Sc and B.Sc degrees from Western University, and a B.Ed degree from York University.
Ms. Mariam Rajabali
Mariam Rajabali is entering her final year of law school in Windsor. Prior to entering law school, she worked as the Business Development Manager at the largest student housing co-operative in Canada. With her passion for inspiring environmentally friendly and sustainable daily practices, she co-founded a national grassroots non-profit organization called the Green Ummah. In addition, Mariam volunteers with a national non-partisan organization that aims to increase civic participation within the democratic process. Mariam’s experience working with the Federal Government combined with her passion for empowering young people inspires her to work closely with community-based nonprofit organizations. Mariam is fluent in English, Gujarati and French.
Mr. Saifudin Rajabali
Saifudin Rajabali is a proud father of three children, and lives with his family in Hamilton, ON. Over the past few decades, he has been a leader within the Progressive Dawoodi Bohra community in Hamilton, ON. He provides religious lectures and performs wedding ceremonies within the Muslim community. Saifudin aims to inspire young people to become involved in their communities and support their spiritual journeys. Currently, he is a Senior Systems Specialist with Telus Communications. Saifudin attended St. Mary’s University in London, England where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Mrs. Wendy Switzer Myles
Wendy Switzer Myles devotes her time as a volunteer to various charitable causes. She has brainstormed, chaired and implemented major fundraising events for Mount Sinai Hospital, Baycrest, Villa Charities, The Harold and Grace Baker Centre, The Canadian Liver Foundation, ORT Canada, The Yonge Street Mission, The Canadian Friends of The Israel Guide Dog Center for The Blind, the Rosalie Hall Young Parent Resource Centre, The Canada International Scientific Exchange Program (CISEPO), and The Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital. Since 2001, Wendy has served as Chairman and President of The Canadian Friends of Herzog Hospital. She also sits on the Board of CISEPO and The Baycrest Foundation and serves on UJA’s Leadership
Mr. Mohammed Ali Khan