Nadia's Hope Foundation consists of 7 members all of which strive to empower vulnerable victims of domestic abuse.
President and Founder of Nadia’s Hope Foundation
Racha El-Dib is the President and Founder of Nadia’s Hope Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree, majoring in Sociology from Mount Royal University, as well as a Human Resource Management Certificate from the University of Calgary.
She started the organization after the loss of her sister Nadia, in a case of domestic violence in Calgary, March 2018. Her hope is to continue Nadia’s legacy by helping other women and sharing her story and raising awareness. Racha has done many public speaking events, and has partnered with the Airdrie RCMP to host presentations in their high schools on healthy relationships, as well as partnering with local organizations to help them raise funds. Her hope is to use this tragedy to empower other women, and help educate people on what can be toxic traits in abusive relationships. Nadia’s story is an important one to tell, knowing that we can save others. #WeAreAllNadia
Mandeep Kaur Manhas
Also known as Mandi., is a proud member of Nadia’s Hope Foundation – she is determined to step step-up and take on the role of a Vice President. Mandeep holds a Sociology Degree, as well as a Business Administration and Paralegal Studies Diploma. She has been working with the Government of Alberta for the past 10 years, and her ambitious future plans to become a lawyer is just the “cherry-on-top” to help serve the community. Mandeep is a busy mother to two beautiful boys, despite all the chaos she still finds time to volunteer for several non-profit organizations as she believes “it’s a selfless act and if I have the power to move mountains, then so be it through volunteer work!” Mandeep encourages others to volunteer as well as it changes the face of humanity. Through her role on the NHF committee, she empowers vulnerable individuals who have been oppressed, controlled, and are vulnerable to abuse. It’s an opportunity to inspire these courageous and strong people, struggling with deteriorated feelings of self-worth due to past domestic (physical, mental, and emotional) abuse, to come forward and share their stories as survivors. Showing a way for overcoming fears and help them find healing.
Secretary of Nadia’s Hope Foundation
Nadine El-Andari is the Secretary of Nadia’s Hope Foundation. She is equipped with a Bachelor's Degree in Biological Sciences and currently has a career as a Supervisor in a genetics laboratory. Nadine is using her experience in leadership roles and past volunteer work to help Nadia’s Hope Foundation take steps toward achieving its goals of educating the community on domestic violence and supporting survivors and their families. Nadia’s story has always stuck with her and the opportunity to potentially help other women in similar situations is truly a privilege. Nadine is currently working to help organize and execute the “Queens for Hope” event being held on March 25th, 2023, which will raise money for the Foundation (we hope to see you all there ;)).
Rowan (Ro) Zahreddine
Director on Nadia's Hope Board of Directors
Rowan is a Director on Nadia's Hope Board of Directors. Rowan attended MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, where she obtained her Bachelor's Degree in Human Resouces in 2019. Rowan began her expertise through employment with a provincial-based non-profit organization and has since expanded her career to become a public servant. Rowan's expertise includes introducing and facilitating philanthropy in the workplace; her focus is on bringing positive community organizational change. Rowan's devotion to non-profit and bringing awareness around domestic abuse and violence began after being introduced to philanthropic programs in public schooling.
Treasurer for Nadia’s Hope Foundation
Sherry Sweeney is the treasurer for Nadia’s Hope Foundation and is a young professional who leads with authenticity, inclusion and integrity to deliver positive outcomes. She is passionate about attracting and developing talent. In her current role, she is the National Talent Acquisition Partner for Black Talent at TD Bank. She has been with the organization for just over 10 years and has held six roles across three different business lines.
She is involved in a number of Diversity & Inclusion initiatives within and outside of the bank as she enjoys making an impact in her local community. She was recently appointed as Co-Chair of the United Way's Gen Next Committee for Calgary and Area. She holds an Honours Bachelor's Degree in Communication and Media Studies from the University of Calgary.
Well first and foremost it's because of the love I have for you and your family and my belief in what you are doing. This is my way of supporting you and rallying for you, Racha, for being a voice to so many who may not be able to speak up and for showing the light to so many. In support of you and what your doing in memory of our beautiful Nadia, that is why I am a part of Nadia's Hope.
Tejpal Randhawa is a board member of Nadia’s Hope Foundation and is a lifelong Calgarian, dedicated to making a positive impact in his community.
Equipped with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Mount Royal University, and a background in project management, he aims to make Calgary a safe environment for everyone who calls this city home.
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