A few words about

Our Team

Red Shawl is a women’s community organization whose mission is to inspire and equip women to build better communities

Our Objectives To Relieve Poverty by:
Advancing EDUCATION on topics related to women’s issues
Developing women’s SKILLS for enhanced income
Providing BASIC NECESSITIES to women in need

Zari Gill


I am a Global Health Professional and a Social Entrepreneur, with over 25 years of experience of working with organization like World Vision International. I am ready to bring my learning to improving lives of women. His grace abounds in me so that I have all sufficiency in all things. I believe I am enabled only to be an enabler.

Eva Pakyam

Director, Strategic Planning and Public Relations

Over 35 years of international leadership experience in women and community economic development work in Pakistan, and then (since 1991 in Canada) through the YWCA Toronto, most recently retiring after 20 years as manager for multiple employment and training programs. I was also blessed to be able to contribute at different leadership volunteer opportunities through the Maytree Foundation and National Immigrant Women's Organization.

Azmat Hanuk

Director, Planning and Events

I am a banker for the last 23 years, worked in adjudication, investments and currently working as a business advisor. My desire to serve is growing deeper every day. I am so grateful to God for a platform of like minded people who share the same passion to reach out and serve for a good cause. I believe life is short and we can make it better with God on our side. "With God, all things are possible." -Matthew 19:26

Shahnaz Samuel


I am a licensed architect with Ontario Association of Architects and run a private consulting firm, I am also a professor at Sheridan college, at Faculty of Science and Applied Technology where I teach Architectural Technology courses. I live by the words, “All things are possible to one who believes!” Mark 9:23.

Helena Planche




I am a public administration graduate with over 5 years of experience working in both the public and private sectors. My expertise lies in program coordination, project implementation, and event planning, with specialization in delivering career support, promoting mental wellness, and managing nonprofit programs. I also hold a degree in Psychology. My approach strongly emphasizes a commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. I am dedicated to empowering underserved women to achieve their goals.

Maresha Khokhar

Communications & PR

I am a graduate from Toronto Metropolitan University with a BFA in Film Studies. I recently became Certified as an Associate in Project Management. I have a passion for digital content creation and have a growing interest in project management. My goal is to collaborate, create and develop online content catering to organization vision, values and goals to reach target audiences.

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