Aasiyah Khan & Gilary Massa

Aasiyah Khan & Gilary Massa

Gilary Massa is an Afro-Panamanian Muslim, who lives in Toronto, Canada with the husband and two young children. As her day job, Gilary works as the Advocacy Coordinator for the National Council of Canadian Muslims, where she leads campaigns and training programs that challenge Islamophobia.

Gilary has been an active member of the student and labour movements for over a decade and is dedicated to creating spaces for communities to unite for social justice and promote civic engagement. Gilary is doing her  Masters in Leadership and Community Engagement out of the Faculty of Education at York University in Toronto, Canada, and is the Co-Founder of The Sisters’ Retreat and hosts self-care retreats for women of colour in her native country of Panama.

Aasiyah Khan, (Education and Outreach Coordinator NCCM) has an extensive community development and research background that is grounded in inclusion and anti-oppressive practice principles. In 2018, Aasiyah led a research project that captured the narratives of young Muslim women in the GTA; with a specific emphasis on experiences of Islamophobia. Aasiyah has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of Toronto and has a Master’s in Social Work (MSW) from York University.

In her role as the Education and Outreach Coordinator with the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Aasiyah has designed and facilitated training programs around Diversity and Inclusion, Human Rights and Islamophobia.  Aasiyah actively supports school boards and organizations nationally.