Greetings from the New IDRF Board

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Greetings from the New IDRF Board

Dear members of the community, supporters and friends,

With the arrival of a New Year, comes an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the year that has passed and welcome the possibility of the year that is yet to unfold.

Last year we faced COVID-19, in which many lives were lost, families were thrust into health and financial anxiety and disruption and most importantly the disparity of wealth was exposed with poverty becoming an impending reality for most members of our community, both locally and internationally. The IDRF community and it’s friends and supporters rose to meet these challenges with generosity, comradery and courage. Your support enabled IDRF to respond to the essential needs of hundreds of thousands of people, both here at home and abroad, where many of the most underserved and at-risk communities reside. Despite the mobility restrictions of COVID-19, we were able to continue our delivery of relief and healthcare aid to over 203,000 people, including to our cherished frontline workers, elders, and vulnerable in the community. In addition, through our development programs we were able to continue to feed over 398,000 people, provide water to 215,300 people, establish sustainable income generation for over 1,400 people, and help 6,000 youth across Canada. All of this has been a testament to the commitment and compassion of all our donors, partners, volunteers, and staff.

For the new year, IDRF is committing to increase our efforts to continue to serve as many communities as possible, while upholding our responsibility of transparency and trusted governance in our programs and of your donations. For us, this responsibility is a sacred trust, premised on sincerity, integrity, transparency, accountability, efficiency, and effectiveness. In addition, IDRF will strive to maintain our overall level of excellence, as one of Canada’s Top 100 charities as recognized by Maclean’s, Moneysense and Charity Intelligence. We believe that this honour is a direct result of your continued generosity and support and the transparent relationship with our donors.

It is becoming clear that the pandemic will continue to impact humanitarian, environmental, economic, and social needs around the world in the coming months. With your ongoing support, we will continue to work hard to provide much needed support for vulnerable populations. To enable IDRF to meet these growing challenges, we have expanded the scope of the board of director’s executive function. IDRF has appointed two Co-Chairs, Reza Rizvi and Yasmeena Mohamed and two Vice-Chairs, Marzia Habib-Hassan and Muhammad Munshi. The expansion of the Board’s executive membership will further strengthen IDRF’s ability to expeditiously respond to the challenges ahead, save lives, build communities, and strengthen our relationship with our donors and donees.

Please contact us with any questions you may have. We always welcome the opportunity to connect with you personally. Please continue to stay safe and take care of your health and each other.

Thank you for all your support and giving us an opportunity to serve. Together, we can make a difference.

Wishing you and your loved ones a blessed and prosperous year ahead.

Yours in service,


Yasmeena Mohamed Co Chair signature and photo  Reza Rizvi Co Chair signature and photo



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Laura Buckley’s Perseverence

Laura Buckley’s Perseverence

Laura Buckley has faced hardships: After six years as a senior clerk at a digital media firm, her employer eliminated her position in a round of cutbacks. Around the same time, she discovered she was pregnant. Soon Laura became a single mother who needed to earn an income for herself and her new baby boy. During maternity leave, she drove a school bus and later worked at a convenience store. However, Laura wanted a chance to rebuild her professional career and achieve new heights.

In fall of 2019, Laura learned of an opportunity to take Salesforce’s ADM 201 Certification course without any cost through IDRF and The Rainbow Cloud Initiative. The program that helps Canadians struggling with unemployment. The week-long course teaches people Customer Relationship Management (CRM) skills and prepares them to work at one of the 150,000 businesses that use Salesforce’s cloud-based software. Laura successfully applied to the program with hopes to rejuvenate her career. While she attended classes and practiced her digital skills her mother took care of her son.

Career success comprises of many factors. One of them is resilience. Laura learned a lot in the course and made strong connections with others in her position. However, she failed the mandatory certification exam twice. Failure is a part of life that many struggles to accept, especially Laura, who is ambitious and hard-working. When she wrote the Salesforce certification exam a third time, she passed.

“On the third try, when I pressed submit and I had seen passed my whole world just changed because FINALLY, after all this hard work, I was successful!”

Laura’s journey did not end there; her next goal was to secure a full-time position. The Salesforce training program invites guest speakers in leadership positions to motivate and educate participants and one of them connected Laura to a consulting firm that hired her as a Salesforce Administrator in March 2020. Eight months later TD Bank offered Laura a role as a Salesforce CRM Manager and she accepted the position. It came with a significant salary increase, opportunities to develop her career and perhaps most importantly, prosperity for her and her son.



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