SAWRO GOVERNANCE

A Community Based and Community Led Organization

A unique feature of SAWRO is that it is a community based organization led from top to bottom by women from the affected community. A stable Board of Directors made up entirely of women from the community takes legal responsibility for the corporate governance of SAWRO. The Executive Director and all but one of the corporate officers are also women from the community. All paid employees are recruited from among the many talented women living in the community. Officers submit reports and submit initiatives for approval monthly to both the Board of Directors and to Membership Meetings. This community led approach to governance ensures that SAWRO’s strategy and activities closely reflect the needs and concerns of the people living in its catchment area.

SAWRO was incorporated as a not for profit corporation in Ontario in January 2008. The Board and Membership has directed the Officers to begin making preparations for and governance adjustments for applying to the Canadian Revenue Agency for registration as a charitable organization with the purposes of alleviating poverty and promoting gender equality.

Our Board

Jinnat Basher
Board of Director Chairs

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She arrived in 2010 and has been Board and Chair of SAWRO for 6 years since.

Joyeeta Nandi
Nominating Committee Chair

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She is an active SAWRO staff member and is involved as an organizer for many events and campaigns since 2010.

Anita Bhowmik
Director

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She has experience working as a service provider and active member of SAWRO since arriving in 2010.

Sultana Haq Babli
Cultural Director

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She is actively involved in SAWRO as a peer outreach worker and as an organizer for all cultural events.



Syeda Sabiha Yesmin
Director

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She is president of East Danforth Community Chapter and has been an active member and director of SAWRO since 2007.

Nadira Begum
Director

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She arrived in 2012 and has been a Board Director since last year.

Hasna Banu
Director

Bangladeshi immigrant woman and resident of East Danforth Community. She has attended and participated in multiple SAWRO events and has experience as a Director of Board since 2009.


Advisory Board Members:

Advisory Board Members are elected by the Membership for a one year term during the Annual General Meeting.

Sultana Hassan
Sabina Ruksana
Mohammad Alam
F Bellal Hossain
Zannatul Ferdous

Zak Haq
Tabassum Rahim
Mashiat Mimosa
Syeda Saira Begum