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.
Board of Director Chairs
Ms. Basher has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors for 7 years. She worked as a teacher in Bangladesh for 15 years before emigrating to Canada. She currently works for the Toronto District School Board.
Before becoming a director, Ms. Bhowmik served as an advisory board member and worked in SAWRO’s administration and as a peer worker. Anita is currently employed in the financial services sector.
Syeda Sabiha Yesmin
Ms. Yesmin is a founding director of SAWRO, served as the membership secretary since 2011 and is a job search coach for DW jobnet. Ms.Yesmin has worked in the food service sector since coming to Canada in 2006. She is the founding president of the Unifor East Danforth Community Chapter.
Ms. Haji is a Chartered Accountant and has been in the field for over 10 years. She has experience working with other organizations serving South Asian in Toronto and Ontario. She is currently working as an Accountant with the Ontario Securities Commission.
Tabassum Tarana Rahim
Ms. Tarana has been involved with SAWRO since 2008 initially as Youth Leader and community animator. She is currently employed in the Health Care sector.