SMILE is an organization on a mission to provide support to children and youth with disabilities and their families.
Our vision is that all children and youth are welcomed and included in all activities, spaces and services.
“It’s the repetition of affirmations that leads to belief. And once that belief becomes a deep conviction, things begin to happen.” –Muhammad Ali
A message from the Founder and Executive Director of SMILE
Board of Directors
In her role as an executive director, Sukaina provides strategic direction and vision to SMILE Canada - Support Services. Sukaina oversees all of SMILE’s programs and delivery. This includes a close evaluation of all the programs and projects ensuring they are transparent and in-line with the stated mission and goals of the organization.
Sukaina Dada, Executive Director
In her role as a Program Coordinator, Javeria is responsible for the development and delivery of SMILE programs and events. She is in charge of community outreach and engagement of our registered SMILE families. She also coordinates awareness training and workshops within the community.
Javeria Siddiqui, Program Coordinator
In her role as an assessment coordinator and part of the assessment team, Sarah corresponds with families and evaluate their needs. She coordinates our assessment team consisting of health professionals to set up meetings with families and conduct a non-diagnostic assessments to to help families navigate and determine their needs, whether they are social or financial.
Sarah Uddin, Assessment Coordinator
In her role as Education and Outreach Consultant, Marya provides SMILE's Staff and Board Members with strategic guidance about community outreach and engagement. She works closely with SMILE's Executive Director to liaise and engage with stakeholders in the community.
Marya Bangash, Education and Outreach Consultant
In her role as Respite, Mentorship and Volunteer Coordinator, Hina is currently leading the Virtual Respite and Mentorship Program for SMILE. She has been involved with executing the program and coordinating volunteers for SMILE during COVID-19.
Hina J Malik,
Respite, Mentorship & Volunteer Coordinator
In her role as Service Navigator, Raian corresponds with families, children and youth in Arabic and English. She updates assessment team members on relevant new information regarding clients and ensures the completion of follow-up meetings with families. She also connects families with community resources that support the inclusion of children with disabilities.
Asha is a student occupational therapist studying at McMaster University. She recently received her degree in BSc. Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo. She has experience in geriatric rehabilitation, athletic therapy, and outpatient mental health services. She is currently involved in research exploring parental supports within pediatric brachial plexus clinics.
McMaster University Intern
Emily is a second-year student occupational therapist studying at McMaster University. She received a Bachelor of Human Kinetics from the University of Windsor in 2019 and an occupational therapy assistant/physiotherapy assistant diploma from Durham College in 2015. Educational opportunities have provided Emily with the ability to gain experience with geriatric rehabilitation, chronic disease management and athletic therapy.