2000 - 2002 MSW Fellowship Alumni
The focus of activity for this group of MSW Fellows was to further develop the centers and to adapt new programs from the Quebec experience that could benefit their home communities. These included the launch of the first Golden Age home in Jordan and the opening of the first low-income food cooperative in Israel, of which there are now five. Two of the graduates of this cohort, Bilal Salameh and Talal Qdah, are currently the directors of the centres in Nablus and Amman respectively.
Abir Abu Dayyeh completed the program at the Al Quds centre, and then moved to Beersheva to marry Murad Saana—an Israeli Bedouin with whom she studied at McGill. She and her husband found themselves at the center of litigation regarding family reunification.
Rad Al Hadid worked as the CDC’s development officer following his MSW Program. Under his leadership, the center gained recognition and funding from a variety of donors and was able to actualize new programs, such as the first low-income golden age club in Jordan. Mr. Al Hadid then served as Regional Disaster Management Officer for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Jordan, continuing to consult with the centre. Rad also served as coordinator of the ICAN Fellowship Program at McGill in 2008-2009.
Yvonne Deutsch, a noted feminist and peace activist from Israel, gained considerably from her exposure to feminist groups in Montreal during her fellowship program, and has continued to work on these issues since her return to Israel.
Morad El Sana, a Bedouin lawyer from the Negev, completed his fellowship over two years by developing the legal clinic at Community Advocacy. Later, he became a central staff member of Adalah—the Legal Center from Arab Minority Rights in Israel, and went on to become a Fellow in the New Israel Fund’s U.S-Israel Civil Liberties Law Fellowship in Washington, DC, further solidifying his experience as a leading human rights lawyer in Israel.
Fawaz Momani helped to develop the volunteer component at the Community Development Center in Amman. He returned to work in the University of Jordan’s Social Work program and has also worked within the university, coordinating student volunteer activity.
Talal Qdah is the Director of the Sweileh CDC in Amman and has made the center into the success it is today. The center now deals with 15,000 to 20,000 cases each year. Recently, Queen Rania of Jordan visited the CDC and is interested in supporting the expansion of the model in Jordan. The CDC was also featured in Jordan’s Human Development Report (2004) as a model for other organisations in the country. Talal is playing an instrumental role in the development of the new ICAN centre in Eastern Amman.
Najwa Safadi, completed the Fellowship at the Al Quds CAC where she worked as volunteer coordinator. Since then has been teaching in the Social Work department at Al Quds.
Miri Sager established the first low-income community barter program at Community Advocacy, based on her experience at Project Genesis in Montreal. She is currently involved in issues regarding violence against women.
Bilal Salameh became the director of the An Najah CSC after having completed the fellowship program. Subsequently, he was appointed Dean of Students at An Najah National University, while remaining actively engaged as a board member of the CSC and on the ICAN Management Committee. He has returned to direct the CSC and was a driving force in the establishment of the new mobile centre in the Nablus region.
Sarit Zik established the first low-income food cooperative in Israel based on her experience in Montreal. She continued as a staff person at Community Advocacy for a number of years. Currently, Community Advocacy now operates 5 food cooperatives. Sarit has recently married and now has two children.