This group of MSW fellows graduated in November 2006. Many conducted valuable research regarding the ICAN centers as part of their McGill studies, with topics including: "The impact of storefront services at the Sweileh Center"; "The evolution of Community Organization programs at the Sweileh Center"; "An assessment of the housing program at the An Najah Community Services Center"; "An assessment of the legal services at Community Advocacy Jerusalem"; and "The evolution of Bedouin outreach programs at Community Advocacy Beersheba". Read about where they are now below...
Randa Abu Rabe came to the Fellowship as a practicing physician. She has introduced a variety of public health and health promotion activities through the An Najah Community Service Centre in Nablus that have helped to increase community awareness of social issues. Her work includes a pilot project for hospital outpatients, psychosocial support for kidney patients, a bi-weekly student clinic, and round table discussions about AIDS.
Faten Abu-Zaarour has been working at the An Najah Community Service Center on the Open Door program, as well as counselling students. Additionally, she has been working on a project with severely disabled children. She also teaches in the department of sociology and social work.
Jamal Alkirnawi, a Bedouin Israeli from Rahat, worked in special education of the Negev Bedouin at ICAN partner Shatil before becoming a fellow. In the second year of his fellowship, he greatly strengthened the Bedouin Outreach component of Community Advocacy in Beersheba, before leaving to become a Counsellor for Arab Students at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, his alma mater and ICAN partner. Jamal later returned to McGill as one of 35 individuals in the Young Leadership Delegation to McGill’s first Conference on Genocide Prevention. Jamal recently founded a new youth empowerment organization in the town of Rahat, where he lives. The organization is called A New Dawn - Bedouin Jewish Center in the Negev for Accessibility and Equality in Education, Research, Peace and Welfare.
After completing the Fellowship, Samar Al Shahawan, a lawyer, developed and expanded the storefront services at the Sweileh Center. She was also a key team member in the site selection for the JRC centre established in Eastern Amman.
Abbud Sharif, an architect, has worked on the An-Najah Community Service Centre’s Housing Project, making assessments and developing grant proposals for the project. He is now working at Medicins du Monde (MdM) as a program coordinator. MdM is a local community partner of CSC in a mental health promotion program that holds seminars on local TV.
Amaya Galili, returned to Israel to work on Community Advocacy’s “welfare to work watch program”. She was then hired by Community Advocacy to coordinate this program full time. Currently, she is working at the Israeli organization Zochrot, which aims to raise awareness of Palestinian narratives within the Israeli public.
In completing her Fellowship, Noa Rivlin, after taking maternity leave, returned to work at Community Advocacy in Jerusalem, where she served as storefront coordinator for several years. She is now working with ACRI, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, as the coordinator of their International Humanitarian Law Project.
Qais Tarawneh worked for Oxfam in the refugee camps on the Iraqi-Jordanian border during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. As a fellow, he launched new community organizing programs at the Sweileh CDC in fields such as housing, community economic development, and citizen organization to attain better transportation services. He is a founding board member of ICAN’s newest centre in Jordan, WAQA, and holds a senior position at ICAN partner the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development. He is a member of Jordan’s Special Commission on People with Disabilities.
Arik Zara, an attorney, worked in further developing legal services at Community Advocacy in Jerusalem. His research paper on the legal services of this organization received distinction at McGill as being among the best of all graduating masters students in social work. He went on to work on water rights legal cases for the Negev Bedouin in unrecognized villages. He recently hosted an ICAN alumni event in his home.
Dalia Zatara serves as the volunteer coordinator at the CDC in Amman. Based on her experience in Montreal, she greatly expanded the base of volunteers and developed training materials for them. She splits her time, also working as a project officer at former ICAN partner the Jordan Red Crescent. Dalia recently returned to McGill as one of 35 Young Leadership delegates to the first Echenberg Conference on Genocide Prevention. She is now a program officer at the Middle East Office of the Open Society Foundations in Amman.
Already living in Canada, Ruweida Shakshir joined the ICAN cohort at McGill while completing her Masters in Education. She then returned to Amman to complete her Fellowship, and has continued on as the development coordinator at the CDC, bringing in significant resources to the centre while also running programs for children in local schools. She later worked in several Amman schools and recently joined the Waqa centre as development officer to ensure the long term sustainability of the new centre.