Board of Directors

Chahira Tadros (Co-founder)

Chahira has been a teacher with the Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre Sud (CSDCCS) since 1992. She has a Special Education degree from the University of Toronto, and also received a Masters degree in Theological studies from U of T in November 2003. Chahira has been an R.C.I.A. instructor for the Archdiocese of Toronto since 1996, and has also served as a Sunday School teacher and director for many years.

Vice President:
Leslie Rodrigues

With his three kids, Leslie and his family endeavour to profess their faith through deeds by serving the marginalized in the GTA. Over the past 4 years he has served as the General Manager of a facilities management company, and takes great pride in being a member of the Knights of Columbus and Canadian Hearts and Hands: "I believe in performance not titles, that serving prolongs life and laughter enhances its quality. I believe that many are needed but one can make the difference - success is just that - making a difference".

Project Director:
Rev. Father Makarios Isaac (Co-founder)

"I find joy and fulfillment in Canadian Hearts and Hands, working with lay and religious people to serve my brothers and sisters in different countries." After serving in the Archdiocese of Toronto for a number of years, Fr. Makarios Isaac is currently exercising his priestly ministry in Africa.

Spiritual Director:
Rev. Father Joseph Singh

Fr. Joseph M. Singh has been ordained as a priest for 12 years for the Archdiocese of Toronto. For the past 2 years, he has served the community of St. Justin Martyr Parish and has supported Canadian Hearts and Hands.

Executive Director:
Huguette Pelletier-Maclean

Huguette graduated with a Bachelors degree in Special Education at University of Quebec at Rimouski. She has been teaching in Ontario since 1982, and is now a consultant for Conseil Scolaire de District Catholique Centre Sud (CSDCCS) . Huguette joined Canadian Hearts and Hands based on her desire to make a difference by helping those in need.

Essam Saleh

Essam has been a pharmacist in Ontario since 1984, and has operated his own pharmacy in Markham, Ontario since 1990. He has been a member of different Catholic Church communities, acting most recently as head of the Parish Council. He is married with two boys.

Shirley Khalil

As part of the organization committee for World Youth Day 2002 at St. Ambrose Parish, Shirley met the youth group members that became the first missionary group for Canadian Hearts and Hands, and traveled to Mexico in 2003 and 2004. Aside from Canadian Hearts and Hands, she is also involved in music ministry. Shirley received a Master of Music Therapy degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in October 2005, and currently works as a music therapist in long-term care. 

Website Designer:
George Muhoho

George is a ICT Consultant with over 8 years experience in the ICT field. He manages and updates the Canadian Hearts and Hands website. He is currently based in Naivasha, Kenya. 

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