Nothing fills us, Egyptians, with joy and pride more than seeing our homeboys making an outstanding impact around the world. It goes without saying, of course, that we felt honored knowing that Egyptian Canadian Ally Salama will be the first Arab ever to host Canada’s Online COVID19 Relief Youth Mental Health Conference. And that’s just the beginning of why we should support this guy.
Ally Salama is an Artist-Entrepreneur who decided to focus on writing, music, and mental health. Salama is also the founder of Empower Magazine and that’s the first mental health magazine in the Middle East! In January, He received a grant from #RisingYouth which is a program led by TakingItGlobal.The mere purpose of that inspiring program is to help youth build Canada and develop life skills by giving back to their communities.
Then, he founded EMPWRNG MNDS, which’s a youth-led initiative aimed to raise awareness on mental health challenges and COVID-19. He and his team are so passionate about mental health, wellbeing, and operating voluntarily. That explains why they thoughtfully decided to use the grant to host a conference on this scale.
The conference will target Canadians marginalized youth facing mental health challenges due to our current pandemic. And it’ll help Arabs too that may find it hard to access mental health resources. Then, they hopefully aim to open communication within minority communities.
The conference’s theme will be “Navigating the Future of Us” and is going to be on Saturday, July 18th, from 12 pm – 2pm EST, via Zoom. What’s more promising is the lineup of speakers that includes:
- Bardish Chagger The Minister of Diversity Inclusion & Youth of Canada
- Liberal Member of Parliament for Mississauga Centre, Omar Al Ghabra
- Fiona Haynes Keynote, Mental Health Commission of Canada, (Headstrong)
- Ally Salama, Middle East’s Mental Health Ambassador & co-host of EMPWRNG MNDS
- Matt Zerket, Founder of Tethr.men
- Swish Goswami – CEO of Trufan.io / Member of Forbes Youth Council
- Hanen Nanaa, Foundr of BAM and VP @ Ryerson’s POGSA
- Abhay Singh, of Canada’s Top 25 under 25 Environmentalists and featured as one of 10 International Youth Changemakers in Canada.
- Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, Medical Student at the University of British Columbia & Co-Founder of Break The Divide Foundation
- Zeinab Khawaja: LGBTQ National Programs Assistant at The Canadian Mental Health Association
- Jessica Singh, Founder, ‘Blue Sky and Lemon Pie’, Social Researcher and Interdisciplinary Artist, MSc University of Oxford.
In these stressful times, all we can ever need is support and guidance. That’s why we’re truly looking forward to this event. We encourage anyone who feels the need to open up about their mental health or wants to connect with like-minded people to sign up. We definitely know it’ll be fruitful for its attendees. So, it’s worth mentioning that anyone can free register from here.
Always facing the world with humor, books, and a good cup of coffee! Zahra is the girl who has a lot to say about everything and always needs to write something down.