Girls on Boards: A G(IRLS)20 Initiative

Launched in 2009 at the Clinton Global Initiative, G(irls)20 places young women at the centre of decision- making processes. Through our signature programs, Global Summit and Girls on Boards, we make strategic investments in young women through education and training, building networks, and access to unparalleled opportunities at home and abroad. While advocating for change at the global level through the annual G(irls)20 Global Summit, we are invested in changing the status quo for women at decision-making tables in communities across Canada by placing Girls on Boards

2019 Volunteer Coaches

Danisha Bhaloo

Danisha was raised in Edmonton, and has been involved with many local organizations.Danisha Currently, she is the Development & Communications Manager with Boys & Girls Clubs Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton. In a volunteer capacity, she is a Member of the University of Alberta Senate, Alberta Party Provincial Board Member and President of the AB Party Edmonton-Whitemud Constituency Association, Vice-Chair of the Edmonton John Howard Society Board of Directors, and a National Member of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board of Canada. Some of her past activities include being Chairperson of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board of Edmonton, President of the Youth Restorative Action Project, World Partnership Walk Deputy Convenor of Marketing, the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers’ RISE Awards Jury Member, and a Make Something Edmonton community member. Danisha has been recognized for her contributions to the community by the Government of Alberta, University of Alberta, Avenue Magazine, Edmontonians’ Magazine and Correctional Services of Canada.

Gulzar Ladhani

Born in Uganda, Gulzar came to Canada in 1972 as a refugee. She is a lawyer andGulzar mediator by profession and currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Centre for Skills Development. Until recently, she also sat on the Board of Directors of the Mississauga Halton Local Health Integration Network (LHIN). On the LHIN board, she was the Chair of the Quality Committee and a Member of the Governance and Nominations Committee. Gulzar has also served on the Aga Khan Conciliation and Arbitration Board for Ontario, and is a facilitator for the Conflict Resolution Training Program.

Gulzar holds a Master of Laws, specializing in Alternate Dispute Resolution, and a Bachelor of Laws, each from Osgoode Hall Law School, as well as a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Gulzar has been very active in the community, including serving as a Board Member of the Oakville Children’s Choir, Chairperson of the Oakville Ice Expression Synchronized Skating Board, and a guest speaker on legal issues at the Halton Victorian Order of Nurses for fifteen years. She is a recipient of the 2014 Ontario Volunteer Service Award.

Salima Abdulla

I completed my Bachelor of Arts at the University of British Columbia. Thereafter, ISalima worked at Vancity Credit Union for 3 years helping members of the cooperative learn more about financial literacy and help them achieve their long and short-term financial goals. I then decided to pursue the CPA designation as I was interested in business. I returned back to UBC to gain my Diploma in Accounting. I then was recruited by Ernst & Young in Vancouver where I completed my articles in their Assurance practice. I now have my CPA and work in the Finance group as a Treasury Analyst with Methanex. They are the world’s largest producer and supplier of Methanol, an alternative energy source to gasoline that is cleaner to burn for the environment and is used in making many other known products. I enjoy volunteering my time with children’s programs and travelling.







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Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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