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Board of Directors

Hello! I’m Mohammed — Founder and Lead Director of Play Forever. Over the past 8 years, I’ve rapidly progressed within municipal government and community organizations to oversee Community Relations, Community Development, and Communications portfolios. I’ve established a reputation as a natural relationship builder and stakeholder advocate, and I’ve played an instrumental role in securing the approvals, public support, and stakeholder buy-in that’s necessary to advance critical projects which in turn, improve community well being. I have a record of forging community partnerships and activating corporate sponsors to achieve community/organizational goals for Play Forever. I consider myself a motivating and engaging manager with a history of leading teams of staff and volunteers to execute on performance and program delivery goals.

Play Forever would not be possible without the work of our incredible board of directors, as well as our phenomenal group of volunteers and mentors!

Mohammed Al-Salem

Hi! I’m the Community Program Manager at Play Forever. I hold an academic background in Political Sciences, Communications and Journalism from Ryerson University. I’m an experienced sportswriter/editor and currently work as a staff writer for one of the largest Toronto Raptors websites on the net, ESPN Raptors Republic. I’ve been happily volunteering in a community leadership role for the better part of 10 years. The personal relationships I’ve forged within this organization will likely last a lifetime. I joined Play Forever during its inception in 2018 and vow to continue promoting development in youth mentorship! Play Forever would not be possible without the work of our incredible board of directors, as well as our phenomenal group of volunteers and mentors!

Sahal Abdi

Hi! I’m the Strategic Partnerships Manager at Play Forever. I’m currently a student in the Commerce program at Queens University. Through my experience as an entrepreneur, I have enhanced my abilities in business development and management. I value being selfless, giving back to the community to build a better world. Over the last five years, I have volunteered at Play Forever as if it was a full-time job. Being apart of an organization that helps with the betterment of people’s lives is what drives me to get up each and every morning. Play Forever would not be possible without the work of our incredible board of directors, as well as our phenomenal group of volunteers and mentors!

Mohammad-Ali Abidi

Hello! I’m the Community Relations Manager at Play Forever. I have an educational background in Business Administration with a specialization in Global Supply Chain Management from Seneca College. I currently work with one of the ‘Big Five’ banks in Canada and also run a clothing brand (HADDA inc.) which routinely partners with Play Forever. Volunteering and doing anything to help support the community and its youth has been apart of my life for 14 years. I’ve been happily partnering with Play Forever since 2018. Play Forever would not be possible without the work of our incredible board of directors, as well as our phenomenal group of volunteers and mentors!

Adam Osman

Hello! I’m the Creative Strategist & Content Creator at PlayForever. I hold an academic background in Media Communications from Humber College and I’ve been a volunteer since 2018, working mainly as a photographer, graphic designer and most of all, a youth mentor. My main goal in volunteering is to achieve a strong digital presence on social media and also to help empower the youth within the community to strive for greatness. I’ve taken on a leadership role with PlayForever, and I recognize this as the beginning, as I’m fully committed to the journey of youth development.

Malik Cox

Hi! I’m Nabil and As a member of the Board of Directors, it’s my job to assist Play Forever’s growth in my community in any way I can. With my college and university background coupled with my extensive basketball experience, I am able to provide my knowledge as well as being an example to the youth because I value leadership and take pride in providing my time to mentor youth in my community.

Nabil Jama

Hey, I’m Ahmed — a proud part of the Board of Directors at Play Forever. I’m a graduated tradesperson in the field of welding, with an academic background in Business Communications. I have been a part of this organization and have lead several programs affiliated to Play Forever for over 10 years — organizing and planning events, while mentoring youth along the way. My ultimate goal is to inspire the generations after me and helping build a better future for our society!

Ahmed Osman

With over 10 years of experience coaching and mentoring youth, I’m a lover of sports and education with a degree in Business Management (BComm) from Ryerson University. A firm believer in community building and positive role modelling, I formally became a member of the Play Forever organization shortly after its establishment. We, as a committee, believe it is our duty to share our experience and guidance to ensure positive growth in children of all ages.

“We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Said Abdi

Hello! I’m a long time volunteer and supporter of Play Forever. I’m a Ryerson University graduate with a Bachelor of Arts. Since the early days of Play Forever, I’ve helped support, organize, and promote youth and community building programs across York Region. My goal is to continue this legacy and pass it down to the next generation.”

Ayanle Omar

Hello, I’m Anthoine! I’m a musical artist who’s worked alongside some of the industry’s biggest stars (Post Malone, Ama Lou, Roddy Ricch) while currently being signed under one of Canada’s biggest musical producers, Frank Dukes. I have an educational background in Human Resource Management and most people know me as your classic “people person”. I love working with youth, which is what drove me to Play Forever in 2018. I can’t wait to continue this journey with such an incredible organization.

Anthoine Walters

Hi! I’m Azad, a skilled tradesman with a strong background in HVAC technology and mechanical engineering. I’ve been working with Play Forever since 2018 through numerous programs and events. I’ve been one of the organization’s lead mentors and currently play a large role in developing and organizing one of the regions largest youth basketball leagues — the Play Forever Basketball League.

Azad Gulam

Hi! At Play Forever, I’m known as a Program/Events Coordinator and a mentor for the youth. I hold an academic background in Business, Sociology & Arts/Sciences at York University and I hold a license in Ontario Real Estate. My company Canust Realty Inc. has been an active partner since Play Forever’s inception in 2018 and I’ve personally been volunteering in a community-leadership role for the better part of 6 years. It is a passion of mine to continue promoting diversity and development for youth mentorship in our community FOREVER.

Kenny Au

Hello, my name is Dawood. I will be serving as a member of the board of directors for Play Forever. I hold an academic background in Marketing and Finance from Ryerson University. I am currently employed with the Toronto Raptors organization, specifically working as the Head Video Coordinator/Assistant Coach with the Raptors 905 G-League Team. I have been a proud supporter of Play Forever and all that the organization does for the community. I’m looking forward to helping Play Forever continue to grow and flourish!

Dawood Akhtar

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