The Honourable Chris Bentley, Attorney General; the Honourable Deb Matthews, Minster of Health, and MPP Khalil Ramal gathered in the Community Room of the Faculty of Education this morning [November 26, 2010] to make two important announcements about new funding for the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration. Through the Trillium Foundation and Victims’ Funds of the Ministry of the Attorney General, the program will receive $145,000 for their innovative services.
The funding will help to prevent and respond to domestic violence by helping immigrant families deal with the effects of pre-migration trauma and it will enhance the cultural competence of main stream anti-violence agencies, so that Muslim women can receive appropriate support.
Dr. Mohammed Baobaid, the Executive Director of the Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration has provided the leadership and the vision for the development of his Centre and these new initiatives.
Dr. Baobaid has close ties to the Faculty of Education here at Western. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children and he holds an adjunct appointment in the Faculty.
The Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support & Integration was founded through a partnership grant with the Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women & Children (CREVAWC) in 2009. CREVAWC staff have worked collaboratively with Dr. Baobaid on a number of projects. The partnership continues to provide a rich learning experience for both our University and the Muslim Community.