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MAC NATIONAL NEWSLETTER
AUGUST 2019
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IN THIS ISSUE

  • FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
  • DID YOU KNOW
  • OUR ENGAGEMENT
  • MAC in the NEWS
  • MAC EID Al-ADHA FESTIVALS
  • FEATURED MAC EVENTS
  • NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
  • HELP US GROW | DONATE TODAY
  • MAC SPOTLIGHT
  • SURVEY FEEDBACK

 
FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Assalamu Alaykum wa rahmtu Allah (Peace be with you)

Dear Community Members,

Eid Mubarak to you and your families on the auspicious occasion of Eid Al-Adha and may Allah accept the Hajj from our Brothers and Sisters in Mecca, and accept your good deeds during the blessed Days of Dhul Hijjah. Hajj and Eid are also the time to renew our connections with our community and be present.  It is a time of happiness, but also a reminder of where our community is hurting and where we need to be present in whatever capacity we can.
  
The Hajj is a powerful and inspiring symbol of unity and when the Pilgrims wear the ihram it shows we are equal to one another and are on one journey to please Allah (swt) to become pure from our sins. This Eid you can give your Qurbani (Udheyah or sacrifice) to our official partner for Eid Al-Adha this year, Human Concern International. You can donate to this trusted and worthy organization here.

I hope you find this newsletter informative and we hope you join us with your family to celebrate Eid Al-Adha at a MAC Prayer and Festival in your city. As always we would love to hear your feedback, please complete the survey below and let us know what you think.

Eid Mubarak from my family to yours!

May Allah SWT bless you all,




Sharaf Sharafeldin
Executive Director
Muslim Association of Canada


DID YOU KNOW
Our Work and Values

MAC seeks to constructively engage Muslims within Canadian society through contextual initiatives, multi-faith projects, and educational opportunities.MAC recognizes the positive and needed role faith-based groups serve and welcomes opportunities to build alliances with and across religious, ethnic, racial, and different age groups to give back, innovate and strengthen our neighbourhoods nationwide.
MAC maintains clear policies against hate speech that firmly apply to all staff and visitors speaking at any MAC centres. MAC has zero-tolerance towards hate speech. MAC encourages collaborations, creating positive relationships with other faith groups, and participating in interfaith initiatives.

To learn more about MAC, visit our website here.

OUR ENGAGEMENT
MAC's Recognition from Our Community Leaders
MAC's work is for the people and for healthy and vibrant communities that build our country strong and united. Below are letters from or civic leaders who express supportive sentiments around MAC's community work. The Premier of Alberta the Hon. Jason Kenney, our respected Members of Parliament Iqra Khaled and Omar Alghabra along with our esteemed Member of Provincial Parliament Khaleed Rasheed. The work we do at MAC ensure the needs of faith communities are met and our participation in neighbourhoods and cities brings about harmony, prosperity and unity between different members of our society.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
MAC NEWS JULY 2019
    Passing of Bill21 an Affront to Canadian Pluralism & Quebec Values

MAC Center Manager for Centre Communautaire Laurentien  Samer Elniz writes, "Muslim communities in Quebec are proud of their Muslim-Québécois values continue reading
MAC Youth Central Annual Meeting

Youth teams from across Canada were invited to participate in an impactful program where
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       MAC EID AL-ADHA FESTIVALS
Over 40 Years of Tradition


Eid prayers and festivals are among the longest established Muslim Community events in Toronto and across Canada. The first one was held in Toronto in 1975. MAC is organizing prayers in all its centres and special festivals in major cities (flyers below for details); Ottawa, Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, Windsor, and Kitchener).


MAC Eid al-Adha Festival Ottawa


Celebrate Eid AlAdha with MAC Ottawa Community! Learn more here
 

MAC EID Al-Adha Festival Toronto

Celebrate Eid AlAdha with MAC Toronto Community! Learn more here
MAC Eid Al-Adha Festival Windsor & Rose City Islamic Centre

MAC Windsor and the Rose City Islamic Centre are holding Eid Prayers and Festivities! Learn more here
MAC Eid Al-AdhaFestival Calgary

Celebrate Eid AlAdha with MAC Calgary Community! Learn more here
MAC Eid Al-AdhaFestival Montreal

Celebrate Eid AlAdha with MAC Montreal Community! Learn more here
MAC Eid Al-AdhaFestival Kitchener

Celebrate Eid AlAdha with MAC Kitchener Community! Learn more here
FEATURED MAC EVENTS
Wayfaring Women

   MAC London Book Club for women seeking a spiritual
journey to God
learn more here



The Next Step!

A singles only event, to attend please register before August 16 at info@macnoorgardens.ca
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Girls Hiking Retreat


Junior High and High School girls join us for a beautiful hike
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Daily Sport Activities

Daily Sport Activities at Kitchener Masjid learn more here




Full Time Muslim

This camp is open for high school students. There will be separate camping sections for sisters & for brothers continue reading


Girls Inshaad Choir

MAC’s Girls Inshaad Choir is back!
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Hajj Extravaganza

Pilgrims from all over the world are heading towards continue reading



Al- OtrojahFor Quran Studies

Al-Otrojah Academic Year 2019/2020 registration has opened, Adults, Youth and Kids Quran Programs on Campus and Online are available
continue reading


Game On!

Join our 13+ year old girls’ basketball games
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NATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS
Appreciation Reception with Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord
On July 24th MAC HO held a ceremony recognizing and commemorating the servicemen and servicewomen of Peel Regional police with Muslim leaders from across Peel.  We truly appreciated Interim-Chief Chris McCord and Superintendent Rob Shearer, for being here with us to accept the Plaque of Appreciation dedicated to Peel’s Finest.

This ceremony is a reminder for us to work together to curb hate and how our law enforcement bodies protect us when we need them the most. At MAC we truly value the selfless work our law enforcement community delivers to all community members and to the many houses of worship established throughout our communities.


Group Photo showing Peel Regional Intern-Chief of Police Chris McCord, Rob Shearer the Chief’s Executive Officer, Peel Police Services Board members VP Ron Chatta and Ahmed Attia with MAC's Executive Council and staff along with Muslim community leaders from the National Council of Canadian Muslims, Islamic Relief Canada, Muslim Awards for Excellence, ISNA Canada, MuslimFest, Dawanet, The Syrian Canadian Foundation, Muslim Council of Peel, The Canadian Muslim Vote, Imam Ibrahim Hindy, Ibrahim Daniel, Dr. Kathy Bullock
MAC joins OPTrust – Select
by signing onto new Pension Deal
The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) is pleased to announce the launch of a new retirement plan with OPTrust-Select. MAC full-time staff in Ontario will be able to join the plan effective today. Full-time staff will contribute three percent (3%) to the OPTrust-Select, and MAC will match this amount. The OpTrust-Select plan requires that all permanent MAC full-time employees in Ontario join the plan immediately, full-time employees who are on a less than permanent full-time status (fixed-term contracts, example; teachers ) have the option to join. Supervisors, managers and principals are kindly advised to deliver the news as soon as possible to all full-time employees and advise them to carefully read all the attachments. All MAC full-time employees have the chance to fill the membership enrollment form and send it to HR with the requested documents by August 6th, 2019. Please contact the HR Manager for this document.

With net assets of almost $20 billion, OPTrust invests and manages one of Canada's largest pension funds and administers the OPSEU Pension Plan, a defined benefit plan with almost 95,000 members and retirees.OPTrust-Select is a defined benefit plan that will provide members with a steady stream of secure, reliable retirement income for life. The plan targets Ontario workplaces in the broader public sector, charitable and nonprofit groups that do not have a workplace defined benefit pension plan but may have a defined contribution plan, a group RRSP or no retirement savings the arrangement at all.

For further information, please visit the OPTrust website OPTrust – Select or contact MAC’s Human Resources Department.

By joining OPtrust-Select, MAC full-time employees can easily invest in their financial future by investing a portion of your hard-earned income for the price of a coffee or two a day, and collect income at retirement.
HELP US GROW | DONATE TODAY
Donate Towards Comunity and Individual Growth

When you give to MAC, you are funding life-changing programs that help thousands of children, youth and families across Canada. MAC relies on the generosity of Canadians to support our work.

There are many ways you can help in our fundraising efforts. MAC welcomes donations both for general funding or to support specific projects. You can donate on the website through a secure connection by credit card. In addition to financial donations, MAC accepts gifts of securities and property. You will receive a receipt for tax purposes at the beginning of the next calendar year.

To invest in the future leaders of tomorrow please donate here.

A heartfelt thank you to our generous Donors!
MAC SPOTLIGHT
   Angela Mentis

Angela Mentis lives in Calgary, Alberta with her husband and four beautiful children. One of her great passions is teaching because she enjoys creating projects that help children develop their critical thinking skills. Her work extends to participating in her immediate and greater community in Calgary where she looks forward to working on various projects within the community. The annual Eidfest in Calgary is an enjoyable festival she helps to organize for Muslim and non-Muslim community members alike, because she believes in giving back to her community in a meaningful way. She also serves as a Judge for Educational Muslim Achievement Awards Night (EMAAN) Gala and is a board member for MAC's Islamic school in Calgary.

To learn more about our MAC Leader's Spotlight visit here.

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK
COMPLETE THE SURVEY BELOW!
 
 
Muslim Association of Canada
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