Founder & Executive Director: Poran Poregbal, MA., RSW., RCC,
Poran is therapist with over 19 years of professional experience in the field of social work, clinical counseling, anthropology, vocational rehabilitation, chronic disease treatment, victim support, conflict resolution, and mediation. Throughout the years in addition to her academic degrees, Poran has managed to earn several prestigious licenses such as Certified Educator license by Canadian Red Cross; Respect ED program in 2005. Poran has years of professional studies, Scholarly work, and family education while she uses mindfulness techniques, Psycho -Education, therapeutic relationship and community work in her daily clinical practice. Poran is an advocate, blogger, writer, trainer, and speaker while she manages day to day work of the Society.
Treasurer: Azadeh Alimadad, PHD Candidate & Research Associate in the Faculty of Health Science, SFU.
Fundraiser: Fariba Khoddami, Doctorate in Literature.
Secretary: Hamid Golfar: Fund raiser, Technical Support.
Fundraiser & Membership: Ms. Parvin Hakiman.
Researcher & Fund raiser: Vahid Dabbaghian, PHD, Adjunct Professor, SFU.
Our Professional Team:
Ali Khoddami ,M.A.,RCC., Registered Clinical counsellor, Teaching experience at the Allameh University, Tehran, done research in the field of Clinical Psychology (Demographic Schizophrenia, Depression in Sea, Children of parents with leprosy). Ali works with dual diagnosis and addiction in his daily work. Ali is developing, running, facilitating seminars and workshops for the society, while he is evaluating programs, writing course outlines, and offering clinical supervision to the staff.
Afsoun Golchin, with a B. A.in clinical psychology and M.A. in Educational Psychology offers individual counselling, outreach, family support while she facilitates psycho-educational groups. Afsoun has a broad experience in the field of community social service work and active in developing policies, standards and procedure manuals according to the Code of Ethics. Afsoun is a person centred counsellor while she utilizes some techniques from cognitive behaviour therapy, narrative, and solution focused therapy.
Farangis Hassaninejad, M.A., RCC. Registered Clinical Counsellor. Fari offers individual counselling to our clients while she works as a early childhood- trauma and attachment clinician for other organizations. She is Organizing and running our Adlerian-based Step-parenting workshops, developing best practices for offering our professional assistance to parents.
Golnoosh Hakiman, Currently pursuing her MA in Clinical Counselling, BA in Sociology, Parenting Support, B.A., Triple Parenting Program, works as a clinical supervisor in her daily job. Golnoosh brings in years of professional work in dealing with family and community support.
Minoo Habibi, BA., Counselling Diploma, registered as a Professional counselling Candidate, she is active in offering emotional support and brief counselling to individuals while running workshops and programs for our society.
Mahboubeh Sayyad, BA in Psychology, Settlement Worker for Farsi-speaking community at ISS of BC (Immigrant Services Society of BC). She works with immigrants and refugees in Vancouver regarding their settlement needs. Mahboubeh is our “Youth Volunteer Relation Coordinator” since January 2011 and she helps our Society and volunteers to develop / work for the Youth Support Program.
Katy Hashemi: BA, Counselling Student and she works for us as a Volunteer Relation Coordinator
Sepideh Sepehr, MA, Office Support & Admin Coordinator
Our Team of Research, Policy, and Evaluation Support:
Banafsheh Sadeghi, RSW, MA.
Hooman Tahaie, MED, General Practitioner.
Zohreh Hamraz, Counsellor
Haleh Kazemian, Psychologist
Haleh Chirchian, MA in General Psychology
Sholeh Livarjani, Psychologist
Azar Ziamanesh, MA
Community Services Practicum Students: