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NML Professional Development Workshops

A discussion on the importance and challenges faced by nonprofit organizations specializing in women.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
55 Laurier Ave. East
DMS-4170 (4th floor)
9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Valerie Collicott, Policy and Administrative Coordinator – WISE

Ida Rafiqah, Ottawa Muslim Women’s Organization – OMWO

Solange Tuyishime, President and CEO – Elevate International

Join our three outstanding speakers on November 13th to learn about the importance, barriers and challenges faced by NPOs who are focusing on the well-being of women in society.


Valerie Collicott

Valerie Collicott

Valerie Collicott has been affiliated with Women’s Initiatives for Safer Environments (WISE) for the past 26 years. She joined the WISE Board of Directors, at that time called the Women’s Action Centre Against Violence, in 1993. She served as Co-chair of the Board from 1995 – 1998, stepping down to take on the vacant position as Policy & Administrative Coordinator in 1999. She is still in that role today.

Valerie has been a liaison between WISE, municipal officials, the media, and other women’s groups such as the Regional Coordinating Committee to End Violence Against Women serving as Co-Chair for a number of years. She still serves on that coalition today. Valerie supported the launch of the City for All Women Initiative (CAWI), and served on the committee helping to design the Equality and Reference Guide for the City of Ottawa as well as participated as part of the team of CAWI women training Ottawa City staff and managers on how to make city programs and services more inclusive.

Valerie also serves on other groups such as: The Advisory Committee Security Management Program at Algonquin College, the Pathway Patrol Steering Committee, the OC Transpo Safety Working Group, and the Ambassadors Working group on the Official Plan for Ottawa’s future.

Ida Rafiqah, MPH, ECPC

Ida has over 20 years of experience with reputation management consultancies, and international non profit organization. She had served leading organizations including the World Bank and Ogilvy Public Relations, and helped numerous non profit organizations around the world. She brings a wealth of expertise in designing humanitarian projects from initiation to exit strategy, stakeholder relations, managing large data of multiple projects in fast-paced environment, securing funding; and experienced in managing humanitarian issues in complex topics both in developing and developed countries.
Ida is a graduate with a master’s degree in Public Health from Auckland University, and educated in International Affairs Management at Carleton University, and Monitoring and Evaluation for Humanitarian Program at Harvard University. A Certified Solution-Focused Coach and the founder of Maple Coaching Services in 2014 where she serves individuals and organizations in Ottawa communities. She is also serving Vectors Group, a social enterprise specialized in non-profit management as Program Advisor, Learning and Development.
At community level, Ida is serving as the Vise President of Muslim Coordinating Council – National Capital Region (MCC-NCR), Public Relations of Ottawa Muslim Women Organization (OMWO), and a member of Canadian Council for Muslim Women (CCMW).

Solange Tuyishime

Solange Tuyishime is an International Speaker, Social Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. Solange is the President and CEO of Elevate International, Co-Founder of Naylah’s Legacy and a UNICEF Canada Ambassador.

As an international speaker, Solange inspires leaders in social and corporate responsibility, and heart-centred leadership, while also helping encouraging young men and women around the world to rise above their circumstances and take their dreams to new heights.

In her leadership role with Elevate International, Solange has dedicated her life to elevating women and girls through the advancement of leadership, economic growth, innovation and community building.

Since 2010, Solange has been advocating for the most vulnerable children, as a UNICEF Canada ambassador. Solange recently embarked on a journey to support the UNdaunted initiative dedicated to create unprecedented progress towards education for all girls. Solange continues to work with UNICEF Canada to help save lives of newborn babies and make a difference for their mothers and families.

Solange is the current Mrs. Canada International 2019, making her the first Canadian woman to have won both the Miss and Mrs. Canada titles. As Mrs. Canada International, she is dedicating her title to delivering leadership programs for women and girls locally and globally.

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