Maisaloon Al-Ashkar – Executive Director

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Maisaloon is a 22-year-old with a wise and sassy Capricorn(sun)-Leo(rising) combination. Her ancestors of Palestinian farmers, liberation strugglers and refugees inform her unapologetic diligence to disrupt all systems of oppression. She is a Muslim woman who was born and raised in Jordan, and an immigrant-settler on the stolen homelands of xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Peoples. She is committed to being in solidarity with and supporting Indigenous Sovereignties on their own terms. A recipient of the Rosemary Brown Undergraduate Award in Social Justice as well as the Robert C. Brown Award for outstanding academic achievement and leadership at SFU, Maisaloon graduated in 2018 with a double major in First Nations Studies and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies. She was a Board member at SFPIRG, a social and climate justice centre on campus, during which she initiated the Racialized Resistance & Healing Action Group. Maisaloon has worked as a program Leader delivering after-school activities for youth in elementary schools, a research assistant for the Department of First Nations Studies at SFU, an assistant coordinator at Pivot Legal Society, and a women’s centre coordinator at Vancouver Status of Women. As a young racialized worker and youth involved in organizing, she has endured and witnessed abuses of power as well as the harmful impacts of tokenization/co-optation. These lived experiences inform her intentional approaches to challenging the performative activism, hierarchies and whiteness that dominate the non-profit realm, which involves staying rooted in her integrity and encouraging transformative leadership that honours collective relational accountability as she embarks on the role of ED. Although she will inevitably face various challenges and systemic barriers along the way, Maisaloon is sustained by all that BIPOC beloveds have instilled in her and continually bless her with.