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Vanessa Ali - President

Vanessa has been with the agency since it's inception and has held the position of president since 1999. Vanessa’s responsibilities within HUMANSERVE include development of projects, writing grant proposals, fundraising, educating and informing the Canadian public with regards to the society’s projects and activities and the humanitarian aspects of life for Palestinians and Lebanese living in the Middle East, monitoring and evaluation of HSI's projects overseas and the production of Humanserve's communications and web site.

Vanessa works as a visual artist (see online art gallery) , graphic artist and web site designer and previously worked for over ten years as an Architectural Technologist.  She own and operates Ali Cat Graphics and is a consultant web site designer to Mallennium WebVentures Ltd.


Evan Worman - Vice President

Evan is passionate about working for the public good and has an academic background in Sociology, Service Learning, and International Relations. Evan believes in the importance of building engagement and knowledge between institutions and individuals, and has worked on many community projects to facilitate this, including collaborating with the Community Service Learning program at the University of Alberta. He has worked for the University of Alberta International Center where he coordinated events for international students to experience Canadian society outside of the "university bubble" through volunteerism, and he also assisted students in navigating immigration processes. Evan additionally worked for the Alberta Public Interest Research Group, where he helped make funding decisions and give support to community organizations.

Currently, Evan is working for the City of Edmonton developing policy around respectful workplaces. He volunteers his editing and grant writing skills to smaller organizations, and is also a student of Arabic and French.



Tracy Shaben - Treasurer, Casino Chair

Tracy has been serving on the board for many years. Currently, she is the Treasurer and the Casino Chair. Tracy is strong supporter of healthy populations, emergency relief and humanitarian initiatives for under-privliedged groups worldwide.



Malcolm Azania, B.Ed., A.D.B.Ed. - Secretary

Malcolm joined the board of HUMANSERVE in November 2003. He has worked with numerous community groups in Edmonton and elsewhere to promote justice, opportunity, and pluralism. He has worked in various fields including education, television, and video game design.


Nathan Deisman

Nathan has served on the HUMANSERVE board since 2007. He has traveled to Lebanon to work on low-cost water filtration and to monitor HUMANSERVE'S projects. Nathan enjoys creating and presenting public engagement materials which he has presented at HUMANSERVE public engagement events at venues such as International Week at the University of Alberta.

Nathan is a civil engineer and is currently working as a Research Engineer in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering an the University of Alberta.


Joan Shaben

Joan  joined the HUMANSERVE board in November 1999.  She has worked with many non-profit groups in Edmonton over the years.  Joan spent innumerable volunteer hours in 1999 as a team leader to help settle the refugees from Kosova who immigrated to Edmonton.

Joan is a Doctor of Chiropractic and has a practice in Edmonton in the Lendrum Health Centre.  Joan spent 3 weeks in the West Bank in December 2003 giving hands-on training for "Management of Low Back Pain" to physiotherapists in Bethlehem and Ramallah as part of a HUMANSERVE project .


Nizar Ali

Nizar has been a member of the HUMANSERVE board since it's inception in 1993 when this society was the regional office of MAP.  Nizar's fluency in Arabic and first-hand knowledge of Arab culture and Lebanese society have been important tools in this society's planning and implementation of projects overseas.  He also brings to this society a wide knowledge in computer and information technology which are an important resource in the daily running of  its operations.  Nizar also spends time in the field, meeting with our partners to scout new projects and to monitor and evaluate projects in progress.

Nizar is a Practice Lead in Information Technology and Cyber Security with Telus Advanced Communications and has been working in the telecommunications and internet technology field since 1987. Nizar volunteers with Canadian Red Cross on the Emergency Response Team and the Personal Disaster Assistance Team and he is a derbeke (Arabic drum) player with the Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensemble (MENAME) at the University of Alberta.



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Vanessa Ali - President
Evan Worman - Vice President
Tracy Shaben - Treasurer, Casino Chair
Malcolm Azania - Secretary
Nathan Deisman - Director

Joan Shaben - Director
Nizar Ali - Director
Farah Akhtar
- Director

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