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How it all started

Two educators & service providers

witnessing the struggles of pre-teens & teens

with identity, self-esteem & mental health.

Providing support & education with limited resources and representation.

This needed to change. 

Hoda Elshayeb

Hoda Elshayeb is the founder of Coach Hoda and works with clients to identify and overcome self-limiting beliefs, transform negative patterns, and cultivate a more empowered and authentic sense of self.

  • PQ Coach™ (Positive Intelligence®)

  • Certified Life Coach

  • Certified Mastery Coach, specializing in TCM (Transformational Coaching Method).

  • Over 16 years of experience as an educator, mentor, and coach for adults and youth

  • Organized and led programs on self-esteem, teamwork, and leadership. 

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Wala'a Farahat

Wala’a Farahat is the cofounder of Rubiks Counselling Services. Rubiks Counselling Services is an organization shifting how mental health services are provided to diverse populations through accessible and culturally responsive education and therapy. She believes in the importance of accessible mental health education and services that allow us to challenge narratives and break cycles as people of colour.

  • Registered Psychotherapist

  • Master's Degree in Counselling

  • Member of the Canadian Association for Play Therapy

  • Extensive experience working with refugees, newcomers, and BIPOC communities

  • Research on refugee mental health, trauma, migration, identity, racism, and spirituality.

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Buraidah Razack

Buraidah Razack  is a Mental Health worker and Educator. He is passionate about creating and developing culturally responsive and inclusive mental health resources for members of various faith groups.

  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology 

  • Currently completing his Master of Social Work 

  • Over 8 years of experience in youth work and mentorship in BIPOC communities 

  • Avid foodie and a sucker for a good dad-joke

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