Community Development Program (CDP) - Jun. 12th, 2011 - with Nader Khan, Besma Soltan & Umar Shahzad

DawaNet presents the

Community Development Program (CDP)

An inspiration for ALL community members!


Date: Sunday, June 12th, 2011

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm

399 The West Mall
Etobicoke, ON M9C 2Y2
(South-east corner of Burnhamthorpe and The West Mall)

12:00 pm- NEW - "Difference Makers" Series

Presenter: Amer Meknas (Event Director, MuslimFest & Development Manager, DawaNet)

In this new series, learn from the movers and shakers in the community who are striving to make a difference in our society through their time, skills, expertise, and selfless work.

12:30 pm- "Community Conversations" Session: Building Bridges Through Art & Creative Expression

 Presenters: A dynamic and thought-provoking Panel Discussion with

Nader Khan (Nasheed Artist, Songwriter & Social Activist)
Besma Soltan (Spoken Word Artist & Organizer of Speak OUT)
Umar Shahzad (Graphic Artist & Professional Photographer)

Discussion Points: Here is your chance to participate in a rare live panel discussion with three great Canadian Muslim artists who are engaged in building bridges with the society through their creative talent. Discover:
- How they use the language of art in Dawa and in articulating their message?
- How they utilize creative expression to promote causes of social justice?
- What drives their creative energies?
- What obstacles do they face as artists in the Muslim community as well as the wider society?
- What support have they received?
- How art can be used to positively engage youth?
- How do they envision the future of Muslim arts scene in Canada?

2:25 pm- Duhur Prayer

Registration: FREE! Donations are welcome.

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What is Community Development Program (CDP)?



CDP is a series of town-hall discussions and workshops to help volunteers, activists, and leaders in the Muslim community develop themselves spiritually and organizationally to be effective agents of social change. CDP is an Understanding Islam Academy initiative (a project of DawaNet & Sound Vision)


Objectives of CDP are to:


  1. Enhance our organizational and soft skills necessary for our roles

  2. Help us network with each other and share best practices of volunteerism and leadership

  3. Develop a deeper understanding of our vision and objectives (as an organization and community at large)

  4. Create a dialogue and discuss tough questions and challenges facing our community and the human family; devise possible solutions with the help of professionals and qualified scholars in the community

  5. Instil a spirit of team work, excellence (Ihsan), and devotion for the pleasure of Allah, required for our work

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