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About Us

Who We Are

The United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Region Branch (UNACTO) is a volunteer-based division of the United Nations Association in Canada (UNA-Canada) which is a historic, national charitable organization, established in 1946.


UNA-Canada is a founding member of the World Federation of United Nations Association (WFUNA) and today holds its elected Vice-Chair representing global civil society.

Our Mission

UNACTO is dedicated to elevating the principles of the UN Charter and to accomplishing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals through innovative programming. Our work is guided by three core principles: Integrity, Inclusiveness and Compassion.

We believe in building a better tomorrow by engaging the youth of the Greater Toronto Area and in growing global citizens through knowledge of the UN and its initiatives.


Sharmin Hassaniani

Irene Kashelsky

Board Chair

Irene Kashelsky

Board of Directors

Kassandra Barteaux

Staci Benny 

Sharmin Hassaniani

Zahra Hirji

Irene Kashelsky

Roger Ma

Justin Murgai

Jean Pilaprat 

Nancy Raimondo

Operational Team

Director of Governance

Nancy Raimondo


Governance Coordinators

Komal Gidwani

Arash Masoumi

Amir Soltaninia


Director of Programs

Maduba Ahmad

Programming Coordinator

Aisha Yusuf

Director of Communications

Sharmin Hassaniani

Editorial Manager

Ali Shahrukh Pracha



Angel Xing

Contributing Writers

Liz Harris

Anja Kundacina

Salina Rezene

Angel Xing

Social Media Coordinator

Joelle Awad

Graphic Designer

Laila Zabaneh

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