About Us

Who We Are

The United Nations Association in Canada Toronto Region Branch (UNACTO) is a 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.


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.



The holding of public meetings either by itself or jointly with other organizations.


The designing and conducting of programs aimed at encouraging interest.


The preparation, collection and dissemination of publications and materials.


The raising of funds, including donations, to enable UNACTO to work effectively.

UNACTO Executive



Irene Kashelsky

Vice President

Staci Benny

Secretary & Treasurer

Michael Jackman

UNACTO Board of Directors


Christine Dikongué

George Lepine

Hyona Park

Jean Pilaprat

Sheri Majdpour

Kiu Rezvanifer

Fadwa Yehia

UNA-Canada National Executive

Ontario Regional Director

Jasmine Jackman

UNACTO Advisors



Rui Zhang

Board of Directors

Brent Saunders

Board Strategy Advisor

Andrew Bacchus

UNACTO Operational Team

Governance Lead
Marya Salhab

Governance Coordinators

Fay Edwards

Amir Soltaninia

Marya Salhab

Olivia Dorado

Project Leads

Alexia Cito

Ashoke Mohanraj

Rose Nixon

Milena Glumac

Maria Marchyshyn

Project Coordinators

Milan Pekovic

Programming Assistant

April Wang

Impact Analytics Specialists

Tehseen Rana

Arsh Randhawa

Financial Specialist

Shubdeep Randhawa

Director of Communications

Sharmin Hassaniani

Public Relations & Outreach Specialist

Elan Schwartz


Graphic Designers

Aiden Chung

Lisa Wilder

Laila Zabaneh

Web Designer

Katrina Liu

Photographer & Videographer

Yazan Kalaldeh



Ali Pracha


Racha Abou Chakra

Brieanna Charlebois

Angel Xing

Digital Media Specialist

Brieanna Charlebois

Content Assistant

Vidya Pandiaraju

Sponsorship Specialist

Nidhi Mehra 

Sandeep Sharma