About Us

Whats SCAO?

THE SUDANESE-CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF OTTAWA (SCAO) is a non-for-profit organization registered under the Corporations Directorate of Industry Canada with # (424342-1-M) as a social activities, community based with a membership open to all Sudanese & their spouses, landed immigrants, refugees, and students who reside in the NCR who believes in and work towards the following objectives of SCAO: 1. Promote and preserve the various Sudanese languages, dialects, cultures, and heritage and pass it on to the new generations and the Canadian society at large. 2. Establish and enhance social relations among Sudanese Canadians, immigrants, refugees, and students living in NCR. 3. Provide social services for members and their families. 4. Enhance a better understanding of Canadian society, laws, and services for better social integration. 5. Provide diverse social assistance and services to new immigrants, refugees, and students and put them in touch with other Sudanese-Canadian families. On July 27, 2002. A set of principals were adopted, By-laws were endorsed and the first Board of Directors was elected by a group of Sudanese women, men, and youth in the NCR.

Board of Directors 2021-2023

Fahima Hashim, SCAO Director

Fahima is a feminist and women’s activist for over 25 years, experienced in action research and feminist training and movement building, women and peace and VAW in Sudan, and movement building. Fahima is devoting her life to promote radical change for women/young women and their place in society. See more at ” Meet our team page

Mahdi Ahmed, Office of Culture and Heritage

Mahdi Ahmed is graduated from Khartoum university 2003 , holding 3 years diploma of Sales and Marketing Management, experience in Sales and customer service worked as sales representative at Elli group in Sudan 2003, Akasya Development & Oil Khartoum 2007 as Deputy Director, See more at ” Meet our team page

Waddaha Medani, Office of Youth

Waddaha Medani is a Personal Banking Associate at The Toronto Dominion Bank. Waddaha has 7+ years of experience in Customer Service and Office Administration.  She is skilled in Sales, Time Management, and Customer Service. She is a graduate of Nipissing University, North Bay, ON, Canada, where she obtained her Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA focused in Finance. She is currently volunteering with the Sudanese Canadian Association of Ottawa, and her role is to manage the SCAO Youth Office. See more at ” Meet our team page

Ehab Taha, Office of Sports and Music

Ehab Taha is a senior Cloud Consultant working with the Federal government of Canada, handling the coordination and leading work parties in various SCAO sports and music events, also conceptualizing and helping launch other social initiatives/fundraising campaigns to increase community awareness of the organization’s presence. See more at ” Meet our team page