Move N Improve Canada (MNIC) is a non-profit, proudly Canadian organization offering physical, mental and spiritual health empowerment services to youth and women, founded by Sadaf Jamal. MNIC is honored to stand for global citizenship taking sustainable initiatives to make the world more equal, all-inclusive and fair place. With this in mind, Sadaf collaborates with Investement in Youth Engagement (IYE) under Toronto Public Health (TPH), City of Toronto, Toronto/York District School Board, various shelter homes and many grassroots organizations to make culturally sensitive physical and mental health education accessible to various underrepresented community of diversity.
Founder of MNIC, Sadaf Jamal is a student at University of Toronto doing her Masters in Pastoral Studies obtaining her certification with College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario and Canadian Association for Spiritual Care. She has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. from University of Waterloo in Cell and Molecular Biology. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Group Fitness Instructor, Nutrition and Wellness Coach at MNIC. She is also a volunteer Spiritual Caregiver at SGH Hospital. Sadaf laid the foundation of MNIC in 2013 to cater to the cultural and faith sensitivities of diverse ethnic population of women to achieve their health goals in safe spaces without compromising their identity and values. MNIC encourages women and youth to be proud of their culture, faith, identity and heritage.
Sadaf has received Leading Woman Building Communities awards from House of Commons of Canada and Province of Ontario. She is awarded Jack Layton’s Award for her community services by Dr. Roz Healing Place. TPH supported MNIC’s community building initiatives with IYE grant. Sadaf has received Entering Theological Education Scholarship from University of Toronto.
Sadaf leads many educational workshops on improving physical, mental and spiritual health for IYE project “Turn Struggles into Strengths” financially supported by TPH. MNIC’s workshops for youth are on significant issues such as self-esteem, identity crisis, cyber bulling, social media, tobacco prevention, sexual and drug abuse, suicide and a variety of mental health topics.
MNIC’s Yoga classes have improved its participants’ overall functionality, flexibility and mobility by reducing common aches and pain in the body. Special breathing exercises taught in classes have helped people improve mindfulness, focus, insomnia, depression, anxiety, memory loss, and breathing problems. Prenatal Yoga has helped women with smooth labor. Online Yoga classes have increased the reach of services to women.
MNIC has planned intriguing outdoor activities for ladies such as biking, walking, hiking, zip-lining, sky-diving, breathing exercises while enjoying the sunrise, running, and much more. Join us in our humble efforts of becoming an example to the world that an all-inclusive, productive initiatives are possible that turn people’s struggles into strengths through health and wellness.
She is a wife, mother, student, teacher, volunteer and a simple human being, trying to leave a beneficial social footprint after her!