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Engaging students through a spiritual lens to address mental health, foster holistic growth, and develop a compassionate community

What We Do

We are a local non-profit that is striving to build a better community. By providing a range of programming and services, our goal is to help people in the way they need it.

Providing care sessions to address mental health concerns through an Islamic lens

Encouraging personal development through education and spiritual programming

Creating a space to form meaningful relationships and build a compassionate community

Our Chaplains

Ayse Erenay

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Born, raised, and educated in Turkey, Ayse completed a bachelor's degree in theology and a master's degree in psychology of religion before moving to Canada. Her second master’s degree was in spiritual care and psychotherapy, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in the same field from Martin Luther University College. She has been receiving Psychotherapy and PCE (Pastoral Clinical Education) training for the past four years and is an associate member of the CASC (Canadian Association for Spiritual Care).

Ayse has practiced psychotherapy and psycho-spiritual therapy in hospitals and family counselling centres, and she currently serves as a chaplain with the Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo.

Usman Qamar

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Usman was born and raised in Cambridge, Ontario. He began his Quranic studies while in high school and finished memorization of the Quran when he was 16. He spent the following seven years in the UK and South Africa studying traditional Islamic sciences, including Arabic morphology and syntax, fiqh (Islamic Jurisprudence), hadith (prophetic narrations), and more.

Currently, he is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo. He is actively involved in his local community, spending his time teaching at the Cambridge Muslim Society, volunteering with the University of Waterloo Muslim Student Association, and serving as a chaplain with the Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo.

The Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo depends on the generosity of donors to sustain our work. By supporting us, you can play a role in building an impactful service that will address the growing issue of mental health in our student community.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What does The Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo do?

    The Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo aims to foster the holistic growth of students on campus. We serve the emotional, mental, social, and spiritual needs of students to support resilient and empathetic community members.

  • What is a Chaplain?

    A Chaplain is a trained professional with education in a religious tradition who offers spiritual advice and moral support, typically in an institution such as a university campus, hospital, or prison.

  • When will a Chaplain be hired?

    Currently, the Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo is providing spiritual care services through the support of part-time Chaplains. We aim to hire a full-time Chaplain in 2020.

  • Is the Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo a Non-Profit?

    The Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo officially incorporated as a Non-Profit in August 2018. In the coming years, we aim to become a registered charity.

  • How can I get involved?

    The best way to get involved is to become a monthly donor. The Muslim Chaplaincy of Waterloo requires financial support, and with your monthly contribution, we can support a full-time Chaplain to better serve our community.

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