Community/Social Worker
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Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
School: University of Saskatchewan
Field of study: Women’s and Gender Studies

Community/Social Worker

ZAHRA GHOREISHI
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Highlights

M.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies
3+ years of experience in social work among vulnerable communities
Trauma-informed knowledge of Indigenous, immigrant and refugee women’s struggles
Excellent proactive leadership and communication skills
Fluent in English, Persian/Farsi, and Turkish

Education and Training

Certificate – Psychological First Aid, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA 2019
Master’s Degree – Women’s and Gender Studies, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 2018
Certificate – Thinking Critically, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada 2017
Bachelor’s Degree – English, Azad University, Tehran, Iran 2011

Recent Work Experience

Community Researcher (Contracts); Community-University Institute for Social Research, Saskatoon, SK

Sexual Violence Research project (federally-funded)
 Highlighting current issues of sexual violence among vulnerable communities in Saskatchewan and Northern Canada
 Generating new trauma-informed evidence for interventions and support strategies
 Main duties: transcribing interviews, thematic analysis, writing reports
2018-Jan 19
Computer Lab Facilitator (Contracts); YWCA, Saskatoon, SK

 Taught computer skills to job-seekers (mainly women at marginalized positions)
 Offered strength-based counselling on career as well as mental health resources
 Supervised job finding clubs focusing on online resources
 Contributed to a successful provincial grant application 2018
International Engagement Officer (Contracts); Internationalization and Special Projects Office, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

 Coordinated workshops and international student recruitment events
 Represented the U of S at recruitment campaigns
 Assisted the manager with recruitment strategies
 Wrote the content of the Discover USASK magazine
2017-18
Workshop Facilitator; Women’s Centre, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK

Protocol Development around Diversity and Inclusiveness
 Brainstormed ideas about non-violent communication
 Elaborated on trauma-informed approaches to conflict resolution
 Introduced free resources such as Student Wellness Centre 2017
Research Coach (Contracts), University of Saskatchewan

 Implemented research projects for undergraduate students
 Through one-on-ones and coaching sessions, provided guidance to students as they planned, researched, and presented their findings to an audience of peers 2016-18

Voluntary/Community Involvement

Cultural Ambassador, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK 2016-18
Co-organized the first Persian New Year Festival and Charity Bazar, Saskatoon, SK 2018
Facilitated Refugee Settlement Programs, Open Door Society, Saskatoon, SK 2016-17
Taught English at Structured Conversation Circles, Open Door Society, Saskatoon, SK 2016-17


Awards and Honours

M.A. thesis nominated for Best Thesis Award, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK
2018
Shortlisted for Three-Minute Thesis Presentation Award. University of Saskatchewan
2018
Received “Outstanding Student Award.” Azad University, Tehran, Iran 2011
Graduated among the top 10% of B.A. class. Azad University, Tehran, Iran 2011
Received “Outstanding Employee Award.” Saruj Bushehr Co., Tehran, Iran 2007