The Arab Canadian Women Recognition Awards Ceremony, January 2020

On January 20th 2020, CAWA celebrated its 4th anniversary by recognizing some of the exceptional Arab-Canadian women in Waterloo Region with awards that fall in the following categories: Community Impact Award, Women in the Workforce Award, Women in Tech Award, Exceptional Entrepreneur Award, and Inspirational Woman Award. The event hosted 250 people, including several federal MPs and provincial MPPs, community organizations’ leaders, business owners, the Waterloo Police Service Chief, families as well as friends of CAWA. We are proud that this is the first ever awards ceremony held to celebrate the success of Canadian-Arab women in Waterloo region.

Awards and Winners

The Women in Tech Award

This award is given to a woman who made a name for herself in the tech sector, despite the gender imbalance.

Award is presented by: Ms. Catherine Fife, MPP

Winner: Iman El Sousy


The Community Impact Award

This award is given to an inspiring local community leader who has made a lasting impact on her community through her hard work and dedication.


Winner: Duaa Al-Aghar


The Workforce Award

This award is given to a woman who has built a successful career for herself and is an inspirational to all of us.

Award is presented by:

Mr. Raj Saini, Member of Parliament for Kitchener Centre

Winner: Dr Rula Abdel-Kader


The Inspirational Woman Award

This award recognizes a woman who is supporting the community by being an exemplary mother, friend or neighbour.

Award is presented by:The Hournable Bardish Chagger, Member of Parliament for Waterloo, Minister of Diversity, Inclusion and Youth

Winner: Zeinab Abdallah


The Exceptional Entrepreneur Award

This award recognizes a local female business owner.
Award is presented by:

Mr. Marwan Tabarra, Member of Parliament for Kitchener South-Hespeler.

Winner:  Fatme El Majzoub