Read our story, meet our Board Members and learn what motivates us to create safe, inclusive spaces for stigmafree mental health.
Discover how NSPCC is building strong and diverse stigmafree futures for all!
NSPCC programs are built from strong academic research and human-centred psychology that works to lift up everyone. Learn about Samar M. Alzeer’s pioneering work and how NSPCC is building brighter futures for all!
In March 2021, in Nova Scotia, Canada, Samar M. Alzeer founded the NSPCC: a non-profit organization offering affordable and practical mental health support designed for immigrant and refugee families and youth.
Designed from her research, our programs empower participants to heal themselves first, determine their own path and make choices for themselves and their families. NSPCC programs respect the culture of each participant and are available to all in need in Canada and internationally.
Samar M Alzeer, founder and president of NSPCC. Creator and chief executive director of the PARENT module and training programs. Research collaborator and partner with We Love Reading WLR, a community-based model founded by Prof. Rana Dajani. A Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS), given the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC), and student affiliated member in the Canadian Psychological Association (CPA) and the Association of Psychologists of Nova Scotia (APNS).She is currently in her final year of PhD in Clinical Psychology at the School of Health and Social Science in the University of Edinburgh. Prior to her commitment to mental health and research, Samar is a certified schoolteacher, licenced by The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, and Alberta Education, Teaching & Leadership Excellence, Alberta AB, Canada. Since 2010, Samar was a former university lecturer at Leibniz University in Hannover (LUH), The University of Applied Sciences in Karlsruhe (HsKA), and Ruhr-University Bochum (ZFA-RUB) in Germany
Rana Dajani Ph.D. member of directory board at NSPCC. Molecular cell biology from U of Iowa, currently Cmalakova Fellow at the Jepson school of Leadership at the University of Richmond, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, Jordan to the United States, 2000; Fulbright Visiting Scholar Program, Jordan to the United States, 2012. Eisenhower fellow, Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. She developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, Clinton Global Initiative 2010, Library of Congress best practices 2013, World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017, World Literacy Council Award 2018 and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018, Science, Technology and Innovation Award UN 2019, Ashoka Fellow 2019, UNHCR Nansen Refugee awardee 2020. Author of the book: Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why cant we redefine success, Nova Publisher 2018. Reviewed by Nature
Zaina Tahboub , a committed officer and trainer of the IPB program at NSPCC. Zaina has 15 years of combined professional experience in the fields of community youth development and projects management. She is currently working on registering her training material as a copy write on self-development and self-care customized to our Arab culture and religion in Arabic language. She worked at the United Nations Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA) as a Project Manager at the Relief & Social Services Programme – Jordan Field Office. On national and international levels, Zaina represented Jordanian young women in conferences on youth activism and business. She was also honored to be part of the youth delegation accompanying his Majesty King Abdullah II to the United Kingdom in 2008. Zaina has been recognized as a national youth activist by the Royal Hashemite Court for her voluntary work.
Heba Al Ayouby, board member and project manager of NSPCC initiatives and collaborations in the MENA region. Heba is passionate about children and families, Heba founded The Yellow Quack. An organization that aims to provide caregivers with tools that put children at the center. From toys that are eco friendly to one of the first DIY concept products that aim to engage, TYQ offers support.
A HR professional by experience, her recruitment experience allows her to match skills with needs. Bridging the gap and working on building key attributes in children. Heba hold a BA in political science and human relations from Concordia university in Canada and a MBA from Hult International Business school in London. Heba resides in Amman, Jordan and is creating impact through social entrepreneurship and support to Syrian refugees.
Marwa Harb, board member and legal advisory of NSPCC. Marwa is of Syrian origin, and has lived in Jordan for three years. Marwa volunteered with an elegance and no early marriage and also in defense of women's rights. She contributed to raising awareness among teenage girls through activities, lectures and many other things for three years after that, Marwa immigrated to Canada. In 2016 with her family in order to develop herself, Marwa decided to study in the field of international development and international law in Canada because through her experiences Marwa wanted to help people and contribute to the development of this country and improve it for the better. Marwa worked with the Canadian government in all departments, to learn about how to develop the country and help society and try to prevent racism and help others.
Reem Fayyad Abdel Samad, NSPCC committed volunteer and professional member of jury of the Youth Mental Wellbeing recreational Initiative "I Matter". She is a Lebanese-Canadian writer, and a certified public speaker by the John Maxwell Team. She is currently the Executive Director of Performance Measurement at the New Brunswick Health Council. She is a member of the board of directors of the Frye Festival in Moncton and sits on the Cultural committee of the City of Moncton. She is also a founding member and the president of the Arab Culture Club, and a vocalist with the music band (Arabika).
What We Do
At NSPCC we help:
● people of all origins, ages, genders, ethnicities, religions, disabilities and economic backgrounds.
● sustain the needs of future generations by teaching core life skills that heal and support parents and then families.
● by working with organizations in your community. We even train community Change Makers who will provide ongoing support.
● by creating all of our programs from strong evidence-based research and current information.
How We Do It
At NSPCC we provide:
● group self-care programs that work for everyone
● safe spaces to heal and create change tailored to a group’s culture
● parenting programs for families and workshops for youth
● an online Youth Access portal with fun and supportive e-activities for children and youth
Our Programs & Accessibility
Our four Stigmafree programs are offered in-person and online. These include:
● the PARENT Program
● the IPB Self-Care Program
● Youth Open Access Portal
● NSPCC Academia
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Our success comes from our ethical yet friendly approach. We help individuals by creating a safe, judgement-free space to heal and change inside their cultural norms. The cross-cultural and collectivist theories that shape our programs show that respect and authenticity are as important to us as they are to our clients.
All of our programs are built from focused and precise academic research. We record and measure scientific data and learner feedback in order to remain current and successful.
Our team is committed to working hand-in-hand with partner organizations, providing data and measurable results that demonstrate the effectiveness of our programs. Setting our cross-cultural PARENT program as first example.
Your support and contributions will enable us to meet our goals and improve conditions. Your generous donation will fund our mission.
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Nova Scotia Parent Cross-Cultural Organization (NSPCC) is an incorporated non-profit organization with registration number 4196075, Tax Registration Number 767160864RC0001, and is acknowledged by the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies in Nova Scotia as an " active and recognised body" under the Societies Act, which has been granted philanthropic, educational, social, and recreational powers since March 2021
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