WHAT IS ISLAMIC CHAPLAINCY?
Islamic chaplaincy is the next step of Islamic leadership in North America, dedicated to nurturing healthy spiritual development in individuals. By having access to a wave of committed, well educated, balanced, nurturing, and culturally relevant role models, young Muslims no longer feel at a loss when they face challenges of faith and identity.
The Muslim Chaplaincy at University of Toronto engages students by providing an inclusive space and sense of community for them to foster a meaningful Muslim identity. The Muslim Chaplaincy enriches and supports students through quality educational, spiritual and counselling services rooted in relevant Islamic learning.
IMAM YASIN DWYER
Lead Chaplain, Executive Director
Imam Yasin Dwyer was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Jamaican parents. He is the Executive Director and Lead Chaplain of the Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto. Before joining Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto, Imam Yasin was part of the multi-faith chaplaincy team at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. He has lectured extensively on topics such as religion and the arts, Black Canadian culture and the history of Muslims in the West. While working alongside many non-profit organizations in Canada, Imam Yasin was the first full-time Muslim chaplain to work with the Correctional Service of Canada, a position he held for 12 years. As well, Imam Yasin is a long time board member of the Montreal based Institut Route de la Soie/Silk Road Institute, which is dedicated to expressing Canadian Muslim narratives through the visual, auditory and performing arts.
Our logo was designed with rich vibrant colours to be welcoming to those who may find themselves in need of our services. As a one-dimensional shape, the white hexagon within a larger hexagon serves as a metaphor for the space that the chaplaincy provides students. Whereas, the overlapping circular shapes within the larger hexagon are meant to represent the coming together of different people.
The shape of the hexagon can also be interpreted as a three-dimensional cube — a reference to the Ka‘bah — that serves as a unifying point for Muslims of various backgrounds.
Symbolizing diversity and creativity, we hope our logo will be a source of comfort and inspiration for all those who see it.