Meet our counsellors

Imam Yasin Dwyer

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.

Available on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays

Olfat Sakr

Olfat Sakr is a student intern at the Muslim Chaplaincy of Toronto. Olfat worked as a front-end developer for several years before quitting her job to work with refugees and study the Deen with teachers in Egypt. She facilitated cross-cultural dialogue and has an interest in peace-building. Life experiences as well as interactions with others made her realize that we cannot be at peace with others if we are not at peace with our own selves. This fuelled her passion for the intersection of religion, spirituality and mental health, leading her to pursue a master’s degree in Spiritual Care and psychotherapy at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto. She completed a placement at Scarborough Health Network in 2019 and is currently completing her final placement at CAMH.

Available on: Mondays, and Tuesdays

Imam Omar Patel

Imam Omar Patel was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. His interest in the Arabic language and Islamic studies took him to study internationally enrolling in the rigorous 7-year Alim program consisting of advanced Qur’anic exegesis, Islamic theology and early Hadith studies. He completed his program in South Africa where he graduated with a BA in Arabic and Islamic Studies, and achieved numerous authorizations in the Islamic sciences. After returning home to Canada, Imam Omar felt a calling to bridge his knowledge of Islamic Sciences with modern spiritual care and psychotherapy – and so began his Masters in Pastoral Studies l at the University of Toronto to become a trained chaplain and psychotherapist. Imam Omar complemented his studies in psychotherapy with certification from the Toronto Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling. In 2016, Imam Omar was selected as the Muslim Chaplain at University of Toronto Scarborough Campus where he caters to the needs of Muslim students by holding counselling sessions and weekly programs.

Available on: Mondays, and Tuesdays