Mandana Attarzadeh is an Author, speaker, women’s empowerment coach, non-profit leader, and social justice advocate. Born and raised in Iran, Mandana immigrated to Canada in July 2006. Driven by her passion for social justice and her desire to address root causes of ill health, Mandana who was initially trained as a medical doctor, deliberately gave up on her medical career in Iran and embarked in a journey that brought her to Community Development and Social Justice Field. In her current role, Mandana empowers residents of a very diverse neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, to take leadership and engage in collective community action to improve their neighbourhood and their living condition.
Through her community development work, Mandana has mentored a large and diverse group of both newcomer and established neighbourhood residents in participatory processes to identify and work to reduce the multiple barriers to prosperity and well-being of their community that they face. Mandana is a connector/ facilitator and a consensus builder.