Code Youth's Board of Directors
PRESIDENT & CEO
Mona Forrest, CAE, has been an Executive Director and Board Member in the not for profit field for more than 25 years, and has contributed as an association manager in a variety of fields, including social services, vocational, international development, health and arts and culture. Her greatest enthusiasms while working in the sector have been fundraising for difficult causes, advocacy without breaking too many rules, fixing problems and communications, startups, social media for non-profits, and technology for people.
She is the founder of Centre des femmes de Montréal, one of Canada’s longest-standing Women’s Centres, Passages, a shelter and program for young women in difficulty, and co-founder of Auberge Madeleine, one of Canada’s first housing resource for homeless women over 18. Mona has been recognized with awards from United Way, the Montreal Citizenship Council, the Women Who Make a Difference Award and the federal government Citation for Citizenship
Giselle has more than 30 years’ management experience in the not-for-profit sector within several different industries and fields. Her most rewarding and recent work has been within the education sector helping students from all walks of life. Several years of experience as a teacher, coop placement officer, and program manager, has helped the many students that she has met to find their passion and achieve their goals.
Giselle is currently the Executive Director of English Language Tutoring for the Ottawa Community, an organization that provides individualized and accessible home-based English as a Second Language (ESL) tutoring to newcomers who cannot attend classes. She is confident that Code Youth will help many of our most vulnerable youth gain access to life-changing choices.
Amin Abdu is a senior corporate accountant with over ten years of experience in financial accounting. As a skilled planner and problem-solver, Amin has dedicated his career to helping businesses meet their financial objectives. Amin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration focused in Accounting from Sikkim Manipal University.
Alex Katayama, the Technical Director of Code Youth’s Board of Directors, is an IT “jack of all trades” with experience in e-commerce development, UI/UX theory, Windows and Linux server administration, networking, and general troubleshooting and technical understanding across virtually every facet of IT. Although Alex pursued a degree in political sciences, he believes that with the proper development of IT skills, any individual can secure a position in the IT sector.
In the IT sector, Alex is the IT Project Manager at EnvisionUP, where he deals with professional headaches of a technical nature. Alex also freelances as a Technical Consultant, where he has gained 10 years of proficient experience in many different facets of technology. His previous work includes being the Manger of Client Services, Training and Quality Control at Envision Online Media inc., where he participated in many versatile roles. Due to Alex’s background, he believes that Code Youth will truly allow at-risk youth to enter employment positions in the IT sector.
Fareha Muhammady trained as a Senior Auditor at MNP, a national accounting firm, receiving her CPA, CA designation in 2018. She holds experience volunteering at an environmental not-for-profit organization. Fareha graduated from Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business in 2016. Fareha holds 5 years of experience auditing private and public companies and not-for-profit organizations. She looks forward to employing her skills to enable youth to reach their full potential.