Kathy Malas

“Kathy is strong in every sense of the word. She is one of the great teachers of my life. I’ve been changed because I know her and I am blessed to have her in my life. I am in constant awe of her leadership.” – Mona Abdullah, Nominator

Kathy is a 32 year old speech therapist professional, residing in Montreal. She is the daughter of Lebanese parents with 3 siblings. She occupies several titles; speech language pathologist, innovation center and functions manager at CHU Sainte-Justine, Co-Founder of GoElMo and clinical research collaborator (2 publications). She is also completing a graduate diploma in Health and Social Services Management.  She plays soccer on Fridays with her colleagues.

Kathy was nominated by Mona Abdullah, a Canadian born, Egyptian raised, 28 year old woman. She graduated with a major in Human Resources Management and a minor in Human Relations in 2013. She currently works in sales, managing the territory of
Montreal for Ace Bakery, an all-natural ingredient bakery. And she loves it! Mona concerns herself with issues of
social justice. She tries to get involved and do her part as an active member of society. Mona nominated Kathy because….

“I met Kathy through friends at the mosque. She has many accomplishments under her belt as she brilliantly balances ferocious determination and a friendly disposition. Even with her busy schedule, she still finds the time to lead bi-weekly social gatherings surrounding the topic of religion, feminism, social justice. She encourages dialogue and promotes a safe place for us girls to voice our concerns. She is at the forefront of fighting Islamophobia.”-Mona Abdullah 

“I believe that when we do good… you see good. So I don’t need to be mentioned but I am very grateful.”-Kathy Malas

Aquil Virani on why he chose to CelebrateHer: Kathy is a tireless leader. And with all of her commitments and responsibilities – working as a speech language pathologist or the Vice President of the Canadian Muslim Forum, or a workshop facilitator in her faith community on spirituality – Manel says you can still phone her at 2am if you’re in trouble, and she will answer the call. The fundraising slogan of the CHU Sainte-Justine hospital where she works, “plus mieux guérir” (meaning “heal better”), applied not only to her profession, but to her faith, and her life as a Muslim community member living in Montreal.