MAC Welcomes The Dr. Lamia Ben Jemaa Education Fund

March 26, 2024

The Muslim Association of Canada (MAC) is honoured to welcome the establishment of The Dr. Lamia Ben Jemaa Education Fund, a remarkable initiative introduced by the family of Dr. Ben Jemaa. Today, the family has announced this initiative, which stands as a profound tribute to Dr. Ben Jemaa’s lasting legacy of dedication to empowering and promoting the educational progress of the Muslim community in Canada.

Dr. Lamia Ben Jemaa’s journey began when she arrived in Canada from Tunisia in 1986, at the young age of 18, with a scholarship from the Canadian International Development Agency’s (CIDA) Technology Transfer program. This prestigious award was given to only 30 students in Tunisia, marking the beginning of her academic and professional career. Dr. Ben Jemaa excelled in her studies at the University of Toronto, where she earned both her Master’s and PhD in Electrical Engineering, later becoming a Professor at Seneca College.

Dr. Ben Jemaa’s impact stretched well beyond her academic distinctions, dedicating 35 years to the development of the Muslim community in Canada. Her efforts spanned numerous areas, with a strong focus on community development, the empowerment of women, and the advancement of education. She was a leader in these realms, serving as the Chairperson of the Managing Board at Olive Grove School and as the Manager of MAC’s Al-Huda Schools. Through countless hours of volunteer work, she was instrumental in ensuring the delivery of high-quality Islamic education to thousands of children throughout the country.

Dr. Ben Jemaa’s valiant battle with cancer came to an end on September 27, 2023, concluding a lifetime filled with selflessness and dedication to community service. She generously donated $840,000 from her estate to support MAC’s educational programs. The fund has been used to establish an endowment (waqf) to provide a lasting resource for families seeking education.

MAC is deeply committed to honouring Dr. Ben Jemaa’s memory by developing the endowment fund established in her name. We are inspired by her life’s work and are dedicated to ensuring this sadaqa jariya (continuing charity) blossoms, providing ongoing support for the educational aspirations of the Muslim community in Canada. 

MAC invites the community to join in honoring Dr. Lamia’s remarkable life by contributing to the growth of this fund.

Tax receipts will be issued by the Charitable Gift Funds Canada Foundation.

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