Canadian Palestinian Association in Manitoba

CPAM Executive & Board

Board of Directors

Top row, from left to right:

Ieman Zeid, Afif Mutawe, Mohamed Badwan, Wajih Zeid, Rafe Abdulla, Ahmad Kanaan

Bottom row, from left to right:

Maha Zeid, Rana Abdulla, Mouna Zeid, Sayda Qassim

Board of Directors


Maha Zeid

Born in Deir Ammar/Ramallah, Palestine Maha grew up in Winnipeg, where she has lived since the age of one. Maha studied sciences at the University of Manitoba but then followed a career in administration. She has sat on numerous boards along with volunteering. She contributed a positive impact at the Alhijra School of Manitoba by organizing the children's carnivals.

Maha has a strong sense of community, civic responsibility and volunteer spirit in Winnipeg.

She is married to Hakim Zeid and they have three daughters and four sons.

Sayda Qassim

Sayda is born and raised in Winnipeg. She graduated from Red River College in business and successfully runs her own Junior's restaurant in downtown Winnipeg.

Sayda is looking forward for volunteering her time and talent to see an engaged and united Palestinian community in Manitoba.

She is a proud wife to Riyad Qassim and the mother of two sons and a daughter. She enjoys the outdoors, walking and reading.

Honorary Board Members

Wajih Zeid 

Chairman and founding member of CPAM, Wajih was born in Beit Nabala/Lydd, Palestine. He arrived in Manitoba in February 1967, soon becoming a successful businessman, he founded the Foodfare Chain of grocery market stores and Chicken Delight outlets. He has played a strong leadership role in the Arab and Muslim Community.

Wajih's community contribution includes the funding of Al-Hijra Islamic School in Winnipeg and starting Manitoba's first mosque.

Watching hockey games is Wajih's most beloved hobby in which he has never missed a Jets game.

Wajih is married to Suad Zeid, an extraordinary example of a Palestinian mother for ingenuity, perseverance and ability to succeed. They have seven children and 38 grandchildren.

Rana Abdulla, CPA

Spokesperson and key player in reviving CPAM and in carrying out many volunteer activities that have affected the Palestinian community in Canada, Rana was born in Ahmadi/Kuwait. Rana is a tax accountant and a writer.

Rana is also a firm believer in human equality and human rights, consistently and tirelessly advocating for justice for her people to ensure that the Palestinian narrative is depicted accurately in the West.

Many refugees to Canada have benefited also from her support and she has extensively documented the personal narratives of Nakba survivors for their historic importance. She has authored two books - Blind Love and My Za'atar in Canada that are now just awaiting publication.

Rana is married to Rafe Abdulla and they have four daughters and three grandsons. Her hobbies are container gardening, making pastries and collecting antique Palestinian embroideries and arts. She is also a choreographer of Palestinian dance and expert in traditional Palestinian music.