Banin Abdul Khaliq

Banin Abdul Khaliq, Program Director

Banin Abdul Khaliq is an AYEDI Program Director where she is responsible for providing project leadership on the development, coordination, and implementation of AYEDI programs. Since earning her degree in psychology from York University, she has dedicated her efforts to the non-profit sector; her interests lie at the intersection of criminal justice issues and mental health. Through her work, she delivers the court diversion program at the Newmarket and Bradford courthouses while also facilitating psychoeducational programs for probation and court-ordered youth and adults.

Outside of work, Banin volunteers as a Programs and Engagement Co-Director at STAND Canada, a national, youth-led advocacy organization working to make ending and preventing genocide a cornerstone of Canadian foreign and domestic policy. She also provides grief and bereavement support to youth through her local hospice.

Banin hopes to use her extensive experience in youth and community work to further support the growth of AYEDI programs and foster an environment that empowers Afghan-Canadian youth to be leaders and active members of their communities. Banin’s hobbies include writing screenplays, re-watching nostalgic Jackie Chan movies, and hanging out with her grandma.