Born and raised in Ottawa, Shawana Shah holds two Masters Degrees, one in Educational Psychology and other in Counselling. She is a Clinician at the Roberts/Smart Centre Secure Live-in Treatment program and works with youth ages 12-18 years old experiencing complex trauma and mental health issues. Previously she was a support worker in the Pathways to Education program where she worked with underprivileged youth and families living in social housing neighbourhoods.
Shawana has remained an active member of the Muslim community through various services including consultation, training and liaison work. She is a founding member of Ottawa Muslim Community Services, which has created programs and initiatives that fill noticeable gaps in the Muslim community, including domestic violence and parenting. As an advocate for mental health and well-being, Shawana is an active Mental Health First Aid trainer. She speaks four languages; English, French, Urdu and Punjabi. She is also a proud mother of 2.