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PeerWorks Staff

Allyson Theodorou

Operations Director

Allyson began working for PeerWorks back in 1993 in its earlier incarnation as the former CSDI. Originally tasked as an administrative assistant, she has taken on other responsibilities including office finances, conference organizer and, working with graduates of the PeerWorks Peer Support Core Essentials Program while they complete their internships. She is certified with Peer Support Canada, and is qualified to deliver PeerWorks Peer Support Core EssentialsTM Program training. Allyson lives with her husband, two teenaged boys and their dog Scout who they adopted from a rescue organization. In her spare time, Allyson enjoys spending time with family and friends, trying new vegan recipes and exploring a healthy lifestyle.

Zebina Virji

Administrative Coordinator

Zebina Virji is a champion of peer support and embodies her life around peer support principles. She is a cheerleader for her peers alike. Zebina embodies hope as an integral part of her journey, as she is resilient in her recovery.

Zebina has experience working at a Krasman Centre, a Consumer Survival Initiative (CSI), as a Family Peer Supporter and Wrap Hub Coordinator. Zebina also has experience working with Peer Support Organizations as a Peer Supporter with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA Peel Dufferin). Zebina has eight-plus years of experience being a Peer Supporter and is a Registered Social Service Worker (RSSW) and a Peer Support Canada Certified Peer Supporter (CPS). Zebina is an avid facilitator and likes to spend her downtime with her dog and family.

Mina Zahine

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

Mina joins PeerWorks with 5+ years of experience in strategic communications. She spent the beginning of her professional career in her home country of Afghanistan, gaining experience at a research think tank, foreign affairs, and a UN agency. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s Degree in Global Affairs at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Mina is a storyteller driven by the desire to help build a more equitable world.