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What is NANMMA Canada?

NANMMA Canada is the legal entity that represents NANMMA in Canada which connects all local Malayalee Muslim groups and associations. It helps to connect all Malayalee Muslims across Canada with their counterparts in the US.

Why do we need NANMMA in Canada?

NANMMA’s primary goal is to connect all Malayalee Muslim communities in North America. It had members from Canada since its inception as AMMAN in 2015 and has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the interests of its Canadian members while enabling them to connect with their counterparts in the US. To operate in Canada as an organization to support social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, and recreation of its members, NANMMA has to be a registered entity in Canada.

Though members from Canada were able to support causes of NANMMA, they were unable to make tax-deductible contributions since NANMMA existed as a charity organization only in the US. At the Chicago Convention in 2017, NANMMA promised the community to have a similar charity organization in Canada. NANMMA Canada would be a self-sustained organization in Canada registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). All financial transactions in Canada would be according to CRA guidelines.

Who are NANMMA Regional Delegates (NRDs)?

The NANMMA Regional Delegates (NRD) shall be the voice of the local group in NRD Committee.  Each local group shall nominate their NRD their representative in the NRD Committee. 

Do you have a limit on the number of NRDs?

According to current bylaw, the number in NRD Committee shall be restricted to a total of 100. Each local group can nominate up to 2 NRD based on the number of members in their local group with following rule

  • < 50 families = 1 NRD
  • >= 50 families = 2 NRD
  • Additional NRDs may be nominated represent Youth and Women

We are currently reviewing the above to fit the need and population structure of Canada.

How are Regional Delegates (NRD) and executive Board of Directors (NBD) selected?

NANMMA Canada would have representatives from all 5 Regions in Canada:

  • Atlantic Region (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick);
  • Central Region (Ontario);
  • Prairie Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta);
  • West Coast Region (British Columbia); and
  • Northern Region (Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory)

Each region would have members from all local groups. The local groups in it can nominate their regional delegate to their NANMMA Canada region. A region would then collectively nominate its candidates for NANMMA Board of Directors (NBD). The NBD candidates would then together come up with a panel for the NBD – President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, etc. The existing Canadian NRDs and NBDs would be grandfathered into NANMMA Canada along with the new NRDs and NBDs from other regions where we currently don’t have representation.

Interested in being a Regional Delegate? Please use this form to nominate a Regional Delegate.

Who are the Executive Board of Directors (NBDs)?

The NANMMA Executive Board of Directors (NBD) represents the executive body of the community that would run the day to day operations of the organization. The NBD is a subset of NRD and its members should be a legal resident of US or Canada. They should not have any affiliation with organization listed by Public Safety of Canada and TRAC.

The NBD shall, at a minimum, consist of the following members with representation from geographic regions:

  1. Executive President
  2. Executive Vice President
  3. Executive Secretary
  4. Executive Treasurer
  5. Executive Director of Media and Communications

The following positions will be nominated by the above elected members from NRD:

  1. Executive Director of Women’s Affair
  2. Executive Director of Youth Affairs

For 2019, there will not be any nominations (for Women’s Affair and Youth Affair) from the NBD as two of the existing NBDs will be grandfathered into the new NANMMA Canada NBD. However, their positions will be decided after all other NBDs are selected.

When would NBD assume its executive role?

NANMMA Canada NBD would assume their executive role by end of April 2019 at the NANMMA Convention in Toronto.

What is the deadline to nominate a Regional Delegate (NRD)?

All nomination should be received by end of March 31, 2019 through the election process. Please use this form to nominate a Regional Delegate.

Is NANMMA affiliated with any political parties or agenda?

NANMMA does not have any political affiliation. However, as it is an open platform, it has members from all walks of life and background.