Remembering Mohamad Elyasi: A dear friend and dedicated volunteer

The NMC-CESI family is heartbroken to learn of the death of our beloved friend Mohamad Elyasi in the crash of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752, near Tehran. A longtime member of our community and a dedicated volunteer, Mohamad will always be remembered for his indescribable kindness, warmth and sincerity; for always helping people however he could. There will be a moment of silence held for Mohamad and the other 176 passengers at our event on Saturday January 11th at The Cat’s Eye (Victoria College)- University of Toronto. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time.

For more information about our event on Saturday the 11th of January follow this link to our Facebook event.

Please join us and bring your loved ones.


CESI is now recruiting new team members from within the University of Toronto student body, including executive members at large, but also specifically to fill the two positions. Click to read about them.


CESI is a student-led educational and humanitarian initiative created by students and faculty at the Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations at the University of Toronto. Since April 2016, this initiative has served as a springboard for Syrian newcomer youth who need help with language acquisition, are interested in continuing their studies, and are looking for support in their settlement process. CESI’s weekly workshops are unique in their “exchange” principle: UofT students learn Arabic from Syrian newcomers, who learn English from UofT students through worksheets on topics related to Canadian society. Our group of volunteers—over 200 members!—also assist with a range of activities and needs across Toronto, helping sponsors and newcomers to communicate and perform necessary tasks for adjustment to life in Canada.

For the 2019-20 academic year CESI is interested in reaching out to newcomer groups in the GTA that would benefit from our programming. Our language exchanges and workshops have typically been designed for Arabic speakers, but we always welcome newcomers from all backgrounds! We’re interested in working with many languages & diasporas as the CESI family grows.

CESI is now recruiting new team members from within the University of Toronto student body, including executive members at large, but also specifically to fill the two positions listed below:

A. Treasurer.

It shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer to:

I. Maintain the NMC-CESI budget and accounts;

II. Keep an accurate record of the association’s financial dealings;

III. Provide a financial report for presentation at regular general meetings;

IV. Provide a balance sheet and statement of income and expenses before vacating office;

B. Secretary

It shall be the responsibility of the Secretary to:

I. Attend all meetings and be a contributing team member

II. Make a list of all registered members

III. Record minutes, notes and motions for meetings

IV. To provide copies of minutes of previous meetings for review at subsequent meetings.

V. Notify all members of meetings

VI. Handle official correspondence of the organization

For more information about our group:


If you are a UofT student interested in joining the Executive team as a general member, or to ask any questions about the vacant positions currently available, please email us!