“You are a great team. I wish you all the best of luck and thank you so much for the happiness you bring back to my family.”

– Almane

WIAF: An organization that acts on your behalf

Since 1966, the West Island Assistance Fund (WIAF) of Montréal has been responding to the needs of individuals and families in our community who are faced with social and financial difficulties. We provide them with food and, when the need arises, we give out clothing and household items. We have coordinated the distribution of Christmas baskets for the West Island territory since 2005.

Our usefulness to the community:
WIAF distributes more than $1,000,000 worth of goods and services annually. Help with food supply is our main activity and we consider it essential to offer our clients additional activities and services that will help their specific needs, to take charge of their own condition and to have the opportunity to purchase affordable products and merchandise.


Working towards the elimination of the causes of food insecurity and malnutrition in the West Island by focusing on the quality of our services and promoting the autonomy of our members.



Provide food, clothing and furniture to our community, as well as services supporting autonomy



Support and encourage the development of initiatives that meet the essential needs of the community



Support and encourage cooperation between those that work towards the wellbeing of the community



Offer services that promote the autonomy of our members


Meet the team

We’re a team made up of volunteers and hard workers passionate about fighting food insecurity within the West Island community.

Administrative and Accounting Assistant

Dillimah Nawosah

At WIAF, I do customer service and contactability. It’s a kind of accomplishment seeing my clients satisfied with food on the table. Hearing their genuine gratitude warms my heart and makes me want to keep going.

I also enjoy reading books in my spare time.

Administrative Assistant

Brianna Harris

Helping to fight food insecurity is important to me because having access to food is a human right that no person should be deprived of. The ultimate goal here is to uplift our community and help our neighbors when they need support.

I work in the WIAF office. We register new-comers as clients and I greet existing clients and set them up to receive their food baskets. In my free time, I like to go thrift shopping and digging for vintage finds. I must say it’s so great having our very own thrift store in the building!


Jasmine Lapointe

Communications and marketing are essential in spreading the word about food insecurity and its demand within the local community. By giving an outlet to show the public what is often suffered silently and behind closed doors, it creates visibility towards the communities who need it the most. I help curate our website and social media content as well as any other promotional activities.

In my free time I love hiking, thrifting, traveling, doing various art projects and discovering new artists at concerts and music festivals.

Urban Agriculture Coordinator

Navdisha Sandhu

I look over the garden, I communicate with volunteers and I organize events. I strongly believe that everyone deserves to have access to nutritious food at low-cost without having to worry about obtaining it. Eating should never have to be up for debate, it is a fundamental need and a right.

I also love to read, I enjoy travelling and I love networking with new individuals.

Board members

Head of Operations

Moussa Abdelkerim Ngarbassa

Moussa is at the head of the West Island Assistance Fund with a diverse team of employees and volunteers focused on the organization’s vision: To diminish food insecurity and malnutrition by focusing on the quality of service and the autonomy of its members.

He is an active participant in community organizations and affordable housing throughout Montreal.

He has been active in the non-profit sector for over a decade. Moussa sits on several boards of directors as a volunteer.

He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (M.A.P) from the National School of Administration (ÉNAP-Montreal) and joined the West Island Assistance Fund on January 25, 2021.

Moussa is married and has 5 children.

Being useful to the community and giving a smile are important elements for him.

He enjoys soccer, reading and traveling.

Board President

Michael Labelle

A member of the Board since March 2015 and its President since April 2019, Michael has been involved in the community for many years. A former city councilor for the City of Pierrefonds and a volunteer with several organizations, he understands the importance of being sensitive to the growing needs of the underprivileged populations who live in the area served by the WIAF.
Vice President

Harry Schulz

Harry has been active in the community since 1975. When he is not helping our food bank, he enjoys volunteering at Roxboro day and coaching hockey and soccer. The dedication of the volunteers and board members touches him the most about WIAF.

Marie-Pier Charette Couture

Food is fundamental to human life. Everyone should be able to eat enough. However, it is often thought that this is an issue that does not affect West Islanders, when in fact food insecurity is found everywhere. By working locally, you can see the concrete changes that the WIAF projects are making.

We love spending time as a family and our young daughter, Penelope. Our dog Alvin and horse Tango keep us very busy! On the weekends, you can find us in the kitchen traveling the world. In fact, it is not uncommon to find food from different parts of the world, which allows us to explore different cultures while cooking as a family!


Yves Leroux

Yves has been doing volunteer work in the community almost his whole life. Starting by coaching in both hockey and soccer for many years, co-organizer of a foot race in Cap St Jacques for almost 20 years and has done multitudes zoo therapy visits in hospitals and schools with his dog Nilan. He is especially proud of being a small part of helping those in need by being a board member of the West Island assistance fund since 2018 and hopefully for many more years.

David Hawkins

I have been a member of the Board of Directors since June 2020. I’m an avid reader, occasional writer, and love going for long evening walks. I’m always excited to find ways to explore my interests and to share them with others, be they conversations around LGBTQ2+ realities, Climate change and environmental causes, or intersectional justice.

As a lifelong resident of the West Island, and as someone who works with diverse marginalized populations in the community, I have seen first-hand how many socio-economic struggles, including homelessness, food insecurity, and financial insecurity are often hidden and ignored in the West Island. In order to combat food insecurity in the West Island, we must first raise awareness of its existence within our community, as well as its causes and its impacts. Food Insecurity disproportionately affects marginalized communities, and part of combating food insecurity also overlaps with the fight against systemic inequalities, and cannot be solved without approaching the many underlying factors that exist, even here in the West Island.


Jowairiyah Zafar

I was interested in becoming part of the WIAF board since it was a new experience. Being a recent graduate, it is a great opportunity for me to learn and develop new skills. Also, being part of the WIAF allows me to share my thoughts and opinions in order to better serve the community we are part of. As such, it is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am glad to be part of it!

Houda Hatem

I hope to give back like I was given throughout my short life. I would like to use my privileges and experiences as a Muslim woman, daughter of immigrant and nutritionist to help FDOI have a better, sustainable impact on the empowerment of the most vulnerable.