Jaffari Facilities Management Committee

PCC –Paint, Carpet & Calligraphy Project at Jaffari Community Centre

PCC – Paint, Carpet & Calligraphy Project at Jaffari Community Centre

One of the major projects undertaken after completion of the Jaffari Village is the interior works of Masjid Ghadeer, Zainabiyya halls, Zari rooms and Wudhoo areas. The Phase 1 of the project was substantially completed during the year 2015/16.

The scope of Phase 1 included the installation of plush new carpets with comfort padding and a fresh coat of paint to provide an updated modern look. In addition, several intricate art work and calligraphy pieces were incorporated into the design of Masjid Ghadeer and the Zainabiyya halls.

The project concept was conceived by JFMC and a project team consisting of professionals with a graphic and interior designing background. Projects details were presented to Executive Committee (BOD of the time) for review. Upon approval of the project and budgets, the feedback of Resident Alim Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi and Executive Committee were closely taken into account before finalization.

After some recommendations, the project commenced with recognition of the Islamic calendar and special events so as to limit the inconvenience caused to the patrons of the community center.

The project included many salient features:

  1. Paint colour to blend and suit the center’s vision
  2. 40 oz carpet which is in compliance with the Ontario fire code, plush padding to provide additional comfort level and a 10 years warranty. The carpet layout was done while keeping in mind that should damage occur to one part of the carpet, it has the ability to be restored. The Masjid area has a total of 313 Mussalla spaces. This exact number was utilized for its connection to the Imam of our time.
  3. The millwork design was completed in way to enable maximum storage and access to Quran, Dua books, Turba and Tasbihs.
  4. Certain Quranic verses were carefully selected and approved by the Resident Alim to be incorporated into various areas of the masjid. Classical Kufic script was used in the Mehrab, dome and windows of the Masjid. Quranic verses and Asma-ul-Husna were also incorporated inside the Zari rooms and the Zainabiyya hall.

The participation of these individuals has been integral to the completion of this project:

  • Resident Alim: Maulana Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi
  • BOD Members
  • Presidents: Br. Aliraza Rajani & Br. Shabbir Jeraj
  • Chairladies: Sr. Zehra Dilawar & Sr. Shabnees Siwjee
  • Mukhis: Br. Raza Kassam, Br. Mehboob Siwjee & Br. Akil Karim
  • JFMC Members
  • Secretariat including Director of Operations
  • Our in-house professionals which includes:
  • Team lead: Sr. Salma Alibhai
  • Graphic Designer: Br. Azeem Amirali,
  • Production associate: Br. Mazahir Somji ,
  • Professional Photographer: Sr. Zainab Jeraj
  • And many others who took time off to volunteer for this project which was successfully completed in a short period of time.

JFMC is beginning talks on phase-2 and the details shall be presented under the guidance of our Resident A’alim to the BOD headed by Br. Habib Meghjee in due course.

Past Projects

Jaffari Community Centre: Muharram Overview

Again for this year, Muharram planning by all the groups at Jaffari Community Centre began long ago and involved many volunteers

All volunteer groups and the Office staff with all the tools provided by Board of Directors worked tirelessly to ensure no stone was left unturned to prepare for Azadari during the mourning period of Muharram and safar.

This year, the President announcement Imam Zamana Safety and Security Initiative to ensure all attending Azadari should experience a total and safe environment.

Since initiation of this project, detailed planning for Muharram especially the first 12 days was undertaken with involvement of all key the stakeholders involving Ladies committee under the leadership of Chairlady, JIY,JVC , Parking ,AV, Mukhi team ,JFMB ,Security team,Neighbourhood watch  ,DOO, Facilities ,Office & BOD  worked collectively in execution and with the support of the attendees.Similarly hired security and YRP performed to the high standards in addition to the security layers of Jaffari community Centre.

Alhamdulillah, the Safety and Security was enhanced with  ‘low risk ‘ security threat recorded.However the vigil continues at all times by all our teams in place

Sr.Berak Hussein, a community wellness and mental health trainer of Ottawa, she shared her experience in participating in Azadari at JCC. She said ,’ Can only imagine the sheer magnitude of how much thought, planning, time and organization has gone into making sure that the Muharram programs runs as smoothly as it looks is impressive Mashallah.  I can only imagine the meetings, time and effort from all involved to ensure that all aspects from parking, security, food, traffic flow, speakers, majalis, volunteers, cleanliness, etc were thought of in detail and managed to ensure an amazing Muharram season with so many community members in attendance.  Mashallah the efforts of this planning shows beautifully.  Ma2joureen to all who were involved whim no doubt took time from their work, family and personal life to realize this all.
When I came to the JCC for the Muharram 2019 programs I was amazed by the many things put in place to ensure the running of a smooth and successful program especially considering the size of the attendees who come to the JCC.

One aspect is the high security set in place to ensure the safety of the center’s attendees. I was surprised at first when I saw the female security guards at all of the designated ladies’ entrances then remembered the world that we are living in and the need for such security measures in light of recent mosque attacks in different parts of the world including locally.   The security guard was courteous, friendly and thorough in checking our purses and our clothing.

It is sad that we have to put these measures in place but it is much safer knowing that it is implemented to prevent acts of atrocities God forbid.  I was also stopped by a volunteer on the outside of the center to not record when she saw me trying to record a clip.  I was explained after that this is not allowed as a means to manage security as well as to no attract unwanted attention from people who may be looking for a Muslim center to attack.  Again I appreciated the reasons behind the request considering the safety of thousands is at risk but saddened at the same time as the JCC is a source of pride that one would want to share with people to see what successful organized Muslims can accomplish Mashallah’.

A community can only be successful by the support of its participants and membership. We wish to thank Allah and all our community members for the opportunity to serve as the servant of the Imam of the time( ajtf). Please forward all your concerns and feedback to admin@jaffari.org  and this way we can keep on improving in our deliverance and services.

Jaffari Community Centre: Roof Solar System Installation

On June 2011 the EC at JCC signed a FIT contract version 1.5 with IESO with the aim of revenue generation for the JCC. This contract allowed JCC the ability to put up a 200 kW solar system to generate and sell electricity to Ontario’s electricity grid at a rate of $0.713 / kWh over a period of 20 years.

The JFMB team working alongside the DOO explored and presented various options to the EC. After carefully considering the options and taking into account risks as well as legal implications, the EC granted a contract to a solar panel developer which involved leasing the JCC roof space over a 20-year period. The developer took on the cost of procuring, installation and maintenance of the solar panels and committed to providing a guaranteed lease payment of $50,000 per annum with a total of $1 Million over the 20-year period.

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Jaffari Community Centre: Side Walk Rehabilitation

During the summer period, after extensive study and vetting process, JFMB in coordination with the EC and DOO made some much needed upgrades to the sidewalks at the Jaffari community Centre. Many areas of the sidewalk had buckled up, or exhibited big cracks and water proofing damage which was causing water leaks to the lower level. It had become a safety issue for the membership and guests, especially during winter periods. All the damaged areas were replaced with new 6 inch reinforced concrete and slopped away from the building. This project was completed in period of two months. Our sincere thank you to DOO/JFMB members  who worked hard to get this done and also the many JCC users who were impacted, and accommodated the Project Team, of any inconveniences caused during the construction period.

Jaffari Community Centre: Energy-Saving LED Lighting Systems

After an extensive study and evaluation of our exterior hydro consumption, Alectra Utility awarded a partial grant to JCC for the replacement of all exterior lighting to LED. JFMB (Jaffari Facilities & Management Board) working in tandem with DOO (Director of Operations), replaced all our exterior electrical fixtures to new energy efficient LED which consumes less than 50% energy of previous halogen-based fixtures. This has lead to a decrease in energy consumption thereby providing cost savings for JCC. The new LED lights have increased the lighting coverage especially around the temporary parking areas thus reducing our dependency on temporary generators. Due to a higher illumination level, the dome looks like an architectural marvel as envisaged by our original design intent thus showcasing Masjide Ghadeer and enhancing Islamic value in the city of Vaughan.

1400 years later, we are still able to maintain the legacy of the Prophet Muhammad (Saww) in our Centre by looking at the following historical event of Ghadeer:
The Prophet [s] held up the hand of ‘Ali and said: “For whoever I am his Leader (mawla), ‘Ali is his Leader (mawla).”

Contact Information

 

Email: jfmc@jaffari.org

About Us

The Executive Committee of ISIJ. Toronto decided to form a Committee to manage the facilities and to recommend and implement operating procedures and systems to ensure efficient and smooth operation of functions held at the Jaffari Community Centre.

The JFMC’s mission is to recommend and direct the implementation of operational functions and promote best practices to be executed by the Director of Operations and the Executive Committee of ISIJ.

The goal of the JMFC is to enable the facilities to be managed and utilized in an efficient and fair manner while prioritizing the social and economic benefit of the community.

Board Members 2019-20

Br. Khalil Champsi
Chairman
Br. Mehbub Manek
Vice Chairman
Br. Zuhair Karim
Secretary/Electrical and Controls
Br. Ali Khalfan
Safety & Security Infrastructure
Br. Mustafa Alidina
Secretary/Safety & Security Infrastructure
Br. Mohamed Raza Huda
Cleaning and General Duties
Br. Mohamedali Rashid
Building Maintenance
Br. Reza Ilkhani
HVAC & Rotary Equipment
Sr. Nabila Alibhai
HVAC & Rotary Equipment
Br. Mehboob Datoo
Cleaning and General Duties
Br. Ali Jawad Jeraj
Building maintenance & Exterior works
Br. Sikander Kara
Building maintenance & Exterior works
Syed Raza Jafri
Building Envelope and Infrastructure maintenance 
Tahir Jaffer
Electrical Installation