Jalil Marhnouj

Community Member, CEC

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Biograpahy

Jalil Marhnouj is a husband and a proud father. He is currently an Analyst with the Public Service Commission. Jalil is President of the Assunnah Muslims Association and rotating Chair of the United Muslim Organizations Of Ottawa-Gatineau (UMO-OG). He has been a public servant for 18 years, where he has received several awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Jalil takes pride in his commitment to his community and has been awarded for all of his outstanding community work including the Joe Assabgui Community Champion Award  He is the past Secretary-General of the I.LEAD Conference, an annual conference for youth and families in Ottawa-Gatineau. He is the past President and Board Chair of the South East Ottawa Community Health Centre. He co-founded the Syrian Refugee Task Force in Ottawa which was instrumental in welcoming the new commers. He played a key role in fundraising over a million dollars for community building and humanitarian relief, including the CHEO Foundation, United Way, Fort McMurray fire victims and the Muslim community in Ottawa. Jalil was instrumental in bringing 13 Muslim organizations together to form the United Muslims Organization of Ottawa-Gatineau (UMO-OG). He was a member of the “After the Storm Response” team in Ottawa to help the Ottawa Tornado victims in 2018. He was also among the organizers of the donation-collection effort of the UMO-OG who collected donations for the cause and organized teams of volunteers to help on the ground. In 2019, the UMO-OG was later nominated and received the United Way “Healthy People, Strong Communities Award” for their dedication to supporting the most vulnerable members in the community. Most recently, Currently Jalil is supporting various groups in managing the COVID-19 Pandemic. In March, he spearheaded a city wide Covid response team with Muslim Organizations in Ottawa, the UMO-OG COVID-19 Relief Effort. This relief effort has been supporting the most vulnerable populations across Ottawa-Gatineau with grocery pick-ups, food boxes, hygiene kits and mental health support. To date, this effort has supported thousands of families and has provided over 3000 food boxes and 1200 hygiene kits to those in need.