Founder of Compassion Society of Halton – Mina Wahidi passed on April 4th

Mina Wahidi’s died on April 4th 2023.

Mina Wahidi was the founder of Compassion Society of Halton – a charity that she founded 23 years ago out of a place of need and one that has grown today into a hard-wired community hub where anyone who is struggling and going through a hard time is welcome – regardless of color, faith, race/ ethnicity, gender, nationality and/ or political affiliations.

It is without doubt that The Compassion Society would not be what it is today – had it not been for Mina’s contributions and hard work in its earlier stages. From her beginnings in her basement, then a church basement and onto a small storefront in White Oaks plaza on Plains Road and on, until recently, through several of the units at the ‘Bingo’ Plaza on Plains Road. Today Compassion Society has its home on 1881 Fairview Street Burlington and helps and supports over 3000 Halton residents with food, clothing, self-care and hygiene items, basic needs for their children and families through special programs and community referrals to many other services in the community.

For this and more, Mina Wahidi was recognized and acknowledged by the City of Burlington through the Burlington Citizen of the year award in 2005. She also received a Queen’s Jubilee medal and the Paul Harris Fellow Award, a prestigious Rotary Club Honor. A champion of the most vulnerable amongst us – with lived experiences of hardship and vulnerability – Mina never shied away from helping others no matter what. No one ever saw her without a smile on her face and the passionate positive energy that she always emanated was contagious.

What Mina has started at Compassion Society is a phenomenon of continuous charity that continues to support and help individuals in need beyond her life and time on this Earth – for this every blessing and gratitude that the patrons of Compassion Society feel every time they come to the charity – Mina will forever be rewarded and cherished.

On behalf of the Compassion Society board of directors, staff, volunteers and clients we honor her memory and offer our deepest condolences to her family – especially her three young children. Wishing them peace and patience in these trying times.


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