About the Editor
About Cross Cultures Magazine
© 408918, 1991
Cross Cultures was launched in 1991 on Canada Day and distrubuted free in Southwestern Ontario.
Conceived to complement the growing diversity of Canada's ethnic and cultural makeup.
"Promoting mutual respect and harmony through knowledge and better understanding".
Transcending barriers: Cross Cultures is an open forum for everyone to participate.
It was and continues to be a great source of information about the different cultures and faiths of the people of Canada, written by the people of Canada,
through dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.
Cross Cultures does not take any stand on issues, instead we welcome
freedom of expression for all..
We try not to offend anyone, and wish to stress the fact that the articles reflect the individual writers' opinions.
We also believe that culture is not only about ethnicity - food and music etc, indeed it is about the extent of civility of its people
towards each other and especially towards its most vulnerable, be they the elders, children or most importantly, towards its minorities.
Any culture is the outcome of its peoples' history and past experiences.
Culture is also about how we express all this in poetry, drama, theatre, music and the visual media.
You are invited to add, discuss, comment, share thoughts whether you agree or disagree. Send us an article, poem, short story ...
be positive, be active
Join in the dialogue, lets all take a more informed approach towards mutual understanding
Contact us today.
Gehan D. Sabry has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ein Shams University, Cairo (1974) majoring in
Accounting (with minors in Management, Economics, Law, and Marketing).
Work/Employment History includes:
1991-present Owner/Publisher/Editor - Cross Cultures Magazine
1994-present Owner/Manager - Sphinx Graphics & Printing
1997-2001 Executive Admin.- VLSI Research Group at the University of Waterloo
1988-1994 Co-ordinator of the Arabic Heritage Language school - developing course outline
International Language Instructor & Trainer to other teachers, Waterloo County Board of Education
ongoing Certified Cultural Interpreter with both the Multicultural Centre & Waterloo Regional Police
Office Manager with several American Petroleum Companies:
1980-81 Preschool Teacher - English School
1976-80 Assisting with husband's private business as well as Private English Teacher for French students
1974-75 Airline Ticketing and Reservations Agent
Gehan who is also the co-owner / manager of Sphinx Graphics & Printing since 1994, continues to edit, publish,
distribute as well as promote and market the magazine, with the strong conviction that the magazine is
accomplishing its goals of promoting mutual respect, racial harmony and towards establishing a base for human
relations free of racism and stereotyping.
She has the personal ability to communicate and interact with any individual, on a human level, regardless of
background, race, religion/spirituality, culture, orientation or conviction ... and believes that there is good in everyone,
if that is the side you choose to look for.
CROSS CULTURES SPECIAL EVENTS:
2004-2009 * Perspectives Lecture Series-monthly (in partnership with Kitchener Public Library) with an annual
Christmas Seasons of Light celebration
2002-present * International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination (co-sponsor: City of Kitchener)
1994/95 * Panel Discussions on Anti-Racism (co-sponsor: Race Relations Committee of K-W)
* Live Phone -In show on Racial Harmony (co-sponsor: CKWR 98.7 FM Radio)
* Live Phone -In show on Racial Harmony (co-sponsor: Rogers Cable 20 TV)
1995 * Cross Cultures Talents Festival (co-sponsor: City of Kitchener)
1993 * Cross Cultures Art Contest (co-sponsor: Joseph Schneider Haus & Gallery)
2009 * Leading Women Building Communities (Hon Minister Responsible for Women's Issues)
- The Honourable Laurel Broten)
2006 * Strong Role Model Award (YMCA International)
2004 * Entrepreneur Immigrant Woman (FOCUS for Ethnic Women of Waterloo Region)
1998 * Spirit of Local Democracy (The Working Centre)
- presented by Mayor Of Kitchener
1994 * Invaluable Contributions to Race Relations (Race Relations Committee of K-W)
- presented by Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
1993 * Baha'i Community's OUTSTANDING EFFORTS AWARD
for Promoting Racial Harmony
1993 * Sikh Community's SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION AWARD
for Promoting Racial Harmony
1993 * OKTOBERFEST MULTICULTURAL WOMAN OF THE YEAR
ongoing * Member of the African Women's Alliance of Waterloo Region
- including participating in the annual Afro Festival
- speaker at annual African Heritage event
2009- * Equity & Inclusion Advisory Group: Waterloo Region District School Board
2008- * Multicultural Pre Natal Health Fair committee
2007-2009 * YWCA Interfaith Committee
ongoing * Coalition of Concerned Citizens- responding to racial incidents in Waterloo Region
2006 * Participated in the Waterloo Regional District School Board Audit Report on Equity
2006 * Friendship Mini Soccer Tournament (partnership with WRPS)
- included four ethnic community teams (Portuguese, Serbian, Police, Afghanistani)
2005-present * Waterloo Regional Police Services OPEN HOUSE planning committee
2000-present * Sacred World Music Festival committee : bi-annual event
1992-2003 * Race Religious and Ethno-cultural Equity Advisory Committee:
Waterloo Region R.C. Separate School Board
2002-2003 * Mayor's Task Force on Community Relations - City of Waterloo
2002 * Mayor's Inclusion Working Group - City of Kitchener
1999-present * Waterloo County Holocaust Education Committee
1993-1995 * Advisory Panel of Women in Business & Industry:
Provincial Minister Responsible for Women's Issues- Marion Boyd
1994/1995 * Race Relations of K-W's Planning Committee for commemoration of United Nations:
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
1992-1997 * Equity Action Coalition: Waterloo Regional Public School Board
1992-1995 * Member Business Women in Networking
1992 * Hiring Committee to select Executive Director, Working for Work
2008 * YMCA Mentorship program
2006-2010 * Co-Hosting Islam Faith & Cultures radio show on Faith FM 94.3 Christian Radio Station
2006-07 * Latitudes Story Telling Festival- story telling (Egypt)
2001-present * Afro Festival - annual - in Waterloo Park (representing Egypt)
1991-93 * Co-hosting then Hosting Arabic program on CKWR
1991/92 * Board of Directors: K-W Arab Association
1991/92 * Steering Committee & Group Leader: Inter-cultural Women's Group
1991-93 * Co-Ordinator: Arabic Heritage Language
1991-93 * ESL Committee Chairperson: K-W Literacy Council
1991-93 * Literacy Workshop Apprentice Trainer: Laubach
1989-93 * ESL Tutor: K-W Literacy Council
1989-91 * Promotions &,Public Relations Chairperson-Doon Pioneer Park Community Association
-Opening Ceremonies Week Committee of DPPCA Community Centre
(Chairing the Entertainment & Fundraising)
-Initiated and supervised many free drop in Hobby Clubs for all ages
-Started an annual Talents Festival
-Initiated Saturday Family Drop-In at Community Centre
-Published a community bi-monthly newsletter
-Co-ordinated neighbourhood representation in "Kitchener My City" Outdoor Art Exhibition
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Coverage in the K-W Record (full articles twice about launching the magazine-and many times over the years
announcing and coverage for the annual March 21st) other times when receiving awards, and quoted on certain
Appeared on CTV regarding Sharia Law, and interviewed each year during March 21st (also on Rogers TV)
Invited frequently on Rogers Daytime to promote Cross Cultures sponsored community events.
Was part of CTS Faith Journal #420 (first aired Dec.6/08)