FAQ

What is NANMMA Canada?

NANMMA Canada is the legal entity that represents NANMMA in Canada which connects all local Malayalee Muslim groups and associations. It helps to connect all Malayalee Muslims across Canada with their counterparts in the US.

Why do we need NANMMA in Canada?

NANMMA’s primary goal is to connect all Malayalee Muslim communities in North America. It had members from Canada since its inception as AMMAN in 2015 and has a fiduciary responsibility to protect the interests of its Canadian members while enabling them to connect with their counterparts in the US. To operate in Canada as an organization to support social welfare, civic improvement, pleasure, and recreation of its members, NANMMA has to be a registered entity in Canada.

Though members from Canada were able to support the causes of NANMMA, they were unable to make tax-deductible contributions since NANMMA existed as a charity organization only in the US. At the Chicago Convention in 2017, NANMMA promised the community to have a similar charity organization in Canada. NANMMA Canada would be a self-sustained organization in Canada registered with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). All financial transactions in Canada would be according to CRA guidelines.

Who are NANMMA Regional Delegates (NRDs)?

The NANMMA Regional Delegates (NRD) shall be the voice of the local group in the NRD Committee. A NANMMA member shall self nominate to represent their local community.

How can I be a NANMMA Member?

Please register using our NANMMA Mobile App, which is on iOS and Android stores. You may also register at https://nanmmaonline.com.

Where do I get a NANMMA Member ID?

NANMMA Member ID is available from your profile in NANMMA Mobile App.

What am I subscribing to when I become a NANMMA Member or when I self-nominate for NRD?

You are subscribing to NANMMA ByLaw, which is on Social Network. However, a public version is available at https://nanmmaonline.org/bylaw/.

Do you have a limit on the number of NRDs?

According to the current bylaw, the number in the NRD Committee shall be restricted to a total of 100. Each local group can nominate up to 2 NRD based on the number of members in their local group with the following rule:

  • < 50 families = 1 NRD
  • >= 50 families = 2 NRD

Additional NRDs may be nominated to represent Youth and Women

How are Regional Delegates (NRD) and executive Board of Directors (NBD) selected?

NANMMA Canada would have representatives from all 5 Regions in Canada:

  • Atlantic Region (Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick);
  • Central Region (Ontario);
  • Prairie Region (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta);
  • West Coast Region (British Columbia); and
  • Northern Region (Quebec, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory)

Each region would have members from all local groups. The local groups in it can nominate their regional delegate to their NANMMA Canada region. A region would then collectively nominate its candidates for the NANMMA Board of Directors (NBD). The NBD candidates would then together come up with a panel for the NBD – President, VP, Secretary, Treasurer, etc.

Who are the Executive Board of Directors (NBDs)?

The NANMMA Executive Board of Directors (NBD) represents the executive body of the community that would run the day to day operations of the organization. The NBD is a subset of NRD, and its members should be a legal resident of Canada. They should not have any affiliation with the organization listed by Public Safety of Canada and TRAC..

The NBD shall, at a minimum, consist of the following members with representation from geographic regions:

  • Executive President
  • Executive Vice President
  • Executive Secretary
  • Executive Treasurer
  • Executive Director of Media and Communications

The following positions will be nominated by the above-elected members from NRD:

  • Executive Director of Women’s Affair
  • Executive Director of Youth Affairs

When would NBD assume its executive role?

NBD would assume their executive role by mid of April 2020 at the NANMMA Convention in Dallas, TX.

What is the deadline to nominate a Regional Delegate (NRD)?

All nominations should be received by the end of January 30, 2020.

What happens if there are multiple nominations from a location?

The following criteria would be used for assessing a candidate:

  1. The time commitment for NANMMA,
  2. Involvement in local communities.
  3. Past engagement with NANMMA,

In case two candidates have the same qualities and commitment, we will go with virtual voting methods and lotto as in current bylaw.

Is NANMMA affiliated with any political parties or agenda?

NANMMA does not have any political affiliation. However, as it is an open platform, it has members from all walks of life and background.

What are the various Activity Groups in NANMMA?

  1. Charity (Zakah, Sadaqah, etc.)
  2. Youth Empowerment (Engaging with youth in the community)
  3. Faith and Family (Religious activities within the community)
  4. Civic Engagement (Advocacy activities)
  5. Interfaith (Liaison with other faith communities)
  6. Infrastructure Support (Website, Mobile App, Conference, etc.)
  7. Public Relations (Press Release, Graphic, Audio, and Video Content, etc.)
  8. Project Management (Manage NANMMA projects)
  9. Membership (Develop NANMMA membership base)

How can I reach the NANMMA if I have more questions regarding the election in Canada?

Please send an email to election@nanmma.ca