Claude Awad is the Office Assistant at the Wellesley Institute. She holds an Honours Accounting and Computer diploma from The Toronto School of Business and an Executive Assistant Diploma from City College in Beirut, Lebanon. Claude started her career in 1978 working as an Office Assistant for UNICEF in Beirut. In 1991 Claude and her family moved to Canada where she started working in the Private Career Colleges sector as an Educational Consultant. Claude has experience coordinating events, developing policies and managing teams. She is also an active community volunteer. In 2008, Claude fundraised $30,000 to support a mental health clinic’s operations in the Gaza Strip. She has also organized concerts and silent auctions to fundraise for various women’s projects and acted as a vendor to promote and sell handicrafts from a refugee women’s cooperative.