Ms. Shaheen is a director and founding member of the Anti-NMDA Receptor Encephalitis Foundation. Her daughter was the first positively identified case in Canada in January 2008. Since then, her daughter has had 4 relapses and continues to battle her way to recovery. She serves as Caregiver/Patient advocate on the Foundation. Ms. Shaheen holds an Honours B.A. in German Literature and Language from McGill University and a certificate in Publishing Studies from The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland. She has been an employee of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Canada, since 1991. She is fluent in English, French and German.