Elie Kozma, Resettlement Assistance Program Manager
Please help us welcome Elie Kozma into his new role as the Resettlement Assistance Program Manager at ICA. Elie has worked with ICA since 2012 as the Employment Program Coordinator and speaks English, Arabic and French. In his new role, Elie will be working directly with Government Sponsored Refugees arriving to Victoria as well as overseeing the Resettlement Assistance Program under Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
“I am very pleased to be in this new role at ICA as the Resettlement Assistance Program Manager. Being a first generation Lebanese Canadian and having a chance to work with refugees from my family’s neighboring country really strikes a chord, as in 1975 my parents went through a similar situation. They fled a civil war and raised us in Canada and experienced similar turbulences that helped shape my understanding and identity in Canada. Being new in this program I want to deepen my knowledge and understanding of resettling and work to strengthen and diversify our local communities.”
Lissette Tougas, Settlement Youth Worker
Lissette Tougas joins ICA’s Youth Services team with over 10 years of experience working with newcomer youth and adults and experience in workshop facilitation and program development. She has earned a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary and is currently completing a Masters in Counseling Psychology. Lisette has a passion for trauma-informed care and working with vulnerable populations.
Originally from El Salvador, she came to Canada in 1988 with her family as a refugee. Having lived experience of the settlement processes, Lissette has a great appreciation for those who support newcomers and for the challenges newcomers face. She identifies as a proud Latin-Canadian.
Lissette found solace in organized basketball, and credits the game and her mentors for her success in leaving gang and criminal activity as a teen. After an amateur basketball career at Camosun College she moved back to Calgary to pursue additional post-secondary education. In 2008 Lissette co-founded an elite basketball non-profit, Genesis Basketball, which has grown into a national program known for fusing recreation and social work: including, having its own training facility, a junior NBA program, and traveling elite teams in Calgary, Alberta. Lissette has also coached high school girls’ basketball for over 12 years.
“I am looking forward to being a part of such a great team and organization and I consider it an honour and a privilege to be able to do such valuable work for a living. Please feel welcomed to say hi and tell me about yourself.”