Albert Akoury, Youth Services Facilitator
Hi! My name is Albert Akoury and I have only recently moved back to Victoria after 6 years of studying and working in Montreal. I just completed my bachelor’s degree in International Relations and I’m enthusiastic to see what kind of career path my studies will lead me down. Aside from my interest in Canadian and global politics, I enjoy exploring the town, reading a good book, and playing all kinds of sports. Currently, I’m a member of two Volleyball clubs and try to play drop-in Soccer whenever I have the time.
I have a deep interest in learning about different cultures and have prioritized language and travel as two key components for my personal development. I’m also passionate about helping others and for this reason am very excited to be part of the RAP team at the ICA.
Ella Autajay, Administrative Assistant, Employment Services
I have worked for a multi-national financial institution where my skills in client services and office administration were honed and introduced me to clients from different walks of life.
In September 2008, I immigrated to Canada with my husband and our two lovely girls. I was a homemaker for six years, and was waiting for my children to attend school fulltime when I started to volunteer in our parish office.
Later I was hired at ICA as an administrative assistant. This position gave me the opportunity to welcome newcomers in Victoria who come to this organization for different services. I am proud to be part of ICA, helping immigrants and refugees to start and build their new life in Canada.
I love to play badminton and volleyball and find time to swim with my family.
Hanan Al Ashal, Childcare Worker (Casual)
I have a degree in Arabic Literature and a certificate In “Professional Development for Family Child Care Providers.” I am also a graduate of ICA’s English Program.
It gives me great pleasure to work for an organization such as ICA which supports the needs of immigrants and refugees in Victoria. I accepted this job because I believe
I can contribute to settlement of new immigrants to Canada. I will dedicate my time to provide high quality service to children and parents attending ICA.
My hobbies include walking, shopping and spending time with my family.
Lennard Fruehling, Youth and Family Support Services Coordinator
I have been working in various roles in child and youth care, activities coordination, outdoor and environmental education, leadership education and youth empowerment for the last five years after graduating with a degree in Geography and Political Science in 2010. I am inspired by education that empowers individuals to find and cultivate their passions and callings and links those to a purpose, in service to the improvement of our world. I have been developing a unique mentorship approach over the last two years with which I accomplish this, and I am committed to developing and facilitating programming and designing educational systems that foster this approach. I work with a global perspective and have been working with people from all over the world.
In inter-cultural work, I am committed to ensuring that people can connect and express their cultural pride and feel a sense of belonging to all of humanity at the same time. I have designed and facilitated activities for people to gain an awareness of subconscious biases, differences and similarities in belief-systems with the intention of creating connection, healing, and resolution. I am inspired by conflict transformation work, transformational education and facilitation, leadership and management. I love the outdoors and classical music; I play the piano, practice Qi Gong every week, and am currently training for a half marathon.
Lorena Alvarez, Childcare Worker
Hello! My name is Lorena Alvarez, I moved to Canada in 2007. I completed my English and my Community, Family, and Child Studies program at Camosun College. I also completed an Early Childcare Educator or Assistant (ECEA) BC certificate. While studying at Camosun, I volunteered at different organizations including ICA, the Francophone Society, and Leadership Victoria. In 2015, I became a casual childcare worker at ICA and now, I have full-time employment as part of the childcare team.
My most recent professional experience includes Shelter Outreach at Our Place Society. I started my work experience with children as a volunteer tutoring for children in Mexico; I was a nanny in France and a childcare educator in Canada. This is a wonderful opportunity for me to grow and learn new things as well as for me to apply my knowledge and practice acquired with my training, education, and experience through the years. I am passionate about Mexican Folklore Dance and I am part of the Viva Mexico! Folklore Dancers Association.
Looking forward meeting you all!
Sara Kabesh, Administrative Assistant, Language Services (Part-Time) and Administrative Assistant (Casual).
I joined ICA in 2016 and started gaining Canadian experience as an interpreter/ translator. Originally from Egypt, I worked in a not-for-profit organization as an administrative assistant and coordinator. In this position, I acquired extensive experience in dealing with a large client base in a culturally diverse setting. I obtained a Bachelor degree in Commerce from the University of Cairo and later studied business administration. I am heavily invested in health and wellness and work as a yoga instructor in my spare time.