Chief Executive Officer, B.A., C.P.Ed, M.B.A.
I serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) and have been working in the immigrant and refugee services sector since 1982, inclusive of three years working with refugees in Central America and in this capacity since 1998.
In my role at ICA, I led the teams that mounted two very popular local arts festivals, ICA Folkfest and Luminara, and was the local lead in Operation Syria in partnership with Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada, which brought government and privately sponsored Syrian refugees to our community.
I am sector Co-Chair for Pathways to Prosperity, past-president of the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC (AMSSA) and represent AMSSA on the National Settlement Council (NSC), the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA).
My experience includes co-chairing the Western Region Working Group and serving on the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Refugees, the University of Victoria’s Institute for Community University Engagement Council, as co-chair of the National Working Group on the Attraction and Retention of Immigrants and Refugees to Smaller Communities, and the Advisory Council for Royal Roads University’s School of Communication and Culture.
Director of Operations
As the Director of Operations at ICA, I am responsible for the operations of all newcomer client services, program budgeting as well as managing contractual agreements with Immigration Refugees Citizenship Canada and providing managerial support to senior staff.
I have had the pleasure of working at ICA since 1997 and my role has varied from frontline work with clients and volunteers, to program design and implementation of services. My family’s personal immigration experience is what attracted me to work in this field more than 20 years ago. My parents did not have the opportunity to benefit from settlement services, LINC classes, or employment support. It is important to me to help ensure all immigrants and refugees arriving to Canada can take full advantage of available services they are entitled to and have the best possible support.
Acting Director of Impact and Innovation
Having the role of Acting Director at ICA, my responsibility is leading the Community Engagement, Impact, and Innovation team. I oversee community development, communication, fundraising and community engagement which includes the Greater Victoria Local Immigration Partnership (GVLIP) program, and Arts & Equity related programs.
I joined ICA in the middle of July 2021. Prior to this role, I worked at various nonprofit and for-profit organizations in areas of PR/Communications and marketing, community engagement, program management, and board governance for more than 20 years.
As a first-generation immigrant, my experiences have helped me embrace challenges as learning opportunities and tackle issues critically and creatively.
While working at ICA, I would love to see more mutual exchange between immigrants and non-immigrants through the programs and opportunities that ICA runs and cultivates every day. I believe that empathy and understanding help create a better society for all.