Employment Services Manager
As the Acting Employment Services Manager, I oversee the Employment Services programs, including Career Paths, Game Changer and WorkBC. I started my career at ICA in 2013, as the Mentoring Services Facilitator/Employment Facilitator, and continued as an Immigrant Employment Specialist, providing frontline client services to newcomers’ job seekers in the Greater Victoria Area. I transitioned to the role of Employment Services Coordinator thereafter, providing client services support to the Career Paths team and overseeing the Settlement Employment Services.
I am passionate about the services and supports that we offer at ICA, as they address the current and evolving job search needs of newcomers and refugees, and thus providing them with the information and supports they need to become successful in the local labour market.
Manager – Strategic Engagement
As the Manager of Strategic Engagement at ICA, my role is to develop, implement and oversee ICA’s communications strategies across all departments, including our client and community services.
My background includes working internationally in Costa Rica, New Zealand and the UK, for more than 25 years, helping tell the stories and share the impact of organizations in social, cultural and environmental sectors. Joining ICA’s leadership team in 2018 offered me the opportunity to focus my efforts on ICA’s mission–to support newcomers in Greater Victoria, while working alongside the community to address issues of racism and build a strong community that celebrates our diversity and provides the opportunity for us all to thrive–means I spend each day working towards values that I believe in.
Manager of Arts, Equity and Community Engagement
As the Manager of Arts and Community Engagement at ICA, my role is to develop and implement community based programs that support greater cultural competencies through anti-racism training programs like Tools for Equity as well as other community and arts engagement programs focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.
I joined ICA in 2012 and as a Black, immigrant woman of colour, with a deep connection to community and broad knowledge of the many systemic barriers faced by refugees and newcomers to Canada continuously informs my work. I use an innovative approach of art-based practices to explore critical social issues around equity, justice, diversity and inclusion, for which I was honoured to receive the BC Multiculturalism Award in 2016. My background includes experience as a community organizer, activist, arts administrator, actor, general manager of PUENTE Theatre, storyteller and TV and radio producer for International Advertising Agencies in Kenya, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Sri Lanka.