Governance

Chris Friesen, Chair and Founder
Representing AMSSA

Chris Friesen is the Chief Operating Officer at ISSofBC, one of Canada’s largest multicultural immigrant serving agencies, where he has worked for over twenty years. He is a frequent speaker on a wide range of immigrant and refugee settlement related topics both in Canada and abroad. Among his many community leadership roles, Chris is currently the Chair and a founding member of the Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI), the co-chair of the National Settlement and Integration Council (NSIC) and the Treasurer of AMSSA.

 

Vicki Sinclair, Vice Chair
Representing MANSO

Vicki Sinclair joined the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) as its first Executive Director in June 2016. She is a member of the National Settlement and Integration Committee, Le Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba and its Settlement Working Group. She sits on the Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg Council, the Board of Immigration Research West and multiple national settlement advisory and research committees. She has a professional background in journalism and EAL and became a Canadian Citizen in 2009.

 

Jean McRae, Treasurer
Representing AMSSA

Jean McRae, B.A., C.P.Ed, M.B.A., has been Chief Executive Officer of the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) for over sixteen years and has worked in the field of immigrant and refugee services since 1982, in BC and Central America. She has worked as an English language teacher, employment counselor, settlement worker and manager of various services including multicultural arts and education. Jean serves on various national, provincial and local boards and committees concerned with issues of immigrant integration. Along with serving as the treasurer for CISSA-ACSEI, she is also a Past President of AMSSA.

 

Katie Crocker (Rosenberger), Secretary
Representing AMSSA

Katie Crocker (Rosenberger) is the Chief Executive Officer of AMSSA, a British Columbia provincial association that strengthens over 80 member agencies as well as hundreds of community stakeholder agencies who serve immigrants and newcomers. Along with her background in the settlement and integration sector and not-for-profit management, Katie brings an expertise in children, family, and women’s issues. She has led cohesive collaborative teams as well as built and maintained effective relationships with funders, organizations, institutions, and community partners. Katie holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a Masters of Business Administration.

 

Frank BauerFrank Bauer, Board Member
Representing AAISA

Frank Bauer, Executive Director of Central Alberta Refugee Effort (C.A.R.E.), moved to Canada from The Netherlands in 2009. Soon after his arrival he started volunteering to connect to the community, make friends and build a Canadian resume. Being an immigrant himself Frank understands the hardships of newcomers in any Canadian community. While he challenges fellow immigrants to take initiative in obtaining a good quality of life in this country full of space and opportunities, he is a strong advocate for building stronger communities in terms of being welcoming and inclusive to new immigrants.

 

Sarosh Rizvi, Board Member
Representing AAISA

Biography coming soon.

 

Carolyn Whiteway photoCarolyn Whiteway, Board Member
Representing ARAISA

Carolyn Whiteway is the Executive Director of the Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA), a bilingual umbrella organization providing a collective voice and regional forum for member agencies committed to the settlement and integration of immigrants and refugees since 1994. Prior to stepping into the role in January 2018, Carolyn worked for many years in the not-for-profit sector, internationally and with other national, regional, and member-based organizations. She is excited to have joined ARAISA at a time of growth and looks forward to increasing ARAISA’s capacity to contribute to the sector.

 

Jennifer Watts, Board Member
Representing ARAISA

Jennifer Watts is the CEO of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), the largest immigrant-serving agency in Atlantic Canada. She is the Vice-President of the Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA). Trained as an Urban and Rural Planner, Jennifer has a background in community development, urban and rural planning and municipal issues. She served as a councillor on Halifax Regional Council for 8 years before joining ISANS as the Director of Settlement and Integration, a role she held for two years before becoming ISANS CEO.

 

Jana McKee

Jana McKee, Board Member
Representing MANSO

Jana McKee is the Program Director of Seven Oaks Immigrant Services and has been involved in MB Immigration sector for over 10 years, and is the President of the board of directors for MANSO. She possesses a master’s degree and her strengths include policy and program development, research and evaluation, and community and organizational building. Seven Oaks provides services in the following streams; Language, NAARS, I&O, Community Connections, SWIS, as well as offering Care for Newcomer Children and support services, working with parents, children, youth, adults and seniors. This scope gives her a wide and diverse perspective into the settlement sector and the education system.

 

Ahmad MajidAhmad Majid, Board Member
Representing SAISIA

Ahmad Majid is of Iraqi descent and his family came to Canada from Kuwait to escape the unrest during the First Gulf War in 1990. After volunteering at different settlement organizations such as the Saskatoon Open Door Society and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, he found employment with the Saskatoon Open Door Society in the Employment Services Unit in 2014. He has been working as the Executive Director of SAISIA for the last year and a half and is eager to work collaboratively with all the settlement organizations in Saskatchewan with the collective goal of continuing to elevate the settlement services for newcomers in Province.

 

Getachew Woldyesus, Board Member
Representing SAISIA

Getachew Woldyesus is a former refugee from Ethiopia. He is the Senior Manager of Settlement and Family Services at the Regina Open Door Society and the President of Saskatchewan Association of Settlement and Integration Agencies (SAISIA). Getachew is an accredited Settlement Practitioner in the province of Saskatchewan and Alberta. He also holds a Bachelor of Social Work Degree (BSW) and Masters of Social Work Degree (MSW) from the University of Regina. As part of his studies, he conducted several research projects in the area of immigration including: Temporary Workers Program, Canada Seasonal Agricultural Program, and Refugee Protection in Canada.

 

Megan Morris, Board Member
Representing ARAISA

Megan Morris has worked in the immigrant settlement sector for over fifteen years and is currently the Executive Director of the Association for New Canadians (ANC), a community-based, non-profit settlement agency that serves immigrants arriving in Newfoundland and Labrador. She is a graduate of Memorial University and studied French as a Second Language at the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining the ANC, Megan worked with various federal government departments and served as a political aide to a Member of Parliament and Cabinet Minister.

 

Darlene Doerkson 2Darlene Doerksen, Board Member
Representing MCY

Darlene Doerksen is the founder & CEO of the Multicultural Centre of the Yukon. With a long term career, which focused on service to individuals, Ms. Doerksen brings this experience to the settlement & integration of immigrants in the Yukon. She serves on a number of boards and committees, both locally and nationally. Her background with standards and certification, curriculum development, business creation and strategic planning, best practices, LMI, board governance, labour market strategies, intercultural relations, FQR related work, project management and community development, further enhance the settlement sector in the Yukon.