Alex Aladro


Alex is a Temporary Foreign Worker from Catalonia, Spain. His native languages are Catalan and Spanish. Part of his family emigrated to the French side of Switzerland and, for that reason, he had to learn to speak French too. Before coming to Canada Alex studied as a Superior Automotive Technician; equivalent to a Journeyman Automotive Mechanic. He is currently studying for his next Red Seal exam. He and his father had their own mechanic diesel centre specializing in Bosch Injection, in Spain. He also started to study Electronic Engineering in Spain, but circumstances didn't allow him to finish. Alex has worked in Spain, France, Mexico, United States, and Canada. When he arrived in Canada, three years ago, he knew just a bit of English, but not enough to express his ideas freely, so he began to learn English. His first job in Canada was in Fort McMurray, for three months and he has recently worked for Revolution Kia in Grande Prairie. Alex enjoys surfing, climbing, biking, running, good wine and conversation, and everything related to engines.


​​Sarah Amies


Sarah Amies emigrated from the UK to Canada in 1974. She attended the University of Lethbridge and graduated in 1988 with a B.A. (Distinction) in Anthropology.

In January 2001, Sarah became the Program Director of Lethbridge Family Services - Immigrant Services. Since that time she has been closely involved with the settlement and integration of increasing numbers of new immigrants planning to make a life in Lethbridge.

Sarah has well established business and community networks and is recognized in Lethbridge and area for developing and executing innovative community partnerships and collaborations. In 2012 Sarah was acknowledged by the YWCA as a Women of Distinction in the Social Advocate category. In 2013 she was inducted into the University of Lethbridge Honour Society. Sarah considers herself an active and committed participant in the drive to develop an increasingly welcoming and supportive community for new immigrants and their families.


Website: www.lfsfamily.ca/, Email: samies@lfsfamily.ca, Phone: 403-320-1589


Nevin Bakir


Nevin Bakir has been with Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers since 2011 and previously worked with Immigrant Settlement Services since 2008 working with immigrants and helping them to settle and adjust into the community.

In her current position as a Settlement Practitioner and Volunteer Coordinator she helps clients who are permanent residents, live-in caregivers and temporary foreign workers with their issues. She also works with volunteers who help the Centre and their clients.

Nevin is passionate about the need for newcomers to adjust easily into the community and their new lives in Grande Prairie. Committed to providing services to newcomers, Nevin takes pride in helping clients improve their new daily life, overcome challenges, and meet their goals.Nevin has a background in accounting, finance, social work, and working with immigrants. Her volunteer roles have included board member positions for different organizations and volunteering at the Grande Prairie Century Play, Grande Prairie Family Coalition, École Nouvelle Frontière, Maple Sugar Festival, and many more provides direction in Nevin’s life, education and career.


Website: www.gpcn.ca/, Email: nbakir@gpcn.ca, Phone: 780-538-4452


LEWIS CARDINAL


Lewis Cardinal is a communicator and educator, dedicating his work to creating and maintaining connections and relationships that cross cultural divides. His work has mirrored his personal vision of a socially just and responsive society. His long track record of public service includes founding board member of Racism Free Edmonton, Vice President of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, founding Board Member of Alberta Aboriginal Arts, Board Director for the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Commission for Human Rights and Justice, and Trustee of the Council for a Parliament of World Religions to mention a few.

Lewis has received the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for Public Service, the IndSpire Award for Public Service (the highest award given to an Aboriginal person by Indigenous people in Canada), the Alberta Centennial Medal for his work in Human Rights and Diversity, the Distinguished Alumni Award from Grant MacEwan University, and the Human Rights Award of Recognition from the Centre for Race and Culture. Lewis’s consulting company, Cardinal Strategic Communications, specializes in Indigenous Education, Governance, and Communications.


Email: lewiscardinal@gmail.com, Phone: 780-288-0314


LYLE D. CARLSTROM


Lyle Dennis Carlstrom was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta. He grew up on a farm at Bear Canyon and received his high school education in Fairview. After graduation, he attended the Grande Prairie Regional College and obtained a Diploma in Liberal Studies. In 1982, Lyle received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta, and in 1986 he graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Laws degree. He was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 1987.

Lyle joined his current law firm in 1990. He was instrumental in opening branch offices for the firm in Fairview and Sexsmith. He has been a member of the Canadian Bar Association since 1983 and is a strong supporter of public legal education. He has taught with Athabasca University, Fairview College, Grande Prairie Regional College, the Alberta Real Estate Association, the Real Estate Council of Alberta, the Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning and the Rural Learning Network. He helped create The Estate & Financial Planning Institute (EFPI). He presently serves as an advisor to numerous non-profit and for-profit organizations throughout Alberta.

Along with public legal education Lyle has served in numerous other volunteer capacities. He has been involved with the United Way, the United Church, the Canadian Bar Association, Fairview Community Support Services, and the Fairview, Sexsmith and Grande Prairie Chambers Of Commerce. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of Grande Prairie Live Theatre, the 1995 Canada Winter Games Host Society, the Community Foundation of Greater Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie Regional College Alumni and Foundation Associations, Advocis, 2010 Arctic Winter Games Host Society, Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society (STARS), and STARS Foundation (amongst others). He currently serves on the EFPI Board.

Lyle is married to Shannon Nelson and has three children.


Website: www.kmsc.ca, Email: lylecarlstrom@gmail.com, Phone: 780-532-7771


Augustine Ebinu


Augustine Ebinu was born and raised in Uganda. He first came to Canada as a graduate student under a Canadian Scholarship (CIDA) through the Makerere University Staff Development Program to study at the University of Saskatchewan. He returned to African and then returned for permanent residency. He has now lived in Canada for a total of 26 years.

Augustine holds a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and another Master of Science in Agricultural Engineering. He was Professor of Engineering at Makerere University in Uganda and at University of Swaziland in Southern Africa. Of late he was Instructor in Power Engineering at Grande Prairie Regional College – Fairview Campus.

In Canada, Augustine managed international development projects funded by CIDA in Bangladesh, Bulgaria, Hungary, Kazakhstan, The Kyrgyz Republic, and Ukraine. Prior to that, he was Program Officer for the CIDA/Prairie Decentralized Support Program at Camrose International Institute, and Executive Director of the Edmonton Immigrant Services Association. Augustine has traveled worldwide and is fluent in English, Russian/Ukrainian, Zulu, Swahili, and has a fair knowledge of French.

Augustine has been an active community member in Grande Prairie. He was a member of Sunrise Rotary Club, Board Member of the Grande Prairie Public Library, Board Member of Habitat for Humanity South Peace Society, Board Member of Grande Prairie & District Multicultural Association, and Canadian African-Caribbean Association of Grande Prairie. He is also very active in the Canadian Politics.

Mr. Ebinu is married with three sons.


Email: aebinu1@telus.net, Phone: 780-978-0955


Elena Fuchilo-Gray


Elena is a registered provisional psychologist, MS in Psychology), founder and therapist at Pracura Counselling, values and practices holistic approach to psychotherapy, striving to address mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual modalities of human existence.

Consistent with this philosophy, she combines a wide range of conventional and complementary methods that include but are not limited to cognitive-behavioral interventions, solution-focused brief therapy, gestalt therapy, existential therapy, feminist approaches, mindfulness, creative arts, dance and movement, aromatherapy, henna art, and more.

Elena has an experience of working with kids, adolescents, and adults affected by existential crisis, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, problems in interpersonal communication, and other difficulties. She also conducts workshops on stress management, body image, self-esteem, culture shock, and cultural integration.

Elena is an active member of Psychologists’ Association of Alberta, American Dance/Movement Therapy Association, and Canadian Association for Child and Play Therapy.


Website: www.pracuracounselling.com/ Email: pracuracounselling@gmail.com Phone: 780-933-5822


Giselle General


Giselle immigrated to Canada in 2007 as a teenager, originating from the Philippines. She lived in St. Catharines, Ontario for a year before moving to Edmonton in 2008 to pursue her university education and continue her journey to adulthood.

Giselle is a volunteer of the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights through their PeaceBuilders Program, a program that helps youth achieve better understanding of  different cultures and religions and step towards embracing them and achieving a more compassionate community. She completed the PeaceBuilders Program in 2014 and stayed on to continue with the projects that resulted from the group's ideas on applying what they have learned from the program.

She works full time as the Volunteer Coordinator for the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, a non-profit law firm in Edmonton that provides free legal services for low income and marginalized individuals. Understanding the law, pursuing their legal rights, and navigating related processes and services is a great challenges for both immigrants and the average citizen, and the organization, through their programs help to fill the gap. She helps organize the efforts of individuals in the legal community, from lawyers, law students, paralegals and other individuals to help get closer in achieving access to justice. 

Website: www.eclc.ca, Email: general@ualberta.ca, Phone: 780-702-1725, ext. 285,

John Humphrey Centre: Website: www.jhcentre.org  Facebook: www.facebook.com/jhcentre, Twitter: @jhcentre

 

Zenobia Jamal


Zenobia Jamal is founder and principal of Zenev and Associates, Diversity and Inclusion Consultants. Zenev and Associates supports organizations in the creation of inclusive, equitable and respectful work and learning environments, and offers a range of services including the design and delivery of education and training, consulting for organizational change towards equity and inclusion, and research on issues of difference.

Zenobia has many years of experience working with not-for-profit, public sector and community based organizations to assess, plan and implement inclusive programs and services that meet the needs of their diverse clients, citizens and community members.

Zenobia also teaches a graduate level course on health promotion and diversity at the University of Alberta in the School of Public Health."


Website: www.zenev.ca/Email: zenobia@zenev.ca Phone: 780-604-6065, Twitter: @zenev_zen 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Zenev-and-Associates


Ahmed Knowmadic


Award winning poet Ahmed ‘Knowmadic’ Ali is a Somali-born Canadian. He is a full-time poet, writer, actor, comedian, speaker and youth worker. In 2011, Ahmed became the first Somali spoken word champion at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word. In 2012, he was given the RISE award for community involvement in the arts and culture and, in 2013, the Artist in Residence at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle, Washington. Ahmed was also named a “Difference Maker” by the Edmonton Journal for his contribution to poetry in Edmonton. In 2014, ACGC recognized the young poet as Alberta’s Top 30 under 30. He is also one of the founders and organizers of the Breath in Poetry Collective. His work has been published in Alt. Theater Journal, Rubicon Publishing, The Great Black North and online publications.


Website: www.ahmedknowmadic.com Email: Ahmed.knowmadic@gmail.com, Twitter: @AKnowmadic 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AhmedKnowmadic


Ada Lovmo


Ada Lovmo is a multi-medium artist and has been facilitating Expressive Art programs in Grande Prairie since her arrival in 2008. She is a self-taught musician and a producing artist. Her independent art studies have taken her to Vancouver Island, Vancouver, Atlin B.C., Thailand, Norway, Greece, and Italy.

Through Ada’s art she explores the human condition through her chalk pastel portraits and multi-medium Social Statement works. She produces community murals, and has been involved with three of Lewis Lavoie and Phil Alain’s Mural Mosaics. Her work has been shown at several locations in the North, including Grande Prairie as well as Edmonton and Vancouver.

Ada is a mother to three and a grandmother of four.


Email: adazart@yahoo.ca, Phone: 780-933-1717


Michelle Margarit


Michelle Margarit was born in Algeria. Following a civil war in the country, her parents and siblings had to be repatriated to France. Adaptation to life in France was extremely difficult for her as a teenager. Completing Early Childhood studies in Caen, France this adventurous woman decided to emigrate to the Western Provinces of Canada. Being told that Canada was bilingual from Halifax to Victoria in Paris, in 1969, she chose Edmonton to start a new life. What a surprise to find herself, a young 20 year old woman in Edmonton, confronted with very little acceptance of foreign languages and a field of study that did not yet exist in Canada! Married, Michelle traveled through our big Canadian country with her husband. She has 3 children and 9 grand-children. She first learned English listening to Mr. Dress up, Sesame Street and by reading the Edmonton Journal every day!

In Nova Scotia Michelle worked in early childhood development with families at risk for many years. The importance of community development and resolution of social problems became her passion and her strategy of choice included proactive policy and preventative interventions. In 2005, the United Nations Association of Canada presented her with a Global Citizen’s Challenge Certificate of Acknowledgement for her valuable contribution to building a more peaceful and equitable global community shared by all.   

In 2007 Michelle moved to Grande Prairie and became the Regional Director of French Association of Alberta office. She now works with many local partners to welcome Francophone migrants and newcomers to Grande Prairie. 


Website: www.acfa.ab.ca/grandeprairie, Email: direction.grandeprairie@acfa.ab.ca, Phone: 780-532-6335


Jeny Mathews-Thusoo


Jeny has worked in the field of Social Change and Public Policy for over 14 years. With an academic background in Biology, Education and Community Health, she began her career at the Calgary Health Region as the Education Coordinator of Sexual and Reproductive Health. There she partnered with school boards and community organizations to ensure the development of effective and targeted strategies and curricula. Later she had the pleasure of working with and supervising 28 Interpreters and Translators from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds for the Calgary Health Region.

Currently as an Issue Strategist at The City of Calgary, Jeny works on public policy addressing complex social issues faced by immigrant communities in order to promote their success, inclusion and well-being. Her portfolio includes implementing the Welcoming Community Policy to ensure the active role of Calgary’s local government in successful immigrant integration. In her spare time when she is not chasing after her 2 little girls, she facilitates conversations about racism, internalized racism and what it means to be an ally.


Website: www.calgary.ca, Email: jeny.mathews-thusoo@calgary.ca, Phone: 403-268-1473, Twitter: @jmathewsthusoo


Shawna Miller


Shawna is a long-time resident of the Grande Prairie area. She is an entrepreneur, volunteer and community supporter. She completed her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Alberta and focused her studies in the fields of Economics and Business. Over 10 years ago Shawna started a small company that has grown into a large business that operates many food service locations. She owns the Grande Prairie Subway restaurants, Virus Services, and Westward Property Management. She employs over 150 people across Northern Alberta.


Shawna was the 2013 Chair of the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and has been an advocate for temporary foreign workers for many years.

Website: www.gpsubway.com, Email: Shawna@gpsubway.ca, Phone: 780-538-4846

Zarqa Nawaz


Zarqa Nawaz created the world’s first sitcom about a Muslim community living in the west. Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered to record ratings on the CBC in 2007. It finished airing it’s 91th episode in 2012 after completing 6 seasons and is now being broadcast to over 60 countries. 

The show demystified Islam for millions of people around the world by explaining how practicing Muslim live their lives from dating to marriage to burying their dead.

And now Zarqa Nawaz has written her best-selling comedic memoir Laughing All the Way to the Mosque, about growing up as a Canadian of Muslim faith. And it’s also about her lack of dating, marriage and burying the dead.

In 2005, Zarqa Nawaz made the ground-breaking documentary Me and the Mosque, for the National Film Board of Canada about Muslim women’s battle with patriarchy in the mosque which ultimately inspired the television series. There are no dead people in it.

After being tragically rejected from medical school, she made some short comedy films BBQ MUSLIMS, Death Threat, Random Check and Fred’s Burqa. Now that Zarqa’s finally accepted her fate as a writer, she hasn’t looked back since. Okay, she occasionally looks back because a car almost hit her one time while crossing the road.

Zarqa has a B.Sc from the University of Toronto and a B.A.A in journalism from Ryerson University. She has four children and a husband stashed away in Regina, Saskatchewan.


Website: http://www.zarqanawaz.com  Twitter: @ZarqaNawaz


Solomon OkHifoh


Solomon Okhifoh, born and raised in Nigeria, lived in the United States of America for a number of years before relocating to Canada in 2008 with his family. Solomon acquired his Canadian Citizenship in May, 2013.

Before joining the City of Grande Prairie as a Program Facilitator for the Cultural Integration Academy in August of 2014, Solomon worked in various technical establishments and not for profit organizations across Africa, the USA and Canada. He relocated to Fort McMurray in 2014, where he worked with CHOICES Association of Fort McMurray as an employment councillor.

An avid advocate for immigrants and people facing challenges in the community, Solomon believes that we are all one and should work together as one for the common good of creating connected and safer communities. He derives satisfaction from seeing people of various ethnic groups, cultures and religions working together. Working with a team of three, Solomon has successfully graduated two sets of participants (immigrants) from the Cultural Integration Academy and has connected these individuals with family mentors. The Cultural Integration Academy, enhances immigrants’ integration into the community, through education sessions, community support and family mentorship

Solomon is a very engaging and passionate public speaker. He is a highly talented individual, with diverse skill set in Engineering, Information Technology, Community Building and Management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Nigeria and a Master’s degree in Management from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Solomon jokes about how his love for community building and working with people has overtaken his desire for coveralls. In his spare time, Solomon enjoys playing tennis, composing songs and spending time with his wife and two children.


Website: www.gpcrimeprevention.ca, Email: sokhifoh@cityofgp.com, Phone: 780-357-8719, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gpcrimeprevention, Twitter: @GPCrimePrevent


Roy Pogorzelski


Roy is Métis from Saskatchewan.  His families come from the communities of Meadow Lake and Green Lake in Northern Saskatchewan.  Roy graduated from the University of Regina in 2006 with a Bachelor of Indigenous Studies and a Bachelor of Human Justice.

Following graduation, Roy got an internship in Vienna, Austria at the University of Vienna working on International Indigenous Rights.  In 2009, Roy graduated with his Master’s of Cultures and Development Studies form the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

In 2009, Roy moved to Lethbridge Alberta (Blackfoot Territory) to take on a position at the Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge as the Aboriginal Diversity Support Coordinator.  This was a first response to complaints of discrimination with an emphasis on education, mediation and providing training.  Roy sat as the Urban Aboriginal representative on the CMARD Committee.

In 2012, Roy moved back to Regina to work as a sessional instructor for the First Nations University of Canada and the University of Regina in Indigenous Studies.  He instructed entry level courses and advanced courses on self-determination and Métis Culture and History.  During this time, Roy facilitated Human Rights workshops in Geneva Switzerland for INCOMINDIOS and an Indigenous workshop in the north of Sweden with the Sami people.

In 2013, Roy was hired as the City of Lethbridge’s Inclusion Consultant focusing on the Municipalities commitment to CMARD.  His mandate also supports the efforts of poverty reduction strategies, youth advisory council and communicating both externally and internally when it comes to inclusive practices.

Roy has worked in non-profit, government, youth care, small business, academia and as a facilitator.  He currently is a member of the University of Lethbridge Senate and on the Aboriginal Opportunities Committee of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce.  He has been Red River Jigging since he was 18 and has traveled to 28 different countries.


Website: www.lethbridge.ca/living-here/Our-Community/Pages/CMARD.aspx,

Email: roy.pogorzelski@lethbridge.ca, Phone: 403-320-4130, Twitter: @Pogo2709 and @CMARDLeth


Dr. Alan Segal


Alan Segal has been fortunate to experience a professional life that coincides well with his intellectual interests. A professor of sociology at Grande Prairie Regional College, his main focus is the study of effecting, and the effects of, social change. This deep interest has led him to organize three Gender and Sexuality conferences, to complete several documentary films, and to his current work on a radio documentary.

 He has served on the Boards of the College and the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie, as well as that of the Gay and Lesbian Association of the Peace. Alan acquired his PhD from the University of British Columbia, and, while wading through that program, first entered the realm of listener-supported radio and cable television, where he gained experience hosting and occasionally producing. Alan Segal had a local cable TV show in the Grande Prairie area for more than 3 years. He also is S-Talk, through which Alan does MC work and some stand-up comedy.


Email: s_talk@mistral.ca


Angela Sutherland


Angela has been in the human services field for over 20 years.  After receiving her degree from the University of Calgary with a major in Criminology, Angela spent 10 years there working with youth and families in many different capacities including crisis intervention work at the youth shelter, facilitating anger management groups at the women’s shelter, and youth program development at the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. 

In 1998, Angela decided to combine her passion with travel and community development work by joining CUSO as a volunteer.  She was placed in Belize, Central America. In Belize she worked with a local NGO by developing a life skills and counseling curriculum for an alternative school for at risk girls.  Angela fell in love with the country and spent 10 years there.Angela decided to move back to her hometown of Grande Prairie in 2008 to be closer to family.  Angela has been the Assistant Program Manager with the City of Grande Prairie’s Crime Prevention department for the past 5 years. Her life experiences of growing up in Grande Prairie as first generation Chinese Canadian ignited her drive to develop an initiative that would help support immigrant youth and families so that they felt more integrated into the community. In 2014, Angela was able to secure funding to fund a two year pilot called, “The Cultural Integration Academy”.  She hopes that through this program, immigrant youth and families will be able to gain some valuable information, support, and mentorship so they are able to integrate into Canadian society and ultimately feel like they can make a positive contribution to our community.


Website: www.gpcrimeprevention.ca, Email: asutherland@cityofgp.com, Phone: 780-357-7520, Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gpcrimeprevention, Twitter: @GPCrimePrevent


Councillor Chris ThiesseN


Chris Thiessen is a dynamic personality making his home in the city of Grande Prairie, driven by a passion to assist in the raising of consciousness through whatever medium. Born and raised in Alberta, Chris has been a resident of the Peace Region for over 15 years and during this time has devoted his life to serving the community in a variety of social fields.


Between the years 2005-2010 as a concert promoter, Chris helped to raise over $50,000 for a variety of charities in Grande Prairie, through the creation of his “Peace Starts At Home” not-for-profit local music genre festival. During and since this time, Chris has created, emceed, or delivered keynote speeches to over 400 events in the community; most notably the resurrection of Heritage Days in 2005 and this past summer’s “Centennial Spectacular” in Muskoseepi Park.


Currently acting as a full-time City Councillor in his first term for the City of Grande Prairie, Chris previously worked for the Canadian Mental Health Association - assisting the at-risk and low-income populations in the City of Grande Prairie, and was most recently named an honorary Metis citizen for his work within the aboriginal community. Whether as a professional, volunteer, or financial contributor, Chris has always been ready to take part in helping to improve the lives of others.


Website: www.cityofgp.com, Email: cthiessen@cityofgp.com

 

Dennis Whitford


Dennis is the Senior Advisor Aboriginal Services and Special Projects with Northwest Alberta Child and Family Services Authority. He actively honours Aboriginal ways of helping through application of ceremony, consultation with Elders and following the pow-wow trail as a traditional dancer.


Dennis’s achievements include community organizing that lead to implementation of the four Aboriginal Circle of Services/Inter-agencies in the Northwest Alberta Region. He established the Northwest Alberta Aboriginal Council and he has lead implementation of a Northwest regional Elder’s roster so children, youth and families involved with children’s services have ready access to Elder support.


Email: Dennis.Whitford@gov.ab.ca, Phone: 780-624-6367


Tymmarah Zehr


Tymmarah has a Master’s in Intercultural and International Communication. Her desire to create effective, peaceful change begins with making a positive impact in the lives of others through educational gatherings to educate, inspire and empower others to create their own effective change.


At Fostering Diverse Communities Canada, Tymmarah provides workshops, presentations, and events like this conference, which she created and coordinated, to improve intercultural competency and to create safe, inclusive communities that support diversity and reject discrimination.


From January, 2013 to March, 2014 she was Program Manager for Welcoming and Inclusive Communities and Come Together Alberta at the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and continues to work with municipalities interested in her Collectively Building Welcoming Communities Arts-based research projects.


Tymmarah was awarded a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Edmonton Strathcona “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world”.

Company: Fostering Diverse Communities Canada Website: www.wic-ab.ca Email: tymmarah@gmail.com
Phone: 780-850-8966 Twitter: @Tymmarah & @DiverseCommCan LinkedIn: ca.linkedin.com/in/tymmarahzehr/en
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tymmarah.zehr

Day One


Dr. Alan Segal, Master of Ceremonies

Zarqa Nawaz, Keynote Speaker

Nevin Bakir, Panel Discussion: Newcomer Stories

Michelle Margarit, Panel Discussion: Newcomer Stories

Augustine Ebinu, Panel Discussion: Newcomer Stories

Zarqa Nawaz, Panel Discussion: Newcomer Stories

Dennis Whitford, Breakout Session: Aboriginal Cultural Practices – Learn about Traditional  Aboriginal Culture

Angela Sutherland, Breakout Session: Youth Experience - Increasing Successful Integration of Newcomer Youth

Solomon Okhifoh, Breakout Session: Youth Experience - Increasing Successful Integration of Newcomer Youth 

Giselle General, Breakout Session: Youth Experience - Increasing Successful Integration of Newcomer Youth

Shawna Miller, Breakout Session: Temporary Foreign Workers - Misconceptions and Challenges

Alex Aladro, Breakout Session: Temporary Foreign Workers - Misconceptions and Challenges

Tymmarah Zehr, Building a Welcoming Grande Prairie - Community, Arts-Based Research

Ada Lovmo, Shadows and Light - An Interactive Wall Art Experience

2015 Fostering Diverse Communities Conference Speakers (In Order of Appearance in Agenda)

*Speaker Bios Below

Fostering Diverse Communities Canada

Day Two


Councillor Chris Thiessen, Master of Ceremonies
Lyle Carlstrom, Multiculturalism: An Inclusive Citizenship: Grande Prairie Lived Experience Meets Federal Policy

Augustine Ebinu, Multiculturalism: An Inclusive Citizenship: Grande Prairie Lived Experience Meets Federal Policy
Lewis Cardinal, Municipal Best Practices for Inclusive & Respectful Engagement of Urban Aboriginal Populations 

Elena Fuchilo-Gray, Breakout Session: Culture Shock - What is it and How Can it be Addressed?

Jeny Mathews-Thusoo, Breakout Session: Developing and Implementing a Welcoming Communities Plan

Sarah Amies, Breakout Session: Developing and Implementing a Welcoming Communities Plan

Zenobia Jamal, Breakout Session: Engaging Ethno-Cultural Communities

Roy Pogorzelski, Breakout Session: Engaging Ethno-Cultural Communities

Councillor Chris Thiessen, Closing Words

Ahmed Knowmadic, Plenary Wrap Up Entertainment


Speaker Bios (In Alphabetical Order by Last Name)