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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers (EMCN)

Erick Ambtman is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. He has worked at the City of Edmonton as a Community Services senior planner, and a senior economist & analyst where he co-founded the City Trends publication. He is the former Executive Director of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (Calgary, Rocky Mountain House, Red Deer & Fort McMurray), and has been in Avenue Magazine’s top 40 under 40 list (Edmonton).

Centre for Newcomers (CFN)

Anila Umar Lee Yuen is the Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers. Previously, she has worked with Junior Achievement, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, DeVry Institute of Technology, & the Government of Alberta. She has received a Governor General’s Award and an Alberta Centennial Medallion for Community Service for her work advocating for immigrant and minority women and children rights.

Action for Healthy Communities (A4HC)

Aftab Khan is the Executive Director of Action for Healthy Communities. Over the last 10 years, he has worked with several immigrant serving agencies in Alberta. Before moving to Canada, he spent 15+ years as a manager, consultant, advisor, & director with various non-profits, UN agencies, & multilateral donor funded initiatives focused on social justice, community capacity building & infrastructure, & capital development projects in Pakistan.

Bredin Centre for Learning

SPEC Association for Children and Families (SPEC)

Born and raised in Piura-Peru, Carol moved to Canada in 2010. Carol completed a BSc with a Major in Business Administration and has almost 20 years of experience in a senior leadership and executive management roles. Her background includes working with expansion projects with multi-disciplinary teams in a very dynamic and goal-oriented organization. Carol speaks three languages: Spanish, English and French.

Association Francophone de Brooks (AFB)

Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC)

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA)

Beba Svigir is the Chief Executive Officer of the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. She came to Canada 17 years ago, following the civil war in the former Yugoslavia. CIWA has thrived under her leadership through implementing & diversifying the programs that address language, health, employment & parenting. She oversees 150+ staff members & 900 volunteers all working to help immigrant women become the foundation of their families’ success.

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