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|SIA Board Members|
Applications are currently open for Board Members of the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association. We encourage applicants from different cultural communities and professional background and are in search of members that are willing to contribute with their respective expertise to the overall development of the organization. Please click here for more information.
David M. Parkinson is the director of the University of Saskatchewan Language Centre. He is currently the President of SIA and a member of the Equity & Anti-Racism Committee. David holds a certificate in Intercultural Communications from UBC and has conducted business internationally for over 25 years.
Tracy is a registered social worker and has practiced in a variety of settings over her 23-year career, including the Ministry of Social Services in the service areas of child welfare and domestic violence. She is an 12-year employee with the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR), has worked as a Manager with Client Patient Access Services, and in 2009 assisted with the development of the Newcomer Information Centre, a resource centre for new immigrants and refugees in Saskatoon. She is now the Director of Mental Health and Addiction Services (SHR), responsible for operations of many programs such as the Irene and Leslie Dubé Centre for Mental Health, the Calder Centre, and the Brief & Social Detox Unit. She is also a sessional lecturer with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina.
Tracy received the Canadian Association of Social Worker’s Award (Saskatchewan) for distinguished practice in 2005 and was also nominated for a YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (2008), and an Athena award (2011). She is a mentor with the SWITCH (Student Wellness Initiative Toward Community Health) program, as well as with the Edward’s Business School’s Womentorship Program. She serves on the Board for the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, has recently completed her term with the editorial board for the Canadian Social Work Journal, is the Chair for the City of Saskatoon Social Services Sub-committee, a member of the City of Saskatoon Race Relations and Cultural Diversity Committee and a new board member with the Saskatoon Community Foundation. She also enjoys serving her community through volunteer work with the Georges Vanier Community School Council.
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Sam Sambasivam has been on the UFCW 248-P executive for over twelve years and has served as the Assistant Chief Steward for four years. He has also been actively involved in developing workplace harassment policies for nearly 15 years ago. Additionally Sam has been an active board member of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Association for 15 years. He currently serves on the SFL Human Rights and Political Action committees representing UFCW Provincial Council and has helped organize a joint human rights conference with the SFL, held in Saskatoon in 1995. Along with working with the Saskatoon Multicultural Council and the Saskatoon & District Labour Council, Sam has worked within the community at large to raise awareness around March 21st ‘International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination’.
He has also facilitated workshops at the CLC Human Rights Conferences held in Quebec City and Toronto. Sam is a current member of ‘Citizens for a Better Saskatoon,’ which works to elect progressive candidates. He has organized pancake breakfast in order to raise fund for the UFCQ leukemia research projects over the years. Sam is a presently chair of the Human Rights Committee and co-chair of the Political Action Committee of the Saskatoon & District Labour Council and a member of the Prairie Labour Worker Cooperative Council. Included in his various involvements Sam has worked on every municipal, provincial and federal election campaign for nearly twenty years.
Dr. Jawahar (Jay) Kalra, an eminent clinical researcher, educator and health care provider, is well known as an avid supporter of community, arts and culture. Jay’s heart belongs to community services and volunteerism and he has been an active volunteer in Saskatoon and the community at large for more than 26 years. Jay has generously given his time and efforts in volunteer work with many organizations such as the Saskatoon Folkfest, the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, Sask Culture Inc, the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA), Hindu Society (Hindu Temple) of Saskatchewan, Rotary club, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon United way, the Literacy Foundation and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). He has also been active as a committee member of several other clubs, cultural and community associations/organization including the Multicultural community of interest, Youth Action Now, Future of Multiculturalism in Saskatchewan, Emcy Foundation, and Canadian Eyesight International to serve humanity and enhance community building. Jay has worked tirelessly in building the social, cultural and intercultural understanding and strengthening the fabric of multiculturalism in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and beyond. Through his compassion, excellent efforts and selfless commitment to youth and human welfare, Jay has made immense contributions to Saskatoon and Saskatchewan and has inspired others to follow. He is a role model who leads by example and has often been called a “Cultural and Diversity Ambassador.” He believes in the motto of “In service for community.” Dr. Kalra is a Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan and has served as Head of this department at the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Health Region.
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Peter R. Grant is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Saskatchewan. His research is in the area of intergroup relations with a focus on prejudice, stereotypes, and discrimination. He has been a research affiliate of the Prairie Metropolis Centre from 1997 to 2012 and is a research affiliate of the new national immigration centre (details forthcoming). In his current research program, Peter and his graduate students are 1) using theories of intergroup relations to examine how immigrants develop a Canadian national identity and 2) examining the acculturation of skilled immigrants from Asia and Africa and the problems they experience obtaining recognition for their foreign credentials and work experience. Peter volunteered to be on the SIA board because he would like to contribute in practical ways to the quality of life of recent immigrants and their families to Saskatoon.
Carlos Guzman Perez
Carlos was born and raised in Colombia. He has lived in Canada for the past four years. He is a previous participant of SIA’s Mentorship Project, which gave him the opportunity to get involved in an exciting bio-fuels project with the City of Saskatoon. As a newcomer to Canada, Carlos has strived to integrate himself into a new society through the improvement of his communication skills, involvement in community service activities, participation in local professional development events, and affiliation to professional associations. Carlos is a member of Let’s Talk Science at the University of Saskatchewan, and has volunteered for the Saskatoon Regional Science Fair in two previous years. He is also a member of the Project Management Institute North Saskatchewan Chapter, Bridgers Toastmasters Club in Saskatoon, and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.
Carlos completed his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering in Iran through an academic excellence scholarship. He also holds a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan. He is currently employed by EcoLibra Systems, a Saskatchewan based company.
Ana Lilia Jurado
Ana has a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Engineering with a focus in Business Administration. She has more than 15 years of experience in Human Resources mainly in Organizational Planning and Salary, Compensations and Benefits Administration, as a manager and as a consultant. In addition, she has had the opportunity to be a University Assistant Professor for five years. Ana was born in Mexico City and she developed her career in her home country; in 2006 she and her husband decided to come to Canada to give their only son the possibility to be bilingual and bicultural. Ana has been a Spanish Instructor since her arrival and has worked as a Sales Associate in the retail industry in Calgary as well as Saskatoon prior to returning to her work field.
Ana participated in the Mentorship Project at Saskatoon Intercultural Association (SIA) from February to June 2011 and she is more than aware of the benefits this project has added to her professional life. During her 12 week volunteer work placement she was able to demonstrate her skills and experience in HR, to gain Canadian work experience in her field and to meet others working in the same profession. Fortunately, upon completion of her work placement, a position opened as an HR Assistant and she was offered to continue working with the team on a permanent position. Ana is looking forward to grow.
Ana was a School Council Member at the Elementary School her son attended in Calgary; there, she helped other kids from Mexico and South America to integrate better in the school community. In Saskatoon, Ana is a member of the Circulo Hispanico where people from different Latin-American countries share their customs together and keep the Spanish language alive.
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Sadeq Rahimi, MSc, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology, and Associate Faculty at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Saskatchewan. Born in Iran, he arrived in Saskatoon in 1989 as a political refugee. He later received his Ph.D. in Cultural Psychiatry at McGill University and training in Child Psychoanalysis in Montreal, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellow appointment in Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, a 2 year Research Fellow appointment at the Harvard Center for Middle Eastern Studies, and clinical training in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. Dr. Rahimi moved back to Saskatoon in 2009. His main clinical and research focus has been on culture and mental health, identity, and culturally competent mental health services.
His current research includes a project on political subjectivity in post-revolutionary Iran, a study of the dynamics and challenges of integration for the Muslim community in Saskatoon, and a research project on needs assessment and policy recommendations for development of culturally competent mental health services in Saskatchewan.
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Gerlinde was born in Germany, but has lived in Canada for most of her adult life. Gerlinde retired from her position at SIAST of Academic Director of Research, Planning and Program Development. On behalf of SIAST she has worked on numerous short term international assignments in many developing countries, providing workshops in strategic planning, labour market research, program and curriculum planning, and evaluation frameworks. From 2006-2009 she worked in Doha, Qatar at the College of the North Atlantic-Qatar in a similar capacity. Gerlinde has been highly active in the Canadian society as well and has received the ATHENA Leadership award and the Saskatchewan Centennial Leadership award in 2005 for her contribution to the community.
Gerlinde has a rich background in volunteering, both locally and internationally. Her special passion is to help women in developing countries, providing them with education and tools to secure a better economic future. In 2011 she volunteered in Haiti and also in Tanzania, where she helped two women's group start their own businesses. She is very impressed with the range of programs and services that are offered by SIA, and finds it is a good fit for her interests. Gerlinde is a board member-at-large at SIA. She has three grown sons who live all over the world.
Darron Taylor grew up near Rochester, NY and lived in Spain before moving to Quebec City, Canada in 2003. He came to Saskatchewan in 2008 and worked for two and a half years as a Settlement Advisor in the Francophone community with the Assemblee Communataire Fransaskoise where he also became active in the charitable organization Wanda's International Guest House as a member of their board. In 2011, Darron was promoted to Director of Employment & Immigration at the ACF and managed settlement, employment and pre-employment services for the organization. It was at that time where Darron also got quite involved in Francophone recruitment efforts working with private, public and international organizations. Darron currently works as a Partnership Development Manager for the International Labour Centre in Saskatoon.
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