Staff

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AMSSA AGM 2016; Photographer: Jennifer Lord

Farah Kotadia, A/Executive Director

E-mail: fkotadia[at]amssa.org

As the Acting Executive Director, Farah oversees AMSSA’s operations, programs, and strategic direction. She works with the AMSSA Board of Directors, leads a cohesive collaborative team as well as continues to build and maintain effective relationships with funders, organizations, institutions, and community partners.

Brita Fransvaag, Accountant

E-mail: accounts[at]amssa.org

As the Accountant, Brita manages AMSSA’s accounts. She has worked at AMSSA since 1996 and has been a strong and steady foundation for AMSSA. As an integral part of the AMSSA team, she has contributed to AMSSA taking on new and interesting programming in settlement, language and integration, diversity and inclusion and health.

Melissa Jay, Communications Manager

E-mail: mjay[at]amssa.org

As the Communications Manager, Melissa oversees AMSSA’s overall communications including the AMSSA’s website, social media, and publications such as the AMSSA Insider and Cultures West magazine. Melissa also provides support to AMSSA’s programs and operations, as well as coordinates in-person meetings.

Saeedeh Foghani, Office Coordinator

E-mail: sfoghani[at]amssa.org

As the Office Coordinator, Saeedeh supports the Executive Director, Board of Directors and AMSSA Program staff. This includes coordinating office operations, providing membership support, arranging in-person meetings and providing resource support to the Settlement Language Program and Safe Harbour Program.

Sabrina Dumitra, Settlement Coordinator

E-mail: sdumitra[at]amssa.org

As the Settlement Coordinator, Sabrina supports all settlement programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in British Columbia. These supports include arranging in-person events, organizing and creating online training and capacity building opportunities such as webinars and E-Symposia, curating online resources that are shared on AMSSA’s Quick Links and Resources page and coordinating the Immigrant Integration Coordinating Committee (IICC)

Lucy Buchanan-Parker, Research and Information Coordinator

E-mail: lbuchanan[at]amssa.org

As Research and Information Coordinator, Lucy supports Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada funded organizations in BC through knowledge mobilization initiatives that translate academic research and policy documents into products that can be used effectively by staff in settlement agencies. She also works to support collaborations between researchers and settlement organizations in BC and monitors social, policy and research trends related to immigration and settlement.

Kaan Eraslan, Audio Visual Coordinator

E-mail: keraslan[at]amssa.org

As the AV coordinator, Kaan assists the output of AMSSA’s Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada funded online training events and videos. This includes audio visual support for webinars, e-Symposia and live streaming events, as well as filming online short videos and video editing.

Julie Ship, A/Language Coordinator

E-mail: jship[at]amssa.org

As the Acting Language Coordinator, Julie supports language programs funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in British Columbia. These supports include arranging in-person events, providing online training opportunities, and representing the interests of federally funded language training organizations at both provincial and national levels.