Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
2017 – 2018 Staff
Rhonda has been working with the multicultural community in Saskatchewan for 20 years in a variety of roles. Prior to joining MCoS, she was the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association for Multicultural Education, Youth Leadership Coordinator at the United Way of Regina and a teacher/counsellor at Cornwall Alternative School. Before moving to Regina, Rhonda taught at Reindeer Lake School in Southend, Saskatchewan.
She brings to MCoS expertise and experience in multiculturalism, anti-racism, education, youth leadership, experiential education, cross-cultural education, non-profit management, and policy governance. Rhonda has worked intensively using transformative drama with youth and adults to explore racism and discrimination and find opportunities for positive change.
She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Humanistic Studies with a concentration in International Development from McGill University; she graduated with Great Distinction. Rhonda furthered her education with a Bachelor of Education and a Certificate in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University.
Originally from Toronto, Rhonda lives with her 12-year old daughter and their dog in Regina. Together they enjoy swimming, skiing, camping, dancing, traveling, yoga, hiking, cooking and eating foods from many cultures, as well as some of their own invention.
Rhonda can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-721-6267.
Titilayo relocated to Canada mainly to reunite with her family and make it home as well. Since 2009, Titilayo has had the great pleasure of working together with many organizations in developing and facilitating multicultural events in Saskatchewan. She is currently an Executive Assistant with Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan, which is responsible for promoting multiculturalism across the province.
Titilayo holds a Diploma in Marketing Management and a Bachelor degree in Business Administration, both from Olabisi Onabanjo University in Nigeria. She also obtained a Master’s Certificate in Business from the University of Regina and has attended several seminars and training sessions focusing on Administration, Leadership, Organizational Behaviour, and Strategic Management.
During her undergraduate studies, Titilayo contributed to further developing the Business Administration and Management department by executing successful Academic Planning events during her studentship for which she received a recognition award. She also received a meritorious award as the best academic female student. Upon her completion of her degree, the school awarded her as the best student in her set.
She volunteers with a number of organizations and currently volunteers as the Executive Lead on Corporate Integrity & Excellence for The AfricaNext Project Inc.
Outside of work and volunteering, Titilayo cherishes every moment spent with her family while living in Regina.
Titilayo can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 306-721-6267.
Communications and Marketing Coordinator
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Justin has lived in Regina most of his life. He has invested his time and energy into a diverse career and education. It this diverse experience that he brings to MCoS in order to help the organization achieve its overall strategic goals. The Multicultural sector is new to Justin and he is enjoying learning about it and hopes to develop some expertise in this area.
In 2003, Justin completed his Bachelor of Administration, majoring in marketing with distinction; then he completed his Certificate in Public Relations in 2011 with distinction; and most recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring psychology with great distinction. All education was obtained at the University of Regina. He would like to pursue additional education and a professional designation in the field of communications and marketing.
Justin’s work experience has been diverse starting out as a Customer Service Representative at SaskTel’s Call Centre where he got experience in sales and customer service. Then he accepted a position as a Community Relations Coordinator for Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) where he gained experience in presentations, networking, community building and promoting social causes. From there, Justin took a position with Saskatchewan Gaming Corporation (SGC) as a Marketing Analyst for promotions where he learned a vast amount about complex promotions and their analyses as well as sponsorships and branding. Then he decided to change things up in his career and try his hand at communications by accepting a position as the Communications Officer at Ranch Ehrlo Society where he got experience with graphic design, writing, editing, media relations, web site content management, social media, as well as internal and external communications.
The position of Communications Coordinator with MCoS can be seen as a hybrid position that integrates many aspects of marketing and communications. Justin looks forward to continuous learning in these areas and to further building his career with MCoS while learning all about the Multicultural sector.
Justin can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-721-6266.
Christine van der Merwe
Education Coordinator (Term – filling mat leave)
Christine is committed to social equity and the establishment of a safe environment for all members of a community to live, grow and nurture their own and each other’s well-being.
She has been involved in public education as Coordinator of Education and Interpretation with the non-profit organization The RCMP Heritage Centre. In this role, she had the opportunity to explore and teach aspects of multiculturalism as related to Indigenous communities, newcomers, government and policing in Saskatchewan. She values the opportunity she had to work with the Office of the Treaty Commissioner to develop the educational program ‘Our Treaties’ for the RCMP Heritage Centre. The program brings awareness to the history and effect of colonization in Western Canada; the promises and broken-promises of the Eleven Numbered Treaties and the disastrous effect of the residential school system on its many victims. Christine had the opportunity to deliver the program to many audiences and to learn through joint sharing how the cultural impact of this horrendous legacy still affects people today.
In partnership with Kids First she was involved in bringing the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s travelling display ‘Faceless Dolls’ to the RCMP Heritage Centre. She developed the educational program ‘Stepping Stones to Healing’ as a toolkit and networking opportunity for local gateway organizations.
Prior to moving to Saskatchewan in 2009 Christine and her husband lived in Victoria B.C., where she gained over 15 years of experience in supporting people of all ages with a broad range of developmental, physical and behavioural support needs. During this time, she gained experience as advocate for individuals and organizations and in building and sustaining important and sensitive relationships. She values active listening as the basis of effective communication, respect as the basis of relationship building, effective time management and strong organizational skills.
Christine holds a BA (Honours) degree in Psychology from the University of Pretoria in South Africa where her family moved from Holland when she was a seven-year-old. She believes in volunteering as a powerful instrument to give back to the community that has opened its doors to her and is active as a snowshoe coach (strictly winter months only 🙂 ) with Special Olympics Regina and as a volunteer ESL tutor with Regina Public Library.
Christine feels truly privileged to be part of the MCoS team and to contribute to the organization’s efforts to bring communities together.
Christine can be reached by email at email@example.com or by phone at 306-721-6269.
Education Coordinator (On maternity leave)
Yordanos has made Saskatchewan her home. Since her immigration to Canada in 1998 from Eritrea. She has immersed herself in education, work and volunteerism locally and internationally. Yordanos brings to MCoS a wealth of knowledge in working with youth, women and families with immigrant and multicultural organizations.
Prior to joining the team at MCoS, Yordanos gain valuable experience working at the Regina Open Door Society (RODS), in her role as Settlement Worker in Schools (SSWIS) program. As Research Assistant at the University of Regina, she was engaged in research of water governance in the Canadian Prairies and has co-authored the report: “Governing Water, Deliberative Institutions and Adaptation” (2015). As a Project Coordinator and Community Outreach Worker at the Daughter of Africa International Inc., she organized workshops for workplace literacy. At the Regina Immigrant Women Centre she was a project Assistant where she co-developed and co-authored the “Drug Education for Immigrants” manual and facilitator guide.
Yordanos holds a Master’s degree in Justice Studies and a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Business Administration Diploma from the University of Regina. Her thesis is titled “Climate Change: Vulnerability and Adaptation, A Case Study of Men and Women Farmers in Eritrea” (2014). For her field research in 2011, Yordanos spent 7 months collecting data in Eritrea. She received a scholarship from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa for this purpose. Also in 2015, she was funded by IDRC to present her findings at the International Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Her research has been published in books.
Her community activism and leadership has earned her the rare opportunities: In 2008, as a UNICEF campus leader, she was among six Canadian university students sponsored for a UNICEF study trip to Guyana. In 2007, her involvement with Daughters of Africa International Inc., earned her the right to participate in a Women’s Empowerment and HIV/AIDS workshop in Uganda. At the same time, she followed her passion supporting the Nazareth Children’s Home in Uganda. Since 2008 Yordanos is serving as the Committee Member for the Oversea Project Review at the Saskatchewan Council for International Cooperation (SCIC).
Yordanos can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 306-721-6269.
Jamal has been involved with several non-profits in Regina for the past nine years and also attributes her professional development to the City of Regina where she worked as a Program Specialist for Social Inclusion for three years. Other places she has worked include Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC), Regina Open Door Society (RODS) and United Way Regina.
She moved to Canada with her husband on a cold stormy night in November 2007 and has called Regina her home ever since. She has a master’s degree in Science from the University of Karachi and went back to school to obtain a Certificate in Public Relations from the University of Regina. While at the U of R, she was awarded a scholarship by the Canadian Congress for Higher Education for Women. Originally from Pakistan, she was raised in Saudi Arabia. She was a teacher in her ‘former life’ – a time that she endearingly refers to before moving to Canada.
Mayor Michael Fougere recognized Jamal for her contribution to an arts symposium in March 2015 and was recognized for her role in settling wildfire evacuees from La Ronge who were displaced from their hometown and had to stay in Regina for a month in July 2015. She is an ardent community volunteer, sits on two other boards and helps out three other non-profits with communications, event planning and projects that encourage diversity.
In September 2016, Jamal joined MCoS as a Project Coordinator. She will lead the #WelcomeHome150: Creating Welcoming and Inclusive Communities project that will become her life for the next two years. This project is part of the Canada 150 celebrations taking place across the country. Jamal is beyond excited; this is her opportunity to not only celebrate Canada but involve the whole province in the celebration. What better way to pay tribute to a country that embraced her lovingly and she is proud to call home!
Recently, Jamal and her husband welcomed their cat, a Himalayan Mix named Mia, to their household. According to Jamal, it is the best decision they have made in years.
Jamal can be reached at email@example.com or by phone at 639-590-6295
Office and Project Assistant (Work placement)
Thuy can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 306-721-6267.