Meet 2021 – 2022 SAISIA Board of Directors


2021-2022 SAISIA Member Agencies

The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre Inc.
Prince Albert YWCA
Global Gathering Place
Moose Jaw Multicultural Council
Prince Albert Multicultural Council
Regina Open Door Society Inc.
Saskatoon Open Door Society Inc.
Saskatchewan Intercultural Association
International Women of Saskatoon
Regina Immigrant Women Centre
Catholic Family Services (CFS)
Ukrainian Canadian Congress
Carlton Trail College
Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise
Battleford Immigration Resource Centre
Cumberland College
Great Plains College
Parkland College
Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society
Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Regina
TESL Saskatchewan
North West College
Together We Can
Northeast Newcomer Services
Saskatoon Industry Education Council

Abdur Rehman Ahmad

Board President

Originally from Pakistan, Abdur has made Saskatoon his new home since 2012.

Possessing a Masters in Business Administration from Pakistan, Abdul completed another Masters of Public Health Course (MPH) in 2016 from the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

Having over 8 years’ experience working in the public health and non-profit sector. Abdur had worked on Public Health projects in the global south namely Pakistan and worked with international development agencies based in Austria, Germany and The Netherlands.

He currently works with SIA as the HR & Policy manager. Abdur is thrilled every day to work for an intercultural organization that is creating impact in the community by helping Newcomers through employment and language programs as well as building bridges between Newcomers and Indigenous people.

Kirandeep Bhullar

Board Vice-President

Kirandeep Bhullar is the Manager, Federal Programs and Funds Development, with Regina Immigrant Women Centre. She immigrated to Canada, from India, in 2004.

Having completed her Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) at the Ontario Institute of Studies for Education (OISE), University of Toronto Kirandeep worked for the Peel District School Board in the Greater Toronto Area for 5+ years as a high school teacher, before moving to Regina in 2014. In January 2015, she joined Regina Immigrant Women Centre as a Computer Instructor, with the Pre-employment program, and has continued to work at the centre in different capacities.

Kirandeep enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with her family.

Azalea Barrieses

Board Secretary



Azalea’s passion for minority experience and language training stems in part from her immigrant journeys from the Philippines to the United States of America and Canada. They are reflected in her B.A in Humanities, M.A. in Comparative Literature and M.A. in English degrees, and a Ph.D. in English, specializing in Post-Colonial Studies, the latter two from the University of Saskatchewan. They are similarly demonstrated in her past work, which included teaching and working in various administrative, coordination, community liaising, and management positions as well as membership in relevant committee advisories largely within the academic and settlement sectors.


Azalea joined Global Gathering Place in 2013, with her interest in newcomer settlement and language aligning well with her work as Language Services Manager. She manages a department that offers language classes and childcare programs attached to these classes, funded by both provincial and federal governments. She has been privileged to grow within a department that under her helm has added a new location, new community partnerships, expanded staff, and increased number of classes meeting newcomers’ needs to settle successfully in the city.


Azalea is particularly interested in gender and minority studies, life and women’s writing, and about writing itself, having done research/publication on Indigenous and Asian Canadian women writers and their poetry and prose. She is keen on building community and advocating for the marginalized, and is always excited by possibilities to grow in any way she can.

Stefanie Palmer

Board Treasurer

Stefanie Palmer is the Executive Director of the Moose Jaw Multicultural Council. With a background in Human Resources, Stefanie has been working in the Settlement and Integration Sector for over 13 years. Stefanie possesses a deep understanding of the sector from a frontline and senior leadership perspective as she has held various positions in RAP/settlement and employment services capacities since commencing her employment at MJMC in 2007. 

Stefanie served SAISIA as a board director and executive member in various capacities from 2010-2018. Some notable achievements while serving with SAISIA are:
• Saskatchewan Representative on National GAR-RAP Working Group from 2015-2018
• Developed, lead, and wrote results for 2013 National Settlement Conference Survey for SK settlement sector
• Prepared discussion notes for conference delegates for 2013 National Settlement Conference
• Served executive committee in Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary positions
• Chaired Governance and Fiscal Policy Committee
• Participated in recruitment, screening and selections processes for SAISIA’s: Director, Executive Director, and Rural Coordinator positions.

Getachew Woldeyesus

Past President

Getachew Woldeyesus is the Manager of Settlement, Family and Community Services at the Regina Open Door Society. He is also former President and board member of Saskatchewan Association Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies. Since 2009, he represents the Saskatchewan at the national Settlement Sector table.    

An accredited Settlement Practitioner in Saskatchewan and former refugee from Ethiopia, Getachew has been with the Regina Open Door Society since 1987. During the last twenty–nine years, he held several positions within the organization. He also worked on several community partnership initiatives to help develop a welcoming and supportive community for immigrants in the city of Regina.

Some of the major projects include the Regina Open Door and Regina Police Service Newcomers Information and Orientation Project and the Refugee Health Project. 

Getachew holds a Bachelor Social Work Degree and MSW (soon to be awarded) from the University of Regina. As part of his graduate studies program, he conducted several research projects in the area of immigration including Temporary Workers Program, Canada Seasonal Agricultural Program, and Refugee Protection in Canada.

Jess Hamm

Board Member

Jess Hamm grew up in rural Saskatchewan but has made Saskatoon her home for over 16 years. She has her Bachelor of Education from the University of Saskatchewan with a major in English. Her passion for helping others is why she pursued the field of teaching but is also why she found herself working and staying in the non-profit sector.

Jess started working for the Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA) in 2008 and she has coordinated and managed on several different programs before being promoted to the role of Executive Director in 2015. During Jess’s career, she has always been interested in advocacy and being an ally for others.

Jess has been involved with the Equity and Anti-Racism Committee run by SIA for over 9 years and throughout her years at SIA, she has developed or spearheaded new initiatives and programs that foster intercultural understanding and acceptance in our community. 

Ijeoma Nwamuo

Board Member

Ijeoma Nwamuo is the Executive Director of the International Women of Saskatoon (IWS), which is also the Organization that manages all the IRCC funded Language Assessment and Referral Centres (LARC) in the Province of Saskatchewan.

Prior to migrating to Canada, she had worked as a Legal Practitioner and the Regional Office Administrator of Women’s Aid Collective (WACOL) in Abuja -Nigeria. Having risen through the ranks in various roles as a client services and community capacity development worker to become the ED of IWS, she, in addition to her primary tasks of leading her team of staff has had the opportunity to serve, in a volunteer capacity, since 2006, on multiple Boards, Steering and Ad Hoc Committees including working in a mentorship role to support many vulnerable newcomer women who need guidance with personal and professional developments in Canada.  

Her keen interest in Systems and Design Thinking, with particular focus on Policies related to political/development economics, women empowerment and leadership development initiatives, created opportunities for her to become a Recipient of bursaries from the Muttart Foundation and the Saskatoon Community Foundation for participation in Business and Community Leadership Programs and thus an Alumna of the Edward School Business (U of S) and Leadership Saskatoon. She was also a Nominee for both the YWCA Saskatoon Women of Distinction Award (2011) under the category of Leadership/Management and the CBC Sask. 40 under 40 Award (2016). She also has a biased interest in youth leadership development because she believes that tomorrow belongs to the Next Generation.

Ijeoma, a PTDF Scholar, earned a Master of Laws from the University of Dundee (Distinction with Specialization in Petroleum Law & Policy in 2005); holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B) and Barrister at Laws (BL) designation, the University of Nigeria (UNEC) and the Nigerian Law School (Abuja) respectively. She is a mother of 2 girls and in her free time, she loves to travel to exotic destinations around 

Pat Faulconbridge

Board Member

Pat Faulconbridge, of Métis heritage, recently joined the Regina Immigrant Women Centre (RIWC) in the role of Family Support Services Manager and brings 30+ years of human services experience.

Her career includes senior leadership roles within community-based organizations, on non-profit boards and committees along with extensive provincial government experience in Social Services and the Status of Women Office.

Sunbo Toby-Lade

Board Member

Sunbo Toby-Lade holds a Masters Degree of Human Resource from the University of Regina. She currently leads the Newcomer Employment and Settlement Services team of Catholic Family Service Regina. She has extensive experience working in the Human Resource field as Human Resource Business Partner, and has spent the past 3 years working in the Settlement Sector. Sunbo is a strategic thinker, who has developed strong leadership skills over the years. She is passionate about having the right people in place for the job, and this drives the philosophy which she and her team use to prepare newcomers for a thriving career opportunity in Canada.

Janine Hart

Board Member

Janine Hart is the Executive Director of The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre Inc. Established in 2009 as a regional Gateway, the centre quickly became a name that both employers, and immigrants sought for excellence in settlement, information, and referrals to mainstream organizations in rural Saskatchewan.

Establishing itself as a non-profit Settlement Providing Organization in 2013, Janine has secured program funding from Federal, provincial, and other resources to promote access to services in small, rural communities; To increase the capacity for inclusivity and equitable opportunities.  Partnerships with various provincial stakeholders have been critical to the voice of newcomers in the Humboldt (Central Region), none more so than research into the overview of rural settlement services for LGBTQIA+ Newcomers (available on request).

Throughout the past year Janine has engaged in research groups around the effects of mental health of individuals in small centres. She is trained and representative on the local community VTRA response team, and has recently been accepted onto a master's in counselling psychology.

Janine currently sits on the recently re-established coordinating committee KAI ROS Prairies North Coordinating Committee, focusing on justice issues in the PNT region

Danielle Allard

Board Member

Danielle has been working with the Fransaskois communities of Saskatchewan for several years as a volunteer, an elected official, and an employee. She is currently the Director of the Francophone Welcome and Inclusion Service - SK (SAIF-SK), a subsidiary of the Assembly communautaire fransaskoise (ACF), since its establishment in April 2020.

Since 2005, Danielle has been a team player in Assemblée Communautaire fransaskoise’s employment and immigration sector. She is an advocate for building stronger communities to be welcoming and inclusive to new immigrants, therefore she believes that a strong settlement sector is very important to Saskatchewan

Lori Steward

Board Member

Lori Steward has worked in a variety of positions at Global Gathering Place since starting with the agency as a volunteer in 2006. In addition to volunteering, she was an English as a Second Language instructor, Life Skills worker, Settlement Advisor, and is now the Community Connections Manager.

Ms. Steward brings a diverse skill set which includes a technical, scientific background; she holds a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the University of Québec. Before joining the Settlement Sector, among others, she worked as a programmer analyst and graphic designer. Her strengths in communication help her to network and build partnerships which she applies to improve case management for clients facing multiple barriers to integration. She is passionate about helping newcomers to Saskatoon achieve full and successful lives. She now manages the team tasked with providing Life Skills and health support to Government Assisted Refugees at Global Gathering Place.

Ms. Steward lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two daughters. In her personal time, she pursues her avid interest in art and fine craft and also serves on the Executive of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Craft Council.

Jaylord Tanora

Board Member

I am an immigrant from Philippines and arrived here in Canada last 2015. I am a father of 3 children, 2 of them were born in the Philippines and the last one of was born here in Canada. I am currently working as Settlement Advisor for The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre since 2018.

I am a graduate of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, and got Master’s Degree Program (Major in Animal Science, Minor in Extension Education). I worked for almost 10 years in the University as Professor. While I was performing my main function as a professor, I was also designated as College Extension/Outreach Coordinator. As a Coordinator, I had significant experiences on how to deal with people in the community and working with them directly in a holistic approach.