MEET SAISIA'S TEAM OF DEDICATED STAFF

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
Réseaux en immigration francophone de la Saskatchewan
Saskatchewan History & Folklore Society
Saskatchewan Polytechnic - Regina
TESL Saskatchewan
North West College
Together We Can
African Canadian Resource Network
Northeast Newcomer Services
Saskatoon Industry Education Council
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Ahmad Majid

SAISIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Ahmad Majid is of Iraqi descent and his family came to Canada from Kuwait to escape the unrest during the First Gulf War in 1990. Shortly after arriving in this country, they settled in the small town of Moose Jaw, SK where his father found employment. When he was 10 years old, he moved to the United Arab Emirates with his sister and mother for two and a half years. He witnessed his parents’ struggles to find and maintain employment and integrate into mainstream Canadian society. This had a profound effect on him as he grew up, and it became his primary inspiration in placing assistance for newcomers to Canada at the core of his educational and professional activities. He is active in the community often times performing spoken word performances and workshops for all ages championing social/human rights issues with the goal of bringing more awareness to the world going on around us.

After volunteering at different settlement organizations such as the Saskatoon Open Door Society and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association, he found employment with the Saskatoon Open Door Society in the Employment Services Unit in 2014. During this time he performed the role of an Employment Counselor and a Team-Lead where he took pride in working directly with newcomers in their search for employment and as well guiding and supporting his staff to ensure the best service possible. He is now very excited to work as the Executive Director of SAISIA and to work collaboratively with all the settlement organizations in Saskatchewan with the collective goal of continuing to elevate the settlement services for newcomers in Saskatchewan.

Maryam Karimi

Saskatchewan SWIS Coordinator

Maryam Karimi is originally from Iran.  She has 17 years of experience in the settlement sector.  She has a Law degree from Iran, Tehran, a Masters of Education from Manchester University, and a Social Work degree from the University of Regina. She has worked in her native country of Iran, the UK, South Africa, Calgary, Saskatoon and for the last three years in Regina.

Maryam has worked with Refugee Assistant Program (RAP) for couple of years.  Her frontline work as SWIS was continued as a team leader of SWIS and Youth programs in Saskatoon.

Now a part of team SAISIA, Maryam's first-hand experience adjusting to life in new surroundings has been instrumental in her current position as Saskatchewan SWIS Coordinator.  

Déborah Chevalier

Bilingual Urban Coordinator

Déborah Chevalier is a French and Italian descent, whose family came to Canada for a better life. Inspired by her parents journey, she was passionate in humanitarian work, and wanted to help economically disadvantaged person's in all areas of life. She studied at the University of Regina and acquired a double major in Arts: Sociology and Gender Studies. She has always been active in her community and volunteered for various non-profit agencies who focus on humanitarian work, the environment and animal rights.

After acquiring her bachelor's degree, she received an opportunity working with the Société historique de la Saskatchewan as a Project Manager. Later, she received employment at the Regina Open Door Society as the Translation and Interpretation Program Coordinator. In these positions, she worked closely with Francophone and Settlement organizations and took pride in providing support to the community. She is now the Urban Coordinator and is eager to utilize her knowledge and skills for on-going support to SAISIA.

Janvi Tuteja

SAISIA Rural Coordinator

Janvi Tuteja is an experienced counsellor, coordinator and collaborative professional. Driven by passion and professionalism, Janvi is a highly creative and innovative individual who takes pride in providing exceptional services. Born and raised in India, she always had a passion for social reforms. She has acquired a talent of building cohesive teams through excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Janvi earned her Bachelors in Psychology from the University of Saskatchewan, with minor in Criminology, a diploma in Human Resources and various Mental Health professional certificates.

She is deep and devoted to various community activities, and is always on the go! She encourages everyone to be an active member in their community and volunteer as much as possible. She actively works with youth and adults at risk, newcomer population, Indigenous Peoples, businesses and organizations.

Janvi believes that kindness can go a long way. It costs nothing, but means everything!

Felicitas (Fay) Santos-Vargas

SAISIA Office Administrator

Fay started to work in SAISIA since March 2018, i.e. after retiring from the City of Saskatoon.  She came to Canada with her family almost 38 years ago and settled in Saskatoon. 

Her education and experience, as well as her decades of volunteering, continue to inspire her to get involved in many community events.  She enjoys doing crafts and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Fay has held various executive positions as a Board member of Filipino-Canadian Association of Saskatoon, Folkfest, SOHL, SMC (now SIA).  Currently she is an active member of the PPC at Holy Family Cathedral, FILCAS, and the coordinator/teacher of the Filipino Heritage School.