MEET SAISIA'S TEAM OF DEDICATED STAFF

2018-2019 SAISIA Member Agencies

The Humboldt Regional Newcomer Centre Inc.
African Canadian Resource Network
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)
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
SAISIA STRATEGIC GOALS WEBINARS

SYLVIA WATERER

SAISIA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Sylvia has been with SAISIA since March 2017.  She has her Masters in Land Use and Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan, and her Project Management Professional designation from the American Project Management Institute.  She was a Registered Post-Secondary Education Instructor in British Columbia, and has extensive experience managing research projects, securing innovative funding partnerships, and representing sector interests on provincial and federal initiatives. 

She has worked both with the provincial and federal governments in Saskatchewan and British Columbia.  While in British Columbia she managed her own four season wilderness tourism business.  During this time she represented the sector on challenging land use initiatives, some of which included establishing protected areas and developing legislative policy.  As the Chief Executive Officer of a Saskatchewan based economic development not-for-profit enterprise, she held government funded settlement contracts including the Humboldt Regional Gateway Centre.  As Consultant to the Vice-President Research at the University or Regina, she provided leadership management on major projects, and assisted in the delivery of the University’s research strategy, and was Project Manager for implementing the recommendations of the Provincial Auditor’s Report on Research. 

Other  projects included working with Special Advisors to the Vice-President Research on the development of Research Clusters, and working with Deans on the development of Faculty Research Plans. 

ANTHONY OLUSOLA

SAISIA Project Manager

Anthony Olusola has been with SAISIA since January 2016. He values the opportunity to work with and learn from immigrant and refugee service providers across Saskatchewan and feels very positive about SAISIA.  

Anthony is a life-long learner possessing post-secondary degrees in Business Education with specialization in Curriculum Development and Instructional Design, Nigeria and Political Studies, Canada. He also holds professional certificates in Community Development, Germany; Project Management-Lean Process from Management and Strategic Institute, USA, amongst others.

Currently completing a Business Strategy and Big Data Analytics Specialization from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA, Anthony is excited to continue contributing to SAISIA's growth by utilizing his knowledge, skills and abilities of over 10 years working in the terrain of Global Initiatives and allied industry. 

Farrukh Syeer

SAISIA Community Partnership Facilitator

Farrukh Syeer is SAISIA’s Community Partnership Facilitator. Holding a master’s degree in Social Development & Sustainable Livelihoods, Farrukh has worked overseas for 10 years in the domain of social development in a variety of contexts. 

Having worked previously with two of Saskatoon’s settlement sector service provider organizations for the past four years, Farrukh brings to SAISIA his professional interests in institutional capacity building, social innovation, developmental impact evaluation and community impact.

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.

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.  

Bobby Hamm

SAISIA Rural Coordinator

Bobby Hamm grew up in rural Saskatchewan, but her passion to travel has given her a great appreciation for different ways of life and cultures. Bobby holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Lethbridge. She has applied her degree to a range of positions, allowing her to gather a vast basin of knowledge and skills to draw from.

Bobby has experience in program development and providing direct services for newcomers in a variety of rural areas. Her education, paired with her experiences, are crucial to her position as SAISIA’s Rural Coordinator.