Staff

Family Drop In

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Gini Bonner

Executive Director, Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

Originally from Vancouver, BC

Speaks English

Favourite Quote: "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." – Margaret Mead

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Marjorie Batoon

Financial Administrator

Originally from the Philippines

Speaks English and Filipino

Favourite Quote:"The only man who never makes a mistake is the man who never does anything." - Theodore Roosevelt

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Theresa Tang

Program Manager, Family Drop In Program

Originally from the Kootenays in BC

Speaks English

Favourite Quote:"Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground." –Theodore Roosevelt

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Flora Purcell

Child and Family Support Worker - Adult Program Coordinator 

Originally from Vancouver, BC

Speaks English

Favourite Quote: “No mud; no lotus.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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Maria Luz Fernandez

Child and Family Support Worker - Playroom Coordinator

Originally from Argentina

Speaks English and Spanish

Favourite Quote: "It is the time you waited for your rose that makes your rose so important." Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince.

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Ewa Paciorek

Child and Family Support Worker

Originally from Poland

Speaks English, Polish, and Russian

Favourite Quote: “Festina lente.”

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Alma Tuliao

Child and Family Support Worker

Originally from Phillippines

Speaks English and Filipino

Favourite Quote: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

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Ofelia Ramirez

Child and Family Support Worker - Relief

Originally from Mexico

Speaks English, Spanish

Favourite Quote: "Family is like a song. Some notes are high and others are low. But it is always a beautiful song." -Unknown

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Janice Bavis

Playroom Volunteer

Originally from Vancouver

Speaks English

Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program

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Sanja Sladojevic

Circles of Care and Connection Manager

Originally from Croatia

Speaks English, Croatian, Mandarin Chinese, Serbian, and Russian

Favourite Quote: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart” -Confucious

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Manjit Garcha

Senior Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally from England

Speaks Punjabi, Hindi, and English

Favourite Quote: “The hand of friendship has no colour.” - Unknown

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Jasmine Olson

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally from Salt Spring Island

Speaks English, Setswana

Favourite Quote: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppresser.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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Maaly Abdallah

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally From Israel

Speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew and Arabic sign language

Favourite Quote: "I deal very little in facts, facts can obscure the truth, you can tell so many facts you never get to the truth, you can tell the places where, the people who, the times when, the reasons why, and never get to the human truth which is love and pain and loss and triumph."Maya Angelou

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Laila Attalla

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally From Egypt

Speaks English, Arabic and French

Favourite Quote: "In learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn" – Unknown

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Farnaz Karimizadeh

Early Childhood Educator

Originally From Iran

Speaks Farsi and English

Favourite Quote: "Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." – Mother Teresa

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Rashida Samar

ECE Assistant

Originally From Pakistan

Speaks English, Arabic and Urdu

Favourite Quote: "Beauty is not in the face; beauty is the light in the heart." Khalil Gibran

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