Staff

Family Drop In

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GINI BONNER

Executive Director, Mount Pleasant Family Centre Society

Originally from Vancouver, BC

Speaks English

"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou

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BETISA MOHAMMADI

Program Manager, Family Drop In

Originally from Iran

Speaks English and Farsi

"When we are no longer able to change a situation- we are challenged to change ourselves." - Viktor E. Frankl

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MARIA LUZ FERNANDEZ

Playroom Coordinator

Originally from Argentina

Speaks English and Spanish

"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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ALMA TULIAO

Family Support Worker

Originally from the Philippines

Speaks English and Filipino

"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you"

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Samira Gholami

Family Support Worker

Originally from Iran

Speaks English and Farsi

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

-William Arthur 

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BERNADETTE AQUINO

Administrative Assistant

Originally from the Philippines

Speaks English and Filipino

"Believe you can, and you're halfway there." - Theodore Roosevelt

FLORA PURCELL

Adult Program Coordinator

Originally from Vancouver, BC

Speaks English

"No mud; no lotus." - Thich Nhat Hanh

  

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EWA PACIOREK

Family Support Worker

Originally from Poland

Speaks English, Polish, and Russian

"Festina lente."

   

  

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Razia Waziri

Family Support Worker

 

Originally from Afghanistan

Speaks English and Farsi

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Danielle Verzosa

Family Support Worker

Originally from the Philippines

Speaks English and Filipino

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

 

Circles of Care & Connection Early Years Refugee Program

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THERESA TANG

Program Manager, CCC

Originally from the West Kootenays, BC

Speaks English

“I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” - Maya Angelou

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JASMINE OLSON

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally from Salt Spring Island

Speaks English and Setswana

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor." - Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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FARNAZ KARIMIZADEH

Playroom Coordinator

Originally from Iran

Speaks Farsi and English

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." - Mother Theresa

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CHERYL MIXON

Case Manager

Speaks English

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MANJIT GARCHA

Senior Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally from England

Speaks Punjabi, Hindi and English

"The hand of friendship has no colour." - Unknown

MAALY BRAKE

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Originally from Israel

Speaks English, Arabic, Hebrew and Arabic sign language

"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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RASHIDA SAMAR

ECE Assistant

Originally from the Pakistan

Speaks English, Arabic and Urdu

"Beauty is not in the face; beauty is the light in the heart." - Khalil Gibran

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