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Staff

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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

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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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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

 

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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

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

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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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JULIE SHIM

Child and Family Settlement Worker

Speaks English and Korean

“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” - Mandy Hale

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