MANSO’s Staff Team
Vicki Sinclair joined the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) as its Executive Director in June 2016. Before that she was the Director of Programming and Development at Immigrant Centre Manitoba, Manitoba’s largest settlement agency. She is a member of the Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg Council, Le Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba (RIF du Manitoba) and the Western Region Working Group (WRWG). She is a former member City of Winnipeg’s Citizen Equity Committee (CEC) and the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). She has a professional background in journalism and EAL and a deep commitment to partnership and community engagement. She became a Canadian Citizen in 2009.
Director of Settlement Support
Bequie Lake has worked in non-profit organizations for the past 15 years, and was the Activities Coordinator and then Executive Director for the Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association (MIRSSA) between 2013-16. As MANSO’s Director of Settlement Support, she values the opportunity to work with and learn from immigrant and refugee service providers across the province. Bequie is interested in the intersections of community development and adult education, with a specific interest in theatre as a tool for community building and social change. She also taught English as an Additional Language to adults from 2008-2014.
Director of Language Support
Teresa Burke is the Director of Language Support at the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO). Teresa has over ten years of experience in the settlement language sector having worked in a variety of positions. She has taught EAL in both Manitoba and Alberta, worked as a CLBPT and CELBAN language assessor, and was a program coordinator in Winnipeg. As the former ED of the Manitoba English as an Additional Language Organizations (MEALO 2013-15), Teresa was closely involved in the amalgamation of MIRSSA and MEALO. She is excited to be part of the MANSO team, supporting such a wide spectrum of settlement and language organizations across Manitoba.
Refugee Response Coordinator
Seid Oumer Ahmed began his career as Journalist in Ethiopia and has lived experience as a refugee resettling in 2003 in Canada. Seid has held a number of positions in the settlement sector at IRCOM, Red River College, Manitoba Nurses’ Union, and Immigrant Centre. As a result, he has developed a strong understanding of the various needs and challenges new Canadians face both personally and in workplace environments. In his current role as a Refugee Response Coordinator with MANSO, he is able to pursue his sincere desire to help. Seid is thrilled to be a part of MANSO team, supporting the settlement and languages providers as well as newcomers.
Refugee Response Coordinator
Michelle Strain is the Refugee Response Coordinator at the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO). Michelle has over ten years of experience in the settlement sector specifically working with refugees. She managed a pre-employment training program that provided wholistic wrap around services for refugee youth 15-30 years of age. Michelle served as Secretary on the board of the Manitoba Immigrant and Refugee Settlement Sector Association (MIRSSA) from 2010-2016 as well as co-chaired the MIRSSA Health Committee. She is excited to be a part of the MANSO team, supporting the settlement and language providers as well as newcomers that have made Manitoba their new home.
Immaculate Nabisere is the Program Assistant a position she has held since February 2016. An immigrant herself, Immaculate is passionate about human rights, immigration matters in Canada especially the integration and settlement of newcomers, and immigrants’ vulnerability, resilience, community development, among others. Immaculate has a Bachelor in Applied Disaster & Emergency Studies from Brandon University where she focussed on the vulnerability of immigrants to hazards. She also has a Masters in Rural Development from Brandon University and training in Policy.
Having been here when MANSO was in the process of amalgamation to its actual initialisation, Immaculate is proud to be part of the MANSO team supporting both the language and settlement sector from behind the scenes. Immaculate feels very positive about MANSO’s future and is excited to continue to contribute to its growth by utilising her skills in policy development, research, logistics and coordination.
Don Boddy began his work with MANSO in March 2017. Before that he was the Settlement Services Coordinator at the Newcomer’s Welcome Centre (Portage Learning and Literacy Centre) in Portage la Prairie. Don has lived in rural Manitoba for more than thirty (30) years and has worked and volunteered in the non-profit/volunteer sector for more than twenty (20) years. Along with his work, Don has served on the MIRSSA and MANSO Boards and has co-chaired the MANSO Housing Committee. Don understands the value of expanding his capacity through building a network of professional peers, organizational partners and a “constellation of mentors.” During the time that Don has been working and walking with Newcomers to Canada, his life has been changed by the gifts of wisdom, courage, and kindness he has received from this work. He is excited to be serving in this role and to be part of the MANSO team.
Fadi joined MANSO in January 2018. He has experience as a researcher and educator on migration. He is the author of a community-based research report on refugee parent involvement in Winnipeg’s inner city, published by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (2017). Over the last year, as the Training Coordinator with Mount Carmel Clinic, he successfully developed and delivered training workshops for over 700 service providers across Manitoba on working with refugees from an anti-oppressive approach. He currently teaches a course on migration for the University of Winnipeg, Urban and Inner-City Studies Program. He holds an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Manitoba, where he focused on public memory and on early relations between Indigenous peoples and the police in the Canadian Prairies. Fadi also has lived experience as a forced and voluntary migrant, a transnational citizen, and a community advocate for and with newcomer migrants.
Please note that MANSO does not provide direct settlement services, and cannot advise on matters related to immigration to Manitoba or specific client cases. Please visit our Newcomer Resources page for other online resources.