Due to COVID-19 restrictions, our staff will be working from home, and can still be reached via email.
**Please direct any enquiries to our general email at info [at] mansomanitoba.ca or call our office phone: 204-272-0872 and leave a message. Our staff will be monitoring the voice mail for any incoming message. Thank you!**
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.
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 Language Support
Teresa Burke is the Director of Language Support at the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO). Teresa has over fifteen 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.
Director of (Re)Settlement and Integration Support
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 with MANSO, he is able to pursue his sincere desire to help. Seid is thrilled to be a part of the MANSO team, supporting the (re)settlement and language providers as well as newcomers.
Small Centre Support Manager
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.
Nicole Jowett joined MANSO in July 2019, working as the Provincial Coordinator. Her work focuses on provincial level issues, such as health and housing, and on coordinating services for newcomers with temporary status, including refugee claimants and migrant workers. With multifaceted experience in the settlement sector, including frontline work, research and evaluation projects, and advocacy, as well as a background in creative project management, Nicole is passionate about fostering welcoming communities and positive spaces for newcomers across Manitoba.
Valeria Castellanos joined MANSO as Program Manager in January 2021. Before that, she worked at Immigrant Centre Manitoba until 2020, first as a Pre-Arrival Facilitator, and later on as the Executive Assistant, where she managed the centre’s media and communications. Prior to that, Valeria worked at the Winnipeg School Division in various positions.
Back home, Valeria worked in the country’s Central Bank; she’s also worked as research support and as a university instructor in Canada and in her home country. She holds a B.A. in Economics and a M.A. in Economics and Public Policy, and in 2018 she obtained her Teaching English as an Additional Language Certificate from the University of Winnipeg. In her free time, she volunteers as an English tutor and instructor.
Justine (Nhu Ngoc) Trinh
Communications and Program Coordinator
Justine Trinh joined our MANSO team in August 2019. Justine graduated with a Bachelor of International Business degree but has found her passion in promoting inclusion and diversity, supporting immigrants and newcomers, and bridging the connection with the Indigenous communities. It was the love for the sector that led her to return to school to earn her certificate in Community Development/Community Economic Development at Red River College. She is excited to now be part of the MANSO team, assisting both the language and (re)settlement programs from behind the scenes.