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.
Interim Director of Settlement Support
Michelle Strain is the Interim Director of Settlement Support 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 holistic 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.
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.
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. 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 a valuable addition to MANSO’s work supporting communities across Manitoba. Nicole is part of francophone and LGBT2SQ+ communities and would look forward to furthering initiatives for welcoming communities and positive spaces in Manitoba, particularly for migrants with precarious status.
Justine (Nhu Ngoc) Trinh
Justine Trinh joined our MANSO team in August 2019 as the new Program Assistant. She will be providing administrative assistance to our office, and assist in communications and event planning. 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 settlement programs from behind the scenes.
Send us an email via email@example.com or call Justine at our office phone: 204-272-0872. Please note that MANSO does not provide direct settlement services, and cannot advise on matters related to immigration to Manitoba or specific client cases.
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