Executive Leadership Team

Eyob NaizghiIn his early 20s, Eyob Naizghi became stateless, a refugee from Eritrea. This experience led to over 30 years of commitment to social justice for immigrants and refugees. In 1985 he earned an M.A. in Geography from the University of British Columbia, specializing in rural-urban migration. Before joining MOSAIC in 1993, Eyob managed development projects with refugees. He also worked as a freelance consultant, designing, developing, evaluating, and monitoring projects with refugees and internally displaced people.

After serving for eight years as Director of the Settlement Services Department, Eyob was appointed Executive Director of MOSAIC in December 2000. In this position, Eyob is responsible for achieving strategic, financial, and operating objectives, and for ensuring the organization operates in accordance with the policies established by MOSAIC’s Board of Directors.

Sherman ChanSherman Chan is the Director of Family and Settlement Services at MOSAIC. A registered social worker, Sherman holds a Master of Science in Applied Social Studies Degree from the United Kingdom. Sherman takes a leadership role with regard to immigration matters in Canada. Currently, he is Executive Member of Canadian Council for Refugees, Member of National Settlement Council, and Co-chair of Corrections Canada Pacific Region Ethnocultural Advisory Committee. He has done a number of collaborative studies with research institutions, and he has been involved in social justice advocacy with community groups. Sherman is the recipient of the City of Vancouver 2006 Cultural Harmony Award.”
Ninu KangNinu’s academic background is in Economics and Counselling Psychology. She has over 20 years of program development and managing client services at MOSAIC. By delivering training across North America in the area of anti-violence and anti-racism, as well as through participating in international conferences, Ninu has been able to share her knowledge about the various cross-cultural models with which she is familiar.

Ninu has been a researcher and a consultant on projects using community-based action research methodology and she has provided input to women’s groups and community organizations seeking ways of making themselves more welcoming to immigrants and refugees.

Over the years, Ninu has been and continues to be active on the boards of many communities and organizations. She has served as President of the Board of Women’s Research Centre, President of the Board of Battered Women’s Support Services, Co-chair of Ending Relationship Abuse Society of BC, and she has been a member of the South Asian Community Coalition Against Youth Violence.

Joan AndersenJoan Andersen came to MOSAIC in 2009 after a long and varied career at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has overseen the expansion of both employment and languages services. MOSAIC Language Programs are now offered in Burnaby, as well as Vancouver and North Vancouver. And, MOSAIC is now the only Immigrant Serving Organization to operate a WorkBC Employment Services Centre.

In 2012, Joan received David Hutson Leadership Award for demonstrating exemplary leadership in the community-based training sector. Throughout her career, Joan has been a leader in diversifying the workplace; mentoring and developing staff; and working in partnership with community organizations to develop better service. Joan has Masters Degrees in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and in Library Science from the University of British Columbia. Joan is also a member of the Nonprofit Sector Employers Advisory Council and the City of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council, as well as past Chair of the Vancouver Public Library Board.

Sue TrevorSue Trevor, a chartered accountant, began her career working for Touche Ross & Co. in Toronto. She has since gone on to work with a variety of companies in several different industries. Sue became involved in non-profit and charitable organizations through volunteering, and soon began to offer her own services to these organizations. For nearly five years, Sue was the founding Executive Director of the Depressive and Manic Depressive Association of Ontario. She also acted as the controller of the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club, a non-profit recreational facility with over 4,000 members. In 2001, after more than five-and-a-half years at the Club, Sue moved to British Columbia.

Sue’s responsibilities at MOSAIC include financial management, human resources, facilities management, information systems and direction of the accounting and operations team.

Senior Managers Team

Katie ZawaidehKatie Zawaideh brings to her position a vast knowledge of education systems around the world, specifically in the nonprofit field. Through her past experience working in quality assurance, monitoring and evaluation as senior staff with the government of Abu Dhabi, she managed challenging projects with high standard evaluating inspections and different initiatives and programs, developing frameworks and creating tools for measuring impact and managing data. She also worked on drafting policies that govern the work of private schools in the Emirates. Through her work, as an international development consultant, coach and trainer, she managed to raise the quality and standards of work in many organizations, schools and monasteries in different countries while coaching and mentoring staff and senior leaders. She also led organizations through accreditation.

Katie was a board member of YWCA of Jordan, empowering and leading youth programs and representing the organization in different national and international conferences. She continues to fulfill her passion to help others through her voluntary work in different third world countries helping the poor and empowering others, young women and children in particular.

John DubéJohn Dubé is a registered social worker and registered clinical counsellor. He has been in senior management for over 20 years overseeing such programs as suicide prevention/intervention, counselling and education, health-based case management, immigration services, human resources, finance and accreditation. Over the last seven years John has focused on accreditation, best practices and hearing the voice of clients, and now has returned to directly supporting staff in their work with clients.

John successfully guided MOSAIC’s bid for CARF Accreditation in 2008. Since 1998, John has been active in the field of best practices standards. He has sat on the Council on Accreditation as a peer reviewer since 2007.

Marc LarrivéeMarc Larrivée has over 15 years of experience working with refugees and immigrants in Canada and the United States. He holds an Master of Social Work degree and is a Registered Social Worker in British Columbia. At MOSAIC, he previously managed the Step Ahead Settlement Enhancement Project that was cited by Citizenship and Immigration Canada as an example of best practice for vulnerable newcomer populations.

Marc has conducted academic research on immigrants and refugees in the US and in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia. For many years he has been an advocate for social justice and has worked with the Canadian Council for Refugees.

Larry ChanLarry Chan began his career in 1990 as a Career Counsellor working with the Severely Employment Disadvantaged. Since then he has managed programs for youth, older workers, multi-barriered clients, and immigrants. Most recently Larry managed the Vancouver Northeast WorkBC Employment Services Centre serving all British Columbians.

Larry attended the University of British Columbia where he earned both, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Diploma of Education in Guidance Counselling. Larry has combined his education with 23 years of experience in the Employment Service field to assist individuals of all backgrounds towards training and or employment.

Nina MillerNina has been a key player in the growth and development of MOSAIC’s Language Programs. A passionate educator, Nina brings a lifetime of hands-on experience in language teaching, curriculum design, administration, and team building to her position, and understands all roles from the inside out, having been teacher, supervisor and manager at the organization for over 20 years. Nina has helped to initiate and implement various services, programs and processes, including the CLB Assessment Service, MOSAIC Works, Portfolio Based Language Assessment, and MOSAIC Online language programming.

Nina is proud to be part of the team that sustains a high standard of excellence across the Language Programs, and is committed to ensuring that staff, clients, partners and funding stakeholders all benefit from the responsive, progressive and client-centred delivery of MOSAIC programming.

Sara CameronSara Cameron has a Masters of Social Work (MSW) Degree with a Specialization in Health and Mental Health from the University of Toronto. She has worked in many different areas throughout her career, including frontline child protection with children and high risk infants under two years of age in Ontario, and several different units within the health care system in both Ontario and British Columbia.

More recently Sara has managed two Assisted Living facilities partnered with Fraser Health Authority for young adults with acquired brain disorders, physical disabilities and mental health issues. She was also the Manager of Case Management Services at Covenant House Vancouver working with homeless and at risk youth, where her team consisted of Social Workers and Mental Health Clinicians.

Susan YungSusan joined MOSAIC in 1995 after obtaining her degree in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. Over the years she has taken on many positions in the Finance and Administration Department and is currently responsible for the organization wide financial and accounting processes.

She feels privileged to work in a place filled with dedicated staff and volunteers who are passionate in their work in supporting MOSAIC’s immigrants, refugees and newcomers.