Executive Leadership Team
Olga has a Master’s Degree in English and Philosophy from the University of Constantine the Philosopher in Nitra, Slovakia. Prior to immigrating to Canada, she was Senior Project Manager at Management Partners, the leading HR consulting company in the Slovak market. She was highly successful in her role of recruiting personnel for international organizations opening subsidiaries in Slovakia.
Olga is the recipient of the 2009 Business in Vancouver Top Forty Under 40 Award, as well as the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Michael has over 25 years of international experience in engineering, product marketing & sales, business development, IT management, consulting and executive management in both the for-profit and the not-for-profit sectors. His passion is to lead, motivate and support board of directors, peers and staff in achieving challenging strategic goals. Michael is a mentor for new start-ups through the annual New Ventures British Columbia competition and the SFU Mentors In Business program.
Michael is a past volunteer of MOSAIC’s Workplace Connections Mentoring Program. Most recently, he joined the board of AMSSA (The Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Settlement Agencies). Michael has also served on the board of the BC Chapter of the Canadian Society of Association Executives. In addition to his academic background in Engineering, Michael has a degree in business (MBA) from Simon Fraser University and is a Certified Association Executive.
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.
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
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.
Diana has a passion for education which started in 2001 teaching English overseas in Colombia and Chile in both secondary school and college settings. When she returned to Canada, she wanted to focus her attention on working with newcomers as her parents were immigrants and she understood how invaluable settlement services had been to them. She was thrilled to find this opportunity at MOSAIC where she has worked in various capacities in ELSA and LINC since 2011. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her role and is proud to work with the professional and caring team in Language Programs. She is committed to ensuring that staff, clients, partners and funding stakeholders all benefit from the responsive, progressive and client-centred delivery of MOSAIC programming.
When not at work, Diana can be found hiking in our local mountains often with fellow MOSAIC nature enthusiasts, puttering around in the garden or knitting warm socks.
Since 2013, she has managed the IRCC funded Settlement and Integration Program (SIP) and ensured its successful planning, execution, innovative expansion and partnership building. Darae is keen to bringing new and innovative ideas to traditional settlement practice, especially by addressing intersectionality of migration, age, gender diversity, sexual orientation and dis/ability.
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.
Zarghoona has worked with MOSAIC in various capacities including as an outreach Case Manager and Program Coordinator with Moving Ahead, and as the Manager of Settlement and Integration Program in Burnaby, Surrey and Tri-Cities. She has represented MOSAIC in conferences and is involved in several partnerships: Surrey Local Immigration Partnership, Tri-Cities Local Immigration Partnership, Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, Tri-Cities TC Organizing Against Racism and Hate, Community Health Coalition, etc.
Zarghoona is a former refugee and an international medical doctor, has healthcare background and many years of experience in the settlement field. Currently, she is doing her Master’s in Public Health at Simon Fraser University.
Susan immigrated from Taiwan with her family at the age of 15. She has been fascinated by the art of cross-culture communication ever since and this lead her to a BA in Psychology from Simon Fraser University.
Sponsored by the Rotary Foundation as an Ambassadorial Scholar, Susan pursued an MA program in International Development at the University of Manchester. Susan’s MA thesis reviewed the impact of Canada’s refugee policy on the psychological adaptations of refugees in Canada. After her training in Manchester, Susan lived and worked in southeast Nigeria as a part of an environmental capacity building project.
Susan has been on the board of directors of SIETAR (Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research) and has volunteered with Women Transforming Cities. She lives in North Delta with her husband and two boys.
He is the recipient of the Service Recognition Staff Award from AMSSA. Saleem is a member of the Canadian Council for Refugees’ Executive Committee and he is also the co-chair of the Multi-Agency Partnership (MAP), a partnership of representatives of more than 40 refugee claimant-serving organizations in BC. Saleem holds a BA in English from the University of Mosul, Iraq.
Combining solid business expertise and cultural diversity awareness, Wa’el Hussein has over 10 years of Human Resources experience. His varied work experience crosses many sectors: from a start-up company to an international airline to Canadian non-profits.
Fascinated by how Human Resources can affect organizational competitive advantage, Wa’el has obtained multiple HR certifications including CPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, and Human Resources and Business Management certificates from Simon Fraser University.
Wa’el is a decisive and trusted Human Resources professional with a passion to promote a strong organizational culture, a healthy & engaging work environment, and positive employee experiences.
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.