Board of Directors
Ed was born in the Peterborough region. When he was a young child he moved with his family out to the countryside in Keene. Ed loved to explore and developed a love of the outdoors. He also learned the value of hard work and grew up to become a chicken farmer. During his 30 years of running a successful, multi-site operation, Ed oversaw all aspects of the business from managing staff, finances and investments. Now retired from farming, Ed is enjoying life with his wife Valerie. Together they have become invested in the work of the New Canadians Centre and the important role it plays in welcoming and supporting newcomers to our community.
Ed is a very proud Canadian and feels so fortunate that he lives in a country that is so rich in natural and human resources and with so much potential. He feels that we can and must continue to welcome newcomers from all over the globe and to assist them as they build a new life in our country. Ed’s love of the outdoors has not waned since he was a youngster! Together, he and Val canoe, camp and hike. They have a goal to hike the entire Bruce Trail in 2019 of which they have already completed over 200 kms with another 700 to go!
Stephen is a native of Sarnia, Ontario, but has a lifelong connection with the Kawartha Lakes region through their family cottage near Apsley. He has a B.Sc from the University of Waterloo and 34 years' experience in the international upstream petroleum sector. He began his career in Calgary and since 1991 has been working on oilfield development projects in Russia, Kazakhstan and elsewhere within the states of the Former Soviet Union. He has many years of exposure to executing and managing projects under difficult and remote conditions and across cultural and linguistic divides, but it has made him a better person with enhanced awareness of the challenges of living and working in a foreign country.
Stephen understands and empathizes with people who are forced to flee their homelands, or who otherwise seek a better life. In 2015 he returned home to Bridgenorth and began looking at ways to get involved in the local community. At the NCC he hopes to apply his knowledge of foreign cultures in helping newcomers adapt to their new surroundings. Stephen is happily married for 34 years and has 4 grown children.
Liezel is a professional in the financial sector having taken early retirement from an insurance company executive position at Philam Life in her native Philippines before immigrating to Canada two years ago, where she is now happily married. Liezel has traveled most of Asia in her professional life, making contacts in business, finance, and government. She is fluent in English, Tagalog, and other Philippine dialects, as well as conversant in Spanish, Cantonese, and Japanese.
As a proponent of life-long education, Liezel graduated with a B.Sc in Accounting from Notre Dame Dadiangas University, earned four LOMA professional designations, including Fellow Life Management Institute (FLMI), Associate Financial Services Institute (AFSI), Professional Customer Service (PCS), and Associate Reinsurance Administration (ARA), and is an alumnus of ASEAN School for Young Insurance Managers. Among her many accomplishments in the financial services industry, she was the Philam Life Branch Operations Area Head for Manila and several other regions in the Philippines, and most recently was head of the company's national transformation initiative, which focused on systems, process improvement, training, and people development. Liezel brings her corporate expertise to the NCC, along with a compassion for its clients. She considers her volunteer work with the NCC a privilege, being a new immigrant herself.
Born in Belarus (Eastern Europe), Raman studied and worked in Belarus, France and Cyprus before coming to Canada. He graduated from Trent University with a finance and accounting specialization and is presently pursuing CPA designation. He is currently employed with Gauvreau & Associates CPA, which helps him to be active in the field he enjoys, while professionally helping and improving the Peterborough community.
Raman joined the NCC in September 2017 as a Finance Committee Member after he experienced the value NCC added to his family's life. Raman believes that Canada has an exciting and rich history, as well as a great deal of potential for the future. He believes that everyone who currently lives here and is coming in the years ahead can have an amazing impact on the development of this society. Raman and his partner Kate are also in the process of starting a company called WURK, which connects customers and local businesses in a completely different way by revolutionizing the way customers tend to look for vendors and vendors for their customers.
Angela Connors is the Executive Director of the Community Race Relations Committee and is Anishnawbe from the Saugeen First Nation Beaver Clan. She has a passion for social justice, fuelled through her ancestry and shaped by over two decades in the non-profit sector and organized labour.
Angela has worked extensively with organizations across Ontario providing professional development encouraging dialogue and action on anti-racism and anti-oppression. She is a past recipient of the City of Toronto’s Access, Equity and Human Rights Award in Aboriginal Affairs.
In 2019 Angela spearheaded the successful campaign to get Peterborough to sign onto the Canadian Coalition of Inclusive Municipalities. She hopes to bring this campaign to municipalities across Peterborough County.
Fabiola was born in Mexico City, and has a degree in Electronics Engineering, specialising in Digital Systems. She worked at the University for five years in computational projects and as an instructor. After that, she worked in the private sector as a project manager and volunteered in some organizations for helping people in vulnerable situations.
Fabiola arrived in Canada in 2015 and since 2017, her main focus has been raising her son. She has also been involved in some projects at the NCC. For more than four years, she has been the facilitator for the NCC Women’s Group, facilitator in the Spanish group for one year, and participated in other projects like the Living Library Project and International Women’s Day planning team.
Fabiola is happily married for 12 years and has a 3-year-old son. She says, "Since my first day in Canada, I have received a lot of support and beautiful welcomes from everybody, mostly from the NCC. My way to say thanks to Canada is to give newcomers as much as I possibly can."
Having emigrated from Brazil to Canada with Brazilian and Lebanese parents in the mid-1960s, Marcelo is forever grateful for the opportunities presented to him and his family by Canadians and is looking to give back to newcomers to Canada.
Marcelo founded Prima IP having practiced 26 years at a leading intellectual property boutique firm and an internationally renowned multi-disciplinary law firm. Marcelo has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and industrial designs in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas, medical device and mechanical areas and has advised clients on the procurement, management and assessment of intellectual property rights. Marcelo has participated in many patent infringement and validity actions before the Federal Court of Canada. He has also advised foreign counsel in proceedings outside of Canada. He is a founding member of StartUp Peterborough, member of the Peterborough Agricultural Society, Co-Chair of the Peterborough Chapter of Professional Engineers, President of the Brazil Canada Chamber of Commerce, Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, and intellectual property advisor for Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (DMZ). He is also the Canadian Co-Lead for the Sustainable Technologies/Green Energy Working Group of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation.
Rebecca Tripp has a degree in International Development Studies and is a licensed Paralegal, having graduated from both Trent University and Fleming College. Her expertise in immigration comes from working at a specialized multinational corporate immigration law firm in Toronto.
Currently, she is working as an In-House Paralegal with a local Peterborough company, focusing her efforts on their global expansion, and is in the final stages of becoming a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant.
Rebecca resides in the Peterborough area and she looks forward to serving her community as part of the New Canadian Centre. With her dedication, passion and a wealth of experience, her goal is to help individuals emigrate to Canada as effortlessly as possible.
Robert McDonald was born in Peterborough and raised on a dairy farm in Northumberland County. He graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College, in the Police Foundations program. He then moved to Toronto where he worked for the Toronto Police Service as a police constable. He worked in a number of uniform and investigative positions, and has also completed many in-service training courses and specialized in child abuse and sexual assault investigations. The well-being of his peers is of paramount concern to him and he worked in an on call position as a Peer Support Volunteer for conducting debriefings after police officers were involved in critical incident stress situations.
Robert has a Bachelor of Applied Arts degree in Justice Studies from the University of Guelph-Humber and is presently enrolled at Dalhousie University in a leadership development program. His three young children enjoy farm life on their farm East of Peterborough. The farm includes sheep, crop lands, forests and provincially significant wetlands. Robert has witnessed some of the great work done by the NCC and has been a community volunteer on the Recruitment Committee of the NCC Board in previous years.
Saji Mon is a recent immigrant from India. He became a citizen of Canada in December 2015 and currently lives in Peterborough. He is a self-directed, integrity-driven professional, with over 18 years of experience in higher education management, healthcare service management, teaching, research, business development, and overall operations management.
Saji Mon is the Program Manager for Practical Nursing, Paramedic and PSW programs of School of Health and Wellness at Fleming College. Saji Mon’s academic background includes a PhD in management studies, two master’s degrees in business administration in Human Resource Management and Hospital Administration and a Bachelor of Science. He has worked for not-for-profits, public sector, and private sector organizations. His professional background ranges from researcher, guide, mentor and coach, to administrative and academic leader. He has served as a volunteer for many organizations in various capacities both nationally and internationally and was a board member of Uttarakhand State Council for Child Welfare, India.
Elizabeth was born in Cornwall, England, and is a Certified Translator by profession. She and her late husband (who was from India) immigrated to Canada shortly after they were married because of the discrimination and racism they encountered in England. Aside from working as a Translator, Elizabeth has taught English as a Second Language, as well as French as a Second Language. She also speaks passable Urdu.
Elizabeth was among the founding members of the Kawartha Muslim Association 30 years ago, and is a former vice-president of the association. She suggested the name of the mosque (Masjid Al-Salaam, the Peace Mosque) rather than more traditional names, to send a message of peace to the wider community. Elizabeth is co-founder of the Abraham Festival in Peterborough (which brings together Jews, Christians & Muslims and is now in its 15th year), and a founding member of the Multifaith Network formed in Peterborough after 9/11. She is past Chair of the Kawartha/Lakeshore Regional Multifaith Committee (a sub-committee of the Canadian Multifaith Federation), which supports chaplains in government institutions such as prisons & hospitals; Secretary of the Spiritual & Religious Care Partnership Council at Peterborough Regional Health Centre; and a member of the Ethics Committee at St. Josephs at Fleming Nursing Home.
Elizabeth’s passion is promoting understanding and acceptance among people of different faiths and different cultures.