Martin Gonzalez De Souza is serving as past President of the Open Door Society. Martin has been on the board since September 2007 and has previously served as Secretary and Treasurer as well as chair of the Audit and Finance Committee.
Martin is a Certified Management Accountant and has a MBA and a B.A. Honors in Economics.
Martin is the Assistant Director of Consumer Services at the University of Saskatchewan. Effective April 16th, 2012 Martin has been appointed to the position of Acting Director, Consumer Services for a one year term. Martin has held other positions at the University of Saskatchewan, Executive Assistant of the Vice-President, Finance and Resources as well as Manager, Administration of the Instructional Design Group. Prior to Martin's employment with the University of Saskatchewan he worked in the private sector as a Senior Business Consultant for a management consulting company.
Martin resides in Saskatoon with his wife and two daughters.
Gholam M. Alaie came to Saskatoon in May of 1981. After working for one year and taking night classes, he enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan. Upon completion of his studies, he worked in several different positions. Gholam has worked with Atmospheric Environment Service in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and the Northwest Territories since 1989.
Gholam plays golf whenever possible and enjoys almost all kinds of music. He likes travelling and seeing new places. Gholam joined the Saskatoon Open Door Society Board of Directors in June of 2011 in order to make his contribution, to what he believes, is a great organization and people. He is a member of both the Human Resources Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee.
Carolyn McLeary is presently the Bank Manager of the 33rd St & Ave C Branch of Scotiabank. She has over 16 years’ experience in banking, with over 5 years’ experience in management. She has attained her Financial Planning Designation, a Canadian Securities Course, and is an Associate of the Institute of Canadian Bankers.
Over the years she has been an avid Volunteer- starting with her children's school and various activities, in which she sat on many committees such as the Parent Advisory Committee. Most recently, she has been involved in a number of events which include the Children's Hospital of Saskatchewan Gala Committee and the Mayfair School Outdoor Revitalisation Project Committee.
Carolyn moved to Saskatoon from Quebec 16 years ago, and while she spoke the language and understood the currency, Carolyn also found herself experiencing the loss of extended family, and trying to adjust to new cultures, customs and laws while retaining family values for her children.
As she met staff and customers experiencing these challenges, Carolyn has had a strong passion to help. She believes that everyone can make a difference and can work to help strengthen our communities for future generations.
Melanie Medlicott is married to Leslie and has two children. Candy is the oldest and Todd is deceased. She also has four grandsons and three great granddaughters and two great-grandsons. Melanie retired from her job with the Canadian Union of Public Employees on August 1, 2011. She worked for the union for 25 years and was a Field representative for 18 years during which time she negotiated for Health Care workers, Education workers and Municipal workers along with other various other locals. Melanie was also the Education representative for the members of CUPE in Saskatchewan. She retired as the Regional Director where she was in charge of 33 employees and 3 offices here in Saskatchewan. Melanie is the Vice President of the Saskatoon Community Clinic and has been on the Board of Directors of the Clinic for 7 years. She has an interest in Social Issues along with finding ways to help and assist those who are living in poverty, Aboriginal people, and those who are new to Saskatchewan. Poverty and Health Care are the most important issues of the day. Melanie believes that to address these issues we need people to stand up for disadvantaged people and find ways to change public policy to address these needs.
Naveed Anwar is a Pakistani Canadian who immigrated to Canada in 1992, and resided in Quebec until 2007, at which time he moved to Saskatchewan, along with his wife Farah and his two children. Naveed is a small business owner, operating an accounting and income tax business in Saskatoon. He is a Director of the All Nations Help Line, a non-profit organization that supports immigrants and endeavours to help them settle and get established in Saskatchewan. Through his work and social and cultural interests, he is highly involved in the South Asian community in Saskatoon. He has organized many cultural events for the people of the community.
Naveed’s family is proud to call Saskatoon its home. They have become well established in Saskatchewan, which is quickly becoming a cosmopolitan region. And as a new Canadian, he, like the Open Door Society, is concerned about the well-being of refugees and immigrants and their successful integration into Canadian society. Immigration is an important matter in Saskatchewan, and Naveed wants refugees and immigrants to enjoy the happiness and success that he is enjoying as a South East Asian Canadian living in Saskatoon.
Sandra Ribeiro leads Public Relations and Marketing efforts at the Canadian Light Source, Canada’s national synchrotron research facility, where she has the privilege of working with some very bright minds from all over the world. Part of what makes her job so gratifying is that she gets to promote technology and discoveries that have the potential to improve the quality of life of people everywhere. She has a BA in International Relations and an MA in Communications.
Her professional experiences around the world have given Sandra an appreciation for different cultures. She has worked at the Center for the Development of Industry at the European Commission (Brussels), the European Union exhibition at Expo’98 (Lisbon), and the Marketing Division of the French Tourism Board (Maison de la France, Paris). Additionally, born in Mozambique, having grown up in Portugal, and moving to Canada to attend university, has given her a great understanding of the challenges faced by immigrants.
Sandra has been a member on the Saskatoon Open Door Society Board of Directors since 2011. She is Chair of the Public Awareness & Fundraising Committee.
Shaun Dyck has been working in the area of community economic development for the past 6 years. During that time, he has been involved in the business development and strategic planning. He also authored a labour market strategy for the Province of Saskatchewan, which identified the need for immigration to solve the upcoming labour shortage. His research and experience has helped him gain an understanding of some of the challenges facing newcomers to Canada.
Shaun is currently the Executive Director for the Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership, and assists with the development of affordable housing projects in Saskatoon. Shaun would like to bring his knowledge of strategic planning, governance and finance to the Board of Directors of SODS to ensure that the organization is strong and ready to grow as the need for immigration services in the community continues to rise.
Dana Soonias was born and raised on a small farm on the Red Pheasant Cree Nation near Battleford, Saskatchewan. He studied business administration at the University of Saskatchewan and is currently completing his commerce degree. He earned his Certified Aboriginal Financial Managers (CAFM) designation (equivalent to a 3rd level Certified General Accountants designation with AFOA Canada). Over the past 18 years, Dana has held positions with Toronto Dominion Bank, the Canada Revenue Agency, Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation and Credit Union Central of Saskatchewan in various senior management roles in finance and business development. In 2009, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Wanuskewin Heritage Park in Saskatoon and continues in this role with community members and organizations throughout the province. Dana joined the Saskatoon Open Door Society Board of Directors in 2012. He is currently on the Governance Committee.
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