Directory of Agencies


Multicultural Advisory Council of BC

Member Biographies

 

Christine Marie Añonuevo

Christine Añonuevo is the Executive Director of the Upper Skeena Development Centre in Hazelton, BC on Gitxsan territory. Ms. Añonuevo oversees land-based programs for youth, employment and training services and is committed to community economic development with a particular focus on local and social benefit for rural and remote communities.  Previously, she held various roles at Coast Mountain College including Education Advisor, On-call Instructor, Regional Contracts Officer, and Coordinator. Ms. Añonuevo has experience working in community and international development in four countries and throughout BC.  Active in her community she is a Grant Writer for Smithers Anti-Racism Bridging Committee.  Ms. Añonuevo is also a Director and Grant Writer for Misty Rivers Community Arts Council.  Previously, she was Vice – President for Bulkley Valley Concert Association. She has worked in informal and formal education settings with frameworks of critical anti-racism, critical whiteness studies, anti-oppression, critical race theory, intersectionality, decolonization and settler colonialism with the intent of creating more just and equitable environments. Ms. Añonuevo holds a Master of Adult Education and Community Development from St. Francis Xavier University, a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University, a Community Economic Development Certificate from Simon Fraser University, and a Teaching English as a Second Language Diploma from Pan Pacific English School. She also audited Advanced Japanese Language from the University of Victoria.

 
 

Amir Bajehkian

Amir Bajehkian is a Flight Data Analyst at Helinalysis Ltd a company that provides helicopter flight data monitoring services.  Previously he worked as a Program Manager at Latitude Technologies and with CHC Helicopter as a Flight Data Monitoring Analyst.  Prior to this he worked for Swissport Canada and for Ocean Networks Canada (Project Neptune). 


Active in his community, Mr. Bajehkian is currently a writer for Hamyaari Media, a Vancouver-based magazine and Founder of Story of Vancouver.  He is Past Vice-President of Education for the Vancouver Toastmasters' Club (#59) and was a member of the Student Green Movement of Vancouver and Past President of the Students for Iranian Green Movement Association.


Mr. Bajehkian holds a Bachelor of Physics with a Minor in Mechanical Systems from the University of Victoria and a Diploma in Aircraft Maintenance Engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  He also studied Engineering at the Sharif University of Technology.

 
 

Patricia Miranda Barkaskas

Patricia Barkaskas is the Academic Director at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Peter A. Allard School of Law and a tenure track Instructor at Allard Law at the University of British Columbia. Ms. Barkaskas practiced child protection, civil, criminal, family, and prison law, and has produced Gladue reports for all levels of courts in British Columbia. She is a Member of the Multicultural Advisory Council of British Columbia, the Practice Standards Committee for the Law Society of British Columbia and a volunteer Consultant with the Alberta Law Foundation. She is also a member of the Indigenous Justice Centres in BC which is a partnership of the Native Court workers and Counsellors Association of BC, Aboriginal Justice Council, and BC Provincial Government. Ms. Barkaskas holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria as well as a Master of Arts and Juris Doctor from the University of British Columbia.

 
 

Min Woo (Michael) Chang

Michael Chang is Executive Director of Korean Veterans Association, Western Canada Chapter. Mr. Chang is also President of Vancouver Cambie Rotary Club and a Board Member of New Vista Society. Previously he was Vice – President of the National Unification Advisory Council, a Chief Executive Planner for Vancouver Ice Gala for Pyeong Chang Winter Games and a Board Member of the Langley Community Music School. Mr. Chang also was a Marketing Director for Yuyang DNU Western Canada Branch and Maxcrop Ltd. He graduated with a Major in Computer Science from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 
 

Melanie Matining

Melanie Matining is currently working as an independent Event Planner. Previously she was, Community Development Manager, at Heartwood, a Curriculum Developer and Educator, a BC Interconnector with Girls Action Foundation and a Development Coordinator with Power Of Hope.


Ms. Matining is a community organizer and presently a Board Member of the Out On Screen whose programs have illuminated, celebrated and advanced queer communities through film, education, and dialogue. She is also current Board Member of Groundswell Grassroots Economic Alternatives a business school providing entrepreneurial training, mentorship, and a community of support. She is a past Commissioner of the Vancouver City Planning Commission, a previous Community Advisor for CampOUT and past Youth & Family Committee Advisor for the Vancouver Foundation. Her work focuses on the importance of social spaces in movement building and the necessary intersections of community determined access, place making, and solidarity building. Melanie walks alongside communities working towards Indigenous solidarity, migrant justice, and LGBTQAI2+ rights.


Ms. Matining is currently studying Business Administration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

 
 

Hira Rashid

Hira Rashid is currently attending the University of Northern British Columbia studying to obtain her Bachelor of Social Work degree.  She has worked at the Immigrant and Multicultural Services Society as a Project Coordinator with the Community Refugee Response Team (Cariboo Region) and as a Manager in Training and Youth Care Worker with Eagle Nest Community and Aboriginal Services. 


An avid volunteer and activist in her community, Ms. Rashid is Vice-President of Internal Affairs of the South Asian Students Society.  She has been an organizer for the Diversity Rally and volunteered with the Forum for Dignity Initiative (FDI Pakistan).


Ms. Rashid holds a Social Service Work Diploma from the College of New Caledonia.

 
 

Shelley Claire Rivkin

Shelley Claire Rivkin is currently an Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Work, University of British Columbia, an Instructor at Langara College and Vice President of Community Affairs with the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver.  Previously Ms. Rivkin was Director of Counselling and Community Safety with the Justice Institute and Manager of Community Relations, BC Housing Management Commission.  She was awarded the MOSAIC Human Rights Award and a public service award for Outstanding Contribution to Crime Prevention and Community Safety.


Active in her community, Ms. Rivkin is past Board Chair of several organizations: the Jasmine Society for children with Down syndrome; New Westminster Victim Services; Society for Children and Youth of BC and MOSAIC.  She is a previous Committee Member of both the Vancouver Foundation and the Vancouver Sun Children’s Fund


Ms. Rivkin obtained her Master and Bachelor of Social Work degrees from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from Simon Fraser University.

 
 

Milan Singh

Dr. Milan Singh is Special Advisor, Undergraduate Curriculum for Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences at Simon Fraser University (SFU).  Dr. Singh is also an Analyst, Applied Research for the Teaching & Learning Centre at SFU. Her areas of research interest include critical race theory, multiculturalism, citizenship, and public policy.  Active in her community, Dr. Singh is a Founding Member and Director for South Asian Canadian Histories Association (SACHA), the Vice-President for the Board of Directors of Elite Cares Charitable Society, and on the Advisory Board for the Royal BC Museum Punjabi Canadian Legacy Project Advisory Committee. Previously, she was on the Board of Directors for the Vancouver International Bhangra Celebration Society. Dr. Singh holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Communications Studies from Simon Fraser University, a Master of Arts and a Bachelor of Arts (Distinction) from the University of Calgary.

 
 

Samir (Ismaël) Traoré

Dr. Ismaël Traoré is an Engagement Advisor for the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at the University of British Columbia (UBC). Dr. Traoré leads the Collaboration Laboratory at the Centre for Community Engaged Learning at UBC. The Collaboratory is a cross-sectoral action-oriented program that brings together students, staff and faculty with community partners to address social and environmental issues of local concern.  Previously, he was Research and Information Coordinator for the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC.  Dr. Traoré has also been an Adjunct Professor for McMaster University, UBC and Okanagan College. Active in his community, he has been Vice-President for the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research. Dr. Traoré also has served as Chair of Knowledge Mobilization Working Group, Child and Youth Refugee Research Coalition. He also was a Grant Reviewer for Central Okanagan Foundation. Dr. Traoré holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology with a specialization in antiracism, social psychology, and the sociology of health and illness from McMaster University.  He also holds a Master of Arts from McMaster University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brock University.

 
 

Tracy Eileen Wideman

Tracy Wideman is an Organizational Diversity Strategist with the Equity and Inclusion Office of the University of British Columbia.  She has over 17 years of experience in program management and community development. Previously she was the acting Executive Director for the Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies of BC.  While working for the British Columbia provincial government she was a Program Manager with the Immigrant Integration Branch and an Anti-Racism Program Advisor for the Anti-Racism and Multiculturalism Unit.  Prior to her work in government she was the Diversity Education Coordinator at Abbotsford Community Services and delivered prejudice-reduction training and coordinated the Fraser Valley Cultural Diversity Awards.


Ms. Wideman has served the community as phone counsellor for youth with The Mix, in the United Kingdom and as a Facilitator for Board Strategic Planning with the White Rock Surrey Hospice Society.  She is a past Chairperson of the Peace and Service Committee of the British Columbia Mennonite Central Committee.


Ms. Wideman is an artist and is passionate about the potential of creativity to support change processes. She is a psychotherapist and holds a Canadian Clinical Counsellor designation from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She holds an MA in Psychotherapy and Spirituality from St. Stephen's College and a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Religious Studies from Trinity Western University.

 
 

Hana Kidane Woldeyes

Hana Kidane Woldeyes is studying toward a degree program at Langara College. 


Ms. Woldeyes is currently a member of the Vancouver Foundation’s Fresh Voices Youth Advisory Team a group that engages in public engagement, research, and partnership activities that address the unique needs of immigrant and refugee youth in B.C. She is also a current member of the City of Vancouver’s Cultural Communities Advisory Committee and the Vancouver Police Department’s NewKids program. Ms. Woldeyes is a past member of the Engaged Immigrant Youth program an organization dedicated to working with school communities to support youth to stay in school and improve their chances of pursuing meaningful employment and educational opportunities.


 

 
 

David HoyTin Wong

David HoyTin Wong is currently the Principal of Sea to Sky Architecture. He was Principal of e Atelier Inc. and is a past Associate of Civitas Urban Design Ltd.


A descendant of head tax payers and of CPR railroad workers, architect and best-selling author, he was a founding partner for one of Singapore’s largest architectural firms. His background as a biologist led his office as early advocates for sustainable design– including some of Asia's first ‘green buildings’ and one of metro Vancouver’s first LEED Gold buildings.


Mr. Wong has received recognition and honours in his work on human rights and community issues. Inducted as an Honourary Witness with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, his support for indigenous peoples has seen him adopted into First Nations clans and families across North America.


He holds Bachelor degrees in Science and in Architecture from the University of British Columbia and is a member of the Architectural Institute of BC.