Our Members

Meet the members of the Abbotsford Local Immigration Partnership! Coming from a diverse set of backgrounds and experiences, they represent the vibrant community of Abbotsford.

 

Manpreet Grewal

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Community Services - Director of Multicultural Immigrant Integration Services

Position: Co-Chair

Bio: Manpreet is the Director of Multicultural and Immigrant Integration Services at Abbotsford Community Services and has worked in the non-profit sector for 26 years. She has also worked as a freelance journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Vancouver Sun, the Province, the Abbotsford News and the Abbotsford Times. Manpreet has a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Delhi, a diploma in print journalism from the London School of Journalism, and several credit courses from BC Institute of Technology.

 

Sue Federspiel

Organization/Title: City of Abbotsford - Community Developer

Position: Co-Chair

Bio: Sue is a lifelong resident of the Fraser Valley, and is interested in how human diversity makes a city and community stronger and wiser, by reaping the benefits of multiple perspectives and voices.  She works for the City of Abbotsford as a Community Developer, connecting with neighbourhood residents and associations, and developing partnerships to enhance the general quality of life for residents of Abbotsford.

 

Lia Bishop

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Community Services - Community Developer (Diversity Education and Resources)

Position: Project Management

Eyerusalem Abebe

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Community Services - Community Developer (Diversity Education and Resources)

Position: Project Management

 

 

 

Allan Asaph

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce - Executive Director

Position: Member

Bio: Allan has been an Abbotsford resident for more than 20 years, and is heavily involved in numerous local community initiatives.

David Loewen

Organization/Title: City of Abbotsford - Couniclor

Position: Member

Bio: Born and raised in Abbotsford, Dave is a retired teacher and school administrator who has lived in the area for the majority of his life. Utilizing his languages whenever he can – English, German and some French – he’s lived two years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, two years in Australia, several months in Belgium, and three years in Manitoba.

Varinder Dhesi

Organization/Title: Fraser Valley Packers - Owner

Position: Member

Bio: Varinder, an Indo Canadian Sikh, was born and raised in Abbotsford and has been involved in the blueberry farming and packing industry, locally and internationally. He’s currently a student at the University of the Fraser Valley, enrolled in the Criminology Program. He works at Fraser Valley Packers Inc. as Production Manager.

 

Ajay Khausal

Position: Member

 

Kanta Naik

Organization/Title: Abbotsford School District District - Principal-ELL

Position: Member

Bharati Sandhu

Organization/Title: Fraser Valley Indo-Canadian Business Association - President

Position: Member

Bio: Bharathi, a seasoned financial advisor, is President of the Fraser Valley Indo Canadian Business Association, serves on the board of the prestigious Dasmesh Punjabi School, and is a member of the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce and the Business and Professional Women’s Club.  Her volunteer work has included 10 years of coaching Jawani Bhangra, a competitive girls’ Bhangra dance team, which she started during her own university days.

Andy Sidhu

Organization/Title: Punjabi Patrika - Owner & Publisher

Position: Member

Stephen Piper

Organization/Title: University of the Fraser Valley - Associate Professor, Social, Cultural and Media Studies & Global Development Studies

Position: Member

Bio: Stephen immigrated to Canada as a child, and has lived in Abbotsford for the last 20 years. He teaches Sociology, Global Development Studies and Latin American Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley and is relatively fluent in English and Spanish.

 

Nicola Mooney

Organization/Title: University of the Fraser Valley - Associate Professor, Social, Cultural, & Media Studies

Position: Member

Ghizlane Laghzaoui

Organization/Title: UFV Modern Languages Institute - Assistant professor

Position: Member

Bio: Ghizlane is a professor of French at the University of the Fraser Valley. She immigrated to Canada in 2000, and taught French language at SFU from 2001 to 2011. Born and raised in Morocco, she has also taught French in a private school ofbBusiness, l’Ecole Supérieure de Gestion, which is a Moroccan branch of the Parisian school. She has a PhD in French language and Literature, and recently finished an Ed.D. in education.

John Potts

Organization/Title: University of the Fraser Valley International Education  - Partnership Manager

Position: Member

Bio: As the Partnerships Manager in the International Education Department at the University of the Fraser Valley, John invites potential partner universities, colleges and private/public agencies to collaborate in all areas of education and development.

 

Harpreet Singh

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Community Services - Essential Skills Worker - SACRO

Position: Member

 

Camilla Boisvert

Organization/Title: Fraser Health - Community Health Specialist

Position: Member

 

Hillary Russell

Organization/Title: Abbotsford Libraries, FVRL - Manager

Position: Member

Balbir Gill

Organization/Title: Clearbrook Public Library, FVRL - Supervisor

Position: Member

 

Melissa Giles

Organization/Title: Mennonite Central Committee - Director of Programs

Position: Member

 

 

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