MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD


Kim Jenkinson, Executive Director

Kim Jenkinson, Executive Director

Kim Jenkinson is the Executive Director of the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC). Her professional career has spanned more than 20 years in the not-for-profit arena in the Halton and Hamilton areas. She has worked with the Ontario March of Dimes, Goodwill, and the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) before joining the team at HMC in 2012.

Kim is a strong advocate for social justice and equity and believes that systemic change will come through collaboration and sustained focus on equity values. She was the founding Chair of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable which investigating and training members promising practices in equity and currently has more than 60 agency members.

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Kim Jenkinson is the Executive Director of the Halton Multicultural Council (HMC). Her professional career has spanned more than 20 years in the not-for-profit arena in the Halton and Hamilton areas. She has worked with theOntario March of Dimes, Goodwill, and the Reach Out Centre for Kids (ROCK) before joining the team at HMC in 2012.

Kim is a strong advocate for social justice and equity and believes that systemic change will come through collaboration and sustained focus on equity values. She was the founding Chair of the Halton Equity and Diversity Roundtable which investigating and training members promising practices in equity and currently has more than 60 agency members. Kim is honoured to be on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Coalition of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) and through this work has opportunities to comment to senior government officials and policy makers on policy and services affecting immigrants and newcomers to Canada. She also serves on the Steering committee of the Halton Newcomer Strategy which is the Local Immigration Partnership funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

HMC is well connected to the community and on behalf of HMC Kim belongs to the Senior Executive Group of the Our Kids Network, the Systems Planning and Integration Network of the Halton Mississauga LHIN, the Equity Council of the Halton District School Board, and the Halton Non-Profit Network. She is active on the Halton Poverty Roundtable and the Chair of the Halton Housing Alliance – both of which are striving to end poverty in Halton. All of her work on these committees is focused on increasing the awareness of barriers to services for newcomers and highlighting inequities where system change is required to equitably meet people’s needs.

At HMC, Kim leads the agency and is responsible for operationalizing the Board of Directors’ strategic plan. She works with the Board and staff to ensure the resources are available to meet the needs of HMC’s clients. Client and community input is critical to ensuring that HMC’s services are of high quality and in tune with the needs of newcomers, immigrants and refugees.

Kim finished her Executive MBA at the University of Fredericton in 2012 to complement her Certified General Accounting degree (now CPA) and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from McMaster University.


ARISH KHOORSHED, BOARD VICE-PRESIDENT, LAWYER

Arish Khoorshed, President

Lawyer

Arish was born and raised in Canada by parents who emigrated from India and worked hard to build a life for their family. Arish is married and has two children.

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Arish was born and raised in Canada by parents who emigrated from India and worked hard to build a life for their family. Arish is married and has two children. He holds degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Manitoba. He has been practicing criminal law for 18 years, the last 11 in Halton Region. He holds a black belt in Taekwondo. He has been on the HMC Board since 2012.


Karen BaringKaren Baring, Vice President

Owner/Founder Of Busiwomen Networking

Karen Baring is an entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She currently owns two businesses in Oakville. BusiWomen Networking Group was founded in 2008 as a means of helping women entrepreneurs develop their network in the community while they grow and strengthen their businesses.

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Karen Baring is an entrepreneur and marketing consultant. She currently owns two businesses in Oakville. BusiWomen Networking Group was founded in 2008 as a means of helping women entrepreneurs develop their network in the community while they grow and strengthen their businesses.  The group has grown from 12 women at the first meeting to now having multiple chapters and over 250 women.  Karen facilitates each meeting for the various groups. Karen is also a strategic marketing consultant. She helps businesses to develop and implement marketing plans to propel their businesses and enjoys creating ideas specific to her client’s needs. Karen resides in Oakville with her husband and two young children.


Louis TsaiLouis Tsai, Director

Louis Tsai has been a community volunteer since the late 1970’s when he first settled in Hamilton. He considers himself fortunate to be able to work with many volunteers to give back to the local communities and to help newcomers. Whether it is to organize fund-raising events for charities and community programs, or it is to serve as a committee member / liaison person to help identify gaps and to solve problems, Louis found it very meaningful to help fellow immigrants and local residents.

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Louis Tsai has been a community volunteer since the late 1970’s when he first settled in Hamilton. He considers himself fortunate to be able to work with many volunteers to give back to the local communities and to help newcomers. Whether it is to organize fund-raising events for charities and community programs, or it is to serve as a committee member / liaison person to help identify gaps and to solve problems, Louis found it very meaningful to help fellow immigrants and local residents. In early 1980’s, he joined the Hamilton Multicultural Council as a director and hope to influence plans and directions to help new comers.

Born and brought up in Hong Kong, Louis went to work in Ghana right after high school. He lived there for 5 years before moving on to pursue University education in the USA. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. Soon after that, he came to Canada and worked as a manager in the manufacturing sector. His second career is with the insurance industry for more than 25 years. He retired as an agency manager from a major insurance company. For many years, Louis has been getting strong support from his company in community involvement.

Having been a Burlington resident since the mid 1980’s, Louis had taken on many volunteer roles. To name a few, they included being board member of the United Way of Burlington & Hamilton Wentworth and the president of Hamilton Chinese Cultural Association. Currently, he is a board member of the North Central Community Association and the president of Halton Region Chinese Canadian Association. Louis strongly believes the need of bringing people together to make things happen. He hopes to use his experience and network to help HMC and its clients.


Ross BragdonRoss Bragdon, Past President (non-voting)

Retired IT Vice President & CIO

Born in Montreal, in a multicultural neighbourhood, Ross speaks English, French, Italian and some Spanish. He has coached soccer and at 21 he became the founding President of the Laval Soccer League and Volkswagen Owner’s Club.

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Born in Montreal, in a multicultural neighbourhood, Ross speaks English, French, Italian and some Spanish. He has coached soccer and at 21 he became the founding President of the Laval Soccer League and Volkswagen Owner’s Club.

Ross has worked in IT for over 40 years for large multinational organizations: CN, NT, Philips, Johnson & Johnson, Maple Leaf, and Borden’s and has travelled extensively in those jobs through South Africa, Europe and Latin America. Ross and his wife Pauline moved to Oakville 15 years ago and supporting various local organizations: Burlington Caribbean Connection, Canadian Caribbean Association of Halton, Carousel of Nations, Probus, Legions, Polar Bear Dip and Board Member of the Young Achievers of Halton.

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