MEET OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AND BOARD
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.
Arish Khoorshed, President
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.
Karen 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.
Bita Watts is a teacher who holds a BA in Psychology and a Masters’ degree in Education. She spent 14 years of her career teaching in International School in China, where she had the opportunity to work with staff and students from many countries around the world.
Halton Regional Police
Inspector L’Ortye is a Halton Regional Police Executive who holds a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario. He has 27 years of policing experience in various positions throughout the police service and is also a graduate of the Canadian Police College Executive Development Program.
Louis 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.
Desa Hobbs, Director
Clinical Operations Director – Mackenzie Health
Desa Hobbs is a Registered Nurse who has held several progressive leadership positions. Currently she is on a secondment to the Mississauga Halton LHIN as Senior Lead for Health System Development from her position as the Program Director for Medicine and Critical Care at Halton Healthcare Services.
Ross 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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