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 and is extensively involved in their school and their extracurricular activities. Together, he and his children train in the Korean art of Taekwondo.

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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 and is extensively involved in their school and their extracurricular activities. Together, he and his children train in the Korean art of Taekwondo. He has his blue belt and is working toward his brown belt.

Arish has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in Economics and French Linguistics and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Manitoba, and practices law in Halton region. He is in his 16th year as a lawyer in Ontario.

Having practiced in the Courts in Toronto, Brampton and Halton on an almost daily basis Arish has extensive experience in working with diverse populations that have interacted with the legal system. He has worked with diverse cultural, as well as socioeconomic populations and can acutely appreciate the challenges these individuals face in Canadian system. Arish hopes to support the HMC to continue the valuable work of this agency as they assist new comers to successfully settle in the Halton Region, and build a life for them and their families.


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.


Bita WattsBita Watts, Secretary

Teacher

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.

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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 and to help develop curriculum and provide professional development to staff. She has spent the past 6 years teaching for the Peel District School Board, in schools with very diverse populations that welcome many newcomers to Canada. Her experiences of immigrating to Canada as a child and the challenges of fitting into a new culture, while trying to maintain one’s own culture and identity have helped her in connecting with students and helping them find a balance between the two worlds they sometimes lives in. She also enjoys helping families become aware of educational and social services available to them, and learning ways of helping their children academically, socially and emotionally settle into life in Canada.

Bita’s own experiences of immigrating to Canada, as well as seeing the many challenges that families new to Canada face, first attracted her to joining HMC. She brings to the Board her training, multicultural experiences and perspective as a woman, an educator, and an immigrant.


Ivan L'OrtyeInspector Ivan L’Ortye, Director

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.

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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. Prior to his policing experience, Ivan was employed in the banking industry in an administrative function.

While working with other members of the Halton Regional Police, Ivan was responsible for the development and launching of the Emergency Services Introduction to New Canadians (ESINC) program. The program recognizes that in many of the home countries from which newcomers emigrate from, that the police and other emergency services are not like they are here in Canada. The program helps build positive relationships, change misconceptions and gives life saving information about what to do in emergencies. It also lets new Canadians know what to expect from emergency services workers when they respond. The program has been very successful and includes an annual ESINC day at Halton Police headquarters where newcomers can attend and meet with emergency services workers as well as view various emergency services vehicles and equipment.

Ivan is very familiar with the demographics of both Oakville and Burlington through his professional duties and looks forward to the opportunities and challenges of the future with the Halton Multicultural Council.


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.


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.

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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. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson University and a Masters of Business Administration from Athabasca University.

As a clinician, and administrator Desa has worked in diverse communities in downtown Toronto, as well as Brampton and the Mississauga Halton Region. Desa is committed to high quality patient care and enhancing the healthcare experience for all recipients of healthcare.  She has presented nationally and internationally on enhancing the patient experience as well as improving clinical outcomes. Desa recognizes the diverse needs of newcomers to Canada needing care and by serving on the HMC Board she hopes to improve the experiences of newcomers, and the residents of the Halton Region.


TRIVI MEHENDALE

Trivi Mehendale, Past President (non-voting)

Retired Entrepreneur and CEO Intrepid Distributors

Trivi has been a volunteer for HMC for more than 9 years, serving as President of the Board of Directors for the last 6 years. Trivi was born in India and he completed his education in the United Kingdom then lived in Germany for three years before immigrating to Canada in 1975.

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Trivi has been a volunteer for HMC for more than 9 years, serving as President of the Board of Directors for the last 6 years.

Trivi was born in India and he completed his education in the United Kingdom then lived in Germany for three years before immigrating to Canada in 1975. As an immigrant he faced the same roadblocks faced by immigrants today. After repeatedly being told that his lack of “Canadian Experience” disqualified him for work in his field of Physics research he charted a new path and started a successful business in the electronics components industry.

Trivi’s personal commitment is to help make Canada a just society. His years of experience in both business and the volunteer sector and his in-depth knowledge of the Halton Multicultural Council make him the ideal candidate to lead HMC as Board President.

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