Cindy Cheung spent over a decade in the corporate world in a variety of industries ranging from Oil & Gas, non-profit, education, and financial services, and held several positions in administration and human resources. She holds certificates in Professional Editing and Technical Writing from Mount Royal University and a certificate in Graphic Design from SAIT Polytechnic. Before joining AIMGA, Cindy was a freelance technical writer, editor, and graphic designer.
As a community socio-cultural advocate and educator for over 25 years, Mahenaz has extensive experience with the systemic barriers newcomers face due to lack of adequate language skills and recognition of their foreign qualifications. As a business development consultant, Mahenaz has also helped minority women actualise their talents into home-based businesses and many of those businesses are still flourishing.
Mahenaz has extensive and varied experience in the public and private sectors and has contributed to the Edmonton community through advocacy, policy and program development.
Miroslav (Miro) faced many obstacles when he moved to Calgary as a civil war survivor and non-English speaking refugee in 1999 and understands well the stories of other immigrants.
Miro is the founder and CEO of Reljic Coached (RC), the coaching company that helps newcomers and executives unlock their full potential while providing hands on transition and change solutions. Miro is dedicated to creating opportunities which has led him to work and consult as a senior business analyst and management of change expert for 13 years for top 5 Canadian oil and banking companies. He has more than 20 years of experience of transforming imposed change initiatives into success stories.
When he is not coaching, Miro is giving back by facilitating numerous pro bono workshops at Immigrant Services Calgary (ISC), CCIS, YMCA, YWCA, SAIT and Bow Valley College. For his coaching and volunteering work he was recognized as the 2017 finalists of the Immigrants of Distinction Awards (IDA) and was shortlisted for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards of 2016. Miro is the winner of the Royal Bank of Canada Top 25 Canadian Immigrants of 2017.
Dacia was born and raised in Calgary and has 17 years experience working in a variety of different roles from administration to data analysis. Dacia earned her diploma in Business Administration from SAIT. She also attended SIAST in Regina to complete a certificate in Administration. Having worked mostly in the areas of Oil and Gas, Asset Integrity and Safety, Health and Environment for Imperial Oil Resources and ConocoPhillips Canada, she is very familiar with data management, analysis, and business administration. Dacia lives in Calgary with her husband and their 2 young children. When Dacia is not working, she volunteers on the Board of Directors for her children’s former daycare and loves to hike in the mountains and run the odd 5-10K marathon. She looks forward to her position as AIMGA Program Administrator and to getting to know the members.
Rossalia Videlova has a comprehensive educational and practical background in applied linguistics. Rossalia has a Master of Arts in Bulgarian Philology from the University of Plovdiv in Bulgaria and a Master of Education degree in TESL from the University of Calgary. Rossalia is an Alberta Learning and ATESL certified teacher with more than 12 years of experience in teaching ESL to adult immigrants and international students in Canada. Her professional realization transcends the dimensions of merely “teaching” as it goes to research work in Second Language Acquisition, to Second Language program and curriculum development, project coordination and evaluation.
Monica has many years of experience in the healthcare field, from working as a Lab Assistant to secretarial
experience working in Physio/OT and Speech Language Therapy. She has also done a stint as a Lathe Operator in a machine
shop turning small pieces of pipe. Being a prairie girl born and raised in Saskatchewan, she prefers to be able to see the
horizon (no mountains please) and has resided in Edmonton most of her adult life and raised a family here.