Meet our Staff

Calgary Staff

Deidre Lake
Executive Director

Deidre’s career started with teaching. From there, she specialized in performance-based, competency-based assessment tools related to language, communication, and workplace integration. She’s managed various programs and initiatives for non-profit organizations and large institutions. She’s been a member of various provincial and national advisory committees.[...]

From management, she moved into the areas of curriculum design and research. She’s led several research studies related to language assessment and a longitudinal study on International Medical Graduates in Canada. Deidre has been working with International Medical Graduates since 2004 and brings with her a wealth of knowledge, experience, and ideas. She has a proven track record in the development of innovative, high quality, outcome driven, online and face-to-face training programs, including the highly successful MCAP program for IMGs in Alberta. She is enthusiastic and driven to continue to lead, develop, and implement quality educational programs. She is committed to excellence and passionate about IMG education, workplace training, e-learning initiatives, and the evolution of technology in the areas of education and healthcare.

Rossalia Videlova
Program Manager

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.

Cindy Cheung
Program & Communications Coordinator

Cindy K. Cheung spent over a decade in the corporate world in a variety of industries ranging from Oil & Gas, utilities, 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.

Teresa Lau
Career Transition & Employment

Teresa Lau is an experienced human resources professional with experiences in recruitment and selection, training and development, and employee relations. She had the privilege to work with foreign workers and assisted them in renewing work permits and obtaining permanent residency.[...]

Prior to her career as a human resources professional, she worked in various government and non-profit agencies. She worked as an Access Coordinator, connecting seniors with caregivers, and a Program Coordinator, helping homeless and low-income Calgarians find work. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Ethnicity, Immigration and Multiculturalism, and a Human Resources Management Certificate from the University of Calgary. She looks forward to utilize her skills, knowledge and experiences to support members of AIMGA in re-engaging them back into the medical community.

Shola Adelakun
Program Administrator

Shola Adelakun has a background in Psychology and Business Administration coupled with over five years’ experience in Human Resources and Administration in the Health and Wellness industry.[...]

Shola is passionate about humanitarian causes that drive social change and that make significant and measurable socioeconomic impact. She holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Sunderland, United Kingdom.

Shola recently moved to Calgary with her family and when she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, volunteering, gardening and exploring various cuisines.

After a short stint at the Womens Centre of Calgary where she and her team helped in contributing towards impacting the life of women positively, she is excited to join the AIMGA team as the Program Administrator.

Yasmin Zaky
Media Studies Intern

Yasmin Zaky, a third-year Broadcasting Media student from Mount Royal University, is doing her intern placement at AIMGA. She has practiced and conducted many interviews and produced news-stories throughout her studies. She is looking forward to utilizing the skills she has learned in Broadcasting to help advocate for IMGs. She is enthusiastic, outgoing and enjoys communication, storytelling, and capturing the sentiments of people. She finds community engagement to be an essential tool in helping to make a change in the society, and hopes to make the stories and journeys of IMGs known to the community and to create awareness of the significant role IMGs have in Canada and in our healthcare system.[...]

She sincerely looks forward to working with you and to capturing your stories over the next few months. If you are interested in telling your story, please feel free to reach out to Yasmin at yasmin@aimga.ca

Edmonton Staff

Mahenaz Layton
Program Coordinator

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.

Tisha Raj
Outreach & Communications Coordinator

Tisha Raj comes with an extensive background of event planning, workshop facilitation, volunteer management, project and communication management for various not for profits.[...]

A 2015 graduate from MacEwan University in sociology specializing in youth and family diversity and a minor in political science, she successfully has worked and traveled to places such as Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories, Guayaquil, Ecuador and Holguin, Cuba learning the different challenges that each community faces when it comes to the health and wellbeing of its citizens. She has a deep learning for sustainability and conservation and loves to rejuvenate during her travels around the globe and across Canada.

Tisha will be helping spread the word about IMGs in the Edmonton community, making connections, and exploring alternative pathways into healthcare.

Monica Spencer
Program Administrator

Originally trained as medical secretarial-transcriptionist, however ended up working for many different departments with Alberta Health Services from Lab Aide to Administrative Assistant before working with AIMGA.