About Us

Immigrant Advisory Table

The TCLIP Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) consists of individuals who represent a range of countries of origin, lengths of time in Canada, occupational backgrounds, ages and gender and various other forms of diversity. Members will have experience, knowledge, abilities, or skills related to immigrant settlement and integration in the Tri-Cities and are non-partisan. Members make a minimum one-year commitment.

Roles and responsibilities include:

  1. Review the TCLIP Strategic Plan to ensure it reflects immigrant and newcomer needs and priorities;
  2. Provide input to the TCLIP and its work by participating in Council and working group meetings;
    Act as a resource for Tri-Cities community service providers;
  3. Help lead or co-lead the implementation of strategic priorities in collaboration with the TCLIP members;
  4. Reach out to ethno-specific communities to share TCLIP information and encourage participation in its work.

Meet our members by clicking on their profiles below.

TCLIP Is Looking for New Immigrant Advisory Table Members

The Immigrant Advisory Table consists of individuals who represent a range of countries of origin, lengths of time in Canada, occupational backgrounds, ages, gender and various other forms of diversity.

Advisory Table Members are volunteers and must live or work in the Tri-Cities.

Members will have experience (lived or professional), knowledge, abilities, or skills related to immigrant settlement and integration in the Tri-Cities and are non-partisan. 

Click here to apply.

IAT 2022 – Poster-2

Immigrant Advisory Table 2020-2021

Hamasa Wahab

Hamasa arrived in Canada in 2007 and can speak four languages. She left Afghanistan at a young age, lived in Russia, and Saskatchewan, Canada, before settling in the Tri-Cities with her family. She has worked with multi-barriered individuals and done translation work for various organizations. She is currently completing her studies in Social Work.

My story began when I was working as a pharmacist and came in contact with many patients looking for efficient and affordable treatment for chronic wounds most of which resulted from diabetes and pressure ulcers. Considering the huge impact of chronic wounds on both patients and health care system, I decided to go back to school with the goal of finding new ways to treat wounds more efficiently.  After I graduated with PhD I moved to Canada from Iran to start my postdoctoral research fellowship at UBC.  This postdoc fellowship is a great opportunity for me to build the basis of my future carrier as a clinical scientist, since UBC is one of the world’s leading institutions with world class facilities for education and research.

During all these years in addition to my researches, I have been always interested in getting involved in the community. Community is something that I always cared about and I would love to give my time, skills, and energy to what I care about and that is why I am here. I am really excited to be part of the Tri-Cities immigrant advisory table and hope the experiences I have gotten during my settlement help service provider organization to a better understanding of newcomers, needs, and aspirations d help newcomers to feel welcome.


Carla arrived from Brazil in December 2015 and recently became a Registered Clinical Counsellor in BC, with special interests in cognitive and emotional processing and its impact on people with a diagnosis of learning difficulties. She has worked in a variety of clinical settings in the UK and Brazil, including a large educational research project in Bahia (Brazil) and lectures in South Africa. In Canada, she worked for 4 years as a school counsellor at a (K-12) school for students with special needs. Carla has a unique approach for group management and conflict mediation, with a kind and unique approach. She is a natural problem solver and enjoys the challenge of finding manageable solutions to complex issues. She wants to use her combined clinical and international experiences to bring unique and holistic insights that will benefit immigrants and their families.



Having moved to Canada from Kenya 20 years ago, and lived in the Tri-Cities for five years, Elise Mwangi brings diverse experience in community development and public health policy to the IAT. For example, she collaborated with community partners including public libraries, immigrant-serving agencies, seniors’ programs, and municipal recreational centers, to help newcomers navigate health care information. She’s passionate about making the Tri-Cities a more welcoming and inclusive community because developing a sense of belonging is an important determinant of newcomers’ physical and mental well-being. She serves on her child’s school Parents Advisory Committee, which for newcomer parents is, a way of social engagement, understanding the education system, and supporting their children’s learning. 

She has an MSc in International Development from the UK, Masters in Information Studies from UBC, and is currently studying program evaluation at the University of Victoria.


My name is Susana. I came to Canada with my husband in 1995 and have been living in Tri-cities of BC since then. I got to immigrate to Canada due to my professional background in accounting. I have been working in accounting since my graduation from school and I got extensive working experience in commercial in various industries.

My first job in Canada was as an accounting manager in a company in Port Coquitlam.

I have changed a few jobs in Canada in order to view different industries and get to know more people from different areas.

I still remember how I sent more than one hundred applications to get my first job. Since the culture, the custom, the language are different from my home land in Hong Kong, I had to be willing to learn from all perspectives in order to pick up my living. I have also been actively participating in the community and as volunteer in several non-profit organizations.

Now I am retired and I have more time to enjoy my life and serve my community.

Shahin is a first-generation Canadian whose geographic roots are diverse and include, Kenya, Tanzania, and India. She is finishing her PhD in Nursing and has a passion for understanding the health and social needs of forcibly displaced women. Joining the IAT is Shahin’s way of contributing to the community she has lived in for over 13 years through working with stakeholders toward building better access to services for newcomers. 

Carlos is originally from Santiago, Chile. In 2020, he moved to Coquitlam after living and working in several places around the world, most recently in the Middle East and Asia. 

He became a member of the Tri-Cities Immigrant Advisory Table and he is excited to contribute and give back to the Community. He has extensive experience in Training and Development in the Hospitality Industry and recently completed a degree in Adult Education. In the future, Carlos dreams to coach and facilitate learning to a new generation of Hoteliers looking to achieve high performance.

Carlos spends some of his free time with new friends and exercising outdoors.