It is with mixed emotions that we bid Rebecca Georgis farewell as she embarks on her new journey as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. Rebecca joined the MFRS Board of Directors in 2012 and served as the Board Chair from 2015. During this time, Rebecca has provided amazing leadership in the areas of culturally responsive evaluation, programming, and research that revealed the invisible realities of newcomer families. We wish Rebecca the best of luck in her new adventure and know that she will continue to make ripples of change.
Winnie Chow Horn, Executive Director, Multicultural Family Resource Society
Dear MFRS members & supporters,
It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have served on the MFRS Board of Directors for the past five years. I joined the Board being inspired to contribute to an organization that was created by immigrant and refugee families and communities who dreamt of a more just, equitable, and intercultural Edmonton for their children. I am proud of the participant-driven and community-led legacy of our organization that continues till this day.
Without a doubt, MFRS is very different today from when I joined the Board five years ago. We started with only a handful of parent-child programs but have proudly grown to offer 15 Parent-Child programs, reflecting the changing diversity of our city; a Girls Program to nurture strong bicultural identities at a time when anti-immigrant sentiments are high; an Emergency Fund to support families struggling with poverty during tough economic times; and several other programs and partnerships that respond to community needs and priorities.
I want to express my sincere appreciation and gratitude to my colleagues on the Board of Directors, MFRS staff, participants, and our sister organization the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative: we would not have been where we are it without the direction of a competent Executive Director, a strong Board, and dedicated staff and partners who work tirelessly to support immigrant and refugee parents, children and youth as they start their life in Edmonton. I am honoured and proud to have been part of the MFRS intercultural family. As I leave my position on the Board, I feel transformed and inspired to continue to work together with families and communities for a better future. I am confident that MFRS will continue to grow and make a difference in our community.
I wish you all the very best and years of growth and innovation. Thank you for the honour of having me on the Board and for allowing me to contribute to the MFRS vision and mission!