Board of Directors
Tristan Robinson, Chair
Tristan’s career has centered on working with vulnerable, immigrant, refugee, and Indigenous communities across Alberta. With a strong background in qualitative research and evaluation, Tristan has helped organizations and non-profits utilize data to evaluate programs that seek to improve the lives of their participants. She continues to serve as a qualitative research consultant on projects across Canada. During her academic career, Tristan obtained a Masters of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta where she focused on the importance of family for Indigenous peoples undergoing treatment for Tuberculosis.
In addition to her professional work, Tristan is an active member in her downtown community, volunteering at many events that support the most vulnerable citizens in the city centre core. In her downtime Tristan is a lover of the outdoors where she spends as much time as possible trying to tire her dog out.
Sea Taubner, Vice Chair
Sea is a retired lawyer and full-time mom to four very active children. Her law background focused on commercial, employment and municipal concerns. Sea has extensive volunteer experience locally and internationally with immigrant and refugee, non-profit organizations.
Roxanne Yip, Secretary
For over 10 years, Roxanne has been working with ethnocultural communities in various capacities, including frontline support for youth and families, project coordination and mentorship for youth, as well as liaising between system partners and community groups/agencies in order to foster better working relationships and develop mutual understanding. Her passion lies in supporting youth and young adults to believe in their capabilities and achieve their goals.
Michelle Mayner, Treasurer
Michelle currently works for a public accounting firm in Edmonton, Alberta where she works on a wide variety of for profit and not for profit organization in the Edmonton area.
Over the past two years while a member on the board, Michelle has seen the MFRS organization expand their reach to help more refugee and immigrant families in the Edmonton area. Michelle has enjoyed working with the families supported by MFRS and is very excited to see what the next year will hold for the MFRS organization and our families.
Michelle enjoys living an active lifestyle and enjoys running, playing soccer and squash with family and friends.
Jocelyn Christian, Director
Jocelyn has been very fortunate to have been able to travel freely and by choice. She has lived in five provinces and five countries; allowed to learn about the people and places along the way. Jocelyn’s family, education (BA in International Development & Spanish), and experiences abroad inform desire to be of service. For this, MFRS has been an ideal organization for which to volunteer.
Jocelyn currently works as an administrator (Education Administrator; Executive & Membership Coordinator) for a non-profit organization. Her administrative and executive skills have been critical in informing the Policy Committee for MFRS, in particular. Starting Fall 2017, Jocelyn will be attending the Master of Social Work program through the University of Calgary. Going forward, she hopes to work with teens and young adults on issues surrounding community connectedness (safety, resilience, social resources, mental wellbeing, etc.). Even though Jocelyn sits in front of a computer for work and volunteer, she prefers to be outside – gardening, swimming in lakes and the ocean, and camping (tents, not RVs).
Nasreen Omar, Director
Currently Nasreen Omar works at Multicultural Health Brokers Coop. She recently retired from her position as Multicultural Program Coordinator at University of Alberta Hospital, Alberta Health Services, where she worked for 20 years. Nasreen has a B.A. in Sociology and English major, Diploma in Library Science, Masters in Library Science and Certificate in Early childhood Development.
Nasreen has tremendous experience of working with immigrant and refugee families. In her current job she provides intercultural competence training to service providers and community agencies, community health education workshops, parenting and early childhood development presentations to the parents groups.
Btissam El Hassar, Director
Btissam has been immersed in diverse cultural settings since an early age. Her international experience started in Morocco where she met and built friendships with young PeaceCorps volunteers. In so doing, she learned so much from these interactions and was inspired as she thought of what would be meaningful to her. Then, she built on those early experience during her time in the U.S., where she sought her education to gain skills that would allow her to be involved in challenges related to poverty, inequality and gender and youth. As a member of the Multicultural Family Resource Society (MFRS) board, she enthusiastically contributes her evaluation and fundraising skills.
Btissam is currently a doctoral candidate. Her dissertation focuses on creating and validating an evaluation capacity building instrument using a mixed methods approach. Her research interests include studying the theory and practice of evaluation and evaluation capacity building. She is a member of the Alberta Clinical and Community-based Evaluation Research Team. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, US.
Naureen Mumtaz, Director
Naureen is a PhD student at the University of Alberta where her research involves participatory design, arts-based research, globalization and pedagogy. Trained as a Visual Communication Designer, Naureen has taught Design Studies courses in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta and at Fatimah Jinnah Women University, Pakistan. She also works as a visual communication designer, a participatory design researcher in multicultural community-based projects in Edmonton and overseas.
Naureen’s academic, practical and teaching experience in Visual Communication Design is highlighted by her strong affinity for social issues of equality, justice and well being. She believes in pedagogy and research that draws from the thorough understanding of local contexts and epistemologies. Naureen enjoys crossing boundaries and linking seemingly unconnected dots in both her academic and personal life.
Bio to come
Members of the Board are elected at the AGM (annually in May) to serve a two year term. A director may serve up to four consecutive terms. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Directors, contact Executive Director,Winnie Chow-Horn, for more information.