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Board Members 2017-2018:

  • Dilya Niezova
  • Sarah Stothart
  • Zinejda Rita
  • Reizel Lagason
  • June Li
  • Olga Bezrokov
  • Ratna Pardal
  • Charlene Olutunde
  • Emma Grand
  • Lumi Pungea

Dilya Niezova


Dilya is a Project Lead with Employment and Social Services at the City of Toronto. She has an undergraduate degree in International Development and a Masters in Urban Planning. She has experience working in Canada, South Korea, Bolivia, Mexico and Nicaragua in the areas of economics, poverty reduction, education, employment and food security. She is looking forward to supporting the mission of Newcomer Women's Services to empower women and their families thrive in their communities..

Sarah Stothart

Sarah Stothart

Sarah is a lawyer practicing corporate/commercial litigation at Goodmans LLP. She has a law degree from the University of Toronto and an undergraduate degree in Political Studies and Gender Studies from Queen’s University. Passionate about women’s issues and human rights issues, Sarah is involved with initiatives that promote the professional development and mentorship of women in the workplace, and has previously volunteered with victims of physical and sexual abuse. Sarah is enthusiastic about the opportunity to support the work Newcomer Women’s Services does to empower immigrant women in their Toronto and Canadian communities.

Zinejda Rita


Zinejda is currently completing her articling term with the Ministry of the Attorney General. She holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School, MA from the Munk School of Global Affairs and an Honours BA, Joint Specialist in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto. Prior to law school, Zinejda worked as the Director of Policy and Regional Media for one of the major Ontario political parties, as a Policy Advisor to the Third Party Caucus at the Ontario Legislature and as Manager of Candidate Recruitment and Nominations with a mandate of increasing women’s participation in provincial elections. In addition, Zinejda has worked for Toronto City Hall, RBC Dominion Securities and several on-the-ground international development projects. Zinejda volunteers her time serving as mock adjudicator for the Refugee Hearing Program at Matthew House and contributing to She has previously volunteered for Parkdale Community Legal Services, TAG – The Action Group on Access to Justice and the Ontario Justice Education Network. Zinejda is passionate about women’s issues and international development and is looking forward to her term on the NEW Board.

Reizel Lagason


Reizel is an Investment Counsel Compliance Manager at 1832 Asset Management L.P. (Dynamic Funds and Scotia Funds). She has over 6 years of experience in the asset management industry and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. In addition, Reizel has previously volunteered her time with Ronald Mcdonald House Charities Toronto and West Neighbourhood House. She is excited to sit on the Board of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto and support its mandate in helping to provide a safe and welcoming space for newcomer women and their families.

June Li


June is the Founder and Managing Director of ClickInsight, a consulting company specializing in helping companies use digital analytics tools such as Google Analytics to grow their businesses. She has an undergraduate Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the York University Schulich School of Business. Active with women entrepreneur groups and the local digital community, June is excited to be working with NEW and support its mission to help women and their families thrive.

Olga Bezrokov


Olga is a Portfolio Analyst at Russell Investments. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University, is a CFA Charterholder and holds a Financial Risk Manager (FRM) designation. Olga has previously worked at RBC Dominion Securities in Montreal and has managed a restaurant before her career in finance. She is passionate about women’s issues and LGBT rights and is looking forward to being involved in the local community after her recent move to Toronto. Olga is excited to be involved with Newcomer Women’s Services and to support its mission of empowering newcomer women and their families.

Charlene Olutunde


Charlene Olatunde is a Senior Human Resources Manager at the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB). She has several years of extensive experience in the human resources field, primarily with a strong focus on strategic management, leadership coaching and empowerment, employment law and legal risk consultation. Charlene has worked in unionized and non-unionized environments within the telecommunications, media, airline, pharmaceutical, not-for-profit, food manufacturing and entertainment industries in both the private and public sectors. She is excited to support the mission of Newcomer Women's Services as she is passionate about the empowerment of newcomer women and their families.

Emma Grand


Emma is a Global Product Director at Ipsos, one of the world’s largest market research agencies, where she leads the development of a new advisory service that leverages a cutting-edge technology platform. After completing a Bachelor of Business Administration at Wilfrid Laurier University, she gained experience on both the client and agency side leading market research projects and initiatives, and has trained researchers from over 80 countries. She’s passionate about women’s issues and is thrilled to join Newcomer Women’s Services in its mission to support newcomer women and their families.

Lumi Pungea


Lumi has a law degree from the Western Law and graduate degrees in Political Studies from universities in Europe and North America. Having moved to Canada as an adult, she has first-hand newcomer experience. She has had to navigate an intimidating system of new rules and the networking and resources available to her through non-profits were invaluable. Acknowledging the privilege that comes with her education and experience, she am excited to contribute to NEW’s mission of empowering newcomer women and their families to settle in Toronto and reach their potential here.


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