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Board Members 2017-2018:

  • Dilya Niezova
  • Sarah Stothart
  • Zinejda Rita
  • Reizel Lagason
  • June Li
  • Olga Bezrokov
  • Farheen Kurji
  • Ratna Pardal

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.

Fahreen Kurji

Fahreen Kurji

Fahreen is a lawyer at Forget Smith Morel. She has a long standing interest in immigration and settlement and prior to joining the NEW Board she completed her LL.M. with a Certificate of Specialization International Law. She has previous board experience with a non-profit settlement organization in North York and is excited to be involved with the NEW organization and its focus on newcomer women.


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