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Newcomer Women's Services Toronto: List of Directors 2016 - 2017

  • Tina Tellis
  • Fahreen Kurji
  • Priya Morley
  • Ratna Pardal
  • Vanessa McCarthy
  • Ussrah Hussain

Tina Tellis

Tina Tellis

Tina is an HR Talent Management professional at Canadian Tire Corporation. Her focus is on creating environments that help people actualize their full potential. Tina specializes in the re-design of performance management and employee engagement programs, and has a passion for career planning and development activities. She has an undergraduate in Business from the University of Western Ontario and a Masters in Leadership from Royal Roads University. Serving on the NEW board has been a privilege and one of her most valuable experiences to date.

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.


S. Priya Morley

Priya Morley

Priya is a member of the Litigation Practice Group at WeirFoulds LLP, with a practice that focuses on human rights, employment, and administrative law. She holds law degrees from McGill University, and has an undergraduate degree in International Relations from the University of British Columbia.

While studying law at McGill, Priya spent a summer working on the Equality Effect’s landmark “160 Girls” claim. This constitutional challenge was successful in obtaining legal remedies ordering the Kenyan state to enforce existing constitutional and human rights protections against sexual violence. Priya also completed a legal traineeship with the gender and human rights section of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights.

She is excited to sit on the Board of Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, an organization that supports immigrant women to integrate and thrive in our community.


Vanessa McCarthy, M.A., Ph.D.

Vanessa McCarthy

Vanessa received her Ph.D. from the Department of History and the Women & Gender Studies Institute at the University of Toronto. Since completing her degree, she has taught undergraduate courses at the University of Toronto on sex, gender, sexuality, masculinity, and prostitution. A dedicated feminist activist, she can regularly be found volunteering with community agencies, working on feminist committees, and creating and participating in challenging conversations and debates. She is proud to support Newcomer Women’s Services Toronto, an agency that empowers newcomer women and their families through community building, settlement support, education, and skills training.


Ussrah Hussain

Ussrah Hussain


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