Social Integration, Rights, Culture and Security

This group examines the factors associated with social integration, different stressors experienced by child and youth refugees, discrimination and social support pre-and post-resettlement.

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Gerry Mills

Executive Director of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia

Biography::

Gerry Mills is the Executive Director of Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia, (ISANS). An immigrant herself, Gerry has worked in the not for profit immigrant settlement sector for 27+ years. Her career has been in the field of adult education, English as an additional language (EAL) and immigrant settlement. Gerry has participated extensively in provincial, regional and national boards, committees and working groups on immigration, language and settlement. She is currently the President of Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (ARAISA), a member of the National Settlement Council, Canadian Immigrant Settlement Sector Alliance (CISSA-ACSEI), Halifax Local Immigration Partnership Advisory Committee, Atlantic Immigration Research Committee, and the Pathways to Prosperity board, among others.

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Howard Ramos

Professor and Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University

Biography::

Dr. Howard Ramos is a political sociologist who investigates issues of social justice and equity. He has published on social movements, human rights, Indigenous mobilization, environmental advocacy, ethnicity, race, and Atlantic Canada. He completed his PhD and a Postdoctoral Fellowship at McGill University and holds a BA from York University. He is currently working on projects looking at Atlantic Canadians, secondary cities, state funding of NGOs, environmental advocacy, tourism development, and integration of immigrants and refugees. Dr. Ramos is also working to promote knowledge mobilization and translation of issues related to refugee children and youth.

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Lori Wilkinson

Professor at the University of Manitoba

Biography::

Lori Wilkinson is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Manitoba, the editor of the Journal of International Migration and Integration and the Director of Immigration Research West, an academic and community think-tank concerned with issues related to successful settlement and integration. Her research interests include labour market integration among refugees, school-to-work transitions among immigrant and refugee youth, racism and inequality. She has co-authored two books, The Research Process and Understanding Social Statistics, both published by Oxford University Press. She has most recently published her work on refugees in the following venues: Migration Policy Institute, Journal of Canadian Ethnic Studies, Migration, Health and Survival: International Perspectives and Immigrant Youth in Canada.

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Vicki Sinclair

Executive Director at Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO)

Biography::

Vicki Sinclair joined the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) as its first Executive Director in June 2016. Before that she was the Director of Programming and Development at Immigrant Centre Manitoba, Manitoba’s largest settlement agency. She is a member of the Immigrant Partnership Winnipeg (IPW) Council, Le Réseau en Immigration Francophone du Manitoba (RIF du Manitoba), Immigration Research West (IRW) and the Western Region Research Advisory Committee (WRRAC). She is a former member City of Winnipeg’s Citizen Equity Committee and the Canadian Coalition of Municipalities Against Racism and Discrimination (CCMARD). She has a professional background in journalism and EAL and a deep commitment to partnership and community engagement. She became a Canadian Citizen in 2009.

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