Employee Bios

Mohammed Idriss, Service Manager
Mohammed Idriss

“Hi, my name is Mohammed and I have the pleasure of working with everyone in the office to insure that you receive the kind of excellent service you deserve. I am very involved in our  community; sitting on a number of boards, taking part in community initiatives and trying to bring a newcomer perspective to all the round table discussions I am involved in.”

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Fleeha Ahmad, Settlement Counsellor & Team Lead
Fleeha Ahmad

“My name is Fleeha  and I moved from Montreal to Brooks with my family in 2006. Moving to Brooks was a big decision for us. I thought it would be very challenging to adjust to life in a small city, but after meeting a lot of wonderful people and making good friends, I came to believe in the saying; good things come in small packages.”

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Argaw G. Argaw, Settlement Counsellor
Argaw G. Argaw

“My name is Argaw and I am a Settlement Counsellor here at BCIS. After arriving in Canada from Ethiopia with my family, I lived in Winnipeg, Manitoba for about two years and recently moved to Brooks. I look forward to providing you with sufficient information on the various volunteering opportunities at BCIS & the community so that you can become an active participant in our community.”

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Gurpreet Gill, Volunteer Coordinator
Gurpreet Gill

My name is Gurpreet. Originally from India, I have been living in Brooks for the past 18 years. I am the Volunteer Coordinator at BCIS. Whether you would like to learn about volunteering in Canada, give few hours of your time to help others, or learn about newcomer issues, I am happy to discuss whatever opportunities BCIS might have available.

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Heather Kazimir, Education & Outreach Coordinator
Heather Kazimir

“My name is Heather and I am the Education & Outreach Coordinator at BCIS.  I have lived in Brooks for over twenty years and I strongly believe in lifelong learning. By providing newcomers and service providers with educational experiences, I hope to increase newcomer’s awareness of the community and increase our communities understanding of newcomers and their needs.”

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Joseph Octavious, Youth Worker
Joseph Octavious

My name is Joseph. I am the Youth Worker/Counselor at BCIS. My focus is to engage with newcomer youth and help them settle into their new community and understand the Canadian lifestyle at every level; emotional, mental and physical.

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Karen Namalata, Settlement Counsellor
Karen Namalata

Hi, my name is Karen and I am a Settlement Counselor here at BCIS. I originally come from the Philippines. My kids and I moved to Canada 3 years ago to join my husband here in Brooks. Serving people is one of my passions and that is why I am here at BCIS. I believe alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. 

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Lydia Orpia-Descanzo, Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist
Lydia Orpia-Descanzo

My name is Lydia and I am the Receptionist/ Admin Assistant here at BCIS.  Working and serving people from different backgrounds was always my interest, and it soon became my passion.   That is why I love my job as much as I do.  Every day is different and we make a difference in the lives of so many people.’

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Ryan Kiedrowski, Employment Counsellor
Ryan Kiedrowski

“My name is Ryan and I am the Employment Counselor here at BCIS. I first came to Brooks from Saskatchewan in 2000, and have lived in various places around the County of Newell. My personal goal is to provide clients with enough information so they feel confident and motivated to pursue the career they want to have, not just work in a survival job.”

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Diana Sanchez, Intake Counselor
Diana Sanchez

My name is Diana and I am from Colombia. As the Intake Counselor at BCIS, I am your first point of contact. It is very important to me to do the best job possible, because it is your first impression of the organization and I’ve always believed that first impressions count. I will do my best to help you with your introduction to our agency and the city of Brooks. 

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