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Our Staff

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Alex Montiel

Chief Executive Officer

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446 Ext. 119

Email: alex.montiel@diversecities.org

Alex comes to Diversecities with extensive leadership as the Director of Project and Engagement with Pro Bono Law Alberta and board of director experience with Miskanawah Community Services Association and Calgary Fetal Alcohol Network. Alex also has in-depth experience working within Calgary’s immigrant sector at Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council. Prior to arriving in Calgary from Venezuela in 2016, Alex graduated with a Bachelor of Law and successful leadership experience with many international humanitarian non-governmental organizations, such as the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement. Alex both embodies and is a shining example of Diversecities' core belief of social mobility. Since arriving in Calgary with limited English proficiency, Alex has quickly established himself as a leader within the community and completed a Master of Arts in Leadership from the Royal Roads University. Alex joins Diversecities at an exciting time as we continue our transformation to serve an even greater and broader number of Calgarians. Alex will be re-introducing Divesecities’ mission, values, and most importantly, our 40-plus years story of serving Calgarians in need. Alex will lead Diversecities’ team of volunteers and staff to new levels of success as we reach for our vision of becoming a welcoming home for immigrants, where Calgarians of differing ethnic origins are meaningfully engaged in the community.

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Cindy Au

Executive Assistant

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 116

Email: cindy.au@diversecities.org

Cindy first joined Diversecities as a volunteer in 2015, with a keen interest in the Law & Advocacy Program. With a passion for community work, Cindy has been involved in non-profit and community-based organizations for over 9 years. She is eager to build new connections and collaborate with others, and is always willing to offer a listening ear or provide support where possible. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time outdoors, learning new things, and volunteering in the community. Cindy graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Law & Society, as well as holds a Diploma in Architectural Technologies from SAIT.

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Esther Olatunji

Children & Youth Program Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446 ext. 111

Email: esther.olatunji@diversecities.org

Esther has over 5 years of experience working in the not-for-profit industry, including 3 years of solid leadership in management positions. She holds a Masters in Social Work and is a Registered Social Worker. She has participated in numerous regional and international projects over the course of her career that have been designed to meet the needs of children youths, and adults who are most in need. Esther, MSW RSW

John Lee

Legal Program - Translator

and Technology Facilitator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 120

Email:  john.lee@diversecities.org

John recently graduated from University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He dedicates his time to educating Calgary residents, especially the seniors, to improve their technological literacy while helping the Law & Advocacy Program with interpretation and translation support. Outside of the office, he is a sporty person. He enjoys playing freestyle soccer, volleyball, and table tennis.

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Kevin Yau

Program Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 110

Email:  kevin.yau@diversecities.org

As a new immigrant coming from Hong Kong, I experienced and understood the struggles that new immigrants are facing in settlement and integration. With the passion of wanting to support new immigrant families, I joined the agency in 2012. In the past decade, I facilitated White Ribbon Training in engaging more volunteer interpreters in providing language support for other community members who have language barriers in accessing medical system. The Buddy Group meets on weekly basis. Other than sharing information about seniors’ benefit, this group provides peer support for those who are transitioning for their retirement. I am also coordinating volunteer training program which offers the knowledge and experience for volunteers and providing more volunteer resources for the community. As the facilitator of New Immigrants Circle, we connect members in making new friends and getting social connection in learning about Canadian culture and history. I am also passionate in providing education in community through church, zoom sessions, and groups, to help newcomers in understanding Canadian culture, resources and systems, and empowering them in shining in the community. I am very proud of our long-term Women (Knit & Craft) Group, who are very engaging in community events in supporting our agency in the past two decades. They are a good example to show how members are empowered and giving back to the community. My goal is to see each individual could be empowered through the engagement with our programs and thrive in the community. Personal preferences: table tennis, badminton and hiking.

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Marcus Cheung

Legal Program  - Program Assistant

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 105

Email:  marcus@diversecities.org

Marcus graduated in Psychology from the University of Calgary. At Diversecities, he is a program assistant and focuses on legal work such as the promotion of basic legal knowledge, interpretation, etc. He is also helping with different categories (e.g. civil application, general inquiry, etc).

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Robyn Tsoi

Community Helper's Program Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 121

Email:  rtsoi@diversecities.org

Robyn Tsoi, MA, CCC At Diversecities, Robyn is responsible for training participants in the Community Helpers Program (CHP), a youth peer support mental health program. Robyn is a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC). She is also a Professional Art Therapist. She has over 17 years of experience in working with children and youth, and over 6 years of art therapy and counselling experience working with children, youth, adults, and seniors.

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Sunil Gurung

Finance & Admin Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 108

Email:  adm@diversecities.org

Recent Canadian immigrant who wants to continue his involvement in community support for social change.  A new Canadian immigrant himself, who moved to Canada 5 years back from Nepal and made Calgary his home for next phase of his life. Firm believer about possibilities to achieve goals and dreams even during grave time of adversities. Sunil understands the challenges new immigrant faces to integrate successfully into society in new country and wants to help and support immigrants to successfully assimilate and succeed in every aspect of life in Canadian society. One of youngest Finance Manager in United Nations Development Program in Nepal, Sunil has 13 plus year experience in non-profit and development agencies and holds Master’s degree in Management.

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Tina Chiu

Children and Youth Program Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 117

Email:  tinachiu@diversecities.org

Tina Chiu is the Children and Youth Assistant. She joined Diversecities in May of 2022 and has found joy helping children flourish in Calgary. Tina graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in Theatre. She has committed herself to sharing the love of performance arts and stage management to those around her. Tina has worked with people of many ages and backgrounds throughout her career as a thespian and now also, while working with Diversecities. Outside of work, Tina enjoys spending her time learning about Greek mythology and reading plays.

Xi Miao

Program Coordinator

Phone: +1 (403) 265 - 8446, ext. 109

Email:  xi@diversecities.org

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