After an extensive Executive search over the last 4 months, the Board of Directors are excited to welcome Roxanne Felix-Mah and Ashima Sumaru-Jurf as the new Co-Executive Directors of the Multicultural Family Resource Society. Roxanne and Ashima are well-regarded leaders in the immigrant and refugee sector whose values align with MFRS’ participant driven and relational practice. Those who have worked with Roxanne and Ashima know both come with amazing expertise that will continue to foster the creative innovation MFRS has built over the last 13 years. It is a very exciting chapter for MFRS as Roxanne and Ashima take the leadership helm in the Fall!
What does it mean to have two EDs?
Roxanne and Ashima have been working together in a shared leadership model for over five years in a variety of contexts. In their last position, they were co-Managers of six different teams comprised of 32 staff and spread out over four locations. They also managed more than 12 budgets and many different funder relationships. Roxanne and Ashima are unique in having a seamless way of working as a joint-management team to fulfill everything that is required of their position and we are confident they will bring that combined set of skills to MFRS.
As a team, Roxanne and Ashima bring skills and experience in strategic planning and operational management; partnership development and stakeholder engagement; program development; and leadership modelling and mentorship. They both have comprehensive knowledge of community development and the immigrant and refugee sector; exceptional facilitation skills and a strong understanding of policy processes.
Ashima particularly has skills and experience in organizational development and effectiveness, family literacy, diversity and inclusion, anti-oppressive practice, learning and development, and intersectional policy analysis.
Roxanne also brings skills in stakeholder consultation, public health, mental health and social services, youth programming, community-based research and evaluation.
Roxanne and Ashima look forward to working with you and learning together about how to best meet the needs of the community members that MFRS serves. They will be fully taking on the ED position on September 1, 2018 but will be working on knowledge-sharing and transition planning with Winnie throughout the months of July-October 2018.