2012 Award Recipients

 

Ninia SottoNinia Sotto has worked with newcomers for over 15 years. She started out as a volunteer for a conversation class and has been enamoured with teaching English and by her students ever since. In addition to receiving a Bachelor Degree in Education, she also holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Windsor. As a certified ESL Instructor, she has acquired most of her experience in traditional classrooms within newcomer settlement agencies. She also worked in the capacity of Job Search Workshops Facilitator at the time when JSW was first introduced as a province-wide initiative. She served as the Treasurer of TESL Windsor Affiliate’s Executive for three years and she remains a very active member, often assisting with planning and delivering workshops/professional development opportunities to Windsor’s membership.   more...

 

Shabnam Assadollahi Shabnam Assadollahi is an ESL instructor, public speaker and a veteran human rights advocate. She is a proud Canadian who is also passionate about her Persian heritage. She has helped newcomers to resettle in Canada, worked as a broadcaster, and spoken at many public events. Her public engagements have focused on issues affecting women, minority communities, and bringing to light human right abuses by dictatorial regimes.
In the late 80’s, Shabnam worked for the Turkish Ministry of Culture as a researcher with a focus on minority and language rights. While at this post, she also assisted refugees with their cases and represented them at the office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). For over 20 years she has worked in various Canadian government- funded multicultural programs, helping newcomers, particularly women, to overcome challenges of settlement and integration. Shabnam has also served as an active executive board member and the treasurer of the Immigrant and Visible Minority Women of British Columbia, sat on Collaborative Committees on Multiculturalism, Immigrant Integration Coordinating Committees, as well as Antiracism and Human Rights boards.   more...