Announcing our new CEO
Announcing our new CEO
After an extensive executive search supported by the team at Impact8Inc, the Board of Directors is pleased to announce Anila Lee Yuen as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers effective December 7, 2015.
Anila has been a community engagement strategist engaging diverse communities in Alberta for over 20 years. She is passionate about working towards sustainable solutions for marginalized groups around the world to live vibrant and healthy lives.
Her past experience includes work with Junior Achievement, Calgary Immigrant Womens’ Association, Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, DeVry Institute of Technology, the Government of Alberta and the Centre for Newcomers. Most recently, Anila was the Director of Programs with Junior Achievement of Southern Alberta.
Regarding her return to the Centre, Anila says, “I am delighted to return to a place I have always considered my home. Our work at the Centre is so critical to the continued prosperity of our community as a whole. I look forward to working with each and every one of you towards contributing to a city that values diversity, in which people of all backgrounds find and create opportunities to fulfill their dreams and participate fully as citizens.”
Anila is also an active volunteer having served on numerous committees, boards and community projects. She is the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case for her work advocating for the rights of immigrant and minority women and children in Canada; and in 2006 she received the Alberta Centennial Medallion for Community Service.
Anila holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management as well as a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary. She is a featured author in the International Museum of Women's anthology Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women.
“We are all excited to have Anila assume the role of Chief Executive Officer,” says Don MacDiarmid, Chair of the Board of Directors. “She brings enthusiasm and a breadth of community service experience and Calgary connections that will assist the Centre in establishing better links with the community in which we operate. We believe that this will assist us in the fund development and funding source diversification that we are seeking”.