Management and Staff

Acting Executive Director: Mitali Banerjee

Mitali came to Canada in October 2008 as a temporary foreign worker from Boston, USA to work for University of Alberta. She was born and raised in India where she did her Ph.D. in Zoology from Bose Institute, Calcutta, India. Mitali continued to gain two postdoctoral in transfusion medicine and cryopreservation from University of California, Davis and Harvard Medical School/ Shriners Hospital for Children/Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston respectively. After obtaining her permanent residency status in 2012 Mitali worked for Sikh Federation of Edmonton (SFE), a non-profit organization, as a Settlement counselor where she helped clients with diverse backgrounds integrate into Canadian society. Mitali’s current engagement with the Edmonton Multicultural Coalition as Community Animator Coordinator aims at community development, empowerment and building the capacity of ethnocultural communities by unlocking and maximizing the potential of the community animators. Mitali enjoys meeting and interacting with people at a very personal level and tries to assist them to attain their goals.

Community Animator Coordinator: Mitali Banerjee

Project Coordinator, Taking Action Together to End Racism Project: Joanne De Jong

For over 20 years Joanne has been working in the non-profit sector, focusing on the needs of the marginalized through community engagement.

Currently, she is encouraging ethno-cultural communities to learn about, discuss, and address racism in Canada through the EMC anti-racism project as well as coordinating a newcomer youth project at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. She is regularly involved in peacebuilding and mentorship projects in East and West Africa.

Joanne’s past experiences include employment as a Community and Volunteer Engagement Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity which involved working with the Interfaith Housing Initiative. In addition to serving as Associate Pastor in a multicultural faith community, she spent 10 years working primarily as Atlantic festival Sales Director, with Ten Thousand Villages, which collaborates with the unemployed, underemployed and disabled to start businesses in the developing world.

Joanne earned a BA in Criminology, from the University of New Brunswick and has taken many graduate level courses in the areas of counselling, peacebuilding, and public speaking.

Joanne supports a community development model that works “with” and not “for” the community and is grateful for the opportunity to work with Coalition.

Project Coordinator, Newcomer Sexual Consent Project: Jenny Sampson

Jenny was born and raised in Nigeria where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery from Igbinedion University of Nigeria. She came to Canada as a permanent resident in September of 2019.

Jenny is a licensed Medical Doctor with the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN). She has over 5 years’ experience practicing as a Family Doctor providing quality care to a wide variety of patients from different ethnic groups. In addition to her clinical activities, Dr. Jenny has been active in community service and volunteered and worked with several non-profit organizations that provide services to youth and women who are victims of domestic violence. She has also provided mentorship in the Department of Medicine to new graduates.

Jenny currently works with the Coalition as a Project Coordinator for the Newcomers Sexual Consent Project which aims at increasing opportunity for people to learn, discuss and address issues linked to sexual consent in their ethno-cultural community. She’s happy working with an organization which promotes racial and ethnic equality.

Bookkeeper: Dallas Mduduzi Gumbo

Dallas Mduduzi Gumbo has an MBA and extensive accounting and management professional experience with over 10-years experience working in government, non-profit and private sector organizations delivering everyday accounting and reporting solutions to society. His background has seen him preside over budgets ranging in scope from a few hundred thousandths to millions. Dallas has hands on experience leading teams and projects in his current and past roles. He interacts widely with community members and organizations seeking accounting and taxation expertise, helping to build accounting systems, prepare for audits and training non-profits on general reporting standards. Dallas volunteers his services as a board member for various community organizations in the city of Edmonton, helping to advance sound board governance in the area of reporting and general compliance.