Our Organization

Our entire team is made up of dedicated professionals
Board of Directors

Our Board members bring different experience professionally and are very committed to social change.

Anna Lainer- Chair

Anna, has been working in the health industry for more than twenty years, with a strong focus on womens health,family and tropical medicine.She bring in years of the following experience: management,entrepreneurship, leadership and training as well as practical nursing and midwifery.Anna, is excited to serve on the B.I.E.S Board, to support vulnerable families and individuals in need, and to help build a more inclusive community. She speaks English, French and German.

Dr.Marina Dynakonova- Secretary

Marina Dyakonova, PhD, was born in Astrakhan, Russia. She moved to Canada with her family in 2010 and has been a resident of Surrey since. Ms. Dyakonova has almost 10 years of teaching experience teaching English as a foreign language and as well as Theoretical Linguistics. For more than 6 years Marina had been doing research in Comparative Linguistics which culminated in a PhD awarded by the University of Amsterdam in 2009. Having lived and worked in various countries in Europe and former Soviet Union, she acquired solid multicultural awareness. Since her arrival in Canada, Marina has been working as an interpreter and ESL instructor. Currently, she teaches LINC 8 at Surrey English Language Centre. She is also a volunteer interpreter for Canadian Red Cross (First Contact Program). Language barrier is one of the major, if not the biggest, challenge that new immigrants have to face. Marina strives to help newcomers to become successful members of the community through providing professional language services. However, she is also eager to explore other ways to make our community a better place for everyone. This sparked her interest in the work of Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society. By becoming a Board Member of Baobab, Marina hopes to make a valuable contribution to the excellent services provided by the organization.

Afanyu Semuye

Sergius Semuyeh Afanyu, have a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and a Diploma in Social Service Worker. He has eight years of teaching experience in China, He is currently working with Horizons for Youth Shelter in Toronto as a Youth worker. Further, he has many years of voluntary experiences in community agencies. It has always been his pleasure to be part of a helping hand in the society and to promote social justice, create equality in life and freedom of speech which are the basic entity in the charter of Human rights.He is interested in being a board member of B.I.E.S because it is an emerging organization which has a lot of diversity in its staff and potential to help youths and promotes social justice. Afa, speaks Mandarine, English, and French.

Sameer Jaffri

Sameer is a small business owner for years and is very passionate about issues facing the most vulnerable families and individuals in our community. He is interested in serving Baobab because it represents a particular demographic in need. He speaks Punjabi and English.

Lindsay Bissett

Lindsay Bissett is a 2nd generation Canadian who has a background in the financial industry. Currently, Lindsay works as a Community Investment Specialist on Vancity’s Branch Impact Strategy Team. The main focus of her work is Vancity’s Community Project Grant program in which she facilitates granting Shared Success dollars to Cooperatives, First Nations and Non Profits in the categories of Social Justice and Financial Inclusion, Cooperative Economy and Environmental Sustainability. Lindsay has also been involved in granting through Vancity’s Envirofund Local Food Project Grants; a program that addresses growing concerns about disappearing farmland, depleted wild salmon populations, inequities in food distribution, the rise of a fast-food culture and the carbon footprint of food.

Building healthy communities and enabling others to succeed is a passion of hers and you can often find Lindsay teaching financial literacy, attending or volunteering at various events that promote diversity and inclusion and lastly she has been nominated alongside her employer for a Provincial Nesika Award and a Safe Harbour Award for her work on diversity initiatives. Lindsay hopes to be a valuable asset to the Baobab team with her finance industry experience, grant evaluating and project analyzing skills.

To contact our board email: board at baobabinclusive.ca and for our financial statements go to CRA-Charitable Returns.

Our board and program participants wish to thank the following funders: The Provincial Government of British Columbia, Coast Capital Savings, Vancity Community Credit Union, FortisBC, Service Canada, Shopper Drug Mart Life Foundation, S.F.U.T-D Engagement Centre, Surrey City Centre Libary and Chuck Bailey, Surrey Food Bank, City of Vancouver.

 

Board of Directors

Our Board members bring different experience professionally and are very committed to social change.

Dr. Randband, Dr.Marina, Anna, Marva.

Our Board members bring different experience professionally and are very committed to social change.

Lindsay Bissett

Lindsay Bissett is a 2nd generation Canadian who has a background in the financial industry. Currently Lindsay works as a…

Afanyu Semuye

Sergius Semuyeh Afanyu, have a BA in Sociology and Anthropology and a Diploma in Social Service Worker.

Staff Volunteers

 

 

Our program and project team is made up of dedicated professional who love this community as leaders. Our Volunteers have the compassion to support the most vulnerable in our society.

Felix Kongyuy, Chief Executive Officer

Felix is a Certified Employment Counsellor and holds a Diploma in Child Youth and Family Services, Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Arts. Felix, has been in the industry for decades and has served on several prominent advisory committees in BC, designed to address newcomers and immigrant issues, such as settlement, education, poverty, homelessness, healthy eating, discrimination, job development, community engagement, civic education, community leadership education, community development,crime,housing,funding, resettlement, immigration, business development, peace, employment, foster parenting, child development, computer and financial literacy, just to name a few. Felix has extensive professional experience in the social services, conflict resolution, electoral policy, peace, business, and non-profit sector. Felix is a perfect blend if you need a sound and experienced advisor in most of the topics listed above and he gets things done. He has served in small and large companies as Case Manager, Coordinator, Supervisor, Manager, Director, Business Consultant, Grant and proposal writer, and Founder. Felix is also a small business owner and someone who is passionate about helping individuals start their own business in Metro Vancouver. He has been part of several community-led initiatives in Canada and Europe for decades. Felix, believes that change in the community is always possible when ordinary citizens stand up, take action and work together as a united force.

He Speaks English, French, and German.

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