GPLIP Council and Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT)

GPLIP Council and Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT)

GPLIP Council

The GPLIP Council will strive for diverse representation of members on it. This includes diverse sectors, geographic representation, diverse immigrant representation, and diverse opinions. Council will be made up of between 15 and 19 members representing a combination of immigrants, community sector representatives (health, education, social services, justice, ethno-cultural groups), employers/business, local funders, municipal and immigrant service providers.

Members on Council would be expected to connect with all their groups and circles of influence, both locally and beyond, to ensure they bring various perspectives to Council, and take information back to the community.

Complete a GPLIP Council application here to join as a member.

GPLIP Mission:

The GPLIP Council will provide strategic leadership to the Local Immigration Partnership in Grande Prairie. The Council is responsible for ensuring the Community Action Plan outcomes are achieved, championing the work of the Immigration Partnership, enabling system and strategic planning, advocacy, and governance of the Immigration Partnership. The overall objective of the Council is to promote shared awareness and leadership and create enabling environments for collective action.

GPLIP Council Members

Member NameGPLIP PositionOrganization
Leah HollerPast ChairWomen Building Futures
Maureen EdomwonyiVice ChairGPIA - Grande Prairie Intercultural Association
Arnie RamosCouncil MemberGPCN - Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers
Beverley Lavender-MarshCouncil MemberAlberta Labour and Immigration
Candace HrdickaCouncil MemberRCMP - Crime Prevention
Cecilia MzvondiwaCouncil MemberAHS - Talent Development - HR
Darrell WiensCouncil MemberGPCLL - Centre for Lifelong Learning
Donat MpungaCouncil MemberGPCN – Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers
Dounia LahroudCouncil MemberAlberta Health Services
Helen MacDonaldCouncil MemberSt. Joseph Refugee Committee
Laurie Nirwal SinghCouncil Member

Bengtsson Immigration Consulting

Michelle MargaritCouncil MemberACFA – Alberta Francophone Assoc.
Paul RovinCouncil MemberCPDCI - Canada in Progress
Pauline Ruel-WyantCouncil Member

Catholic School Board

Samina SmithCouncil MemberIAT Chair
Yad MinhasCouncil Member

Grande Prairie City Council

Dianna WrightCouncil MemberGPLIP Coordinator


Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT)

The IAT is working group solely made up of immigrants who are representative of the Grande Prairie community. Since integration is a two-way process that encourages adjustments on the part of both immigrants and the host Canadian society, it is important to engage immigrants to learn first-hand of the successes and challenges that they face when they arrive in Canada. Ultimately, the goal is to support them to become fully engage in economic, social, political and cultural life of Canada.

Complete a IAT application here to join as a member.

IAT Members

Member NameIAT PositionOrganization
Samina SmithChairVSB- Volunteer Services Bureau
Conor ConeyVice ChairCity of Grande Prairie
Virginia TangIAT MemberRegulated Canadian Immigration Consultant
George SarkodieIAT MemberCLL- Centre for Life Long Learning 
Rachel NyransengimanIAT MemberGPCN- Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers
Arnie RamosIAT MemberGPCN- Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers
Mieke DegrootIAT MemberAlberta Spinal Cord Injury
Mieke DegrootIAT Member

CPDCI - Canada in Progress

Alexandra EhrleIAT MemberOperational Worker City of Grande Prairie
Alia EltayebIAT MemberPrivate Community Member


Click here for the GPLIP and IAT Terms of Reference