Mira Malidzanovic (English, Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian)
Mira Malidzanovic joined us in 2016 and has been working and volunteering in the community in different capacities for the last 20 years.
She came to Canada as a government-sponsored refugee in 1993 and shortly after started helping newcomers with interpretation for Serbo-Croatian-Bosnian population. She was an Executive Director at Reception House for 13 years, during which she has a record of success in asset-based, participatory, and anti-oppression-based refugee advocacy work. She graduated with honors from University of Sarajevo with a dual degree in Philosophy and Sociology.
In her free time, Mira loves to read and listen to music. She has a collection of over 1000 books and 500 records.
Nihal Salem (English, Arabic)
Nihal joined us in 2016 and loves to help newcomers and refugees with appropriate pre-employment information and resources in order to find their first job in Canada.
Nihal was born and raised in Cairo, Egypt and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Language and Literature from the Faculty of Al Alsum Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. She moved to Canada in 2008 with her husband and family and became a proud Canadian citizen in 2015.
She holds a Language Interpreter Training Certificate from Conestoga College and enjoys crocheting, reading, swimming, cycling, cooking, baking, playing with her sons and spending time with family and friends.
Ohayla Al-Khatib (English, Arabic)
Ohayla joined us in 1996 and manages our Language and Interpreter Services division.
Originally from Lebanon, Ohalya lived in the United Arab Emirates and then Cleveland, Ohio where she lived for eleven years before moving to Canada. She graduated from Cuyahoga Community College with a Degree in Business and Computer Science and became a proud Canadian citizen in 1998.
When she's not connecting businesses, government and social service agencies in K-W with the interpreters they need to help them serve their clients better, she can be found at home in Kitchener, relaxing with a good book.
Omaima El Kebbe (English, Arabic)
Omaima joined us in 2016 to help newcomers to Kitchener-Waterloo settle in Canada. She was born in Palestine and raised in Dubai, UAE. In 2009, she moved to Canada with her family and became a proud Canadian citizen in 2014.
She earned a B.Sc in Medical Laboratory Sciences from Haigazian University in Lebanon and a B.Sc. in Public Health from the University of Lethbridge.
Omaima loves working with newcomers to Canada and enjoys helping others reach their goals by providing support as they adjust to their new home.
In her free time she enjoys reading and baking yummy treats for her boys.