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Meet Our Team

About Us

The Multicultural Association of Charlotte County (CCMA) is a non-profit agency which provides information and services to newcomers, immigrants and refugees setting in motion successful settlement and integration in the community. Located in the Southern region of New Brunswick, we service the following areas: Lepreau, Pennfield, Blacks Harbour, Grand Manan, Deer Island, St. George, Saint Andrews, Oak Bay and St. Stephen. We work together with our communities, businesses, government services, employers and other service providers to welcome and take care our newcomers.

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Joan Majchrowski

Joan has worked at CCMA since October 2017, first as the Language Manager for St. George and now as Executive Director. Joan leads the CCMA team with a vision of inclusion for newcomers, driving the organization to expand our services for the benefit of newcomers and the community as a whole. In her role as Executive Director Joan leads operational planning, creation of innovation programming and partnership development to support inclusion and retention in Charlotte County. She is on the Board to Eastern Charlotte Chambers of Commerce and she loves socializing and getting to know other cultures.  In her recreational time, you can find her crafting and fostering cats for the St. George Animal Shelter.

Executive Director

Svitlana Palahuta

Svitlana and her family moved to Canada from the Ukraine in 2019.  Having worked in Charlotte County for        2 years, she experienced first-hand the benefits of being a member of the CCMA.  When the opportunity arose for her to join the organization and help other newcomers, she knew this was something she passionately wanted to do.  Svitlana has a Masters degree in Economic Cybernetics, and comes to the CCMA with over      15 years of experience in administrative roles.

Project Assistant

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Julie West

Julie has worked in Charlotte County helping newcomers for more than 6 years.  She works hard to determine your individual settlement needs and developing goals to help newcomers thrive in this area.  She provides monthly information sessions geared to help newcomers and their immediate needs. Julie has lived in Charlotte County for 20 years – originally from Fredericton, lived in British Columbia for 4 years where she met her husband – returning to NB to raise her family. In her spare time, you will find her tending to her goats or foster kittens, but most likely enjoying a cup of coffee in her garden.

 Settlement Practitioner

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Suren Yoga Nathan

Suren’s work is focused on helping newcomers find a true level of acceptance and a deep sense of belonging within Charlotte County.  Working with partner organizations, newcomers are brought together with local citizens in activities and events that promote harmony and build relationships. Suren also provides newcomers with employment services; businesses with cultural/racial education programs; and helps clients with ad-hoc needs. Prior to CCMA, Suren worked on IRCC and PCH funded projects across Canada, leading seminars on diversity, competing rights, and issues relating to identity and belonging.  Work included national campaigns promoting diversity, documentaries on inclusion, and the creation of a forum studying the acceptance of multi-faith in Canada. 

Community Engagement 

Currently in the process of hiring for this position


Language Program Instructor

Jocelyn Fraser

Jocelyn began her studies at St. Thomas University in 1997 where she was enrolled in Interdisciplinary studies. Focusing on gender studies, world religions and sociology, she earned the highest award in English for a first-year student and was awarded the creative writing prize. She later returned to study at Crandall University in Moncton and completed a Bachelor of Arts in English with an ESL language certificate. She volunteered for over two years at the Multicultural Association in Moncton and taught there for a short while until finding her way to St. Stephen. She has lived and worked in many cities in Canada, including Toronto and Halifax and has found that small town life has more benefits. Her focus is on helping students practice real-life conversations, building confidence through learning life skills, while gaining an understanding of Canadian culture.

Language Program Instructor

Madison Watson

Madison grew up in Charlotte County and has recently moved back to her hometown of St. George.

Madison’s work as the Youth Engagement Coordinator focuses on working with newcomer youth to engage

them in pre-existing activities in the community, as well as developing new programming and activities for youth to attend. She will be able to help newcomer youth find and use resources located in the community as well as in their schools. In her spare time, Madison enjoys doing anything outside (hiking, kayaking, skating, and more)

as well as settling in with a good book. Madison is excited to be back in Charlotte County and looking forward

to meeting everyone.

Youth Engagement

Our Board of Directors

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Julian Riva

Kendall Kadatz


Vice President


Irina Puscasu


Briana Cowie

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Vivian Peng