Meet Our Team
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.
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.
Karen has been the Project Coordinator since 2017. She is the first point of contact for all new clients, looking after their registration needs. Her responsibilities include the maintenance and confidentiality of client files, as well as helping clients with their immigration documentation. She manages on-going projects and activities that help improve and support the organization, in addition to being responsible for the CCMA’s administrative functions. Moreover, Karen is also primarily responsible for the organization’s website and social media presence. Originally from Nova Scotia, Karen attended Dalhousie University, Faculty of Agriculture and holds a Diploma in Animal Science Technician, minoring in business.
David Olara has been working as a Settlement Practitioner for the past 9 years across Canada. He works with newcomers to Canada by supporting, advocating and providing information sessions as they go through many transitions getting settled into their new homes in Canada. For over a decade, he has worked in immigration and counselling for Global Friendship Immigration Center (Brooks, AB), Brooks and County Immigration Center (Brooks, AB) and many other Immigrant sectors. David is passionate about helping newcomers integrate and settle in Canada, as well as bridging gaps between newcomers and the business community, for economic growth in Canada. David is originally from Uganda and has been in Canada for 20 years. He is fluent in Swahili and English.
Manager of Settlement Services
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 Manager
Born and bred in Southern New Brunswick, Rodney Munn, has spent half of his life living, and teaching overseas. After graduating from St. Stephen’s University in 1996, he spent 6 years in South Korea, and 17 years in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia teaching English as a Foreign Language in language institutes, and finally for a prestigious university in Eastern Arabia. He is very excited to return home, and continue his career at home. Passionate about education, and Multiculturalism, he brings a friendly welcome and a sincere smile to newcomers.