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Surrey LIP Goes National

Mariam Bilgrami, who oversees the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership (LIP), has been appointed as one of the members of the National LIP Secretariat’s first Executive Committee.

The National LIP Secretariat is a recently launched organizing body, staffed through a partnership between Toronto South and Jasper LIPs, that will provide national-level collaboration for Local Immigration Partnerships.

As stated in the Report on the 2021 National LIP Network Summit: Governance of the National LIP Secretariat, “The purpose of the NLS is to improve the efficacy of the LIPs through sustainable networks, shared resources, capacity building, and the amplification of the diverse LIP voices.”

The Executive Committee will provide strategic direction, oversight and representation for the network of LIPs across the country.

“I am so pleased to be selected as one of the members of the National LIP Secretariat Executive Committee and to represent the City of Surrey on a national level,” said Bilgrami. “The work LIPs do to improve the settlement and outcomes of newcomers at the local level is important. Collaborating with LIPs across the country through the Secretariat will make this work more efficient, sustainable and impactful.”

The Executive Committee consists of 12 members from LIPs from BC to the Atlantic including:

  • Mariam Bilgrami, Surrey LIP
  • Ronda Cushnie, Chilliwack LIP
  • Elmira Galiyeva, South Okanagan LIP
  • Kemoh Mansaray, Lloydminster LIP
  • Samantha Burdett, Calgary LIP
  • Meagan Reid, Bow Valley LIP
  • Prince Sibanda, York LIP
  • Hindia Mohamoud, Ottawa LIP
  • Stephanie Cooper, Brantford LIP
  • Roberto Montiel, Halifax LIP
  • Kailea Pedley, Cape Breton LIP
  • Mohamed Yessaad, Greater Moncton LIP