The NNAC Team is here to help guide newcomers arriving in our community. As of right now, our team consists of five dedicated individuals who were once newcomers themselves- ready to share their experiences, and help close the gaps and barriers you might face with strategic initiatives. 

To all the members of committee who continued their successful career in Canada. We will be forever grateful for your time, dedication and hard work! 


Rita           EX- Chair

Name: Rita

Language(s): Russian, Ukrainian, Hebrew & English

Country of Origin: Ukraine/Israel

Arrived in Canada: 2018

Occupation: Rita is a Yoga teacher, and has a Bachelor’s in Politics and Government as well as in Social Work

Goal: Rita hopes to help create a welcoming, comfortable and accessible city for Newcomers to feel a sense of belonging



Name: Saloni

Language(s): Hindi, Gujurati, Mewadi, & English 

Country of Origin: India

Arrived in Canada: 2020

Occupation: Saloni has done a digital marketing course from BCIT, and has started a company called the Thumbprints which promotes rural Indian handcrafts and paintings

Goal: Saloni strives to build community connections and share experiences through volunteering at the Maple Ridge Advisory Committee



Name: Miyoung Park

Language(s): Korean, Mandarin, & English 

Country of Origin: Korea 

Arrived in Canada: 2018

Occupation: Through LIP, Miyoung was hired at an immigration serving organization

Goal: Miyoung wants newcomers to have the same positive experience that she had when she moved to Canada



Name: Kamelia

Language(s): Farsi & English

Country of Origin: Iran

Arrived in Canada: 2020

Occupation: NA, but has a Bachelor’s of Science in Software Engineering

Goal: Kamelia’s vision for Maple Ridge is to make it more vibrant, inclusive and an attractive place to live

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Name: Calena Rodriguez

Language(s): Spanish & English 

Country of Origin: El Salvador 

Arrived in Canada: 2017

Occupation: Before arriving to Canada, Calena obtained a Master’s degree in Finance and worked as a Cost Analyst in a well-known multinational company

Goal: Calena is motivated by the idea of collaborating with Newcomers and making their onboarding process lighter