(403) 346-8818 hello@rdlip.ca

The People Behind RD LIP

At the heart of our work are the many individuals and organizations that have committed to working collectively towards building the strongest, most vibrant community. This is a living, breathing list, that we are eager to see expand and grow. It is our intention to continue to connect and invite others to join the effort to make Red Deer the most vibrant community in Canada.

For more information regarding the Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership, contact Dieulita Datus-Hall, Programs Manager

Phone: 403-346-8818 – Ext. 268

Fax: 403-347-5220

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The Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership Team

Dieulita Datus-Hall

Dieulita Datus- Hall “ She/Her” pronounced “Jillta Da-teese Hall” is the new Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership manager as of May 2023 Dieulita was born in Petite Riviere de L’artibonite in Ay-ti the land of many mountains and home of the Tainos people who named the island for its mountainous regions. She was raised in The Bahamas and has called central Alberta home for the past decade. She is the descendant of rice farmers and credits her ancestors for introducing her to the life of the land. She continues to be connected to the lands around her by hiking and spending time with her household plants.

Her love and passion for reading is due to her being a child immigrant and learning English by reading stories she did not understand and still finding the ability to let her imaginations run wild with foreign words from around the world. She is currently reading God of the Oppressed by James H. Cone and Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. An avid sports fan, she cheers for the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Cowboys and the Calgary Flames and realizes that her choice of sports team is often a sore subject with others.

Dieulita is a step-mom and enjoys spending time with her family by attending music recitals, watching movies and dancing together in their family living room. Dieulita looks forward to continuing to be part of the central Alberta community as she serves in different capacities at various community

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Gordana Jovanovic

Gordana Jovanovic (Yovanovich) ‘‘She/Her” is the New Outreach and Communication Coordinator for Red Deer Local Immigration Partnership. Gordana was born in Sarajevo – former Yugoslavia. She moved to Canada in 1996 as a refugee. Gordana lived in Calgary for eight years and since 2004 she calls Red Deer her home.

Gordana came to Canada with degree in science, then studied Chemical-Technology at SAIT. Upon moving to Red Deer Gordana became small business owner, studied bookkeeping at RDP and gained certificates in workplace training and leadership courses. She actively participated in many community events and successfully fundraised for CAWES, Can-Praxis and volunteered for CARE in the Translation and Interpretation Program. Gordana speaks Bosnian and can read Ukrainian and Russian.

Gordana is mom of three daughters and grandmother of three granddaughters. She enjoys hiking with her family, watching her daughters play volleyball, as well as attending dance recitals and baking old fashioned cookies with her granddaughters.

Gordana biggest passion and goal is community engagement with newcomers, improving lives of immigrant families and supporting the integration of newcomers in the community.

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Jodi Gulka

My name is Jodi Gulka and I work for Alberta Health Services (AHS).

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I am involved with the Local Immigration Partnership on behalf of AHS because the health outcomes for newcomers are a natural fit for our organization. The LIP identified health as one of the key action areas in its strategic plan and we are interested to support work in this area. Red Deer’s LIP offers a great benefit in the partnership it builds between local agencies to better address the needs of newcomers in a collaborative way. Working together we are able to support the different focus areas and hope to create improved outcomes for new Red Deer residents. It has also benefited AHS as I am able to take the information and needs discussed at the Central Planning Council back to our teams for consideration with regards to how we can improve access to services such as interpretation and translation services. Personally, I believe that people are healthiest when they feel comfortable, cared for, and welcome in their community and when they feel invited to celebrate and continue their cultural heritage while finding ways to embrace their new life in Canada. Embracing stories, art, music, food, and more cultural offerings shared by fellow Red Deerians helps me build an appreciation for the rich and diverse cultures around the world. Multiculturalism is at the heart of what it means to me to be a Canadian. As a daughter of an immigrant I am always mindful of the personal and societal benefits that come with immigration. Welcoming newcomers is vital to healthy economic growth, meeting the needs for our workforce, and building an inclusive community.

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Robert Opoku

Robert has lived and taught on four continents. Throughout his travels, he has had the chance to interact, help, mentor, and support many immigrants and non-immigrants alike.

In his present position as an instructor at the Donald School of Business, Red Deer College, he serves as a mentor and counsellor to many international students who have chosen to study here. Within the Red Deer community, he is more or less the go-to- person for African and other immigrants who would like to pursue college education.

Robert’s community service is rooted in his firm belief that we should be expanding—not restricting—opportunities for all Red Deerians. Being part of RD LIP gives him the opportunity to be apart of something bigger than himself. Through this council, he hopes to extend this support and expertise to the entire immigrant community because he is interested in leaving Red Deer a better place than when he arrived.

Volunteerism also sets a good example for his own kids in particular and the students he instructs in general. When he makes community service work a normal part of his life he doesn’t simply teach his kids and students strong core values, he demonstrates these values in action.

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Partner Organizations

CARE For Newcomers

For over 30 years we have been here to help new immigrants and refugees adjust to their new life in Central Alberta and become valued members of our welcoming community.

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C.A.R.E. was formed in 1979 by a group of concerned citizens who wanted to assist with the settlement of Indochinese refugees fleeing the aftermath of the Vietnam War. A year later, C.A.R.E. became a registered non-profit society. In 1982 it received status as a charitable organization. Since our founding, our mission has been to assist in the settlement and integration of immigrants andrefugees in the community.

http://immigrant-centre.ca/

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Catholic Social Services

Catholic Social Services is a multi-function social service agency that serves people of all faiths and cultures throughout central Alberta.

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Founded in 1961, the agency has grown to deliver more than 100 programs and helps more than 60,000 people each year through the work of our more than 1,800 staff and 800 volunteers.

For more than fifty five years, Catholic Social Services has welcomed immigrants and refugees to Alberta.

It takes a lot of courage and hope for the future to come to a new country and build a life, and we are here to support newcomers along that journey.

Our services are free and offered in English, French and more than 50 other languages.

For access to services, immigration documents are required, as driver’s licences will not be accepted.

Services to immigrants and refugees are offered in Edmonton, Red Deer, and Lloydminster.

In our Red Deer Immigration and Settlement Services office we offer 4 key programs:

  • Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) – initial settlement services for government assisted refugees
  • Integrated Services Program (ISP) – ongoing settlement services for immigrants and refugees
  • Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFW) – (formerly called Temporary Foreign Worker Program) – support services for temporary foreign workers and other foreign nationals.
  • Employment Readiness Program – employment support services for immigrants and refugees.

https://www.cssalberta.ca/Our-Ministries/Immigrant-Refugee-Support

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CAIWA

At CAIWA, we have helped many newcomers to be resilient and to achieve their hopes and dreams. We do that through providing information, education and employment training.

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Our programs can help you find the information you need and offer you training in skills essential to employment in Canada. CAIWA offers crucial programs and services to the most vulnerable and isolated segment of our community. Our services and outreach make a difference to the lives of thousands of newcomers in our community of Central Alberta.

www.caiwa.ca

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RDP – Red Deer Polytechnic

For over 50 years RDC has been proudly serving our learners and our communities.

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RDC offers more than 100 different programs (including full degrees, certificates, diplomas and skilled trades programs) to 8,000 full- and part-time credit students and more than 36,000 youth and adult learners in the School of Continuing Education each year. Named by Alberta Venture magazine as one of Alberta’s most innovative organizations for the Centre for Innovation in Manufacturing, RDC is a key location for applied and industry-led research

http://rdc.ab.ca/about/about

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Red Deer Public Schools

Red Deer Public Schools provides education for K – 12 students in Red Deer and serves 10,000 students within the City of Red Deer.

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RDPS is responsible for providing the opportunity for our students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for become self-reliant, responsible, caring and contributing members of society.

www.rdpsd.ab.ca

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Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce is an association of business people and merchants who promote business growth and prosperity in the Red Deer region.

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We are the largest most influential business association in Central Alberta. We are committed to promoting business growth and prosperity in the region by providing networking opportunities, educational and relevant speakers, benefit programs like group insurance and discounted merchant card rates to save you money, and being your advocate on issues that matter.

www.reddeerchamber.com/

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