Board of Directors

The elected Board of Directors governs the Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association. CIWA’s Board is composed of not less than nine (9) and not more than fifteen (15) full Board members. A minimum of 2/3 of the Board of Directors must be immigrants to Canada. The Chief Executive Officer attends all Board meetings but does not vote and acts as an advisor to the Board and all Board committees. The Board employs consensus-based decision-making. In the past year, the Board has updated its policies, created efficient operating procedures, and strengthened the governance framework for the organization.

The Board holds the Annual General Meeting of CIWA in June of each year.

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2018/2019 Board of Directors and biographies

Board Chair: Shairoze Damji 


Board Vice Chair: Alice Lam


Treasurer: Elmien Wingert


Past Chair: Sarah J. King-D'Souza Q.C


Directors: Praneeta KumarUrsula Ducatel, Shirley Turnbull, Ray WongJade DuongZabeda Yaqoob, and Ranju Shergill









Are you interested in gender and immigrant issues?
Do you have the time to support CIWA's vision?
Do you have experience or interest in communications, event planning, leadership or finance?

The Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA) invites you to join a group of dedicated and diverse volunteers who are working towards making a positive difference in the lives of immigrant and refugee women and their families in our community.

Positions on the board of directors include volunteering for board committees, joining our full or reserve board or becoming an advisor to our board or committees.


Our standing committees are:


·         Recruitment

·         Finance

·         Communications

·         Recruitment

·         Human Resources

·         Program



What do you need?

A CIWA membership, a donation to CIWA, and Security Clearance

An understanding of gender and immigration & refugee issues

The commitment, time, and heart to support CIWA’s vision

Board volunteer positions do not entail direct work with clients.

Help us support immigrant women in their journey to reaching their full potential.


Apply now (this would open the online application page for the bod)