A diverse group of young people laughing.

Our Team

Get to know the amazing people behind the work that we do!

  • Janelle Wong

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Janelle Wong

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Janelle Wong is deeply passionate about immigration politics. Her academic journey is fueled by a profound interest in understanding the nuanced experiences of immigrants and the barriers they face. With a focus on contributing to organizations dedicated to immigration and human rights, she aspires to address barriers faced by immigrants and shape public policies that positively impact their lives.

  • Jeramel Garlejo

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

    Jeramel Garlejo

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

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  • Eamon Saldana

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

    Eamon Saldana

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

    Proven advocate with 4 years at Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth, leading Youth Advisory Council and launching leadership program. Passionate about community, active in anti-racism, mental health, and youth advocacy. Contributed to Transit Ambassadors Program and Youth Central. Collaborates with ActionDignity to bridge immigrant and Indigenous teachings. Experienced in government administration, excelling in English, administrative assistance, customer service, communication, and leadership. Committed to inclusivity and collaboration for a vibrant community.

  • Nagham Mahfood

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Nagham Mahfood

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

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  • Paul Neale

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

    Paul Neale

    Mentorship Program Senior Facilitator

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  • Rona Abdelmassih

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Rona Abdelmassih

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Arriving in Canada with my family in 2011 was initially challenging, but my high school experience transformed my perspective. I thrived on the creative freedom given in assignments, forming strong connections with friends and teachers. Graduating with a Bachelor's in Secondary Science Education reflected my passion for learning.

    My love for helping others in a safe, creative, and people-centric environment led me to a career that aligns with these values. Working in a space where I can aid youth in their growth and goal achievement resonates with my own positive experiences. Drawing on my background, I aim to create safe and engaging learning environments, empowering youth with autonomy over their education. I aspire to provide unique experiences that foster confidence, mirroring the support that shaped my sense of belonging and growth when I was new to Canada.

  • Fromen Bensing

    Team Lead - South/Deep South

    Fromen Bensing

    Team Lead - South/Deep South

    My family moved to Canada in 2007. I have been working in the non profit sector in Calgary for about 15 years, more than 11 years from CBFY. I am passionate working for community and social development. I have knowledge and experience in settlement practice, resource advising, case management, and SWIS program supervision.

  • Arnell Mitchell

    Senior Youth Worker

    Arnell Mitchell

    Senior Youth Worker

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  • Constance "Connie" Mhene

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Constance "Connie" Mhene

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

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  • Diyana Woldegebrael

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    Diyana Woldegebrael

    Mentorship Program Youth Worker

    This is an interesting question, I joined Mentorship in 2017 as a peer mentor and was really impressed with the work of my youth workers. They supported and helped me thrive not only in high school but also in University. It can be really hard navigating postsecondary as newcomer but they supported me and helped me get my scholarship. I graduated with a double major in Political Science and International Relations, I think this educational experience helped me understand the immigration journey of people other than myself. I really enjoy coming to work because my team makes the work environment do open, welcoming, and happy. Furthermore, I get to work with youth and offer support to many that suffer from language barriers. Many of the youth will be the first in their families to go to university/college and they lack a lot of information. Being able to be a safe, trusted source of information and knowledge is very important to me.