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Our Team

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

  • Tim Michayluk

    Project Coordinator & Team Lead, Outreach Team

    Tim Michayluk

    Project Coordinator & Team Lead, Outreach Team

    As a retired School Principal with 36 years of experience, I am thrilled to have been seconded to CBFY to contribute to the development of English Language Learning after-school programs for Ukrainian Youth. This initiative targets school-age children (K-12) in both Calgary school districts. While the primary focus is on conversational English skills, the program also aims to enrich students' understanding of their new home, Canada. Beyond language acquisition, we address social/emotional issues, providing support and intervention for those dealing with anxiety and trauma. Additionally, we offer interpretive services to overcome language barriers for schools, parents, and other agencies in need. Our holistic approach ensures a comprehensive and supportive learning environment for Ukrainian youth settling into their new Canadian home.

  • Umida Sobirova

    Team Lead - North Central

    Umida Sobirova

    Team Lead - North Central

    In my current role, I organize and lead programs for youth, fostering academic and personal success by cultivating a sense of belonging and community. With international experience in Turkey, Oman, and Ukraine before settling in Canada, I am fluent in Uzbek, Russian, and Turkish. I am a strong advocate for lifelong learning, pursuing a Master's in Education and learning French. As a mother of three busy kids, I believe in the importance of investing in the future of children and youth. My career at CBFY aligns with my passion for empowering youth and contributing to their support system. If you ever need assistance in Uzbek, Russian, or Turkish, please feel free to reach out.

  • Catherine Clark

    Program Team Lead, Communities

    Catherine Clark

    Program Team Lead, Communities

    My name is Catherine Clark or Mama C to the hundreds of youths that I have worked with over the past 9 years in the Afterschool Program. My passion is helping youth navigate through high school, providing them with homework support, opportunities to gain knowledge, and have new experiences that will help them grow in confidence for their future school and work. I have the privilege of walking alongside these youths in the NxtGen Program as they find friendships and build connections in their school community.

  • Aileen Signh

    Team Lead, North of McKnight

    Aileen Signh

    Team Lead, North of McKnight

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  • 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.

  • Monica Moosbauer

    Team Lead - Southbound/Downtown Area

    Monica Moosbauer

    Team Lead - Southbound/Downtown Area

    Monica Moosbauer, leading the Downtown area NNESST Team. My fervor lies in assisting newcomer students in adapting to a new country, leveraging their strengths, and persistently pursuing their goals.

  • Cristina Balamban

    Director of People & Culture

    Cristina Balamban

    Director of People & Culture

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  • Riti Balchandani

    Program Manager - Communities

    Riti Balchandani

    Program Manager - Communities

    Riti immigrated to Canada in 2011, initially facing challenges that evolved into a positive experience. High school, with its emphasis on creative freedom, became a source of joy, fostering a strong sense of belonging within her friends and church community. A passion for learning led her to graduate with a Bachelor's of Education in Secondary Science.

    Currently working in an environment that values helping others, safety, creativity, and people-oriented approaches, Riti finds fulfillment in assisting youth in their growth and goal achievement. Drawing from her own experiences, she strives to create safe and engaging learning environments that provide autonomy and unique experiences for youth, promoting confidence and a sense of belonging, akin to the support she received as a newcomer.

  • Lorraine Kinsman

    Director of Programs

    Lorraine Kinsman

    Director of Programs

    Lorraine Kinsman, CBFY's Director of Programs since July 2022, boasts a distinguished 33-year career with The Calgary Board of Education (CBE) as a principal and teacher. Recognized as one of Canada’s Outstanding Principals in 2014, she led the opening of two notable Calgary schools, Cranston School in 2010 and Eric Harvie School in 2016. A Sessional Instructor at St. Mary’s University, Lorraine co-authored the ‘Math Makes Sense’ series for grades 3/4/5. Past roles include chairing The Calgary Young Writers’ Conference, The ATA Women in Leadership Committee Local 38, and the Elementary Principals’ Association.

    A passionate advocate of Peace Education and Literacy Learning, Lorraine's conference presentations, including U-Lead 2022 and Pathways to Prosperity 2023, emphasize these themes. Integrating her passions into her work at CBFY, she supports newcomer and refugee youth. Originally from Nova Scotia, Lorraine migrated to Alberta in 1978 with her husband, Michael.

  • Aaron Fulmek

    Team Lead - West and North West Calgary

    Aaron Fulmek

    Team Lead - West and North West Calgary

    Over the past five years at CBFY, I've progressed from a part-time facilitator to my current role as Supervisor, where I've developed a profound passion for building a supportive community for newcomer, refugee, and low-income elementary children. My journey has equipped me with expertise in program development and innovation, and I've honed a strength-based leadership style. Working closely with elementary kids has become a source of joy, and I'm adept at crafting social-emotional-based lesson plans and curriculums. As an Afterschool Coordinator and Supervisor, I've cultivated skills in staff training and creating a positive work environment. Overall, my experience at CBFY has not only sharpened my professional skills but also ignited a genuine enthusiasm for fostering compassion, empathy, and a sense of belonging among the children we serve.