Newcomer Storytellers

At the TIES Conference 2020, hear firsthand accounts about immigration to Canada from our Newcomer Storytellers!


Tripat Kaur

Tripat moved from India to Canada eight years ago with many years of experience in research and community counselling. She completed her post-graduation in Public Administration and then M.Phil in women and child development programs. Currently, she is working with Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers as Coordinator, Settlement Outreach.

She is an advocate for social justice and her passion is working with new immigrants, supporting women who are fleeing violence. In her free time she likes singing, listening to music and spending time with family and friends. 

Last but not least, she is a proud mother of two daughters.


Noha El Tanahi

Noha is an Egyptian Canadian who immigrated to Canada in 2005. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Law and was trained in crisis intervention.

In the past seven years, her passion has been in helping people who struggle in their new life. Being an immigrant herself, she understands their difficulties. Working with The Immigrant Education Society has given her opportunities to support clients and give back to the community.

Noha assists clients with one on one support in basic needs that include: accessing government agencies, affordable housing, transportation and interpretation. Noha also focuses on addressing the emotional wellness of her clients and connecting them with other communities.


Faith Okolie

Faith Okolie is married to Clifford Okolie and they have three children. She is a university graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Statistics and Demography from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State, Nigeria.

Faith has had trainings in education, human resource and personnel management, customer service, office management and general administration. She was once a school teacher and later moved on to being an administrator with a Faith based non-for-profit organization where she worked with drug and alcohol dependent individuals, commercial sex workers, street kids and communities.

Faith is very passionate about working with people, helping them see the strength within and reaching for it to help attain a life of fulfillment. Faith is currently working with the Royal Bank of Canada as a Client Advisor.


Yolanda Awel Deng

Yolanda Awel Deng is a former refugee of South Sudanese origin. She came to Canada as an International Student through a program at the University of Saskatchewan called WUSC (World University Services of Canada). In 2009, Yolanda completed a degree in Psychology.  After completing her degree in Psychology, she attended various institutions, educational and otherwise, to specialize in working with vulnerable women and children. This led her to a position with the UN working with ex-child soldiers and women in the Continent Africa (South Sudan). Currently Yolanda works as a Settlement Case Management Support Worker at Saskatoon Open Door Society where she continues to support vulnerable peoples.

Yolanda’s main passion is working with families, creating and sustaining their wellbeing through compassion, advocacy and mental health awareness. She draws great strength from cultural values passed down to her through her Native teachings. She considers herself voice for the voiceless, especially for immigrants and former refugees.