Tsion Demeke Abate has 12 years of experience working on meaningful community engagement internationally and within Canada. She holds a Master’s degree from the University of Alberta, and has demonstrated history of working in research, policy analysis, and program management. In addition to her role at MFRS, she leads a project that supports communities, works to influence policy-making, and designs culturally appropriate programming for communities. She has worked with UNESCO and IGAD in their response to address the health and education gap in sub-Saharan Africa. Tsion is also the recipient of the 2015 Recognizing Immigrant Success in Edmonton (RISE) Award for Community Leadership: Immigrant category.