Author: Tsion Demeke Abate
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.
When you enter the Edmonton Intercultural Centre (EIC), you’re greeted by an environment buzzing with energy and diversity. There are children and adults gathered in the hallways, youth playing in the gymnasium, and a multitude of people from all different backgrounds engaged in activities that range from English lessons to dancing.