Nominated by: Multilingual Orientation Service Association for Immigrant Communities (MOSAIC)
Joan Andersen is currently a contractor working with Non-Profits to build their capacities. Throughout her working life, she has provided opportunities for women, visible minorities and newcomers to Canada to tell their stories and improve their lives. Joan worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for 30 years in Vancouver, Toronto and Washington, D.C.
As a reporter, producer and editor, she pushed for stories that increased the range of perspectives and the diversity of voices and faces that were broadcast. As a leader and a Director, she collaborated with colleagues to diversify the workforce so it better reflected Canada and its multicultural communities. More recently, Joan worked as a Director at MOSAIC, an Immigrant Serving Organization in Vancouver that empowers newcomers to fully participate in and contribute to Canadian society. At MOSAIC, she oversaw programs and research aimed at helping immigrants learn English and find jobs. She holds a Masters in Industrial Relations from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Library Science from the University of British Columbia. Joan is a past chair of the Vancouver Public Library Board, a member of Vancouver’s Active Transportation Policy Council and on the Board of PLEA, a non-profit that works with at risk youth.