Say “Hello” to our New Board Members

We recently had the pleasure of electing four new members to serve on the Board of Directors for the Rainbow Refugee Association of NS. The new members of RRANS’ board are:

Jamus Dorey 
Jamus has extensive experience in working with persons with disabilities, people in receipt of social assistance, the LGBTIQ community, First Nation communities, as well as with income assistance programming, employment support programming, mental health and addictions and housing services to name a few. Jamus has been the co-chair for the LGBTI Network in the Province of Nova Scotia for the past three years and was recently named a recipient of the Premier’s Award of Excellence in 2015. Jamus and his son live in Herring Cove and enjoy boating, travelling, camping and spending quality time with family and friends.

Michael Hobeck
Michael Hobeck has a background in progressively senior management roles working for national companies as well as having owned his own business. Currently Michael works for the Nova Scotia Community College in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. A longtime advocate for animal rights and animal welfare, Michael has decided to commit time and energy to working to advance the rights of LGBTQI individuals and is very pleased and honoured to be joining the board of directors at RRANS.

Laura Kenins
Laura Kenins is a writer and artist who has recently returned to Halifax. Laura has written for Canadian and international publications on arts and culture and her comics and drawings have been published at home and abroad. Laura has worked and studied in multicultural environments and taught immigrant and refugee children. She worked in Latvia with the Latvian LGBT organization Mozaika, working together with communities in Latvia and international organizations, and is excited to work with LGBTQ newcomers to Canada with RRANS.

Jen Powley
Jennifer Powley worked for a Citizenship and Immigration Case Processing Centre when she was in university. She was appalled by the way the system treated applicants as case file numbers, not as people. She had to stop working there, despite the good pay. She couldn’t deal with the inhumanity. Fifteen years later, Jen helped sponsor a Palestinian-Iraqi refugee family. She found the work incredibly rewarding but also incredibly frustrating. A glutton for punishment, she wanted to do it again. A couple years ago, Jen's medical condition and weak voice prompted her to leave her full-time position with the Ecology Action Centre. After completing a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction, she decided to get more involved in her community.

We are excited at the energy and level of expertise these four new board members are bringing to the table and warmly welcome them aboard.

Posted on June 12, 2015 .