Other Team Members

Margaret Brockett
Margaret is long retired but not retiring! Her career as an occupational therapist, administrator, and educator provides a great platform to advocate for Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in various ways. The opportunity to work at SRHC as the Associate Director is one of the most fulfilling jobs she has known over her long career.

Canab Cali Cabdisalaan
Canab is the receptionist at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre. She is a recent graduate from Conestoga College with a diploma in Health Office Administration. She enjoys working with the great team and wonderful patients at SRHC.

Mayada Abou Warda
Mayada is an internationally trained doctor who joined Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in 2016. She is working on the process of becoming a certified doctor in Canada. In her role as clinical assistant, she helps assess and triage walk-in patients under the supervision of Dr. Stephenson. She thinks that Sanctuary is the best work place ever!

Zeinab Mana
Zeinab has been an interpreter at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre since 2016. She works closely with the medical team in facilitating communication with patients and advising on culturally-sensitive matters. A polyglot, Zeinab has worked as a freelance interpreter in various settings for over a decade.

Linda Pettus
Linda has been volunteering as Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre’s Thursday receptionist since March 2014. Linda is a retired physiotherapist and takes pleasure in meeting and greeting Sanctuary patients.

Karen Munroe
Karen is a retired ESL teacher with the Waterloo Region District School Board. She has been with the team at Sanctuary since October 2013 when they started with a card table and a laptop. Karen enjoys the time she can spend getting to know the patients and working with a variety of devoted medical experts.

Karen Bowman
Karen is a volunteer receptionist with a background in public health. She has been at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre since September 2016 and appreciates the opportunity to help newcomers to Canada to settle in happily.

Sireen Saadeh
Sireen started working at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in 2017 through the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Centre. As part of their Interpretation Medical Pilot program, her efforts have allowed many of our Arabic-speaking patients to access health care in their first language.

Sara Birhanu
Sara joined the team at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in May 2018. She is a student at Conestoga College in the Health Information Management program and works to optimize the way we use technology at SRHC.

Eda Dede
Eda is a recent Marketing graduate from Conestoga College, with a background in marketing, economics, finance, and administration. She works at Sanctuary as the Administrative Coordinator, ensuring that the clinic flows as smoothly as possible to allow for the provision of high-quality patient care.

Mel Gabriel
Mel began volunteering at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in October 2018. She currently works as our New Patient Intake Coordinator.

Engin Kilic
Engin started working at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in April 2019 to build up an accounting system and enter claim submissions for services provided. He has commercial banking experience, mostly as a financial analyst, and a Master’s degree in Accounting and Finance. He is currently studying at Conestoga College in the Finance program.

Linda Gibbons
Linda began working at Sanctuary Refugee Health Centre in March 2019 on her placement for the Health Office Administration program at Conestoga College. Since then, she has continued to volunteer to help with administrative duties – she loves the work environment and the care and assistance we provide for patients.

Basema Alshadafen

Shukri Abdulkadir