Action Réfugiés Montréal offers information and uses our extensive legal knowledge to help refugees access justice. We also provide opportunities for resettlement in Canada and provide resources to facilitate integration into Canadian society
The ARM team includes: Staff – Volunteers – Interns – Board of directors & Alumni
We have five full-time employees and one-part-time employee who provide support to people seeking refugee protection in Canada through our three programs.
In February 2013, Paul came to ARM after retiring from a career in banking. He seized the opportunity to work at Action Réfugiés Montréal, which has been a chance to fulfill a long-held dream to work towards social justice.
Detention & Twinning Program Coordinator
Jenny joined Action Réfugiés Montréal in 2005 as Detention Program Coordinator, and for over ten years has been visiting the Immigration Holding Centre on a weekly basis. Since 2008, Jenny has also coordinated the Twinning Program. Jenny currently co-chairs the Inland Protection Working Group of the Canadian Council for Refugees.
Sponsorship Program Coordinator
Cathy is a dedicated migration advocate who is excited to be helping refugees resettle in Canada. For two years, she monitored migration and refugee policy discussions at the United Nations in Geneva. Before that, she was based in Vietnam. Her academic background is in International Development, French, and Public Policy.
Sponsorship Program Officer
Emily is committed to helping refugees throughout their settlement process in Canada. She has recently completed a Master of Social Work and has experience working with newcomers in different parts of Canada.
Zehra has been involved with ARM since May 2012. Beginning as a participant in the Twinning Program, she later became an employee in 2015. She has professional experience with refugees and immigrants here in Québec. For two years, she worked for government-assisted refugees and developed an info-guide.
Camila Sanchez Lancheros
Detention Program Assistant
Camila Sanchez Lancheros was an intern in our Detention program in the autumn of 2016 and received her diploma in Criminology in December 2016. She acts as the Detention Program Assistant since February 2017.
ARM relies on a team of dedicated volunteers who share a commitment to ensuring that refugee rights are respected in Canada. Currently, we have roughly 50 active volunteers. Find out more information about our volunteer opportunities.
We have arrangements with various universities to provide internships for students. We usually have students from McGiIl University and Université de Montreal from the faculty of Law, and the schools of Criminology and School of Social Work, who get an opportunity to receive training and gain experience working with a vulnerable population. Find out more information about internship opportunities.
Board of Directors
Our board of directors is composed of 12 people from a variety of backgrounds. Board members serve two-year terms. Our Board is currently chaired by Patil Tutunjian. New Board members are elected each year at our Annual General Meeting. For information about our Board, please contact Paul Clarke, Executive Director.
- Patil Tutunjian – Chair
- Philip Dawson – Vice-Chair
- Vesna Milicevic – Treasurer
- Margaret Bryson – Secretary
- Stewart Blott
- Robert Camara
- Anna Purkey
- Katrina Heyde
- Louise Willis
- Dilara Dzafik
- Jane Maxwell
- Maura McGrath