Paula became Executive Director of MCM after several years as a community worker, developing housing for the homeless and rooming house population.
As director, Paula has accompanied MCM through many structural changes that included the creation of two Legal Clinics and a new area of intercultural and interfaith collaboration.
Paula has a Master's in Social Intervention from UQÀM, and was ordained a United Church minister in 2013. She is an accredited supervisor of social work and theology students, and has acted as an accreditor of national community ministries for the United Church of Canada.
Paula is currently pursuing a Doctor of Ministry degree (DMin) from the University of Toronto.
Trained as a lawyer in Italy and after practicing law in Israel, Anwar moved to Montreal and completed a Master's of Social Work at McGill University.
Since 2016, Anwar has been the coordinator of Maa'n-Ensemble, MCM's intercultural program, spearheading projects such as Women Weaving their Dreams, Catering Collective and Season-Saisons newcomer men's group.
Anwar's fluency in Arabic and Hebrew has facilitated interfaith relations and community building. In 2021, Anwar was named MCM Assistant Director.
Arwa joined MCM in 2019 as Outreach Coordinator in the Maa’n intercultural program.
With her background in the field of education, along with her personal experience, Arwa has helped establish a line of communication between refugees/newcomers and Canadians in multiple projects. She organizes humanitarian projects that foster cross-cultural understanding and social integration, and is deeply committed to community engagement
Palestinian born, Arwa worked as a teacher in Saudi Arabia before coming to Canada. Arwa has a long history of advancing for equity, diversity and inclusion in the educational, arts and cultural sectors.
Louise has been working with vulnerable persons and migrants for over 10 years.
After completing her law degree in Europe, she worked for organizations like the UNHCR and the Red Cross. She then started working in immigration holding centers in France for a few years, helping migrants and asylum seekers with their legal proceedings and appeals.
Louise joined MCM in June 2017, where she continues to work as a legal caseworker for our Legal Clinics. She provides legal information in the field of refugee and humanitarian immigration law, and accompanies vulnerable migrants with their immigration files.
Peter holds a law degree from New York University and a Master's of Social Work from McGill. He has been working with marginalized people in various capacities at Montreal community organizations since 2012.
Peter was the Socio-legal Intervention Worker at the Committee to Aid Refugees (CAR) for one year before joining MCM in 2023. In his current capacity he collaborates closely with other MCM staff on both individual casework and collective advocacy.
In addition to his work with migrants and refugees, Peter is an organist and Director of Music at St. Philip's Anglican Church in Montreal West.
Anthony joined MCM in 2022 and is a team leader for the Danaides Project to improve access to justice for vulnerable migrants.
Anthony has trained as a lawyer in France, but worked with vulnerable persons, migrants, and asylum seekers in several countries; helping with their legal proceedings and appeals.
Muzhgan joined MCM in 2023 to work on the Danaides project to improve access to justice for vulnerable migrants
She studied medicine, and holds an MSc from the University of Montréal in Global Health. She has experience as a researcher and is interested in the power of data in improving programs and policies, in particular for the most marginalized.
Muzhgan is able to assist migrants in Russian and Persian (Farsi, Dari and Tajik).
Marta joined MCM in 2023 to work on the ¨Danaïdes Project: Diversity without Prejudice¨ within the framework of the Just Solutions Legal Clinic. The project aims to document, mobilize, and advocate for barrier-free access to legal services and regularization of status for individuals without status and with precarious status (MSP)
Marta holds degrees in law and journalism. Over the past few years, she pursued studies in politics, international relations, and project management.
Marta has worked in the fields of communications and journalism. Additionally, she has diverse experience working with vulnerable populations in Montreal and abroad.
She has been involved in organizing campaigns and fundraising activities, raising awareness, and advocating on various issues.
Rick Goldman began working as Supervising Lawyer of the Just Solutions Legal Clinic in 2005. This part-time position involves serving as a resource person for Clinic staff persons as well as students doing placements at the clinic.
Rick has worked as a lawyer in the community sector for more than 30 years. He has served as staff lawyer at several community groups.
Rick currently also works with Éducaloi, a non-profit organization that aims to explain the law to Quebecers in an understandable manner.
Paul worked for over 3 decades in the banking industry, many years as a branch manager. He then accompanied refugeed people and advocated for refugee rights as Executive Director of Action Réfugiés Montréal for over eight years.
An active member of Cedar Park United Church, Paul now supports our fundraising activities on a part-time basis.
Paul is currently the interim Legal Clinic coordinator.
Layla started working with MCM in October of 2022. She is responsible for ensuring the day-to-day activities of the organization run smoothly. This consists of managing correspondence, the website, as well as fundraising and donations.
Layla is currently studying Biology and Professional Writing at Concordia University.
MCM has a Board of 11 members who bring fresh perspectives and skills to guide the organization. They are from diverse backgrounds including members of the United Church of Canada, community representatives, as well as people who have benefited in the past from MCM programs.
Our Board of Directors
Rev. Wendy Evans
Wendy Evans serves as board chair for Montreal City Mission. She is an ordained minister in The United Church of Canada and has an adjunct faculty role at United Theological College.
Wendy has served in a variety of global justice contexts over the years and is passionate about the ‘heart work’ of relationship building in the justice movement for all creation.
Dr. Ives’ areas of research include migration issues, particularly refugee resettlement, and Indigenous social work education and Indigenous social and educational policies.
Current research projects include post-secondary education experiences of Indigenous youth; Syrian refugee long-term health outcomes in Canada; integration experiences of refugee claimants in Quebec; and refugee children’s experiences of belonging in a recreational setting.
Logan is a landscape architect and practices at a design firm in Montreal. He is a member of Saint James United Church which shares a close relationship with MCM.
Logan has lived and worked in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, the UK, Lebanon, and South Africa.
He is committed to social justice, the rights of the marginalized, faith-based community work, and ensuring the built and natural environment responds to the needs of a multicultural and multi-faith society.
Rev. Neil Whitehouse
Kim was born and raised in Montreal, and is a member of St James United Church.
Her work has focused on supporting First Nations health and social services organizations in the areas of accreditation, continuous quality improvement and community health planning.
Having the opportunity to learn about Indigenous cultures, history and teachings has been an eye-opening and enriching experience. It has been a continuous learning journey that has contributed to her holistic worldview.
Her graduate studies on people-centered approaches to social development further strengthened her beliefs in the importance of community-led planning, and of nurturing inclusion, partnership, collaboration and respect every step of the way.
Masoud is a multilingual and multicultural person and describes himself as an open and honest person.
He has been living in Montreal since 2020, and currently works as a construction project coordinator at one of the biggest companies in Montreal. He is also an entrepreneur as he owns a small business where he provided work opportunities to other Montrealers and newcomers.
Masoud Is committed to defending human rights and has experience working with the United Nations on several humanitarian projects.
Madeleine is a retired nurse and former Associate Professor at McGill University's Ingram School of Nursing.
She has passionately championed health equity and cultural humility within nursing education. Buck has also founded the McGill Nurses for Highlands Hope project , collaborating with Tanzanian nurses to uplift health promotion in remote rural areas.
A dedicated community member, Madeleine also played a pivotal role in launching the Milton Parc Housing Cooperative movement.
Julia Green is a member of St. James United Church who has worked in refugee and immigrant support for most of her adult life. She is committed to increasing access to justice and has a strong belief in making sure that vulnerable populations in her community are getting the services they need. She hails from the Greater Toronto Area but has spent time living in France, the Northwest Territories, Japan, Ottawa, Kenya, and most recently Mexico City. She has been involved as a volunteer with MCM since she arrived in Montreal in 2018, and is thrilled to be continuing as a member of the board.