BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Noelle Jaipul, President
Noelle Jaipaul is a first-generation Canadian settler, born in Edmonton. Noelle has a Master's in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Middle Eastern and African Studies, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alberta.
Noelle's professional and volunteer experience has focused on working with marginalized populations including immigrant, refugee, and homeless communities in Edmonton. Noelle has a particular interest in anti-racism and racial justice, health equity and anti-poverty. She has worked in Canada and internationally to support communities to realize these human rights. Noelle currently works with the City of Edmonton as a Multicultural Liaison and is a core member of the Edmonton Shift Lab team on anti-racism and anti-poverty. She is also an associate consultant for the Centre for Race and Culture.
Norman McLeod, Past President
Norm is the former senior administrator for the Services to Persons with Developmental Disabilities Branch for the province of Alberta. He led the creation of the Persons with Developmental Disabilities Community Governance structure and served as the first CEO of its Provincial Board. Norm was responsible for introducing individualized funding to enable people with developmental disabilities to receive supports tailored to their unique needs. Since Norm’s retirement he has served as Vice–President of the Alberta Association for Community Living and Treasurer of the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL), President of the Centre for Spiritual Living SE Edmonton and is currently a member of the People first of Canada and the CACL Task Force on the Right to Live in Community. Norm is a recipient of numerous provincial and national awards.
Roxanne Ulanicki, Executive Officer
Rhianna Charchuk, Secretary
Rhianna Charchuk is a strategic engagement specialist with the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies. Her role is to bring together settlement agencies and community organizations that support newcomers in settlement and longer term integration. Rhianna recently completed a Master of Science in Global Health from the University of Alberta. Her thesis focused on how population displacement and socioeconomic status impacts the health of displaced people. She worked closely with several settlement agencies in Edmonton throughout her thesis work and in her current position. Rhianna’s experience and passion is focused on improving the network of supports for newcomers and advocating for equitable solutions so that newcomers have the best possible opportunities for integration in Canada.
Scott Ariza, Treasurer
Ranya El-Sharkawi, Director
Ranya El-Sharkawi is a third year honours Political Science student at the University of Alberta. She is an active campus and community member, currently serving as the undergraduate representative on the University of Alberta’s Sesquicentennial Committee, the Co-Chair Administration of the Canadian Red Cross Club and a founding member of the Daughter For Life Foundation’s Edmonton chapter. Her previous experiences include executive positions with the University of Alberta High School Model United Nations and the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Committee. Ranya has just completed a legal research internship with the Koons Family Institute for International Law and Policy (ICMEC) in Washington, DC.
Jill Flaman, Director
Jill Flaman has long been active in arts communities as an instructor, board member, co-founder of Trap\door Artist Run Centre, Assistant Director of the Trianon Gallery and staff member at the Alberta College of Art + Design. Currently, she combines her passion for art and design with community engagement through her work as the Communications and Program Coordinator of the Community Service-Learning (CSL) program at the University of Alberta. Originally from southern Alberta, Jill now calls Edmonton home after travelling extensively throughout Asia. She is passionate about human rights at home and abroad, and strongly believes in the strength of community. Jill joined the JHC board in January 2017 out of a desire to contribute, educate and advocate locally for equality, understanding and social justice. She is also a mom.
Neha Ahmed, Director
Christine Rapp (Special Advisor)
Christine practiced law for more than 30 years in general commercial areas. She brings to the Board legal context in matters relating to governance, legislative interpretation and contracts as well as personal experience developed through her volunteer Board memberships. Christine is currently a semi-retired sole practitioner. Throughout her career, she has been active in various lawyers’ associations. Her appointment to the Alberta Funeral Services Regulatory Board took effect on April 1, 2013. Her other recent volunteer activities include being a director and president of the Society for Educational Visits and Exchanges in Canada (SEVEC), a tutor with the Centre for Family Literacy, a member of the Alberta Student Finance Board and a member of the executive of the Canadian Federation of University Women Edmonton – Academics Awards Fund.