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Rania Younes (she-her) Storyteller Systems Thinker Community Builder

Rania believes that when immigrant communities prosper, we all prosper. She is the National Project Manager for Immigrant Employment Councils of Canada at IEC-BC, and worked with other equity-seeking organizations such as TRIEC and the Canadian Arab Institute, channelling her lived experience as an immigrant into community service, advocacy and social development.

Rania co-founded a networking initiative designed to support newcomers and young professionals, PCAN was motivated by her personal commitment to helping others, especially racialized women and youth, become the best version of themselves through peer mentoring and building a supportive environment in which they flourish. She has personally mentored many professionals getting started in their new homes and careers.

Rania’s commitment is evident in the success of community-led organizations, such as WelcomeHomeTO, Yalla Let’s Talk, Canadian Arabic Orchestra, Newcomers Student Association, Scale Without Borders and others that advance the interests of our diverse and growing communities.

Rania is the Board Chair of the Newcomer Students’ Association. The NSA aims to provide a safe space to empower newcomer, immigrant and refugee students to build fellowship, capacity and community through their shared lived experiences.