About Us


In its 39 years of operation, the Centre has remained the only immigrant-serving agency in Edmonton with a mandate to focus on the needs of immigrant women of all ethnic backgrounds. The Centre has grown from merely a meeting place for immigrant women to share their joys and sorrows, into a place where help is given, research projects are conducted and new solutions sought for relevant issues.

The Centre is operated mainly by immigrant women for immigrant women and their families. The services offered by Changing Together include English as a Second Language (ESL) classes of various levels; Basic and Intermediate Computer Courses; a Volunteer Support Program, which gives immigrant women Canadian work experience; settlement employment counselling; family support services, which include helping with family violence “cases”, information about and referrals to social, health and legal services; a seniors’ program; a pre-employment orientation program and community development activities that bring women of common interest together to develop strategies, prevention and solutions. 

The Centre has conducted researchers on issues relevant to immigrant women such as “Live-in Caregivers in Alberta”,  “Single Immigrant Mothers”, “Modern Foreign Brides” and “Impacting Volunteerism on Immigrant Women and the Private Sector”. Current research includes “Trafficking Women and Girls to Canada”.

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Josette Salgado

Board Chair

Caron Bishop


Sara Tidball


Raquel Arriaga


Board Members

Tessie Omina
Donna Perez-Aguirre
Kim Fisher
Rukiya Saidi
Tomoko Endo


Noreen Berkes

Executive Director

Josephine Pallard

Education Program Manager

Dany Kassis

IT and Computer Instructor

Mary Ann Mohal

Community Support Worker

ESL Instructors

Josephine Pallard
Caron Bishop
Sara Tidball
Kim Fisher
Dorothy Sigurdson
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