Neelam Sahota, CPA, CGA
Chief Executive Officer
|Neelam Sahota is the Chief Executive Officer of DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, a community serving organization specializing in the settlement of new Canadians in the Surrey, North Delta, Langley and White Rock regions of the Lower Mainland in BC.
Prior to DIVERSEcity, Neelam has had extensive experience in both the corporate (MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates) and the government sectors (BC Housing Management Commission) in her career. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships. She is an active community volunteer and leader. Some of her current community work includes being a member of the CPA Community Connect program, the Vancity Community Advisory Committee, BC Social Purpose Real Estate Council and the OMNI Media Advisory Council. Neelam was the recipient of the 2014 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award in the Not for Profit Leader category.
Neelam is an alumni of Simon Fraser University in the field of Business Administration and was awarded the President’s Entrance Scholarship for business studies. She is also a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) with her legacy designation from the Certified General Accountants Association of BC (CGA).
Tahzeem Kassam, BA
Chief Operating Officer
|Tahzeem Kassam has 18 years of experience in the immigrant and refugee settlement sector and with DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society. She started as the agency’s part-time Volunteer Coordinator, growing the program into a small department of innovative programs that met the specific needs of newcomers. She has held
numerous management and senior management positions at the agency over the years, including Manager of Program Development and Director of Resources. Tahzeem is passionate about helping immigrant and refugee newcomers integrate successfully into their new community through the development and delivery of programs and services that respond to their changing needs. As the agency’s Chief Operating Officer, she continues to advocate for better access to needed services, as well as for improved integration strategies to fulfill the mission of DIVERSEcity. Tahzeem holds a Certificate of Liberal Arts, in addition to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Education from Simon Fraser University. Tahzeem lives in Surrey with her husband and three children.