Executive Team

Executive Team

Neelam Sahota

Neelam Sahota, CPA, CGA

Chief Executive Officer
Phone: 604.547.1240
Email: ceo@dcrs.ca

Neelam Sahota is business management executive bringing over 20 years’ of progressive experience in the government, corporate and not-for-profit sectors. She is an alumnus of Simon Fraser University graduating with Bachelor of Business Administration and also holds a CPABC designation. Her senior executive responsibilities have included strategic planning, project management, financial planning execution, contract management, mergers and acquisitions and change management. Her passion lies with creating community impact through resource connections, innovative economic drivers and values-based community partnerships. She has extensive experience as a Board Director and is currently the Treasurer for the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, a Surrey Libraries Trustee and an Advisory Board member of the Roger’s Communication OMNI TV. Neelam was the recipient of the 2014 Surrey Board of Trade Women in Business Award in the Not for Profit Leader category.

Laura Mannix

Director of Settlement and Community Programs
Phone: 604.954.4009

Laura Mannix is a social justice advocate dedicated to promoting human rights and instilling a collective narrative within the community of equity, diversity and inclusion. A child of immigrants and inter-racial union, her lived experience has provided a valuable foundation for her role as Director of Community Development at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society, overseeing its Settlement & Integration, Community & Volunteer and Refugee & Specialized Programs. Prior to immigrating to Canada, Laura has worked in Australia, Thailand and the United Kingdom working with Asylum Seekers in detention, in human rights law supporting Refugees through the legal determination process and in human rights advocacy and impact campaigns. Laura sits on many settlement related committees in B.C including the Refugee Strategy Working Group, the Surrey Local Immigration Partnership and the Refugee Livelihood Lab Advisory Committee and continues to volunteer in her local community of Mount Pleasant in Vancouver.

Lolly Gagnon

Director of Human Resources and Communications
Phone: 604.547.1213

Lolly Gagnon is a seasoned Human Resources professional with almost two decades of experience. Holder of a Human Resources Management Certificate from SFU, she joined DIVERSEcity in 2017 following work in media and hospitality sectors as well as with non-profits. A change agent with particular interest and expertise in labour relations and relationship building, she looks for ways to enhance the functioning and culture of the organization with a specific view to enhancing employee performance and satisfaction.

Shawn Hopkins

Director of Finance and Administration
Phone: 604.547.2001

Shawn Hopkins brings over 12 years of diverse financial experience working with non-profit programs and fundraising, real estate and housing, and social enterprises in the Lower Mainland. As a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of the University of Western Ontario in Administrative Commercial Studies in Organizational Human Resource Management, Shawn’s passion lies in driving improvements in operations through information management & systems, process, and financial stewardship. He has served many communities, including immigrants, seniors, indigenous and is a proud father who has volunteered and mentored children in minor hockey.

Garrison Duke

Director of Employment & Language Programs
Phone: 604.547.1274

Garrison Duke brings over 16 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector, leading community projects that assist unemployed individuals, immigrants, youth, families, and Indigenous peoples. His senior executive responsibilities include project management, strategic planning, and overseeing federal and provincial contracts ranging from $500,000 – $7,000,000 annually. Other key responsibilities have encompassed collaborating with community stakeholders, financial budgeting, risk management, and human resources. Most recently as Director of Employment for Abbotsford Community Services Garrison managed the AbbotsfordWORKS WORKBC Employment Resource Centre.

Garrison has advocated for clients and services through media appearances, such as -Breakfast TV Vancouver, CKNW 980, Asian Pulse TV, Global News, and CBC radio. Garrison’s community board and governance experience include tenures on – Opportunity FOR ALL YOUTH, British Columbian Multicultural Advisory Council, and BC PLAN. In 2017, he also participated in the 2017 BC Provincial Election as a candidate.

Garrison is dedicated to developing impactful community programs, fostering team growth, and creating an environment of shared learning.