Founder & Executive Director
Mr. Senos Timon
Senos Timon is a visionary grassroots leader, community builder, organizer, advocate for social justice, administrator and humanitarian from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Born and raised in South Sudan, Senos is passionate about community-building, fighting for marginalized communities, reconciliation with Indigenous people in Canada, and a just and equitable society for all.
Senos is the founder and Executive Director of The People Bridge Advocacy Inc., formerly South Sudan Humanitarian Action Development Agency Inc. He has managed the organization as the President and Executive Director since its foundation. He initiated and oversaw several projects here at home and overseas.
Senos has over 20 years of experience in non-profit organizations, community and International development, capacity building, community leadership, and administration. He also has years of experience in the service industry. He uses his strong people skills to build relationships, including working with Indigenous people, to help communities grow together.
Senos has been deeply involved in the community and was recognized for his dedication and leadership with the City of Saskatoon Living in Harmony Award in 2009. He has served and continues to serve the community on numerous boards and committees.
Senos is currently living on Treaty 6 territory. He has made Saskatoon home since 2000 with his wife, Betty, and three adult children. Senos and his family love their community and have endeavored to show their gratitude by continuing to give back in so many ways.
Board of Directors
An elected Board of Directors governs the People Bridge Advocacy Inc. The diverse, dedicated team of Directors brings their board knowledge and professional work on vision and policy to support the staff achieve and advance the organization’s vision.
Joy Crawford is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones and is also a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Ms. Crawford is chairperson on the Board of Directors for Quint Development Corporation and is a member of the Station 20 West Board of Directors.
Ms. Crawford has volunteered at the University of Saskatchewan for over 20 years, currently serving as Vice chair of the Board of Governors. She chairs the Canadian University Boards Association and is on the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards planning committee. Previously, she served as a director and treasurer on the Saskatoon Co-operative Association Board of Directors, as President, Hudson Bay Park/Mayfair/Kelsey-Woodlawn Community Association and as a member of the City of Saskatoon Municipal Planning Commission. She has also volunteered in many capacities with the United Way of Saskatoon and area.
Ms. Crawford has experience leading board efforts in the areas of audit, policy and governance, strategic planning, succession planning and communications.
John Bosco Acharibasam
John Bosco Acharibasam (BA, MA, Ph.D.) is a Senior Research Assistant at the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology, University of Saskatchewan. His research focuses on Indigenous Knowledges, decolonizing methodologies, health, education, environmental justice, and anti-racial research. As an immigrant, John acknowledges the need to build cross-cultural bridges among Aboriginal, immigrant, and refugee communities in Saskatchewan, Canada.
Peter is a labour lawyer based in Saskatoon and has practiced labour, employment and human rights law on behalf of trade unions and employee associations for over 30 years with law firms and as inhouse counsel. While now semi-retired, Peter has worked in British Columbia, Ontario Saskatchewan and in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Peter remains active in international labour organizations and worked extensively with trade unions in Uganda, where he was also an adjunct professor in international human rights law at Makerere University, Kampala. Peter is the author of several books and numerous articles on domestic and international labour-related topics and is the principal revising author of the text Employment Law in Canada. He is a frequent speaker on labour and human rights conference panels and Past President of the Canadian Association of Labour Lawyers (CALL)
Matthew Flath is a Partner with Grant Thornton LLP, a Canadian professional accounting firm with a dedication to fulfilling their purpose of helping their clients, colleagues and communities thrive. This is done through a commitment towards equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging. Specifically, Matthew specializes in assurance engagements, consisting of not-for-profit organizations and small businesses. He loves learning about how these organizations operate and looks for ways to help their growth and how he can contribute to the purpose of Grant Thornton LLP.
Matthew was born and raised in Saskatoon, and loves the different things about the city that make Saskatoon a special place, such as the unique downtown and river. He plays a wide variety of sports such as volleyball hockey and golf, enjoys learning about new technology and psychology, discussing ideas with friends and family, and spending time walking his dog. Matthew is proud to call Saskatoon home.
A long-time resident of Saskatoon, Tony has devoted much of his professional career working for positive change on behalf of leading community organizations in Saskatchewan. For the past two decades, he has held various management positions at leading not-for-profits, including Inclusion Saskatchewan, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Saskatchewan Abilities Council and United Way of Saskatoon. He has also worked within academic and government sectors, as a communications manager at the University of Saskatchewan, and communications director for the City of Prince Albert. Currently, Tony is the director of communications and stakeholder relations for Genome Prairie Inc. Tony holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Masters degree in political science. He has one son, Michael, who is currently a student at the University of Saskatchewan.
Marc R. Usunier, Ph.D
Marc is thrilled to be joining the board of The People Bridge Advocacy. Originally from Manitoba, Marc has been pleased to call the Saskatoon area home for over a decade. He has been directly involved with a variety of local and national groups including AIESEC Saskatoon, as an advisory board member; and the Canadian Bureau of International Education (CBIE), as chair and past chair the International Network of Tomorrow’s Leaders. Marc is also completing a term as an elected member of the University of Saskatchewan Senate. He is actively involved in several professional and scholarly associations and is a regular presenter at conferences associated with the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education (CSSHE), the CBIE, the International Leadership Association (ILA), and the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA).
Marc holds an honours degree from Brandon University in history, an MA in history from the University of Saskatchewan (USask), and a PhD in Educational Administration, also from USask. His research interests include executive recruitment and selection, the politics of leadership, facilitating change leadership, organizational decision-making, and public sector policy initiatives. In addition to his academic interests, Marc also serves as the Director of Programs and Operations and is a member of the leadership team within the College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at USask.
Pankaj Bhowmik, Ph.D.
Dr. Pankaj Bhowmik is a Senior Research Officer and the Scientific Support Lead for the Sustainable Protein Production (SPP) Program at the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada. He received his Ph.D. in Agriculture from Kagawa University, Japan and post-doctoral training (JSPS, Killam and NSERC) at the National Agricultural Research Center in Hokkaido, University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Lethbridge Research Centre. Dr. Bhowmik with over 18 years of community service activities and volunteer experience is a very well connected and respected in both business and professional communities in Saskatchewan. He served as the Vice President of the Friends of Saskatoon Public Library; Board Member, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association (SIA), Saskatchewan Organization for Heritage Language (SOHL) volunteering in Mini Language Lessons Program (SOHL) at Saskatoon Public Schools and providing elementary students with basic knowledge on Bengali Heritage language. Pankaj also served as a School Community Council member (Lawson Heights, Silver spring and Aden Bowman) and provided input to the school board on broader education issues and informing the community about education concerns. Dr. Bhowmik also volunteered in Classroom Agriculture Program (CAP) at elementary schools and provided students with basic knowledge on prairie agriculture. He had also promoted and supported lifelong learning opportunities for adults in the community by volunteering as a board member of the Lethbridge Lifelong Learning Association (LLLA).
Dr. Judy White
Dr. Judy White is a registered social worker and professor emerita with the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina. Judy migrated from Trinidad and Tobago in 1987. Judy was employed as a social worker with the Government of Saskatchewan and later with Family Service Saskatoon prior to beginning her employment with the University of Regina in 1999. She retired from her position of Dean of the Faculty of Social Work in December 2019.
Judy’s research and community work have focused on the mental health and well-being of newcomer women and their families who had arrived as immigrants and refugees to the Prairies. Her community work included several leadership roles: President of the Regina chapter of the Congress of Black Women; Board President, International Women of Saskatoon (formerly Immigrant Women of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Chapter); board member- Prairie Metropolis (research centre on immigration and integration); Board President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women; member of the Executive of the Vanier Institute of the Family; and Commissioner with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission.
In addition to academic contributions through research publications, Judy received the Canadian Association of Social Workers National Distinguished Service Award; and was honored by her University of Regina colleagues who established a Faculty of Social Work Dr. Judy White Equity & Inclusion Award for students to mark her retirement from the University of Regina.
Majak Mapiour, BSc, BEng, MSc, PEng, PMP
Coming from a refugee background, Majak deeply understands that it takes a village to achieve true healing, reconciliation, and self-actualization. He believes that it is crucial for a community to come together to create a conducive environment for its members to realize their potential. He insists that volunteerism is a pillar of a healthy society.
As a professional engineer and certified project manager, Majak has a passion for ensuring that projects, whether big or small, are well planned and expertly executed. He has a B.Sc. B.Eng., and M.Sc. for the university of Saskatchewan. He hopes to use his education and experience to pay forwards the help and support he has received from various members of the Saskatoon community over the years.
Dylan Letendre (BEc., BID) is Michif (Métis) from Batoche, Saskatchewan, and works as a Strategy & Innovation Specialist at the Saskatchewan Health Authority. With a decade of experience in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he collaborated with organizations such as the Union of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, Amnesty International, and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS). Dylan is a skilled public speaker, addressing topics like indigenous identities, global citizenship, Truth & Reconciliation, and more. He values storytelling for community-building and promotes equity and anti-oppression. Returning to Treaty 6 Territory, Dylan supports People Bridge Advocacy’s Mission and Vision.
Lyndon J Linklater
Lyndon J Linklater is a traditional knowledge keeper and storyteller. He has an educational background in Indian Social Work, Indian Studies and some law.
He is a citizen of the Thunderchild First Nation (Plains Cree) in Treaty 6 and has roots in Couchiching First Nation (Fort Francis, Ontario) in Treaty 3.
Presently, Lyndon shares work with the Remai Modern Art Museum in Saskatoon as their Indigenous Relations Advisor providing advice to their board and staff and delivering cultural programming.
He is the longest serving member of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner’s Speakers’ Bureau, since he was appointed in 2000. Over the years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of people, delivering awareness and enlightenment on Treaty and First Nation worldview.
He is a powerful story teller that utilizes First Nation teachings that involve knowledge of ceremonies and mixes humour to deliver a poignant message.