Our Strategic Plan

Sojourn House’s Board of Directors undertook a strategic planning session in September 2015. It was through this strategic planning meeting that 5 outcome goals were identified. Through the years of 2016-2018 we will work towards implementing the following:

  • We will provide more housing and shelter to refugees.
  • We will meet emerging needs by providing responsive programs, with partners where appropriate.
  • We will increase and diversify our funding to better respond to emerging refugee needs.
  • We will effectively advocate for refugee rights.
  • We will strengthen our organizational capacity to achieve our goals.

Board of Directors

Members 2022



Jamil Karim, President

Manager, Investment Finance, CPP Investment Board

Michelle Bissada, Treasurer

Director of Change Management, CIBC Internal Audit

Vanessa Redditt, Secretary

Family Physician, Crossroads Refugee Clinic Women’s College Hospital

Dada Gasirabo

Executive Director, Oasis Centre des Femmes

Ciro Muiruri

Executive Director, Pendo International Projects

Denise Parada

Director, Accounting Policy & Financial Reporting, Yamana Gold Inc.

John Taht

VP Personal Banking and Cards Technology, TD Group

Ben Kaak

Retired, Former CEO, Corporate Sector

Colette Snyder

Retired, Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing