Dorota Blumczynska is the Executive Director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM).
As an immigrant, she knows well the challenges of settlement; learning English, finding employment, housing, and foreign credential recognition, all while living in poverty and beginning a new life. In 2008, Dorota started with IRCOM’s community-based language classes as an EAL Instructor and since then has supported the organization through tremendous growth to two housing and programming sites. She has a double major in Business Administration and English and five years in the financial sector which have helped her gain exceptional financial management skills. In 2014, she was selected as an emerging female leader in Canada to participate in the Canadian Women’s Foundation Leadership Institute in partnership with the Coady Institute of Development at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia from which she graduated in 2015.
Her past board experience includes the Youth Agencies Alliance, the Manitoba School Improvement Program, Communities4Families, as well as the University of Winnipeg Healthy Campus Advisory Committee, the Provincial Healthy Child Advisory Committee of Cabinet and the Housing Advisory Roundtable to the Minister of Housing and Community Development. She currently serves as a member at large on the Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) Board of Directors.
She is a very strong advocate for the newcomer community and as a founding member of the Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition; she played a vital role in engaging the public and stakeholders to successfully force the federal government to reverse its decision to end the Interim Federal Health Program for refugees in 2012.