Staff & Board

Meet Our Staff


Zehra Rizvi

Interim Executive Director | Email

Zehra Rizvi has been actively involved in non-profits for 20 years working for organizations like Global Affairs Canada, Plan International, Canadian Red Cross, Canadian Cooperative Association and the University of Saskatchewan. She obtained a BA in International Studies from the University of Saskatchewan and an MSc in Integrated Water Resource Management from McGill University.  Currently, she serves on the Saskatoon Open Door Society board, an organization dedicated to welcoming immigrants and refugees in Saskatoon; she serves as Vice-chair and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is committed to gender equality, education for girls and the protection of children.


Shirley Giles

Finance Officer | Email

As our Financial Officer, Shirley is a key team member.  Shirley has 30 years of experience in small to medium sized businesses. She joined SCIC in 2022 and plays a key role in transforming strategic and operational activities, while ensuring internal controls are in place to safeguard our assets and financial health.


Denise MacDonald

Member Services and Network Coordinator | Email

Denise MacDonald is SCIC’s Member Services and Outreach Coordinator and has been with the organization since 2000. She is responsible for SCIC’s Member Services including capacity-building and networking opportunities for SCIC members. She organizes SCIC’s public engagement events to promote collaboration and movement building, and supports efforts for global ecological, economic and social justice.  

Denise holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Regina and a BA Hons. in International Development and Political Science from the University of Toronto. She gathers her strength from the incredibly brave southern partners and human rights and earth defenders she has met through her work at SCIC and through her travels, and has seen first-hand the positive impact of global solidarity. 


Hani Rukh-E-Qamar

Program Assistant | Email

Hani is SCIC's Program Assistant. Currently, Hani is a B.Sc. student at McGill University studying Psychology and double minoring in International Development Studies, and Health Geography. Hani has 3 years of experience in project management and research.



Shayne Lazarowich

Communications & Campaign Coordinator | Email

Shayne Lazarowich is a musician, songwriter, internationalist, anti-racist organizer, and advocate for multiculturalism and Reconciliation.  Shayne founded Rock Against Racism Sask in 2018 and has coordinated many multicultural community events that use the power of song, spoken word, and gathering to push for change and increased solidarity. He has worked with organizations such as the Prince Albert Multicultural Council, Métis Addiction Council of Saskatchewan Inc., and Canada World Youth/Jeunesse Canada Monde. Shayne Lazarowich has lived and worked internationally, in various capacities and contexts, for a substantial part of his adult life, in Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Taiwan. Currently, he resides in Saskatoon, Canada.

2022/2023 Board of Directors

  • Susana (Sue) Deranger
  • Selma Kiwwira
  • Terri Sleeva 
  • Amanda Noubarian
  • Logan Huard 
  • Thoolika Kala Sunil
  • Kristen Johannesson
  • Milly Sywanyk
  • Savelia Curniski


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