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Pathfinders Support Association is a federally-registered Canadian not-for-profit organization built to inform, guide, and link together supports along the resettlement journey. We’re a multinational team of volunteer humanitarians, lawyers, military and emergency response veterans, and media professionals, with the shared goal of helping Ukrainians enjoy a successful life.

Асоціація підтримки Pathfinders — це зареєстрована на федеральному рівні канадська некомерційна організація, створена для інформування, настанови та зв’язування підтримки на шляху переселення. Ми — багатонаціональна команда гуманітарних волонтерів, юристів, ветеранів військових і реагування на надзвичайні ситуації, а також медіа-професіоналів, зі спільною метою — допомогти українцям насолоджуватися успішним життям.

Who are the Pathfinders?

Randall Baran-Chong, Executive Director
Former global healthcare strategist at KPMG advising Ministries of Health globally and Executive Director of HanVoice, Canada’s largest North Korean human rights and refugee NGO; drawing on his systems-building expertise, leads the vision to build the links of the chain and the go-forward strategy of the organization.

Alexandra Keeler, Canada and Community Lead
Manager of the lifestyle social team at Corus Entertainment Inc. and freelance writer, Alexandra mobilizes our 35+ network of Canadian partners, and leads our social and digital strategy to grow and engage national audiences.

Danara Dourdoussova, Director of Legal & Policy
Seasoned human rights lawyers; Legal Officer to the International Commission on Missing Persons and the Council of Europe; Danara helps in navigating legal/visa processes and advise on exception cases.

Maksym Dimekhin, Warsaw Lead
Max previously studied at the Academy of Customs of Ukraine, and is currently studying front-end web development. Fluent in Ukrainian and Russian, Max leads our team of volunteers on-the-ground in Warsaw, helping Ukrainians with their CUAET applications, flight plans, and other pathways to get to Canada.

Andre Rossin-Arthiat, Director of Operational Security
Ex-Federal Officer with specialty in human trafficking, trained paramedic, drone operator and UN-registered law enforcement officer, Andre ensures operations are safe for our clients and our team along the journey.

Barb Whelan, Administrative Director
With 34 years of experience working in municipal social services, Barb is a software and administrative specialist with advanced computer skills. Barb is working to automate our data collection and referral processes.

Polina Kotlina, Multilingual Interpreter and Advisor
Polina is a university student in management studies from Ukraine. Fluent in 4 languages (Ukrainian, English, Polish, and Russian), she assists Ukrainians with their CUAET applications, migration desicion-making, and pathways to get to Canada.

Mary Kvych, Multilingual Interpreter and Advisor
Mary is a university student of foreign languages and literature from Ukraine. Fluent in several languages (Ukrainian, English, and Russian), she plays a critical role in providing and explaining information to the diverse client base of the Pathfinders.

Michelle Akim, Legal Researcher
Trilingual in English, Russian and French, Michelle is a Montreal-based law student with research experience in refugee law. She helps Ukrainians with navigate communication and documentation as it pertains to Canadian immigration law and government agencies.

Liliya Dvornichenko, Multilingual Interpreter and Advisor
Liliya is a refugee from Kharkiv. She is assisting Ukrainians with their CUAET applications, migration decision-making, and pathways to get to Canada. Fluent in Ukrainian and English, Liliya also assists with translations for Pathfinders products and resources.

Tamara Cherep, Ukrainian Translator
Tamara is a Ukraine refugee support worker in the UK. She provides translation support for Pathfinders products and resources.

Production Team

Thiago Loureiro, Website Development and Technology
Tiana Gagic, Digital Product Design
Ivo Matić, Visual and Graphic Designer

Alumni

Brian Tseng-Nicodemus
Naomi Olson
Nina Sukhinenko

Chloe Tse
Martin Kuhn

Plus a network of specialized volunteers across Ukraine, Poland, Canada, the EU, UK, and US.

In the Media

October 2022 Update