Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Anna Chornousenko
President

Born and raised in Ukraine, Anna came to Saskatchewan as an international student and has called Canada her home ever since. She has lived in various parts of Canada, including Ontario, Calgary, and made her way back to Saskatoon in 2017. Anna is a Chartered Professional Accountant with a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree, with an experience in audit and assurance, financial reporting, budgeting, and management of financial, operational, governance, and team practices and processes. As the President of the Board of Directors, she brings her professional expertise in facilitating strong governance and oversight processes. Anna is passionate about the development of skilled professionals, who grow into responsible leaders and changemakers. She is honored to be serving on the Board of Directors of IWS – the organization that focuses on empowering newcomer, immigrant, and refugee women and their families to achieve their full potential here, in Canada.

Anna enjoys continuous learning and recently completed her Master of Public Administration degree through Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Saskatchewan. She also loves being physically active and enjoys playing tennis, hiking, biking, cross-country, and downhill skiing.

Olivia Mensah
Vice President

Born in Ghana, Olivia grew up in Saskatoon and has called Canada home for over 40 years. Professionally, as a Chartered Professional in Human Resources and Vice President of the Board of Directors at IWS, she uses her experience in human resources and strategic planning to support IWS to set and achieve long-term objectives. As a mother and daughter, she is a strong advocate for equality and women’s empowerment.  She is proud to be affiliated with an organization supporting immigrant women and families as they settle in and make Saskatchewan their new home.  

Patricia Bautista
Treasurer

Patricia Bautista holds three major issues close to her heart: poverty alleviation, anti-racism and education. She moved to Canada with her family in 2012 as a teenager and settled in Nipawin, Saskatchewan, where she lived for two years before moving to Saskatoon for university. Having moved to Canada as a teenage immigrant, she understands the challenges of moving to a new country, so she wants to help our city’s international community as a way of paying it forward. Passionate about community involvement, she is an active volunteer in the Saskatoon community – having volunteered at the Saskatoon Open Door Society and the Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre Garden Patch since 2014. She also loves fundraising among friends to support causes in the Philippines, her home country.

Patricia graduated from the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan with an undergraduate degree in Accounting in 2019 and a Master of Professional Accounting (MPAcc) degree in 2021. She works as an auditor for PwC and is currently pursuing her CPA designation. She is honoured to be part of the International Women of Saskatoon board of director’s team and share her knowledge in financial reporting and board governance.

Shiney Choudhary
Secretary

As an alumnus of the University of Saskatchewan, Shiney Choudhary has been a part of the USask campus for many years. She came to Saskatoon as an international student and is now a settler on Treaty 6. She was born in New Delhi, India, and is very connected with her roots. She considers Saskatoon her second home and, while she left her family behind in India, she has created herself a chosen family in Saskatoon. When she first came to Saskatoon in the Winter of 2014, she knew the winters would be tough. But, the warmth of the people of Saskatoon has kept her here and made her feel welcome. With a keen interest in people and human behavior, she chose to study Psychology and graduated with a BA in Psychology and a Certificate in Criminology & Addictions in 2018. Throughout her degree, she worked part-time in different departments at the University and she also volunteered her time on campus and in the community with newcomers and international students in Saskatoon making new friends and connections along the way. She is now a student at the University of Calgary in the Masters of Social Work – International & Community Development program.

Davida Bentham
Member at Large

Davida was born and raised in Saskatchewan. She is a Staff Lawyer and Outreach Director with Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan in Regina. She specialized in immigration and refugee law before moving to Pro Bono Law Saskatchewan, where she now assists in various areas of law faced by low-income people. Davida’s Mennonite roots are important to her and give her empathy and understanding of the joys and challenges faced by newcomers. She is active in the newcomer community.

Kristen McEwen
Member at Large

Kristen McEwen is a Communications Officer at the College of Arts and Science, University of Saskatchewan. Kristen has 10 years of extensive writing experience, including writing for weekly and daily newspapers. She also has experience managing social media, monitoring trends, and analyzing metrics. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from the School of Journalism at the University of Regina in 2014. 

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kristen has lived and worked in various parts of the province. Through education and her experience in journalism, her passion for women’s rights and social determinants of health continues to grow. 

Kristen enjoys photography, creative writing, and spending time with her dog, Molly. 

Tulika Sen
Member at Large

Before coming to Canada, Tulika led a successful career as a General Manager of a few London-based Media companies involved in delivering multi-format exhibitions and conferences across the globe. For over a decade, she held roles like Country Manager-India, General Manager -India, and Indian Board of Directors. In these positions, she developed and executed strategies and initiatives that drove revenues, growth, competitive market positioning and profits, and shareholder values. She also has an extensive background in start-up financing, mergers and acquisition, and sales of companies.  

What she started in her teens – teaching Hindi and English to underprivileged children – became her passion. Since then, she has delivered several projects for women, including a multi-million-dollar private financial grant to build shelters for rape victims. She was invited to speak at an HR forum by the Philippines NGO Council on Population, on #Metoo and #TimesUp movement.

Cynthia Hernandez
Member at Large

Cynthia Hernandez is the Director of Finance at the Western Development Museum. Cynthia has a combination of international accounting practice with user experience, visual impact, and process expertise. She is internationally educated, holding Bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Arts.

Born and raised in Mexico, Cynthia has lived in three countries in the past 20 years and speaks English and Spanish fluently.

Cynthia and her husband came to Canada in 2008. As a newcomer, she realized how important community support is. The resources available to her through different organizations in the city helped her feel welcomed and created a sense of belonging. Over the years, she has volunteered with different organizations in the city, and enjoys interacting with people from diverse backgrounds.

Cynthia enjoys the outdoors, and you can often find her biking or cross-country skiing at the Meewasin trails or paddleboarding in the river during the Summer months.

International Women of Saskatoon is looking for Board Members!

If you're interested in getting involved and helping us lead this great organization, please email [email protected] for more information. We are especially looking for directors with experience in finance, fundraising, law, and/or human resources.

The Board of Directors holds their meetings at 6:30pm (CST) on the first Monday of every month. If you are a member of IWS, you may join the meeting if you express your interest at least 7 business days in advance by e-mailing us at [email protected]