Director, Language Studies, Settlement & Social Programs

Currently Director of Language Studies, Settlement Services and Social Programs for newcomers to Canada with PICS since 1995, Devinder Chattha got her post graduate degree in Masters in English Literature from Punjab University and the Masters in Education specializing in Leadership & Curriculum Design from Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC. Devinder completed her B.A. with honours in Political Science. Prior to her position with PICS, Devinder taught English as a Second language at Thompson Rivers University and Douglas College, and was also a teacher on-call with the Merritt School District. Currently she sits on the board for AMSSA (Affiliation of Multicultural Settlement Societies Association) and ELSA (English Language Services for Adults) Net, and has served on various committees including City of Surrey’s Social Planning Advisory Committee (SPAC), the Surrey Women’s Committee, Surrey Homelessness Task Force and the Surrey/Delta Intercultural Council.

As Director at PICS Society, Devinder has experience of overseeing program management, administration, marketing, public relations, recruiting, planning and development of new programs, and management of human and financial resources. She has experience of writing winning proposals to get program funding from Federal, Provincial and local Governments. Devinder is responsible for coordinating of services, resolving program delivery issues, building and maintaining community partnerships with government and community organizations, service providers, training institutions, culturally diverse groups and stakeholders.