Our Staff

Rita Wong

Chinese Counsellor and Program Coordinator

Rita joined The Lighthouse in 1981 as the Refugee Settlement Coordinator. She is currently the Chinese Counsellor and Program Coordinator providing social services to Chinese immigrants and newcomers in different locations in Toronto. She has a college certificate in Arts and Sciences and different trainings in support counselling and social work. Rita is fluent in Chinese and English.

Samia Saad

Hispanic Counsellor and Program Coordinator

Samia joined The Lighthouse in 1988 as a volunteer and started full-time in 1989 as Hispanic Ministry Coordinator and Refugee Sponsorship Coordinator. Samia has a Bachelor of Religious Education, a Master of Divinity in Counselling from Tyndale University, College and Seminary and a Master of Arts in interdisciplinary studies from York University. She has specialized training in trauma therapy, as well as training in popular education and participatory leadership. Samia is practicing individual, couple and family therapy under the supervision of an AMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a pre-clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Ontario Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (OAMFT), and she is working toward becoming a clinical member. Samia is fluent in Spanish and English.

Thuy Tran

Vietnamese Counsellor and Program Coordinator

Thuy joined The Lighthouse as a volunteer in 1992 and was hired full-time in 1998 as Vietnamese Counsellor and Program Coordinator. Thuy has a Bachelor of Education and Pedagogy from the University of Saigon, a Master of Divinity in Counselling from Tyndale University, College and Seminary, and two college diplomas in Community Development, and Human Services Counselling. She is also trained in Life Skills Coaching and is a certified Marriage Preparation and Enrichment Counsellor. Thuy is practicing individual, couple and family therapy under the supervision of an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. She is a clinical fellow of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT) and the Ontario Association of Marriage & Family Therapy (OAMFT).  Thuy is fluent in Vietnamese and English.

Tracy Nguyen

Vietnamese Administrative Assistant

Rob Datema

Executive Director

Rob joined The Lighthouse in 2006 after devoting twenty years to youth ministry in various North American cities and towns. Rob has a Bachelor of Theology from Ontario Bible College and a Master of Divinity from Calvin Theological Seminary.

Juana (Tania) Callejas

Custodian

Tania joined The Lighthouse in 2007 and provides custodial services.

Tiffany Kwok

Administration Coordinator

Tiffany joined The Lighthouse in 2012. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from the University of Toronto and is currently working on her Master of Religion from the University of Toronto. Tiffany is fluent in Chinese and English.

Madeley Perez

Hispanic Administrative Assistant

Madeley joined The Lighthouse in 2012 and comes twice a week to provide administrative assistance with the Hispanic Program. She has an Administrative Certificate from St. Stephen Employment and Training Centre. Madeley is fluent in Spanish and English.

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