Yaser Haddara became SISO temporary Executive Director in mid-November 2010
Author: Denise Davy
Source: The Hamilton Spectator, December 2, 2010, p. A3
Original title: Troubled SISO to announce temporary director soon
A new interim executive director of the city’s largest settlement organization will be named on Friday “at the latest.”
Settlement and Integration Services Organization was expected to make the announcement Wednesday. However, board chair Hussein Hamdani said he understands further interviews were still being conducted.
Hamdani said the announcement will be made by the end of the week.
Yaser Haddara, who is temporarily acting as executive director, did not return calls from the Spectator. Haddara is replacing Morteza Jafarpour who stepped down last month after being charged with uttering death threats against seven staff members.
The new appointee, who will earn $10,000 to $12,000 a month, will face a difficult task taking over the reins at SISO as it works through the turbulence of funding cuts and job losses.
The position will last from January 1 to the end of June until a permanent executive director is hired. SISO has been embroiled in controversy since October when its major source of funding announced it was cutting its contributions because of a lack of financial accountability.
An annual audit conducted by Audit Services Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada, on behalf of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, led to CIC pulling $5 million from the agency’s $12-million budget.
Because of the funding chops, SISO must cut 70 of the agency’s 150 jobs.
Haddara, an associate professor of electrical engineering at McMaster University, has been sitting in the interim position for the past 2½ weeks.