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Dorota Blumczynska - Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.. WINNIPEG, MB, CA

Dorota Blumczynska Dorota Blumczynska

Executive Director | Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba Inc.


Welcoming refugees into our communities strengthens the fibers of our societies and enriches our human experiences.








I am a passionate and driven leader with nine years of executive experience. A visionary that sees possibility in all situations, turns challenges into optimism in work and life. Strategic thinker, agile and adept team player, I am an agent of change who is compassionate and people-centered. Inspiring and compelling public speaker and thought leader who engages, motivates, and moves audiences to action.

Proven fundraiser with exceptional networking skills who builds sustainable partnerships across industries and sectors. I want to make Winnipeg, Canada a better home for all - I deeply believe in the strength of the human spirit to persevere despite any challenges and the right of all people to live a life of dignity, voice, and the freedom to determine their own destiny.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (11)

Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression


Social inclusion

Refugee Resettlement

Public Speaking

Motivational Speaking

Refugee Issues

Building Diverse Teams



Immigration and Citizenship

Education (7)

Smith School of Business at Queen's University: Queen's Executive Program 2019

University of Manitoba: Leading Through Influence and Aspiration 2018

The University of Winnipeg: B.A., English Language and Literature 2007

The University of Winnipeg: B.B.A., Business Administration 2005

St. Francis Xavier University: Canadian Women's Foundation Leadership Institute 2015

The Banff Centre: Leading Teams to High Performance 2010

Université Bordeaux Montaigne: Esclarmonde de Foix Scholarship, French Studies 2005

Affiliations (4)

  • Canadian Council for Refugees : Vice President
  • Hospitality House Refugee Ministry Inc. : Board Member
  • United Way Winnipeg : Deputy Chair, Campaign Cabinet, Agency Partner
  • Immigration Matters in Canada Coalition : Founding Member

Languages (2)

  • English
  • Polish

Testimonials (2)

Susan Boissonneault, GenNext Manager | United Way Winnipeg

"All of these sessions are illustrative of Dorota's skill as an adaptable communicator - she can eloquently deliver both a polished or impromptu speech, as well as a casual fireside chat, with integrity, humour, and wisdom. Dorota's generosity at sharing her story is nearly unsurpassed and is indicative of her spirit, character, and years of experience as a speaker. I can confidently say that I would take any and every opportunity to hear Dorota speak."

Kris Owen, Director, Marketing Communications | Change Makers

"..., three words come to mind when describing Dorota: passionate, authentic and magnetic. People are drawn to Dorota and her honest, heart-felt storytelling. Sometimes her message is raw and uncomfortable and she finds a way to bring you in and feel the emotions first hand. She is a dynamic speaker..."

Media Appearances (6)

'Racist and discriminatory' behaviour prompts Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association to better policies

CTV New Winnipeg  tv


The Winnipeg Youth Soccer Association says it’s working to build better policies after an incident ‘involving racist and discriminatory’ behaviour in June. Dorota Blumczynska, executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM) said it happened during a game at Minto Field. Blumczynska said some players were so upset, she met them shortly after the incident took place. She said the racist remarks and discriminatory slurs were hurled towards one of the organizations’ teams with the association...

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Winnipeg could spend $2.5M on roadside safety improvements



"We have come to accept fatalities as a cost to the convenience of vehicle transportation. And I think that that is unacceptable," said Dorota Blumczynska, the executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba (IRCOM)...

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Four-year-old girl's death prompts renewed calls for change at nearby pedestrian crossing

CTV News Winnipeg  


IRCOM executive director Dorota Blumczynska said the organization expressed concerns to the city about the Isabel Street and Ross Avenue crossing a year and a half ago. In a letter about the crossing dated Sept.1, 2017, Blumczynska said children use it to attend school and community programand they face speeding vehicles and motorists who don’t stop...

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Profound shock, profound sadness

Winnipeg Free Press  


"It's a profound shock," said family spokeswoman Dorota Blumczynska, who was at the hospital late Tuesday to console the child's father. "Everything has happened so quickly," said the executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, which runs the transitional housing complex on Isabel Street where the family lives...

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'Beyond devastated': Father aches for wife, daughter hit by car in Winnipeg



"This is a life-changing event for their family and we ask the whole Winnipeg community to put their minds and their hearts to that mother and that child," said Dorota Blumczynska, executive director of the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. "Things are very touch and go at this point."...

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City immigration organization gets strategic help

Winnipeg Free Press  


"A lot of people are misled when overarching statements are made about newcomers," said IRCOM executive director Dorota Blumczynska. She came to Canada nearly 30 years ago from Poland with her siblings and parents who spoke no English...

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Event Appearances (4)

Canadian Council for Refugees - State of international migration and what does Canada have to do to accommodate change

Minorities in Canada - Coming Together - A Conversation Hosted by the Metis Nation  Ottawa


Promising Practices in Settlement and Integration with an Evidence Base of their Effectiveness

Pathways to Prosperity Conference: Immigration at the Crossroads: Renewing Support for Immigration to Canada at the Intersections of Research, Policy, and Practice  Westin Harbour Castle Hotel, Toronto


Fast Pitch 2019

The Winnipeg Foundation's Fast Pitch  The Met


GenNext Summit 2018

Build A Better Tomorrow  Winnipeg




  • Keynote
  • Moderator
  • Panelist
  • Workshop Leader
  • Host/MC
  • Corporate Training


0 to 2500 *Will consider certain engagements for no fee