Board Members

Maria Placewicz

Maria Placewicz has a Diploma as a Teacher Assistant from the Columbia College in Calgary.  She worked as a Teacher Assistant in the school system in Alberta and BC and also at the Learning Centre at Semiahmoo House Society, working with adults with disabilities.  Since 2005 she has been working for Inter Resource Consulting as an Outreach Worker and also as Homeshare provider. She is the President and founding member of Barka Canada Social Integration Society.  She is passionate about people’s wellbeing and always sees an opportunity to make a difference.

Wally Placewicz

Wally Placewicz has a Diploma of Social Work from the University of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford, British Columbia.  He also obtained a Certificate in Drug and Addiction Counselling from the Justice Institute of British Columbia.  He worked as a drug and addiction counsellor with Native Health in the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver, at Miracle Valley Recovery Centre.  He founded and for three years led a recovery support group for Polish-speaking people struggling with alcohol addiction by the Surrey Mental Health Centre.  He is also a volunteer with Emergency Social Services with the City of Surrey.  He is a founding Board member of Barka Canada Social Integration Society, and a volunteer Program Coordinator.

Kasia Major

Kasia Major has a Master of Science in Psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Psycho-Social Rehabilitation.  She is currently working on her Diploma in Counselling Therapy. She contributes her passion for people to Barka Canada in its work supporting people in difficulty.  She is always eager to lend an ear to those who need to talk.  She is also a founding Board Member with Barka Canada.

Blazej Babiarz

Blazej Babiarz is an entrepreneur in technology, particularly in software & online marketing. He is a founding Board member of Barka Canada. He also generously contributes his time and talent to Barka’s on-line presence, electronic communication and marketing needs.  Throughout the years he has also volunteered his time and skills in various non-profit organizations.

Piotr Szymlowski

Piotr Szymlowski is a marine mechanic by trade.  He facilitates Barka’s NA/AA and self-support groups.  He is involved in our outreach work in the community.  His work with Barka also includes providing people with access to resources, including providing transportation and accompaniment to appointments.  He treats those he supports with compassion, understanding and awareness of what is needed when.  In his spare time Piotr is an avid organic gardener.