FREE Girls Career Conference with amazing guest speakers and mentors, plus a Career/Resource Fair of professional women. Make valuable connections for your career, education and volunteer areas of interest!
DREAM IT BE IT – FREE CAREER PLANNING EVENT Conference
January 21, 2023 – KPU Surrey/Newton
Campus – Spruce Atrium,
12666 72 Ave Surrey BC V3W 2M8
10am – 3pm
For girls ages 13 – 18 (grades 8 – 12), who identify as female, transgender and non-binary.
Registration is between 9:00am – 10:00am. Program begins at 10:00am.
You will have the opportunity to:
- Hear and meet inspiring guest speakers
- Meet and interact with professional women in a variety of careers, and trades professions
- Gather valuable resources (volunteer opportunities, education info, community resources, etc.)
- Enjoy FREE lunch and refreshments
- WIN fabulous door prizes
- Receive a Grad Transition Certificate
Mentors Who Will Be at The Career Fair
Rochelle Prasad is a Surrey local: Author, Social Entrepreneur, and Educator. Rochelle believes in the power of young people, and serves her life mission of empowering the next generation through quality life education programming. Rochelle is active on multiple National, Provincial, and Municipal boards/ committee, and currently works for UNA – Canada as their Project Officer for education programs. Rochelle has been honored to receive one of the EMERGING LEADER awards in Ottawa on December 6, 2022. Rochelle was our Violet Richardson Award Winner in 2016. She is an incredible young woman who may be an “emerging leader” now, but will no doubt be a “future leader” with limitless contributions to our community and country.
Dr. Jennifer Mervyn - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Consultant on Mental Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Dr. Jennifer Mervyn was honoured by CAMH as one of the 150 Canadians making a difference in mental health. Jennifer’s Master’s thesis was titled “The Critical Incidents That Help People Make the Permanent Transition Off the Street”. This fits her life, as she was able to turn her life around after spending her adolescence on the streets. Her Life’s goal is to explore her situation so she can give some answers back to her community. She is a Registered Psychologist offering individual, family, and group counseling and mental health treatment. She has an extensive background in trauma and substance abuse and utilizes innovative, culturally informed, therapeutic approaches in her work. Jennifer Is Métis, mother of four, and strong advocate for the indigenous community. She consults, teaches, and trains on Trauma Informed Practice and policy nationwide.
Elenore Sturko - CAREER PANEL
Surrey South MLA
Elenore Sturko was elected as Surrey South MLA on September 10, 2022 and currently serves as the Shadow Minister for Mental Health, Addiction, Recovery and Education. Elenore is a South Surrey resident with experience serving British Columbians. After graduating from high school at Kamloops Senior Secondary, she embarked on a professional journey that took her across the country. Her early career was in the television broadcasting industry, starting off at CFJC Television in Kamloops. In 2007, Elenore decided to transition her career to public service and joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a reservist in the Royal Canadian Air Force. After completing training, she began full-time service, first with the 440 Transport Squadron, and then with the 1 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group, both located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. In 2009 she joined the RCMP, where she first served in Langley, B.C. In 2012 she transferred to Yellowknife, where she worked as a frontline police officer, and then as a community policing and media relations officer. Her roles gave her the opportunity to travel extensively in the north, working with Indigenous communities, creating community programs, and even participating in an Arctic Sovereignty Patrol. In 2016 after completing her tour of duty in the Northwest Territories, Elenore and her family moved to Ottawa where she joined the RCMP Musical Ride, participating in the 2017 cross-country tour celebrating Canada 150. Elenore transferred back home to B.C. in 2018, where she joined the Surrey RCMP. In Surrey, she served as a media relations officer and in frontline policing. Throughout her career, Elenore has been recognized as a champion of human rights and has been an advisor on matters related to gender, sexual orientation, harassment, equity, and inclusivity. In 2019 she published a book in tribute to her Uncle Dave, a victim of Canada’s LGBT Purge, with all proceeds going to children in Nunavut and residential school survivors. In 2019 Elenore was selected to participate in the LBGT Purge Fund National Monument Visioning Committee 2019 and is a member of the Curation Advisory Counsel for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights LGBT Purge Exhibit. Despite being a successful writer, public servant, and human rights champion, her proudest moments are as a working mom living in South Surrey with her spouse, Melissa, and their three young children
Sheila D Early - CAREER PANEL
Forensic Nurse Consultant/Educator
Currently, I am a forensic nurse consultant and educator. I do consulting/education in violence, sexual violence and forensic nursing. I have had many roles in clinical nursing in two provinces over 4 decades. I co developed the first SANE program in BC at Surrey Memorial, it just celebrated its 30th anniversary. I developed the first post secondary education programs in BC at BCIT in 2006 and co founded the Canadian Forensic Nurses Association the same year. I am inspired by my forensic nursing colleagues, the patients I have cared for and the students I have taught with the goal of violence intervention, treatment and prevention. I am a widow with 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren.
Kim Gramlich - CAREER PANEL
Victim Services Coordinator
Kim Gramlich is the Coordinator of the Delta Police Victim Services program. She has worked in Delta for 23 years and in the field of Victim Services for over 28 years. Kim began the first Justice Facility Dog Program in Canada with her first dog, Caber, and now has a successor dog named Puma. Kim is passionate about not only ensuring persons impacted by crime and trauma receive supportive services but that those services are exceptional. Victim centric, trauma-informed quality of care is a cornerstone of her program and her work philosophy. www.deltapolice.ca
NEVR - The Network to Eliminate Violence
The Network to Eliminate Violence in Relationships (NEVR) campaigns to work toward the ultimate goal of eliminating violence in relationships in our community. NEVR will focus on all aspects of relationship violence; physical, sexual, emotional and financial, and its effects on all members of the family and the community. Relationships include intimate partners, adults and seniors & children within families. We will: • Engage the support and commitment from all stakeholders through education, awareness, advocacy and collaboration. • Create a forum for the coordination of open and efficient service delivery and public policy. We will establish a resource repository for service providers, community leaders, educators and government bodies. • Work with the various components of the media to help us deliver the message: “VIOLENCE IN RELATIONSHIPS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN OUR COMMUNITY”. www.kpu.ca/nevr
Dr Balbir Gurm
Dr. Balbir Gurm , Fellow Canadian Nurses Academy, is best known for using her academic privilege to improve communities. She is an award-winning leader, nursing faculty, and consultant with 30+ years of experience who has provided leadership on multiple community boards.
Prior to joining Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she worked as staff RN, CNE and coordinator at Vancouver hospitals. Some career highlights are: founding Editor-in-Chief Transformative Dialogues: Teaching and Learning Journal; founder/facilitator, Network to Eliminate Violence (NEVR); member, Intimate Partner Violence Death Review Panel; co-lead, project to document history of South Asians in Canada and an open access e-book bringing together critical understandings of relationship violencehttps://kpu.pressbooks.pub/nevr/.
Some of Balbir’s many honours include: Teaching Excellence Awards (CRNBC & NISODS), BC Achievement Community award, Two YWCA Women of Distinction Awards, Canadian Cancer Society’s Leadership Award and Soroptimist’s Ruby award. She is frequently sought by media to comment on local issues and by organizations to discuss cultural safety. She serves as a role model for colleagues, students and community activists. As founding member and facilitator for the Network to Eliminate Violence (NEVR) she continues to work with a multi-sectoral and multi-disciplinary team (education, justice, health, service providers) to create resources and facilitate workshops to create a violence free society. She advocates for system change to governments and works with media to bring academic knowledge to the community
Community Resource Centre
Sources is an internationally-accredited, community-based, not-for-profit society that has served as a dependable source of help, encouragement and hope for individuals and families in White Rock, Surrey, Delta, Langley, Prince George, Parksville and beyond since 1978.
Our agency touches the lives of thousands of people from across the Lower Mainland, Northern B.C. and Vancouver Island each year. To serve them, we offer a variety of programs through more than 20 locations, including Community Resource Centres.
We welcome people of all genders, races, cultures, ethnicities and abilities. We strive to create more vibrant and resilient communities by offering support to children, youth, families, persons with disabilities, seniors, LGBTQ2S+ individuals, and others who are coping with isolation, addiction, mental illness, poverty, disability and conflict. We are here – for you or someone you care about. www.sourcesbc.ca
Jessica is a Level 3 HVAC Apprentice at her family’s company, Cam Cool Refrigeration Inc., in Port Coquitlam where they specialize in commercial and industrial heating and cooling. She is the current President of Women in HVAC/R Canada. Jessica wishes to bring more awareness to women in the trades, specifically women in HVAC-R, encouraging young people (girls especially) to consider it as a career option. Jessica finds working in the field as a commercial/industrial HVAC technician challenging and rewarding. No two days are ever the same and she is constantly learning. She says she will never stop learning! She gets to work in interesting places, in various industries and helps people solve real problems. Follow her journey on Instagram at @HVACjess and on YouTube as “The HVAC Diaries”.www.hvacjess.com
I am Lily from Lily Lou’s Aromas! I’ve started my very own business in vegan, sustainable and eco-friendly aromas – and I’m only 9 years old! When my mom, Chloe, decided to have me homeschooled we started a project of opening my own business, we started making wax melts and candles and now one year later here we are! ✨ We have a whole team of super awesome women that help me run my business and teach me everyday! We plant a tree with every purchase with One Tree Planted. I also speak out about bullying and donate to the Canadian Women’s Foundation! Everything is made by hand, with love and supervised by me and my dad, Sergio! 💕www.lilylousaromas.com
Manager of Volunteer Resources | Administration
Surrey Crime Prevention Society (SCPS) takes a 360° holistic approach to community safety through programs delivered by our trained and dedicated volunteers. We are committed to supporting community safety and public awareness while aligning with the goals of our community partners. www.preventcrime.ca
Senior Talent Acquisition Lead - Insurance
Misha brings with her over 15+ years of TA experience and graduated from McMaster University with an Honors Commerce Degree. She was inspired to have a career in HR because she loves connecting with people and finds it fulfilling to help people find their careers and work, they are passionate about. Misha was fortunate enough to land her first role out of university in Recruitment and realized very quickly that this was her calling and where the area of HR she wanted to build her career in!
I am a retired family physician who practised in Surrey for 37 years. I have been retired for four years. I originally went into medicine because I thought I wanted to do medical research . However I changed my mind when in medical school so that I could have a career caring for patients. Family practice is a very rewarding career and I highly recommend it.
Executive Director - Sources Community Resources Society
As an Executive Director for Sources, Denise is responsible for a broad portfolio of community programs including Women’s Place, a center that provides a milieu of programs including professional trauma counseling, family law, crisis intervention, etc., all the Sources food security programs, Volunteer Resources, and its many services, the Seniors Hub, and others. Denise combines strong business expertise and community-based experience to deliver effective working partnerships: through sourcing and securing long and short-term funding streams for expanded program delivery; through professional representation and increased organizational visibility; responsible fiscal and resource management; and the continued commitment to active leadership in the progressive community and social awareness initiatives. Denise is a Soroptimist and a lifelong learner, who enjoys acquiring new knowledge and skills. She believes that personal development continues alongside professional development, and in living life with both an open-minded heart and attitude about the dynamic world we live in. sourcesbc.ca
Senior Wealth Advisor
I am a senior Wealth Advisor, I see success in knowing i have helped my clients to develop a sense of trust and peace of mind when it comes to their finances. With many years of experience in the wealth management industry and knowledge of the markets, I am dedicated to providing excellent customer service, and with that comes the understanding and knowing what my clients require so that they are well-informed to make decisions around their wealth, estate planning, tax, and insurance planning. My job is to take care of them on their financial journey so that they can enjoy their lives knowing that the future looks ok. I also provide myself on supporting the community that I live in. i believe in nurturing positive growth around me so that my team and I can make a difference in our community. www.jassalh.com
Born on the West Coast, I have lived in White Rock /South Surrey since 1990. While raising our two children, my husband Brad and I owned/operated three locations of popular retail clothing stores- Rad Brad’s Surf n’ Turf Wear and ShaSha’s Girlstuff. My extensive history of Customer Service, community involvement, and business background has given me a strong foundation in building real estate success. I strive to offer a streamlined Buying and Selling experience to my clients. With this in mind, I’ve developed solid connections with professionals such as Mortgage Brokers, Lawyers, Inspectors and Financial Planners. I am a Certified Executor Advisor which is an additional service I can offer. Since 2008, I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being a Realtor- especially working with and getting to know my clients. I’m so appreciative of the trust they place in me, and am thankful for their ongoing referrals. My expertise is Estate Sales and Downsizing, helping clients through Challenging Transitions, Sensitive Family Situations, and working with First Time Homebuyers. Most importantly, I want my clients to have an enjoyable and worry-free experience when Buying or Selling their homes. firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Planner, City of Delta
Olga Shcherbyna is a Social Planning Manager with the City of Delta. Olga has been working in the social planning and community development field for over 15 years and believes in ‘equity planning’ – planning with community vs. planning for community. Olga is a guest lecturer at Langara College – Applied Planning Program and she has a Master’s degree in Planning from UBC-School of Community and Regional Planning. www.delta.ca
Adoption Support Specialist
My name is Samantha Johnson, AKA Sam. I am the Family Support Specialist for the Adoptive Families Association of BC (AFABC). My role is to support families throughout the province in their adoption
and permanency journey. I help families in various ways—for example, 1:1 support through phone calls and video meetings, and virtual support groups. I’ll also be hosting Facebook lives and providing other educational opportunities. I’m open to hearing from our community about ideas, topics, comments, and concerns. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for support or to share ideas. I’m excited to be a part of this community and look forward to meeting you. For more than 40 years, AFABC has been dedicated to providing ground-breaking programs for families, children, and youth. We also help find families for the hundreds of children and youth in the care of the Ministry of Children and Family Development who are waiting for a permanent home. We strive to inform, support, educate, and connect everyone in the adoption and permanency community. We welcome prospective and waiting for adoptive parents and guardianship, kinship, moral, and custom adoption families, as well as those formed through legal adoption. www.bcadoption.com
Co-Founder - Glow Within
Marzia Sager is a Communications Specialist and Co-founder of the non-profit organization, Glow Within Foundation. She has always been passionate about creative pursuits, advocacy, and social impact. As a result, she uses her various skills and experiences to empower the next generation through education, community building and mentorship. Glow Within started in a University classroom when Marzia and her co-founders were tasked to create a startup. They bonded over the idea of supporting youth to ensure that they are not only strong academically but also prepared to face various milestones and challenges concerning their physical, mental, and emotional well-being. www.glowwithinfoundation.com
Glow Within Foundation started with a shared vision among students who were brought together by circumstance. It is a project born out of unrelenting passion and dedication to inspiring the next generation of female identifying students to unleash their full potential by understanding themselves from the inside out. We hope to empower youth and provide them with education and resources regarding their physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. www.glowwithinfoundation.com
CISV Vancouver Chapter
Supply Chain Professional
CISV is a global Non-Profit Organization for international and intercultural Youth Exchange.
Since it was founded in 1951 the goal of CISV is to encourage people of all ages to stand up for world peace. We are confident that satisfying educational experiences and life-long intercultural friendships will change the world into a better place.
CISV offers a range of different international programs for children and youth of different ages as well as a lot of opportunities for regional and local voluntary engagement. Or educational approach is based on the concept of “experiental learning”; all programs include a lot of fun as well as a secure and healthy environment, so participants can develop their personalities.
CISV is a non-political as well as a non-religious organization and is at the same time open to people from all cultures, with all beliefs. You can find our volunteer-based organization in about 70 nations on all continents, with the aim of including more and more nations and cultures into this worldwide exchange.
Your Confidence Coach & White Rock City Councillor
Your Confidence Coach, Michele Partridge has crafted a unique way of coaching her clients to success due to her many years as an award-winning business owner, mentor, acting instructor, emcee, and most recently as a politician. Michele is also a well-known leader in numerous community groups, and a popular producer and host of much-loved local events such as Canada Day by the Bay, the Re-opening of the Pier, the Peace Walk for Ukraine, and White Rock’s first Annual Family Pride Day. For decades, Michele has coached public speaking to a vast clientele with varying backgrounds. Her clients include media personalities, Ted talk speakers, business professionals, and political leaders, to name just a few. Michele was recently elected as a first-term Councillor for the City of White Rock, having been elected to office in October 2022. www.yourconfidencecoach.ca
Let Her Talk
Peer Support Network + Workshopping Space
Let Her Talk explores healing for racialized women and girls through peer support, connection, and education related to gender. By developing a peer support network where women and girls can express their thoughts, advocate for themselves, and grow in a safe environment, Let Her Talk aims to contribute to the prevention of gender-based violence in Surrey.lethertalk.org
Solid State Community Industries
Cooperative Development Non-profit
Solid State is a hub for new solidarity economy projects and enterprises: we offer training and mentorship, working space, co-op and business development support, skills-training, fundraising support, organizational and technical support, and anything else we can conjure to support our enterprises.
Regional Employment Placement Specialist
The Skilled Trades Employment Program is a fully government-funded program employed by the British Columbia Construction Association and funded by SkilledTradesBC. Our program focuses on finding motivated candidates for construction employers with jobs to fill in British Columbia. We help job seekers create an action plan to build your career in the skilled trades, connect you to apprenticeships and opportunities with BC construction employers, provide extra financial supports and benefits to ensure you are job ready. www.stepbc.ca
Student/Graduate Research Assistant/Program Coordinator
Hebah Hussaina is a current MSc. student at the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital, in the Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences Program. She graduated from the Integrated Sciences program in May 2021, having studied Neurobiology, Psychology, and Public Health with a minor in Anthropology. Hebah has a strong background in pediatric health sciences research in a variety of settings and is passionate about supporting healthy child development. She is involved with Science World’s Community Engagement initiatives as she is excited about supporting youth STEAM education and advocates for equal opportunities for youth to pursue STEAM careers. You can otherwise find Hebah at the gym, or baking treats for her friends and families!
Student in Vancouver Film School and architecture
I am currently studying at Vancouver Film school to become a concept artist. I also majored in architecture and recently graduated. I switched to animation because it gave more opportunity for the creative side of design and problem-solving. But design is designed, and I still use the skills I developed during my architecture major.
Director of External Relations - She Connects
She Connects is a volunteer initiative that provides virtual/online mentorship to young women. As a grassroots movement, our main goal is to connect young women in high school with women mentors in their 20s, to foster thought-exchange, dialogues, and trusting relationships. She Connects provides a safe space for youth and allows them to speak to a mentor directly about anything they might need guidance or support on. Our mentors support mentees with the appropriate resources and tools for success and resiliency. With this mentorship program, we strive to uplift women and empower them to be the driving force in their own lives. www.sheconnects.ca
I have been a construction electrician for 4 years. I am currently in school for 10 weeks doing the final level of my apprenticeship. I chose trades because I wanted to have a hands on career and make money while learning.
I was born and raised in the lower mainland. As a child, I was always a little overwhelmed by the world, but I thought if I knew the rules or laws, then the world we be a less scary place for me. This brought me to my dream of becoming a lawyer. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree with Honours from Simon Fraser University and went on to Queen’s University for law school. After I graduated and completed my articles, I was hired by the Provincial Crown and have had my career here as a Prosecutor. I enjoy the challenge of the legal practice but more importantly, I enjoy helping people and making the world less scary for others.
Dr. Jane Westendorf & Assistant Breanna Handley
Dr. Westendorf (Equine Vet): Born and raised in the Lower Mainland by two small animal veterinarians, I grew up on a small hobby farm. While veterinary medicine is a tough career, I knew it was also very rewarding for my parents. So I attended the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, SK and fell in love with equine medicine. After completing a Master of Science in equine reproductive pathology and an internship at Moore Equine in Calgary, AB, I returned to the Fraser Valley to continue my career. Breanna Handley (Vet Assistant): I have always had a passion for animal welfare and care, working in wildlife rehabilitation and small animal veterinary medicine as an assistant. While I enjoy my job as an assistant, I am working towards my goal of becoming a veterinarian. After completing a Bachelor of Science in biology at Simon Fraser University, I moved into the equine veterinary field to broaden my experience before applying for vet school.
Marketing - Insignia College
Insignia was established in 2006 and was based out of Victoria, BC. All these years, Insignia College has grown to be a family of two campuses, one in Delta and the other in Surrey. Insignia initially had an academic background but introduced aviation programs in 2019. Insignia College is a growing institute in the British Columbia Lower Mainland, easily accessible by regional transit. We specialize in offering aviation, hospitality, information technology, medical, and accounting programs. Our professionally educated instructors ensure our students receive the highest quality education and technical training at affordable costs with flexible schedules. Insignia College also offers individualized academic plans. Our flight training students can receive recreational or commercial flight instruction. Our aircraft are maintained under Transport Canada’s supervision and as per its rules and regulations. We are a (an): PTIB-designated institution, Transport Canada-approved flight training unit, EQA-designated institution Designated Learning Institute number: O137690849762.
Youth Programs Coordinator, Agedout.com
AgedOut.com is a website designed to provide resources to empower youth as they transition out of care.You can find information on topics such as education, housing, health and wellness, ID needs, money and income and personal life. Youth in and from care aged 13 – 24 can also earn up to $150 in gift cards by exploring the website. Agedout.com
Vice President, Westland Personal Insurance
Patti began her career in 1986 with zero experience, working in a small brokerage on the Sunshine Coast which was then acquired by Westland Insurance in 1994. She was able to successfully complete her CAIB designation and worked as an Insurance Advisor for several years before being promoted to a Branch Manager. Since then, Patti has held several Regional Sales Manager roles and was eventually promoted to a Director role where she focused a lot of her efforts on acquisitions as Westland continued and continues to grow in both British Columbia and Alberta. In 2020, Patti had an opportunity to move into a Vice President, Personal Insurance role which also gave her with the opportunity to return home to BC which she was thrilled about. Currently Patti, still holds the same position. She is passionate about people and her main goal is to always ensure both our clients and employees feel valued. On a personal note, Patti is a mother to two grown daughters and in her spare time she likes to workout, golf, and travel.
Prabhjot Kaur Kalra
Insurance Advisor - Westland Insurance
I started my career in insurance as an Insurance advisor in 2021, and joining Westland has given me a tremendous boost to my career. Currently, I am a level 1 licensed insurance advisor and recently passed my CAIB 2 and diligently working towards my CAIB 3 to attain my level 2 license.
I have previous experience working in the Customer Service and Administration field and worked in one of the biggest UK-based banks as a Customer Service and Operational Analyst. I have earned a bachelor’s degree in Management and Post Graduate degree diploma in Marketing and Project Management.
I am Organized, motivated, and committed to my work. Having a good understanding of customers’ insurance needs and doing my best to ensure my client received the utmost customer service experience with me. I wish to further excel in my customer service and problem-solving skills with Westland.
Mayor, City of White Rock
Megan Knight was elected as Mayor of the City of White Rock in 2022 and previously served on White Rock City Council as a Councillor from 2014-2018. Mayor Knight has lived in the White Rock area since 1979. She graduated from Semiahmoo High School, completed her education at the University of British Columbia, and was subsequently commissioned as a British Columbia Notary Public. She has had her notary practice in the White Rock area since 1998. With 43 years in the community, Mayor Knight has a long record of both public service and small business ownership. In 2022, she was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medallion for community service. She serves on the Sources Foundation Board, Society of Notaries Public of BC Board, Notary Foundation Board, and has also served on the boards of the Fraser Valley Regional Library Board and the Tour de White Rock. www.whiterockcity.ca
Child Care Worker
Julie started off with a background in finance (accounting) after years of working in finance, Julie chose to follow her dream working with Children and opening a business. She completed her Early Childhood Education Certificate and soon after opened Junior Scholars. 6 years later, her businesses have grown to 3 different location and she continues to expand and acquire other businesses. junior-scholars.com
Member and Unit Support Coordinator & Volunteer Unit Guider
Guiding provides a safe, all-girl environment that invites girls to challenge themselves, to find their voice, meet new friends, have fun and make a difference in the world. Girl Guides of Canada–Guides du Canada (GGC) strives to ensure that girls and women from all walks of life, identities and lived experiences feel a sense of belonging and can fully participate. Girl Guides is an organization with over 100 years of history and a strong and growing future. www.girlguides.ca
Child Care Worker
Originally from Haiti, I was adopted at 3 years of age into a family of 4. From an early age I knew I wanted to work with children because of the positive experience I had with my Kindergarten teacher. At the age of 18 I became a single mother and although it was difficult, my dream of working with children hadn’t changed. In 2017 I received my ECE certificate and later continued to get my Diploma with the encouragement of my boss. In 2019, I started yet another journey to become a Child Psychologist specializing in adoptions and foster care. My goal in the future is to receive my PhD and become a leader in advocating for the mental health and well being of all BIPOC adoptees and foster children globally.
Chief Procurement Officer and Director of Supply Chain Management - City of Vancouver
Progressive Senior Leader with 20+ years of experience. Industrial Engineer, MBA specialized in Supply Chain Management. Expertise in Operations Management and Business Process Improvement for public sector organizations and private companies in a wide range of industries such as government, utilities, food and consumer products, healthcare, transportation, oil and gas, construction, higher education and financial services. International business focus with professional experience in Canada, USA and Mexico.
Supply Chain Management
Strategic Sourcing and Procurement
Continous Process Improvement
Lean Six Sigma
Forecasting and Demand Planning
Inventory and Materials Management
Logistics, Distribution and Transportation
Information Technology (ERP & Advanced Planning Systems)
Career and Post-Secondary Advisor
I hold a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon Fraser University. I planned to become a high school English teacher, but life took me in another direction working for my Alma Mater as an advisor for the Beedie School of Business. In 2010, I shifted my career focus back to high school in by heading up the career centre at Seaquam Secondary, where I guide students on their post-secondary plans ranging from degrees to vocations to trades. In addition, I coordinate our school’s scholarship program, provide writing support, and coordinate volunteer opportunities. I chose the education field for my career with the desire to help others make informed decision about their own futures. Previous to my work in education I also worked in silviculture contracting, book-keeping, and adventure tourism.
Director of Integrated Programs, Downtown Community Court, Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver & the Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit
Sharon Lockhart works for the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, BC Corrections branch. Over the past 35 years, she has worked in many different areas of Corrections, including as a Correctional Officer, Family Court Counsellor, Youth and Adult Probation Officer, and as a Manager of Community Corrections offices (Probation). Her primary areas of interest are in supporting clients with mental health and addiction, offenders with complex challenges, and collaborating with Indigenous clients and communities. Sharon’s current position as the Director of Integrated Programs, provides program support and oversight to two specialized Provincial courts and one supervision unit: the Downtown Community Court – the first and only community court in Canada; the Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver – a supervised Bail program with day treatment for clients with substance use; and the Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit – an integrated team that provides outreach and support to sentenced offenders with complex behavioural challenges.
Police Officer, Surrey RCMP
I joined the RCMP in 2014. I have a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s of Divinity. Before I joined the RCMP, I worked as a Flight Attendant for Air Canada for 18 years. Since joining the RCMP in 2014, I have worked in Surrey Detachment. I have worked 2 years in General Duty Policing, 2 years in the Police Mental Intervention Unit (Car 67)/ Police Mental Health Outreach Team, 2.5 years in the Surrey Intimate Partner Violence Unit, and I am currently in my second year working in the Youth Unit. I am currently a member of the Lower Mainland Crisis Negotiator Unit, and a member of the Proactive Support Response Team.
Brella Community Service Society
Brella offers services under three banners: Adult Day Program; Community Services; and Dementia, Caregiver, and Family Services.
While our organization has progressed over the years, the foundational ideology is still relevant. Our founding members articulated objectives back then that remain in our lexicon today.
to connect isolated adults,
to develop social skills,
to provide recreational activities,
to delay institutionalized living, and
to contribute to emotional and physical well-being.
Our community can always count on Brella’s 59 team members and over 70 volunteers to empower aging adults, friends and family members and support them in their lives journey. Our person-centred services are nimble and responsive to address the unique needs of the people we serve.
Together, we can create a caring community! Volunteers
Our volunteers are an integral part of our team and they help ensure that we are able to deliver programs of quality to our participants. Volunteering provides a vital service to the community and also gives back to the volunteer. Our volunteers share a desire to connect with others and to make a difference. We have various roles to suit your skillset and timeframes and we would be happy to have you join our community of support.
Director, Community Engagement
Louise has spent the past 15 years working in senior administration positions for several top BC companies. Louise has been a community influencer, volunteer and fundraiser for many years with the last six in White Rock where she had served as Vice Chair for the Tour de White Rock, a board member of White Rock Festival of Lights and is currently a member of the White Rock Soroptimsts International. Louise is an authentic leader and connector. She is dedicated to strengthening community through building bridges and identifying opportunities for engagement. Louise is passionate about the arts and is a Charity Auctioneer, Fine Art Consult, and is pursuing her levels WSet Wine education. Louise lives in White Rock with her partner of 23 years and two most loved fur babies, Lola and Sophie.
Barbara Kulhanek, Chantelle Foster, Nadine Geddert
Integrated Forensic Identification Services E Division, Bloodstain Pattern Analysis
I have been a police officer with the RCMP for 14 years, and with the Integrated Forensic Identification Services for 8 years. Forensics in general, and bloodstain pattern analysis in particular, is interesting and challenging and the job is never boring.
My primary duties are to examine the bloodstain pattern evidence at crime scenes and on exhibits through crime scene attendance, photograph reviews and examination of bloodstained exhibits, and to provide an interpretation of the events that led to the creation of those bloodstain patterns. What I like about my current role – Being a member of the Forensic Identification Services and the Bloodstain Pattern Analysis Unit is both rewarding and challenging. The work is interesting,
I have had the opportunity to travel throughout British Columbia to examine crime scenes, and my evidence can be important to the criminal investigation. Career advice I wish I had been given in high school – Explore and try different things. You never know what might interest you.
Examination of crime scenes, crime vehicles, and crime scene exhibits. Detecting, recording, collecting, and preserving fingerprints, physical evidence, and source DNA. Analyzing, comparing, and evaluating fingerprints. Every day is different, one day I might be out at a crime scene, processing evidence in the lab, or helping with a burnt vehicle exam, and the next I am analyzing and comparing fingerprints, writing reports, or conducting experiments. Career advice I wish I was given while in high school – To network, talk to teachers, professors, and people that are in careers you are interested in and get information. I didn’t really learn this until I was in 2nd year university. Once I started talking to professors about my interests, they gave me other resources and people to talk to and that is how I created my Co-op with the RCMP forensic unit.
Chartered Professional Accountant
Inderjit Mann is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Certified General Accountant (CGA), and Master in Commerce (India), with over 10 years of Canadian Accounting Experience in public practice.
Prab Dhot and Rocio Duenas
YMCA, Youth Transition Program
As one of BC’s largest operational charity, the Y provides vital community services that are having a positive impact on some of the community’s most pressing social issues.
Corporal Ji Choi
Corporal (Cpl) Choi of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)
“This is Corporal (Cpl) Choi of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). This is my 6th year as a Human Resources Administrator (HRA) and it has not only been an exciting but also rewarding journey for me. After the basic training in Montreal, my first posting was Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Esquimalt in Victoria. My role was to assist CAF members’ administrative needs and to support members getting posted out of Canada. I recently got my second posting to the recruiting centre in Vancouver and it’s been a great change. Looking forward to see you all!
Cpl Ji Choi
Ji will be at the event with Petty Officer 2nd Class Steffen Zarate.
Youth Probation Officer, Restorative Youth Justice Conference Facilitator, Youth Justice Practice Analyst
Prior to becoming a Youth Probation Officer, Wendy Cahill/ Stevenson, worked with and volunteered at various social service agencies including distress centers, CAS, Community Living, and most notably Covenant House. She was one of the first workers there when it opened its doors in Vancouver. Wendy has been a Youth Probation officer for over 20 years. She also worked on a Provincial project for one year with respect to poverty reduction.
Wendy became the Restorative Youth Justice Conference facilitator within youth justice in 2013. She has practiced the philosophy throughout her experience in youth justice. She believes in community engagement, collaboration and that it takes a village to raise our children and serve our families.
In 2019 Wendy joined the Quality Assurance team within MCFD and specializes in Youth Justice as a Practice Analyst.
Wendy has a degree in psychology and honours criminology. She has certificates in substance misuse through the justice institute of BC and completed the youth probation readiness program there in 2000. She continues to be upgrading her skills and knowledge by working on a conflict resolution certificate at the JIBC.
Wendy is the proud mother of two daughters!
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