DREAM IT BE IT 2023 HIGHLIGHTS
VIDEO OF THE DAY
Mentors Who Were at The Career Fair 2023
Dr. Jennifer Mervyn - KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Consultant on Mental Health and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)
Elenore Sturko - CAREER PANEL
Surrey South MLA
Sheila D Early - CAREER PANEL
Forensic Nurse Consultant/Educator
Kim Gramlich - CAREER PANEL
Victim Services Coordinator
NEVR - The Network to Eliminate Violence
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
Manager of Volunteer Resources | Administration
Senior Talent Acquisition Lead - Insurance
Executive Director - Sources Community Resources Society
Senior Wealth Advisor
Social Planner, City of Delta
Adoption Support Specialist
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
CISV Vancouver Chapter
Supply Chain Professional
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
Let Her Talk
Peer Support Network + Workshopping Space
Solid State Community Industries
Cooperative Development Non-profit
Regional Employment Placement Specialist
Student/Graduate Research Assistant/Program Coordinator
Student in Vancouver Film School and architecture
Director of External Relations - She Connects
Dr. Jane Westendorf & Assistant Breanna Handley
Marketing - Insignia College
Youth Programs Coordinator, 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
Child Care Worker
Member and Unit Support Coordinator & Volunteer Unit Guider
Child Care Worker
Chief Procurement Officer and Director of Supply Chain Management - City of Vancouver
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
Director of Integrated Programs, Downtown Community Court, Drug Treatment Court of Vancouver & the Vancouver Integrated Supervision Unit
Police Officer, Surrey RCMP
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!
Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their
full potential and live their dreams.
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
Our Core Values
Women and girls live free from discrimination
Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest
Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education
Diversity & Fellowship
Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.