Andrea Bischoff, Program Manager (Whistler & Squamish)
Andrea has a passion for working with people and helping them along their journey. Her education in Applied Health Sciences coupled with her post grad in Human Resources allows her to exercise a collaborative leadership style with co-workers and clients to reach their career objectives. She is a dynamic service oriented Human Resources Professional that provides hands-on support with any project. Andrea shows integrity whether that is challenging herself on different ski terrain or bike trails, analyzing budgets, lending a hand while mediating an issue, or promoting the importance of Employee engagement. She is a dynamic individual dedicated to enhancing people’s experiences.”
Lana Fawcett, Program Coordinator (Whistler & Squamish)
Lana brings more than 7 year’s experience in employment services to the Squamish and Whistler teams and has been employed in leadership roles since the Employment Program of BC began in 2012. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and post degree studies in Linguistics. That knowledge has been applied to various roles which include; a children’s counselling program coordinator and speech language therapist, prior to switching to employment programming. Her passion is working with staff to develop their skills and knowledge in delivering government funded programming. Lana believes that developing and a strong, knowledgeable and compassionate team is the key to success in delivering excellent service to our clients. As a new resident to the Sea to Sky coordinator, she is keen to get outdoors, spent time with her puppy, and enjoy all the great things the area has to offer.
Wendy Byhre, Industry and Community Relationship Liaison (Whistler & Squamish)
Wendy has a background in destination marketing in British Columbia and has worked on Vancouver Island, in the Shuswap and on the Sunshine Coast, spending the last three years working as a workshop facilitator/program coordinator in employment services. She has a Bachelors of Tourism Management Degree from Vancouver Island University and is always upgrading her skill set in the employment services field. Wendy loves getting out in the community, networking, and sharing the employment services that are available with employers and community members at large. Her passion is helping people get connected, empowering individuals to tap into valuable resources, that continue to change peoples lives in today’s ever changing work climate. When she’s not in the office you will find her spending time outdoors hiking, cruising on the water and exploring beautiful BC.
Cory Herbert, Job Developer (Squamish)
Cory is a service provider staff working with Immigrant Services Society of BC. He has a degree in Human Resource Management from St. Lawrence College. Prior to working in career development, Cory was Operations Manager for Canadian Linen and Uniforms (5 years) and also worked as a Business Development Specialist. Most recently, Cory has worked as a Job Developer and Client Resource Specialist. He enjoys working in a field where everyone is given the chance to be the best they can be. Although he hails from Ontario, Cory is an avid Vancouver Canucks fan. He loves living in Squamish and does not miss those Ontario winters one bit!
Natalie Szewczyk, Case Manager (Whistler)
Natalie has a background in adult facilitation, project management, business administration and information technology. She has worked in career development for more than 4 years – both in Ontario and BC. Natalie has strong technical skills and is skilled at helping people learn new things. She enjoys being part of the Whistler community and contributing to its success by helping individuals reach their career goals.
Pam DeRoo, Employment Resource Specialist | Facilitator (Whistler)
Pam has always had a passion for helping people. After completing her training in Youth Work, she worked for 3 years in educational therapy before heading overseas to work and travel. For 10 years, Pam was involved in a variety of industries including youth work, administration, child care, and education. Her travels eventually brought her back to Canada, and she now calls Squamish home. Pam loves working in career development. She particularly enjoys helping clients gain new perspective and gets great joy in helping people reach their goals. Pam is approachable and fun and helps create a positive energy in the Whistler office.
Priscilla Belanger, Employment Resource Specialist (Whistler)
Priscilla is a Service Provider staff with Howe Sound Women’s Centre. Prior to Priscilla’s move to Canada in September 2014, she has been a Human Resources Practitioner both in Asia and the Middle East Region, with extensive exposure at various levels and functions in the areas of Employee Services, HR Information Systems, Payroll & Benefits, Recruitment, and Training & Organizational Development. Priscilla has contributed to the growth and success of several organizations and industries including Hospitality, Telecommunications, Transportation, Real Estate, Logistics, Automobiles, Construction, and Freight Forwarding. Priscilla was born curious, loves travelling and exploring, and is a hugger, not only of trees, but also of people and life. She is passionate in everything she does, and particularly loves that moment when a client discovers their passion.
Sarah Hart, Facilitator/Curriculum Manager (Squamish)
Sarah has formal training in Strategic Human Resources Management, and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. With a previous career in private sector Administration, Sarah brings a wealth of current knowledge on-job search basics including, building stand-out resumes, interviewing skills, and how to network. Additionally, she has a deep understanding of how to strengthen employment “soft skills” including time management, stress management, and building self-confidence. Sarah believes that discovering who you want to be “when you grow up” and landing that job should be fun and her work with clients reflects that. Sarah is also a professional athlete, and when she’s not in the office, she’s out on the rock or on her skis either close to her home in Squamish, or in far away places. You can learn more about Sarah here, www.linkedin.com/in/sarahleannehart.
Sonja Bizjak, Job Placement Specialist (Whistler) – Currently on Maternity Leave
Sonja is a Service Provider staff with Howe Sound Women’s Centre. Hailing from Austria, Sonja brings with her a love of languages and diverse cultures. Sonja possesses a Master’s degree in translation (English, Italian, and German) as well as a business diploma. Combining her several years’ experience at the Employment Services Branch with Austria’s Institution for further education, delivering English courses, including Resume and Cover Letter writing, and her passion for helping people achieve their goals, Sonja creates a fun, interactive, and informative environment for job seekers. When not helping clients find their dream job, Sonja can be found climbing some of the world class granite climbing routes in and around Squamish.
Wendy Faris, Case Manager (Squamish)
Prior to joining Training Innovations, Wendy worked for five years in social advocacy and administration; and one year as a researcher. Wendy holds an Associate Degree in English, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in Sociology, and a Juris Doctor of Law Degree. Wendy is skilled at interpreting program policy and finding creative ways to serve the needs of her clients. She enjoys helping people identify and build their skills, and feels privileged to be able to witness the confidence that comes when clients see themselves, and what they are capable of in new ways.
Amber Gould Facilitator | Curriculum Manager (Squamish)
Amber is a Service Provider staff with Howe Sound Women’s Centre. Amber is a dynamic creative with a diverse professional background. She was trained professionally as Medical Transcriptionist and worked for many years in this capacity for Providence Health Care in the Lower Mainland. While living and working in Vancouver, Amber was driven by her supportive nature to become a certified birth doula with the Doula Organization of North America, and continues to practice as a doula to this day. In 2012, after moving to Squamish, Amber became an entrepreneur and started a small business specializing in academic and environmental research transcription. Amber is also a seasoned writer with a specialization in nature-based poetry. With a passion for inspiring and supporting others, she began facilitating creativity workshops with a focus on poetry as a catalyst for self-realization and healing. Amber values living her best life and encouraging others to do the same. In her workshop delivery at Work BC, she aims to create an intentionally positive, safe, and thought-provoking environment. As a facilitator, Amber feels the best outcome is obtained when a client feels their participation is valued and their story and process matter. She encourages her attendees to reflect on what they value and how they want to feel about their lives. Her workshops are intended to empower clients in their job searching efforts and help them establish clear, well-researched and attainable goals. Ultimately, she hopes to see people feeling excited about where they are in their process.