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.
Sarah Hart | Case 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.
Wendy Byhre | Industry Community Relationship Liaison – (Whistler & Squamish) Currently on Maternity Leave
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 Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism Management 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 in helping people get connected, and in empowering individuals to tap into valuable resources that continue to change 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 our beautiful province.
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.
Christina Walsh | Case Manager (Squamish) Currently on Maternity Leave
Passionate about lifelong learning, Christina brings an integrity and creative based approach to helping others “grow as they go” on their personal and professional journeys. Christina received her Bachelor of Commerce from Thompson Rivers University and is currently completing her Professional Masters of Education at Queen’s University. Through her academics Christina became passionate about student services and the importance of human connection and support a student needs throughout their education. Christina spent the next ten years of her career in Student Enrollment Services in both public and private education helping, advising and guiding students meet their education goals. When not at work, Christina is spending her time with her husband and young daughter taking in all the activities the Sea to Sky corridor has to offer. Christina loves hosting family style dinners, paddle boarding at the lake and a Sunday morning yoga class.
Rachael Trafford | Case Manager (Squamish)
Working in a helping profession has always come second nature to Rachael. With an education in Social Service Work, pursuing a career in social services came naturally. Before moving to BC from Ontario in 2016, Rachael worked as a frontline counsellor at a shelter for women fleeing domestic violence. Working at the shelter allowed Rachael to further develop her skills in the areas of case management, crisis intervention and working from a Trauma Informed Perspective. Rachael is passionate about her role at the WorkBC Employment Service Centre and in increasing her expertise in employment programs. Driven by her compassionate nature, Rachael is determined to help clients overcome obstacles in order to reach their employment goals. As an avid hiker the transition to BC has been seamless for Rachael. She spends as much time as possible outdoors with her dog and taking as many backpacking expeditions into the backcountry as possible. She is proud to call the Sea to Sky corridor home!
Natalie Szewczyk | Program Coordinator (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.
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.
Adrienne Wheaton | Employment Services Facilitator
Adrienne is a Service Provider with Howe Sound Women’s Centre. She is an educator and lifelong learner at heart. As a former elementary school teacher with a business degree, she has integrated her experience to deliver actionable employment advice with a thoughtful, client-centred approach. Adrienne strives to equip people with practical tools to become confident decision-makers in their job search journey. With the attitude that all work is meaningful, she believes that finding sustainable employment is an important step in empowering clients to realize their potential. When away from the office, Adrienne can be found climbing in the desert, scrambling up a peak, or hiking in the misty forests of Squamish with her rambunctious rescue dog.
Maria Rivera | Employment Resource Specialist (Squamish)
Maria is a Service Provider with Sea to Sky Community Services. Maria has a Bachelor’s Degree in the Arts & Sciences with a study focus in the Social Sciences from Quest University Canada, as well as a continuing-studies diploma in Human Resources Management from Simon Fraser University. Prior to working in employment services Maria worked as Behavioral Interventionist working with a diverse population of clients diagnosed with developmental, intellectual and learning disabilities. With a client-centered service delivery approach in-mind and a combination of assessments and interventions, Maria has been able to support clients achieve a variety of milestones within their day-to-day activities. Maria’s passion to help others achieve their own personal well-being motivates her to provide on-going support in helping others navigate through barriers to achieving goals. Maria is excited to support clients in their search for employment and guide them through the process of achieving individual career goals!