2009 Program Alumni

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Ana-Elisa Armstrong De Almeida

Faith Bateman

Ana-Elise works with children, youth and families who have experienced sexual abuse and/or other forms of abuse and trauma. She is a Canadian-Brazilian and travels to Brazil often to work on grass-roots non-profit organizations serving extremely disadvantaged communities in Rio de Janeiro

Bearing a deep concern for the health of the environment, Faith volunteers her time to help build sustainable communities. To support this interest, Faith acquired the Project Management Professional accreditation

Jody Bauche

Kyla Fiddick

Jody graduated from Grant MacEwan College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education after which she worked as a childcare worker, preschool teacher, youth recreation worker and family counsellor. Moving to Victoria to complete her education in social work, Jody found herself working for non-government-based organizations. Currently, she works as Team Lead at South Island Wellness Society

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Kyla enjoyed a variety of sports throughout her secondary education career where she pursued a career in fitness following high school graduation. Upon completing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Camosun College, Kyla obtained her CMA accounting designation in the summer of 2009

Brad Fraser

Irene Guglielmi


Brad grew up playing sports and enjoying the outdoor environment of Victoria. After graduating from UVIC, Brad worked in the Oil and Gas industry in Alberta. He moved back to Victoria and joined the Victoria Police Department where he participated in the 1000km Tour de Rock campaign to fundraise for Childhood Cancer research as well as Camp Goodtimes

Irene is an educator and an optimist. Currently working for the Ministry of Education, Irene has spent time teaching the third grade in the Caribbean for five years. She received her BA from the University of Waterloo and pursued a master’s in international education through Framingham State College, MA

Berdine Jonker

Louise Labonte

Currently the Resource Manager with the BC Heritage Branch, Berdine obtained her BA , a Masters in Public Administration and a diploma in cultural resource management from UVIC. She enjoys working with local governments and community members in Victoria


Louise completed a 2 year diploma in Laboratory Technology from NAIT. Louise moved to Victoria and was successful with employment through UVIC, where she worked by day as Administrative Officer for the libraries and studies accounting with Camosun College by night

Monique Lacerte-Roth

Melana Mar

Monique is the coordinator of community arts development and arts training organizations in the BC arts council. She served as the Executive Director of the Campbell River Community Arts Council. Monique holds an Honors BA with a double major in Studio Practice and English Literature from the University of Guelph

With a BA in Sociology and in Elementary Education from UVIC, Melana is no stranger to the island. She previously worked as a recruiter for UVIC, and had the opportunity to travel across Canada. She is currently Manager for Student Academic Advising for Humanities, Science and Social Sciences at the University of Victoria

Meghan McKenzie

Shawna Paul

Growing up in Kelowna, BC, Meghan ski raced for the BC Team, played select soccer, and was a junior member at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. She moved to Victoria to study managerialism at Camosun College after spending a year traveling Europe. She went on to complete her BComm at Royal Roads University. She is now Director of Enterprise Sales at Crowd Content

A graduate of the University of Western Ontario, Shawna moved to Victoria to pursue further education in the field of art therapy. Shawna now works to encourage, support and build children, youth, and adults in a variety of settings including the Mary Manning Centre, Lifetime Networks Victoria, and the British Columbia School of Art Therapy

Yasmin Rampuri

Sari Ringma

The first child of immigrant parents, Yasmin studied at the University of Alberta for seven years, graduated and moved to Victoria. She worked at the Inter-Cultural Association for a few years in various position. She is currently Manager of Volunteer Resources at Vancouver Island Health Authority


Sari grew up in Sooke, BC. She began her education with Camosun College studying in the criminal justice program, and moved to study developmental psychology through correspondence at Athabasca University.She is now employed with the Victoria Cool Aid Society as a Housing Administrative Coordinator

Dibya Shrestha

Steve Smith

Recently joining the Community Based Research Lab at UVIC, Dibya assesses the challenges, stigma, legal status quo and the successes in the context of inclusive waste management. She has a MSc in environmental and resource management from Brandenburg University of Technology in Germany. 


Steve attended the Walter Murray Collegiate in Saskatchewan where he was with the Canadian militia. He attended the Kelsey Institute in Saskatoon for Refrigeration & Air Conditioning apprenticeship, worked his trades, then moved to Victoria.  Where he joined the Saanich Police Reserve force and is now Sargent of the force

Colina Titus

James Wadsworth

Born in England and graduating from St. Andrew’s University, Colina and her husband moved to St. Johns to work and begin a family. They then transferred to Victoria for a volunteer opportunity at the Garth Homer Society. Colina has served six years on the board of the Esquimalt Neighborhood House

Born and raised in Victoria, James obtained a BA in Geography from UVIC and traveled to Japan, Europe, Turkey and North America. He has worked in the forestry industry of BC and volunteered as member of the board of directors for Work Streams Employment Society and works professionally as Senior Transit Planner at BC Transit