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 often 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 studied for and obtained her 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 counselor. Moving to Victoria to complete her education in social work, Jody currently works as a 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.

Brad Fraser

Irene Guglielmi


Brad grew up in Victoria. After graduating from UVIC, he 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 worked as an Administrative Officer for the libraries while studying accounting at Camosun College through night-courses.


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.

Melana holds two BAs (Sociology & Elementary Education) from UVIC. 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 skied for Team BC and played select soccer. After spending a year traveling in Europe, she moved to Victoria to study managerialism (Camosun College.) She went on to complete her BComm at Royal Roads University and 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 studied criminal justice at Camosun College and later 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

At 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 an MSc in environmental & resource management (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 for the Refrigeration & Air Conditioning apprenticeship. He then moved to Victoria joining the Saanich Police Reserve force where he is now Sargeant.

Colina Titus

James Wadsworth

Born in England and graduating from St. Andrew’s University, Colina and her husband moved to St. Johns. 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, and Turkey. He has worked in the forestry industry of BC and volunteered as a member of the board of directors for Work Streams Employment Society. He is now Senior Transit Planner at BC Transit.

Kris Constable

Nannette Plant

A native of Ontario, Kris specializes in technical advice to organizations looking to improve privacy and security. An active volunteer, president of the Canadian Pacific Lawn Bowling club, on the boards of directors for the Together Against Poverty Society, an advocacy group for people with low incomes, and Atomic Vaudeville, a theatre company. He is a member of the privacy and access committee for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.

Nannette is trilingual (English, French and Spanish) and enjoys learning about cultures. She works for the School of Trades and Technology at Camosun College. She believes strongly in social and environmental stewardship. If each of us does what we can by donating our time and resources, even the smallest contributions can make a big difference. 


Ron Rice


Ron was born and raised in Duncan and is a member of Cowichan Tribes. In 2007 Ron managed the Cultural Events & Ceremonies for the Cowichan 2008 North American Indigenous Games. He has also gained prominence within the Aboriginal Friendship Centres movement working to support a number of Friendship Centres in transition throughout BC and in Quebec. Ron has been the President of the Victoria Native Friendship Centre since 2003.



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