BCCDA - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NATALIA BUSSARD, PhD Candidate - President & Chairperson
Natalia’s career includes working in career development, language teaching, HR, training, recruitment, and programming in both private and public institutions in Europe and Canada.
She has worked with refugees, immigrants, and strongly supported numerous people with their integration into the Slovak and Canadian societies. Within education sector, Natalia focused on international relations, developing international and local partnerships with universities in the markets of Asia, Europe, Mexico, and South America.
She worked at numerous private and public educational institutions and currently leads Programs and Careers at the Stewart Blusson Quantum Matter Institute at the University of British Columbia.
She is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership and Policy at the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia. She is passionate about language learning and enjoys using Spanish, Russian, French, Czech and Slovak whenever she meets people from these countries.
SEANNA QUERESSETTE, M.Ed., CCDP - Vice President & Vice Chairperson
Seanna Quressette, MEd, CCDP, is a trained Trauma therapist with training in body-psychotherapy, who has over 30 years of experience in the career development sector. Seanna lives with PTSD and anxiety. Seanna has taught at Douglas College in the Career Development Practice programs for over 10 years, and is now the Coordinator of Continuing Education at Douglas. College responsible for the CDP Programs.
Alongside her work with Douglas College Seanna is the owner of Creating Intentional Change, Inc.. In her private practice Seanna works with clients who have experienced work-place based trauma and/or historical trauma that are impacting their ability to achieve their full potential in their careers.
Seanna has worked with clients in private practice, in federally and provincially funded programs and through post-secondary education in rural, urban and Indigenous settings. Seanna brings to her work knowledge and expertise in both trauma work and career development and a flair for facilitation both online and in person.
MIKE JONES, CCDP - Secretary
Mike has been engaged in the Education sector for over thirty-five years, at the Middle, Secondary, and Post-secondary levels. He holds a Bachelor of Education with a major in Counselling, and pursued graduate studies in Career and Vocational Counselling.
His career has ranged from civil engineering to graphic arts, and from commercial diving to firefighting. Mike has worked extensively in Occupational Health and Safety in both industrial and academic settings. His experience in Career Education in northwestern BC includes administering vocational training, essential skills, and work experience programs; career and vocational testing; and trades and technologies careers awareness.
A Certified Career Development Practitioner, he now lives in Terrace, BC and practices as an independent careers consultant. He is a longstanding member of BCCDA, a Member of the Board of the BC Career Educators Society, and a member of the National Career Development Association. He leads many professional activities for career educators in northwestern BC and regularly attends provincial conferences and workshops.
MICHAEL YUE, B.A., M.Ed. - Director & Treasurer
Michael has been working in postsecondary education and career development for over 20 years. At the Vancouver Community College (VCC), he work as Manager in the Partnership Development Office, being responsible for institutional initiatives and innovative projects. During his time at VCC, he has managed employment service centres (for the general public), programs for immigrants, skill training programs, and entrepreneurship programs.
One of the programs - World Beat – that supported the settlement of vulnerable immigrant youth using music and art received an Award of Excellence from the Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan). Currently, he is the co-lead of an innovative project called the VCC CareerLAB, designed to support the career guidance work of faculty and staff, and enhance the overall career guidance capacity of the institution using a collaborative and co-creative model.
He has a B.A. (Sociology and Anthropology) from the University of Toronto and an M.Ed. (Higher Education Studies) from the University of British Columbia.
Outside of work, he loves soccer and has been a devoted player since his teenage years. He lives in Vancouver with his wife Agnes and a lovely dog called Eddie.
KALVIN KRAUSE, CCDP - Director
Kalvin started his career in Social Enterprise, Job Development, and Job Coaching, perhaps before those terms were coined. Later, he moved from a beachfront cottage on Osoyoos Lake to a townhouse in Fort St. John, to implement and manage an employment program for people facing significant barriers to employment. He has been challenging himself since 1980 to provide innovative employment programs throughout BC.
Kalvin runs a small business providing vocational rehabilitation services in the Okanagan and Thompson areas, and works to ensure that all of the efforts of the many people he has met in this industry over the past three decades are recognized and appreciated.
JAYNE BARRON, CCDP - Director
Jayne Barron is both a career development and human resource professional in private practice. She holds the CCDP and CPHR designations as well as other industry certifications and brings more than 20 years’ experience in transformation of both individuals and organizations. Jayne is an adult educator, an outplacement consultant, executive resume writer, and career coach. Jayne was the recipient of BCCDA’s Career Practitioner of the Year award in 2012.
Jayne has returned to the BCCDA board and is looking forward to collectively enhancing BCCDA’s membership and the career development sector. With this in view, Jayne sits on numerous boards/committees and brings experience from funded employment models as well as from an independent practitioner’s perspective.
COREEN JENNERS, CCDP - Director
Coreen is a Certified Career Practitioner and First Nations women of the Okanagan Territory. She has worked as an Employment Counsellor for the past 30+ years and her focus has always been within the First Nations communities. She works under the Indigenous Skills and Employment services with Okanagan Training and Development Council.
She has worked with Friendship Centres and Bands within BC. She works with the North Okanagan Friendship Centre with the Urban First Nations population. She has worked with individuals to obtain sustainable employment and or education in the TRADES, Business, Administration and Health Care. I believe that Education is the way to Success.
When away from work she enjoys gardening, crafting, cooking and reading.
MICH PARTRIDGE - DirectorMich brings with him a vast and varied background of both education and work experience. He studied at the Academy of Design in Toronto and trained in the dramatic arts, bringing a perspective of the arts sector into career development.
His creative talents are diverse and span from acting, visual arts, graphic design to personal development and education through theatrical play. He has worked with youth programs facilitating art and drama, helping members to develop self-confidence in a safe environment.
Mich then expanded his artistic work into carpentry and other trades, bringing artistic perspective through interior and exterior design and creation. Focusing on youth, he has experience in the Education sector in the classroom providing one on one support coping with learning difficulties and Autism. Mich completed the Career Management Professional Program with Life Strategies Inc and is in the process of completing the requirements to become a Certified Career Development Practitioner.
His work as a Career Coach so far focuses on youth, LGBTQ2IAS+, and Indigenous peoples helping them to overcome their unique barriers and meet their needs to find meaningful employment.
KEVIN NED, CCDP - Director
Kevin is a certified Career Practioner and a member of the Okanagan Nation and I am currently the Employment Training Facilitator for Westbank First Nation. He has been involved in employment and training and Education for over 20 years working with first nations organizations such as: Employment and Training Facilitator - Westbank First Nation, Westbank, BC , Employment and Training Coordinator - First Nations Friendship Centre Society, Vernon BC , Aboriginal Youth Leadership/Employment Coach Program Coordinator- Ooknakane Friendship Center, Penticton, BC, Education Director and social Development Director - Okanagan Indian Band, Vernon BC
He holds the following certificates & diplomas: Certified Career Development Practitioner, Essential Skills Practitioner, Mental health First Aid , Business Administration Diploma, Aboriginal Leadership and Management. Banff, BC, Certified Aboriginal Economic Developer
He has 10 years of experience as an elected Band Councillor for his community the Upper Nicola Band and he was recently elected to serve a 3 year term as an elected Band Councillor.
SUSANA MENDEZ ALCALA, B.A. - Director
Since completing a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia, Susana’s career has been focused on administrative and project management with a focus on research, technology and innovation. Over the last 20 years she has held jobs in government, academia, large multinational companies and dynamic tech start-ups.
Susana is a strategic and analytical thinker with an impeccable record in project management and proposal development and writing. She is passionate about education and learning and brings a unique perspective to the BCCDA Board.
Dr. NORMAN AMUNDSON - Honorary Lifetime Board Member
Dr. Norman Amundson is a Full Professor in Counselling Psychology/Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Canada. He has given numerous workshops and seminars, and has been a keynote speaker at many national and international conferences.
Dr. Amundson is actively involved in a number of professional associations. He is the Chair of the International Committee for the National Career Development Association, and the Editor of the Journal of Employment Counselling for the National Employment Counselling Association. He also is a Governor of the Canadian Career Development Foundation. Additionally, he has been instrumental in the organization of several conferences for the Canadian Counselling Association, either chairing or assisting the program committee.
In his writing, Dr. Amundson emphasizes the importance of creativity, imagination, cultural awareness, and action as career counselling strategies. His publications include Active Engagement(Winner of the Best Book Award by the Canadian Counselling Association); The Essential Elements of Career Counselling; The Physics of Living; and several career workbooks, including Career Pathways, Guiding Circles, and CareerScope. He also has helped to prepare individual and group training materials for employment counsellors.
Dr. Amundson’s work has been recognized by the federal government. Most notable among the employment counselling programs that he has provided to private firms is SUCCESS, an employment transition program for immigrants and refugees. He also has been active in the corporate sectorm and is currently working with Van City Credit Union to enhance their recruitment and retention through the use of his workplace attractor materials.
Dept of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Faculty of Education, University of British ColumbiaE-mail: email@example.comTel: 604-822-6757
AUDREY PONS, MEd, B.A., RRP - Honorary Lifetime Board Member
Audrey Pons, Past President, is the Founding President of ENET (formerly NETWERCC). A Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant and trainer with WorkSafeBC for over fourteen years, she is engaged with numerous community resources.
After completing her Master of Education Degree in Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies, Audrey was appointed Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the Bachelor of Community Rehabilitation Degree program at Douglas College.
She is active with VCC Advisory Committee for the Counselling Skills and Substance Abuse programs, and was on the Open Learning Agency Advisory Committee for students with disabilities. She also is an instructor of the Career Decision Making course at Douglas College and of the Vocational Counselling course at Vancouver Community College.
Audrey is one of the team recipients of the BC Career Development Award of Excellence for the Career Development Practitioner Program. In December 2008, she was honoured with the Netty Award for over 16 years of service to the ENET association and the career development sector.
With over twenty-five years of experience in the Career Practitioner field, Audrey brings a wealth of experience and dedication to life-long learning to her students and clients.
Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant, WorkSafeBC – WCBE-mail: Audrey.firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 604-276-3010
Dr. SPENCER NILES, D.Ed., LPC, NCC - Honorary International Board Member
Department Head and Professor of Pennsylvania State University, Counselor Education Department
Jim Bright, BA, PhD., FAP - Honorary International Board Member
Partner: Bright and AssociatesProfessor of Career Education and Development, Australian Catholic University