BCCDA - BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SEANNA QUERESSETTE, M.Ed., CCDP - 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.
KEVIN NED, CCDP - Vice-Chairperson
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.
MICHAEL YUE, B.A., M.Ed. - Director & Treasurer
Michael has been working in postsecondary education and career development for over 20 years. Michael is is the Interim Director, Partnership Development Office of Vancouver Community College (VCC), 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.
ANNIKA LAALE - Director
Annika holds a Master of Arts in Sociology (Work and Organizational Behaviour) from the University of Calgary. She currently lives in Parksville, BC and is an outdoor enthusiast! When not working, you will find her out walking, hiking or just simply enjoying the peacefulness that nature brings.
ETAB SAAD - Director
Over the past 9 years, Etab has built strong relationships with employers, local organizations and government offices to support settlement and employment initiatives. Etab is passionate about social justice and equality and continues to be a strong advocate for minorities and some of our most vulnerable populations through various media and communication platforms. Her experience strengthened her lifelong interest in Social Justice and Equality and its associated opportunities and challenges.
CHRISTINE BUCHANAN - Director
Christine Buchanan is a Director of Employment Services and Training at Open Door Group. She provides oversight to 10 WorkBC centres throughout 3 regions in Vancouver City Centre, Sea to Sky, and Kamloops-Thompson. She creates service delivery models to improve services to job seekers and employers; along with developing partnerships with community services, associations, training institutions, and employers to best serve the local labour market needs.
In 2016 she received the Career Practitioner of the Year award from BC Career Development Association for the positive impact on the profession. Christine has been working with Open Door Group for the past 15 years because it is built on the fundamental belief that everyone has the ability to succeed which is perfect alignment with her values. She has been known to be pulled away from her passion at work to follow other passions such as dancing and taking long silent meditation retreats.
ALISON IRELAND - Director
Alison Ireland is currently the Senior Manager of Employment Services at DIVERSEcity Community Resources Society in Surrey, BC, and is earning her Executive MBA through the Quantic School of Business and Technology. She has over 15 years of experience in leadership roles within the Employment Services Sector, with extensive work in proposal development, program management,instruction, and the development of strategic community partnerships. She’s also been a guest speaker and sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University’s Career Development Practitioner Program.
LAURIE KOCH - Director
Laurie is a dedicated professional with extensive experience in the social service sector. With a strong background in employment services and a deep commitment to promoting diversity, inclusion, empowerment, and community engagement, Laurie brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her role on the Board of Directors with the BCCDA. Throughout her career, Laurie has successfully managed and executed multi-million-dollar employment programs. Her passion for empowering individuals and fostering connections has been evident in her work as a Manager of Employment Programs and currently, as a Senior Manager of WorkBC Employment Programs. Laurie's dedication to continuous learning and professional growth is exemplified by her current pursuit of a Master of Arts in Leadership, with an expected graduation date in March 2024!
YAS SABERSHEIKH - Director
An educated professional, with 8 years of international working experience as a University Instructor, Corporate Trainer, and Logistics Expert, as well as working with five different not-for-profit local organizations for the past 7 years in multiple roles such as ESL Instructor, Career Advisor, Case Manager, and Job Developer.
Yas holds an MBA in Strategic Management from the Farabi Institute of Higher Education and completed her Career Development Practice Certificate through Douglas College. Yas is an Employer Engagement Specialist (Job Developer) with PCRS at WorkBC- Vancouver, who is a connector between Employers and Candidates. In addition to that, she is a member of the Immigrant Advisory Table (IAT) at Vancouver Local Immigration Partnership (VLIP), and the Secretary of the Board of Directors at Heritage Vancouver Society.
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: firstname.lastname@example.orgTel: 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.email@example.comTel: 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
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