Management Staff


Darrell Cole

Founder & CEO

Career Trek has taught me: Don’t stop moving (unless you are tired. Then get some rest).
The best part of my job: Is meeting people like you. Nothing is more enriching that getting to know others.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Into the past to meet my ancestors.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Give a little bit to each of my loved ones, a chunk to Career Trek and the rest on cinnamon buns from Tall Grass Prairie Bakery.
My favourite song: The Rain Song by Led Zeppelin
Something that drives me crazy: Me.
The last book I read: Ghosts Have Warm Hands by Will Bird
I collect: The oldest things on Earth…stones.

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Meghan Lavallee

Vice President of Strategic Development

My role at Career Trek: I connect Donors, Foundations, Partners, and Government to the amazing young people in our programs. The generosity of our community makes Career Trek possible.
Career Trek has taught me: The journey is the best part!
My secret talent: I can stand on my head!
Who I admire: My Grandma. She taught me that you don’t have to speak loudly to have people listen. You have to mean what you say, and say what you mean.
Something I like about myself: That I have no problem laughing at myself!
My mantra: You learn best by making mistakes. Just don’t keep making the same mistakes.

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Bill Hicks

Vice President of Operations

My role at Career Trek: Managing the day-to-day business activities of the organization, coming up with new processes, and devising new strategies.
Career Trek has taught me: To take a chance and try something new.
Why Career Trek is important: It opens up opportunities for youth to explore.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go: On a Rhine river cruise.
My first pet: A Tea Cup Monkey named Picco.
My secret talent: I love to cook.
My superstition: Don’t walk under ladders.

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Lasha Stordeur

Director of Programming

What I love about Career Trek: The people of course!
Why Career Trek is important: It gives young people hope for a better future.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Anywhere and everywhere!
My friends say I’m: Loyal.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Believe in yourself and trust your instincts.
Something that drives me crazy: Mosquitoes.
Who I admire: My Grandma.
My favourite movie: Planes, Trains and Automobiles.
I collect: Experiences.

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Danielle Hollinger

Education Savings Coordinator

My name: Danielle Hollinger
My role at Career Trek: To motivate participants to explore various careers and to keep the program organized and ready to go!
What I love about Career Trek: The positive energy that surrounds Career Trek!
Why Career Trek is important:  To spark inspiration in everyone.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:  Costa Rica, Brazil, Vietnam, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, explore all of Canada….basically everywhere!
When I’m not working, I’m: Cooking, baking or eating!
My first pet: A guinea pig named Bear.
My mantra: Think good thoughts, do good things, forgive, be grateful.

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Judy Braun

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

The best part of my job: The incredible people I get to work with who all share the same goal.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: My list is long… but I’ve been to Europe twice and never been to London or Paris – so that’s next.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Get rid of that student debt. And go shopping. And a lot of travelling.
Something most people don’t know about me: I volunteer at the Women’s Correctional Centre.
Something that drives me crazy: Hair on shower walls. Gross.
The key to happiness: Not to worry about money. Do something that makes you happy and work hard, and everything else tends to work out.
I collect: Concert ticket stubs.



Anatoliy Furda

Project Manager

What I love about Career Trek: The great people building it.
How Career Trek has changed me: I discovered some new skills I have.
The best part of my job: Realizing what a huge and long-term impact our work actually makes on Career Trekkers.
Why Career Trek is important: It helps youth set goals and become more confident.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Cote d’Azur.
When I’m not working, I’m: Enjoying time with my family.
My friends say I’m:  Understanding and like coming up with new ideas.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Treat people the way you want to be treated.
The key to happiness: Knowing that others appreciate what you do and contribute to it.
Who I admire: People who are focused and know how to have fun.
I collect: Tourist destinations and amusement parks.


Caitlin Gilmore

Curriculum Developer

How Career Trek has changed me: Being a Career Trek participant showed me I wanted to go down an education path with my career, and over ten years later I stayed with that decision I made when I was 12.
The best part of my job: Being able to work with all of the Career Trek programs to create hands-on lessons for participants to experience.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Go on a year long trip to every place I want to go in the world, which would take me to pretty much every continent.
When I’m not working, I’m: Probably playing games. Any type of game. Video games, board games, little suduko booklets.
Something else cool about me:  I taught grade 3 in China for a few weeks while in University and that was pretty cool.
The last book I read: The Lost Girls by Jennifer Bagget, Holly Corbett, and Amander Pressner.
What every Trekker needs to know: There’s no reason NOT to do something, even if you hate it there’s something that you can learn.
I collect: I have a pretty serious collection of owl themed objects. Mugs, post-it notes, small statues, etc.


Uliana Yudelevich

Finance Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: We are a big family.

Why is Career Trek Important: It helps young Manitobans build their future.

If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Hawaii.

When I’m not working, I’m: Spending time with my family.

My favourite song: Sting, Shape of My Heart.

The best advice I’ve ever received: Dream big.

Something else cool about me: I like to face-paint my kids.

My mantra: If you only look down there will never be stars.


Estrella L Gadian

Office Administration Coordinator

Career Trek has taught me: To be humble and to think positively.
What I love about Career Trek: The way they take good care for each other.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Rome and Italy.
My favourite song: “You Raised Me Up”
My friends say I’m: Compassionate.
The key to happiness: To live simply and be contented with your blessings.
The last book I read: “The battle of the mind”


Yvanne Dandan

After School Program Manager

Career Trek has taught me: The true success is the journey.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Anywhere you say?…Hogwarts!
When I’m not working, I’m: Writing and performing music.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Believe in yourself and you’re already halfway there.
Who I admire: Really, anyone who pursues their dreams and utilizes their platform to do good in the world. Also… Beyoncé.
What every Trekker needs to know: You’re going to have SO much fun (believe me…I was also once a participant back in the day)
My mantra: Do it with passion or not at all.


Marie Gravoso

Seven Oaks School Division Program Coordinator

Career Trek has taught me: You are never too young to have dreams.
What I love about Career Trek: Career Trek family/community.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Switzerland, Morocco, and Bahamas.
Something most people don’t know about me: I love pictures of cacti.
The best advice I’ve ever received: BE A DUCK! (Thank you Yvanne)
Something that drives me crazy: Green Tea frappucino/milk tea.
Who I admire: My family – Mom, Dad and my sister.
My favourite movie: Harry Potter movies.


Darryl Shotton

Wonder of Work NorMan Program Manager

What I love about Career Trek: The feeling of a team working to help young people.
The best part of my job: Working with the participants!
If I had a million dollars, I would: Buy a deluxe motorhome and travel for a month each summer with the kids.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Don’t do anything halfway, give it everything you have got!
The key to happiness: Keeping life simple and uncomplicated.
Something I like about myself: I am a good dad.
My favourite movie: The Godfather.
The last book I read: Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
My mantra: Enjoy life! Every single part of it!

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Giselle Campbell

Wonder of Work Parkland Program Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: Career Trek provides youth from all backgrounds the opportunity to learn about not only career options but most importantly they learn about themselves.
The best part of my job: Inspiring youth!
My friends says I’m: a slow poke and it drives them crazy!
The best advice I’ve ever received: Roll the dice, get messy, draw outside the lines, let go, jump off and don’t forget to laugh along the way!
The key to happiness: Loving yourself…
Who I admire: I admire all children because they are so honest. I am in awe each day with my three children as they are my teachers, heroes and inspiration. I also admire my Spirit teacher and give thanks each day for all of them.
What makes me laugh: The sound of children laughing, melts my heart!
My mantra: Everyone puts their pants on the same, one leg at a time.
My favourite book/author: I am the biggest Dr. Seuss fan!


Kiara Neville

Wonder of Work Westman Program Coordinator

The best part of my job: Seeing the impact this program has on participants.
Why Career Trek is important: I bounced from faculty to faculty in university, wasting time and money because I had no idea what I liked and didn’t like. Career Trek is important because it gives participants the chance to find out what they like, without the time and money commitment.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Space.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Adopt a lot of animals.
Something most people don’t know about me: I’m learning Japanese.
Something else cool about me: I had been to 25 countries by the time I turned 25.
What makes me laugh: Giraffes drinking water
My mantra: If you can dream it, you can do it.


Agnes Contois

Wonder of Work Parkland – Skownan Coordinator

My role at Career Trek: Coordinate trips from Skownan to Winnipeg.
How Career Trek has changed me: To show compassion to all cultures.
The key to happiness: Live/love/laugh.
What every Trekker needs to know: Be yourself.
My favourite movie: Avatar.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Hawaii

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Shara Harke

Wonder of Work Winnipeg Program Manager

Why Career Trek is important: It provides diverse learning experiences for young people to get to know themselves and the world around them better.
When I’m not working: Cooking or single-handedly ensuring the Winnipeg Public Library stays busy.
The key to happiness: Collect experiences, not things.
Who I admire: My grandmothers.
What every Trekker needs to know: The experiences that challenge you or that you don’t enjoy doing teach you as much about yourself as the things you know you like to do.
My Superstition: Salt before pepper, always.


Sasha Mark

Wonder of Work Winnipeg Program Coordinator

The best part of my job: Without a doubt, the best part of my job is the people that I work with.
My friends say I’m: A loud laugher
If I had a million dollars, I would:  Eat out way too much.
My favorite movie: Mean Girls.
Something most people don’t know about me: I write stand-up comedy.
My superstition: I always have to check the backseat of my vehicle before I drive it.

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Ryan Croy

Junior Staff Mentorship Program Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: I love being able to help youth empower themselves through education. And see their eyes light up when they discover something new.
The best part of my job: Knowing that I am making a positive difference in the world and helping people become the best version of themselves through education.
If I had a million dollars, I would:  Be extremely practical with it, talk to an investor, and plan to use my money wisely and pay off my family’s home.
When I’m not working I’m: probably climbing things, biking, enjoying company or making music.
My favourite song: “Ragged Wood” by Fleet Foxes
My friends say I’m: Charismatic, and an open book.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Never Stop Learning
The key to happiness: is finding what speaks to you and creating your purpose in the world. Happiness is found in how you view your world, and not where or who you are.