Management Staff


Darrell Cole

Founder & CEO

My role at Career Trek: My staff do everything, so I am still trying to figure this out.
One thing I can’t live without: Licorice.
When I’m not working: I’m working.
The key to happiness: Realizing what makes you happy and doing it.
Who I admire: Almost everyone.
What every Trekker needs to know: You can do it!
My secret talent: It is no secret. I have no secret talents.

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Lasha Stordeur

Director of Programming

My role at Career Trek: Provide leadership to further Career Trek’s vision; manage the recruitment, selection and training of staff and volunteers; and help deliver excellent programming.
Career Trek has taught me: Every child has the potential to succeed and be their personal best.
My friends say I’m: Loyal.
Something most people don’t know about me: I’m named after a great Ukrainian poet named Lasha Ukrainki.
Something that drives me crazy: Mosquitoes.

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Hank Tseng

Finance Coordinator

My role at Career Trek: Assisting staff, welcoming visitors, responding to inquiries, creating and maintaining administrative information.
One thing I can’t live without: Technology and my PC.
The key to happiness: Family.
Who I admire: If I had to choose, I’d say Bill Gates.
My secret talent: Do I get a secret talent? I’d like to have super speed or the ability to see through walls.
The best part of my job: Working with great people and getting to do different things everyday.
My friends say I am: Funny.
Something that drives me crazy: All kinds of bugs…including Mosquitoes.

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Meghan Lavallee

Director of Resource 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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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.

Kerstin Hocheim

Darryl Shotton

NOR-MAN Program Manager

What I love about Career Trek: The enthusiasm and outside the box thinking.
Why Career Trek is Important: In our current education system a lot of students fall through the cracks.  Hopefully we can help them.
When I’m not working, I’m: Spending time with my kids, playing volleyball or reading.
Something most people don’t know about me: I don’t drink coffee.
Something that drives me crazy: Rudeness and lack of respect.
Something I like about myself: I am a good dad.
My superstition: Two straws in every Slurpee cup.
The last book I read: The Game of Thrones five book set.

Darryl

Agnes Contois

Skownan Coordinator – Children Rising Program

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

Skownan

 


Bill Hicks

Director 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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Sasha Mark

Junior Staff Mentorship Coordinator

My title at Career Trek: Junior Staff Mentorship Program Coordinator
My role at Career Trek: I coordinate the Wonder of Work’s Junior Staff Mentorship Program and I also assist the Wonder of Work Program Managers with their programming needs.
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.

Sasha


Erica Hoiss

‘M’ Program and Special Projects Manager

My role at Career Trek: I Manage the ‘M’ Program.
The best part of my job:  Answering great questions from curious minds.
When I’m not working, I’m: Making elaborate meals.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Do it yourself. And it’s okay to ask for help.
Something that drives me crazy: Hearing two different songs at once. Like hearing the radio while the tv is on.
Something else cool about me: I’m completing a Master’s in Peace and Conflict Studies, researching the role of theatre and storytelling in creating peaceful communities.
What every Trekker needs to know: Volunteering for causes you believe in is a great way to find out what you want to do. A career isn’t just about jobs, it’s about learning and using skills to do things you think are important.
I collect: House plants. My house is basically a jungle.

Erica


Estrella Gadian

Office Coordinator

My role at Career Trek: Office Administrator, receptionist, updates records and filings, welcome visitors and clients, and taking care of the administrative information.
Something most people don’t know about me: I read the bible first thing in the morning.
The key to happiness: Be at your best in everything that you do, for yourself and for others.
When I’m not working: I do household chores.
The best part of my job: I love to see our students and alumni who are successful in their chosen field of expertise, it’s the feeling of fulfillment which cannot be bought by money.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Invest, Visit the Holy Land, and share some to charity.
Career Trek has taught me: The essence of your career path in life and the steps you’ll make to reach your goal.    

 


Anatoliy Furda

Project Manager

What I love about Career Trek: It helps children become more confident.
The best part of my job: Great people in this organization.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Cote d’Azur.
When I’m not working, I’m: Studying or helping someone else to study.
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.

 


Lora Hay

Wonder of Work Program Manager (Westman)

Career Trek has taught me:  Everyone can achieve their goals, and it is so important for Children to have the information in order to achieve those goals.
What I love about Career Trek: Seeing the inspiration in not only the participant’s eyes but their parent’s eyes. As much as parents believe in their children already, seeing the impact of others believing in their children is heartwarming.
The best part of my job:  I don’t think there is just one best part. Career Trek is an amazing place to work with incredible people.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:  Anyplace warm with the people I love.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Ensure that my children were secure in their future,,,and, of course, travel and experience what life has to offer.
When I’m not working, I’m: Hanging with my family and friends, camping, fishing, and enjoying life.
Something most people don’t know about me: I love to sing in my car.
The best advice I’ve ever received: If you test a fish on how well he can climb a tree he will spend his life feeling not good enough.
I collect: dust bunnies, I keep them under my sofa and bed.

 


 

 

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