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

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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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.


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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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.


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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Lora Hay

Wonder of Work Westman Program Manager

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.


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.

Sasha


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.

 


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