Management Staff


Rhonda Taylor

CEO

Why Career Trek is Important: Career Trek is important because it gives participants the opportunity to experience fun, informative and engaging programming with the intention to enhance education and provide learning opportunities to support their future career paths.
Something that drives me crazy: When you’re driving or sitting in a long line of traffic and you let someone in and they don’t wave!
Who I admire: My mom.  She raised my sister and I as a single parent and I am who I am because of her.
The last book I read: Our Women Are Sacred, Interim Report: National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
What every Trekker needs to know: You have what it takes to achieve the goals you set for yourself.  It will take hard work, patience and perseverance but know that you have what it takes to get things done and reach your full potential!
My mantra:Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your heart on fire



Bill Hicks

Senior Director of Operations & Support Services

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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Allison Kirkland

Director of Programs

The best part of my job: Helping other discover and develop their potential.
Why Career Trek is important: Career Trek enables youth to discover what they need to know and do to find a career path that is rewarding, meaningful and uniquely right for them. It opens their minds to their, and others’, potential – which in turn leads to more supportive, dynamic, inclusive workplaces and communities.
When I’m not working, I’m: Reading, watching documentaries, listening to podcasts, practicing yoga and Pilates.
My friends says I’m: A good listener.
The best advice I’ve ever received: No one expects you to be perfect.
Who I admire: My Dad, for taking the road less travelled.
What every Trekker needs to know: 1. No one knows everything, so ask questions. 2. Mistakes are learning opportunities. 3. You can’t change what’s already done, so focus on what you’re going to do, not what you did.
My superstition: Newton’s Third Law.


Danielle Hollinger

Education Savings & Financial Literacy Specialist

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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Anatoliy Furda

Research & Fund Development Specialist

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.


Matthew Benger

Research & Fund Development Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: I love talking to people about their careers, their goals, and their passions.
Why Career Trek is important: There are so many fascinating careers out there. It can be difficult to find direction and narrow it down.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Croatia is on the top of a very long list of places I want to travel to.
When I’m not working, I’m: Reading and listening to music.
Something most people don’t know about me:  I’m a certified scuba diver.
Something else cool about me: I love jazz music… is that cool though?
Who I admire: Anthony Bourdain
My mantra: Learn something new every day!


Judy Braun

Communications & Alumni/Donor Relations Specialist

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.



Caitlin Gilmore

Curriculum Development Specialist

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 & Management Support Specialist

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”


Dilraj Mathauda

Data Administrator

What I love about Career Trek: Family atmosphere.
The best part of my job: To input records, make reports, and setting up computers.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Europe.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Go for a world tour.
When I’m not working, I’m: Watching movies, spending time with my family.
My friends say I’m: Caring and generous.
Something I like about myself: Is my simplicity
The key to happiness: Love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe.
My secret talent: Cooking & dancing.


Yvanne Dandan

Program Manager, Youth Initiatives

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.


Lenya Wilks

Program Manager, West Region

Career Trek has taught me: That in order to succeed at what you are doing you have to first understand why you do it.
What I love about Career Trek: I love that we are providing a path and helping to shape dreams and futures for those who need it the most. Offering guidance in areas where one isn’t competent, or just needing that nudge.
The best part of my job: Is working with a team that has the same goal and drive as you do.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Iceland.
When I’m not working I’m: Singing or spending time with family.
My favourite song: Whitney Houston – I have nothing.
Something I like about myself: I like my big bold eyes and my smile.
Who I admire: I admire my mother and her undying love for her children.
My favourite movie Titanic


Karen LeForte

Program Manager, North Region


Tanya Regehr

Program Coordinator, Youth Initiatives

What I love about Career Trek: The people, everyone here is like a big family.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: So many places, but my top three of the moment are Argentina, Morocco, and New Zealand.
Something most people don’t know about me: I love playing basketball, which surprises people because I am quite short.
My favourite movie:  The Sound of Music
I collect: Magnets, from all the places that I have travelled to.


Alex Klassen

Program Coordinator, Winnipeg Region

What Career Trek has changed me: As someone who has grown up with Career Trek I have grown with confidence, decision making and being outgoing. When I was a participant I was one of those shy kids who didn’t like making new friends. Since then I have met so many people and enjoy working as part of Career Trek yet again!
The best part of my job: Is working with staff & participants. It’s great being able to work with such dedicated staff who are so enthusiastic working with the participants. The participants are amazing and always constantly continue to surprise me with the knowledge they bring to program and I’m very excited for their generation to be the leaders of tomorrow!
When I’m not working, I’m : Running around playing Ultimate Frisbee until the wee hours of the night.
The best advice I’ve ever received:  Fake it till you make it
What every Trekker needs to know: Try everything. Even if it’s something you hate.
What makes me laugh: Me. I’m hilarious.
My mantra: “Everything is fine”
I collect: Stickers. You will see I have a Nalgene water bottle that goes everywhere. I collect stickers from every place I visit. I’m currently planning on where my next sticker will be coming from!


Alice Charles

Program Assistant, Winnipeg Region



Founder

Darrell Cole

Founder

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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