Management Staff

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 (Winnipeg Region)

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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Hazen Barrett

Director of Programming (Westman, Parkland, NorMan)

What I love about Career Trek: The family-like atmosphere.
Why Career Trek is important: It helps kids establish their own direction in life.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: The Maritimes – again and again and again
If I had a million dollars, I would: Buy my own lake and stock it with trout.
When I’m not working, I’m: Spending time with my family and reading/listening to music – or boating and golfing.
My favourite song: “Coal War” by Joshua James. Tied with “Lake Marie” by John Prine.
My favourite movie: “Cast Away” with Tom Hanks.
The last book I read: “The Post-American World” by Fareed Zakaria.



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.


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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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 (on maternity leave)

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.


Sydni Masiowski

Wonder of Work Winnipeg Program Manager


Ariel Neufeld

Wonder of Work Westman/Parkland Program Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: The family-like atmosphere and being able to make an impact in the participants lives.
Why Career Trek is important: Career Trek is important because it shows participants the many different career options they have.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: Africa.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Pay off all my student debt.
When I’m not working I’m: I’m reading and writing.
My favourite song: Exceptional by JoJo.
The best advice I’ve ever received: The definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result.


Lenya Wilks

Wonder of Work Westman/Parkland Program Coordinator

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


 

 

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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