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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Rob Marriott

Public Relations Officer

My role at Career Trek: To share the stories that make us a community.
One thing I can’t live without: Good food, good books, and a great place to put my feet while I digest good books and devour good food.
The key to happiness: Having realistic expectations of yourself and those around you. Not everyone can be a rockstar, but everyone can shine.
Who I admire: People who can tell good stories and people who make things happen.
My first pet: An evil-clawed cat named Pussywillow. Being cute does not ensure cuddly”ness”.
My friends say I am: Easily distracted.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Be patient.  It’s not something I’ve mastered, but I am getting better at it.

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Danielle Hollinger

Wonder of Work Winnipeg Manager

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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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

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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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Jami Turetsky

Parkland – Westman Program Manager

My role at Career Trek: To ensure all of our participants realize their full potential.
Career Trek has taught me: That no matter what barriers we may have, potential always shines through.
What I love about Career Trek: Is that when the kids are doing programming that is all that matters. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from, they are just together.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:  Hawaii!!
When I’m not working, I’m: usually at a hockey rink cheering for my kids or watching Ukrainian dancing practices and let’s not forget the laundry…
The key to happiness:  not to stress about things, enjoy the moments!
What every Trekker needs to know: That finding out the things you don’t like is just as important as experiencing the ones you love.

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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.    

 

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Elissa Kixen

Program Coordinator

What I love about Career Trek: I love the friendly staff and the passion that comes out of everyone’s work.
The best part of my job: The amount of learning I get from my coworkers and the participants.
Why Career Trek is important:  Career Trek opens up opportunities that are not readily available anywhere else.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:  Wounded Knee, South Dakota (the first place I experienced magic).
When I’m not working, I’m: A mother of two very energetic boys and a stand up comedian.
Something most people don’t know about me: I have a strange addiction to Horror movies. I also scare so easily but yet, I watch them.
Who I admire: I admire my grandma who taught me how to truly love with an open heart
The last book I read: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
What every Trekker needs to know: Anything is possible
My secret talent: I love to cook

 


Jacqueline Russell

Curriculum Manager

The best part of my job: Learning about so many different occupations!
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to:  Walk the Camino de Santiago.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Run away and become a pirate.
When I’m not working, I’m: Cooking delicious food, practicing backbends and learning to play the ukulele.
Something most people don’t know about me: I was born in Yellowknife, NWT.
My favorite song: Rainbow Connection.
My friends say I’m: An organized mess.
The best advice I’ve ever received: Mistakes need not be fatal.
Something else cool about me: I am a yoga teacher.
The key to happiness: Finding a path of service.
Who I admire:  Anyone with the courage to speak their truth.
My favorite movie: Out of Africa.
The last book I read: Still Life with Woodpecker by Tom Robbins.
What makes me laugh: My sister.
My secret talent: I can recite the alphabet backwards.

 

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Anatoliy Furda

Program Coordinator

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.


Manjeet Kaur

Data Administrator

My role at Career Trek: I manage activities like creating, developing, updating, and implementing databases and the website. I try to help everyone in office.
If I could travel anywhere, I would go to: All Five Oceans, once.
If I had a million dollars, I would: Give some money to help needy, go on a world tour, perform all adventure sports, invest in business, and save some for future.
When I’m not working, I’m: doing some household chores, especially ‘cooking’ and watching ‘Friends’, my all time favorite show.
Something most people don’t know about me: I am a good swimmer.
My friends say I’m: Very helpful and very funny.
Who I admire: My Mother.
My favorite movie: A Walk to Remember.
My secret talent: I’m really good at remembering things: numbers, images, conversations, and especially “new routes” and “maps”.
My mantra: Always remember God, he is inside you, and he is the nearest one to hear you. Just remember him truly and never hurt anyone because God is in everyone’s heart.


 

 

 

 

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