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Jennifer Reddy
Community Connections & Youth​ Coordinator
Email: jreddy@vsb.bc.ca; Phone: 604 713 5878/ 604 379 3762

Jennifer's Bio - I love to work with young people because they are creative and inspiring, this is what drives me to work with the Engaged Immigrant Youth Program (EIYP).  I enjoy building relationships with young people in order to help them build their confidence, discover their talents, and explore their future selves.  There are so many opportunities that I have been able to take advantage of as a Canadian including studying abroad to obtain a Masters degree to help me develop programs for communities.  I hope to guide other young people to take advantage of the same opportunities that I did!


Adrian Bontuyan
Youth SettlementWorker
Email: abontuyan@vsb.bc.ca; Phone: 778 229 9719

Adrian's Bio - Inspiring young people to achieve their dreams has always been my passion.  For over 10 years of working with youth, I have always been amazed seeing the diverse talents and skill that each youth possessed and develope​d.  I have a background in counselling and mentoring from the Philippines.  In addition, I have completed the Career Development Practice Certificate from Douglas College in 2011.  I count it as a privilege to be able to use my training, skills and experience to support immigrant youth flourish and thrive in Canada.​

Vicky Ma
Youth Settlement Worker 
Email: vwma@vsb.bc.caPhone: 604 379 3765

Vicky's Bio - Making connections with young people is definitely the part that I am looking forward to now that I have joined EIYP! I was born and raised in Hong Kong and arrived in Vancouver as a Grade-12 international student. Taking on a new cultural identity is never the easiest task in the world. As a Registered Clinical Counsellor, my training focuses on supporting young people to consolidate their self-esteem and foster their sense of belonging in the community. I enjoy working with students and I love the energy and creativity involved in every unique individual!

 


Andara Ahmad
Youth Settlement Worker
Email: aahmad@vsb.bc.ca; Phone: 604 379 3767

Andara's Bio The unique worldviews and perspectives youth bring to schools and community at large has sparked my interest in working in multicultural and diverse settings. Whether through my teaching experience abroad, community outreach role with NGO, or current role as youth settlement worker in school.  I have always loved to learn from youth as much as I enjoy supporting them.  My philosophy has been it is always a two-way learning when working with youth.  What motivates me the most in my work with newcomers is the set of skill and knowledge youth and newcomers bring to this country.  Unlike the common perspective that newcomers only have a needs, I have always enjoyed supporting and watching their growth and successes through those skills they bring.  My supportive rather than instructional approach was strengthen by my extensive teaching experience abroad and community involvement in Vancouver for many years.  I hold a teaching certificate from the Teachers Faculty in Syria and along with my community work, I have over 16 years of exceptional learning journey with in youth resilience and community building.

 

 
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