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Careers Day

As they think about their futures, Shawnigan Grade 11 and 12 students had the opportunity on Friday, October 21, to hear from School alumni at our annual Careers Day. There were 18 separate sessions throughout the day where Shawnigan graduates shared their professional experiences with current students. Guests included an Air Canada pilot, a producer of CBC’s Dragon’s Den, and a senior regional manager for Emergency Management British Columbia.
All the presenters were alumni, as Careers Day coincided with Founder’s Day and the Annual General Meeting the following day. Prefects at each session led a modified question and answer session between the presenters and students.
Advancement Associate Harriet Klumper ’09 (Renfrew), who led Careers Day and Founder’s Day planning, said the day was a huge success. “Students were able to get contact info for industries they are interested in,” she said. “And there were opportunities for industry-specific questions and networking.”
Guests included:
  • Chris Ander ’96 (Copeman’s), Boeing 787 Pilot, Air Canada
  • Robert Sharman ’73 (Groves’), Senior Wealth Advisor
  • Molly Middleton ’98 (Groves’), Senior Producer, CBC, Dragon’s Den
  • Doug Fraser ’93 (Ripley’s), Senior leader for Practice Education, BC Emergency Health Services
  • Sonja Leverkus ’97 (Groves), Founder and Ecosystem Scientist, Shifting Mosaics Consulting
  • Kelly Jellema ’92 (Kaye’s), Nurse Practitioner (Palliative Care)
  • Ted Jaewan Cho ’06 (Copeman’s), Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
  • Trent Stentmark ’82 (Groves’), Unit Operations Specialist, Air Traffic Controller, Nav Canada
  • Katy Mayert ’97 (Groves’), Artistic Director & Producer, Razzle Dazzle Productions; French Immersion Music Teacher
  • John Oakley ’72 (Copeman’s), Senior Regional Manager, Emergency Management British Columbia, Province of BC
  • Bruce MacIver ’72 (Groves’), Professor of Neurophysiology, Stanford University School of Medicine
  • Jason Lee ’04 (Copeman’s), Head of Finance & Strategy, Square
  • Henri Alvarez ’72 (Copeman’s), Lawyer, Independent Arbitrator, Vancouver Arbitration Chambers (International Arbitration)
  • Suzanne Boyd ’96 (School), Co-Founder, Noverra Group of Companies
  • Lisa Grover ’90 (Kaye’s), Lawyer, Family Mediator and Business Owner; Grover-Froese Lawyers and Mediators
  • Omar Mawjee ’00 (Lonsdale’s), CEO, Eventcorp Services
  • Emily Wignes ’96 (Groves’), VP Finance, Storm Development Corp.
The School is looking to add further alumni with diverse career experience to the event in the future.
Thank you to all the alumni who came and shared their experiences with our students!
We acknowledge with respect the Coast Salish Peoples on whose traditional lands and waterways we live, learn and play. We are grateful for the opportunity to share in this beautiful region, and we aspire to healthy and respectful relationships with those who have lived on and cared for these lands for millennia.