Meet Our Facilitators

Each of these women is a leader in their community and a representative of the Taking the Stage® program. They were selected specifically for their leadership experience and qualities to offer this program to other women who want to become more comfortable in the spotlight and better influence and inspire others.

Each facilitator will share their experiences and knowledge and lead engaging group discussions to assist women in business to achieve a dynamic leadership presence.


 Rita Kim, Partners for Growth

With over 20 years of finance and consulting experience, Rita Kim knows the importance of initiative, motivation and true leadership

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 Alpana Sharma

To say that Alpana Sharma is enthusiastic about entrepreneurship would be an understatement. She has successfully run her own small business. Currently she is the Communications & Client Service Coordinator with Women's Enterprise Centre in Vancouver.

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Beth Veenkamp, Constructing Life Coaching

Beth Veenkamp has spent her career focusing on people. Since receiving her Certified Coach status in 2006 and launching her company, Constructing Life Coaching, she has worked with individuals and groups to discover the myriad ways they are getting in their own way of achieving success. 

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 Dawn McCooey, WEC Business Advisor

Dawn McCooey has worked in the adult training and development field for over 20 years. She completed a Master of Arts degree in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University, and has worked with individuals, corporations and government in life skills coaching, program design, workshop facilitation and organizational development.

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 Dianne Hawkins, CEO Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce

As CEO of the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce, Dianne Hawkins knows a thing or two about the importance of a strong business community.

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 Felicia Lee, Candeo Communications Inc.

Felicia Lee constantly extends her positive attitude to aspiring entrepreneurs and the multiple business environments she’s a part of.

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 Jennifer Deane, Coaching, Training & Consulting

Jennifer Deane is one talented woman – Certified Professional Coach, Strategic Consultant and Facilitator. These are the elements of her business, Jennifer Deane, Coaching, Training & Consulting, which she has successfully run for the past decade.

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 Nancy Whitticase, Namaste Yoga & Wellness Centre

Nancy Whitticase traded in her desk for a yoga mat seven years ago as she transitioned from a consumer marketing and advertising sales agent to a full time yoga and meditation instructor.

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 Susan Kelly-Easton, Competitive Edge Career Services

Susan Kelly-Easton is one creative woman! As a Career Visibility Coach and the Founder of Competitive Edge Career Services, she specializes in Career Visibility Coaching for women who feel invisible in the new world of employment.

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 Trish Dyck, PowerNPassion for Life

Trish Dyck has always been one to take advantage of the opportunities that come her way, a large part of the reason why her career has spanned such professions as medical laboratory technologist, auctioneer, and life and business coach.

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 Ann Condin, Cook’s Ferry Indian Band, Spences Bridge

Ann Condin is passionate about breaking down the barriers to education and finding jobs in her small community of Spences Bridge.

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 Betty Barton, Barton Construction Terrace

Betty Barton, winner of the 2006 Female Innovator of the year at the Northern BC Today’s Women Awards, is a woman of many talents.

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  Carmie Minnabarriet, All Nations Development Corp, Kamloops

Carmie Minnabarriet counsels entrepreneurs in their business start-ups and expansion as a Business Development Officer with All Nations Development Corporation.

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  Carrie Gallant, Gallant Solutions, Vancouver

Carrie Gallant followed her passion in life, and as a result, she’s experienced great success. Founder of Gallant Solutions Inc. in Vancouve.

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  Doreen Rosvold, Kelowna community Resources, Kelowna

As a Settlement Worker in Immigrant Services for Kelowna Community Resources (KCR), Doreen Rosvold is committed to helping new immigrants find the information and services they need to become self-employed.

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  Janice Alpine, Kootenay Aboriginal Business Advocates Society, Cranbrooke

Janice Alpine is the prime example of a confident woman unafraid to use the power of her voice. “Making a point to voice my opinion and ensure my message comes across well is more than important to me,” says Alpine.

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  Jennifer Gallic, Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation, Port Alberni

Nothing has ever stopped Jennifer Gallic from accomplishing the challenging goals she sets for herself. Gallic is currently a Business Service Officer with the Nuu-chah-nulth Economic Development Corporation in Port Alberni.

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  Kathryn Moen, Moen Consulting, Port Moody

In 2002, Kathryn Moen took charge of her twenty year marketing career and leapt into entrepreneurship with Moen Consulting, a B2B marketing outsource partner in Vancouver which caters to the needs of small and mid-sized companies.

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  Lillian Mukanzu, Vancouver Coastal Health, Port Moody

Talk about pursuing your passion! Lillian Mukanzu has literally traveled around the world to find a job she loves in healthcare.

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  Lynn Robinson, The Robinson Group, White Rock

Lynn Robinson is a true entrepreneur in every sense of the word. Not only is she the owner and founder of The Robinson Group in White Rock, but she’s also an influential keynote speaker and author..

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  Marilyn Strong, The Strong Communication Group, Kelowna

Marilyn Strong is an innovative marketing strategist, trainer and facilitator. Her expertise in combining technology with strategies for growing strong businesses has benefited clients in agriculture, tourism, hospitality, retail and high tech industries.

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  Patti Phillips, Kootenay Aboriginal Business Advocates Society, Cranbrook

As the Interim Manager at Kootenay Aboriginal Business Advocates Society, Patti Phillips strives to provide her business owner clients with the best possible chance to succeed.

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  Paulette Flamond, Northeast Aboriginal Business & Welness Centre, Fort St. John

As an experienced small business owner and operator, Paulette Flamond has worked for over fifteen years providing economic development in Fort St. John.

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  Pauline Terbasket, Okanagan Nation Alliance, Westbank

Working to promote sustainable economic development, Pauline Terbasket of Westbank has committed herself to tackling issues confronting the growth and wellness of Indigenous citizens.

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  Robyn Samuel, Nuu-chah-nulth Employment & Training, Port Alberni

A background in child and youth care has led Robyn Samuel to a career in Employment Counseling for the Nuu-chah-nulth Southern Region in the Port Alberni area.

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  Victoria Oppertshauser, Inter-cultural Women’s Educational Network, Kelowna

As a first generation immigrant, Victoria Oppertshauser understands how difficult it can be to start again in Canada. The Co-Founder and Director of the Inter-cultural Women’s Educational Network (IWEN)

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This project has been funded in part by the Status of Women Canada