Meet Our 2017 - 2018 Alumni

This is a selection of our 2017-2018 graduating class. We are proud of them and excited to see what they do in the future. Click through to learn more about their backgrounds and what issues they are working on.


Deborah Bright

"In the next five to 10 years, we can achieve many things including employment that will give our community hope, for a brighter future."

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Christine Bruce

"Is it necessary for the Indigenous to become more capitalist in their approach, or is there an approach to commerce and trade that the Indigenous can be using that's equally valid?"

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Emma Carscadden

"I have incredible confidence in the ability of organizations of dedicated people to have an impact on their neighbourhood."

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Karla Duarte

"I would like youth and young families to realize the value of rural communities and the effects of urbanization on health and wellness in all areas of life."

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Shellie Gleave

"Together we will equip people with the tools they need to create thriving local economies and sustainable communities from the ground up."

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Barbara Harasym

"The big picture is about reconciliation. I see community economic development where indigenous and non-indigenous work together to create community that is productive and meaningful for all concerned."

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Lindsey Larsen

"In five years, I believe we could build capacity within our Northwest communities to encourage local, provincial, and federal governments to explore other methods of economic development that are not simply boom-and-bust resource based."

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Shannon McPhail

"Instead of putting energy into fighting each other we can use all this energy to build good things."

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Firyal Mohamed

"Our mission to sustain a vibrant on-island economy has been an effort to offer local solutions to build a sustainable local economy that benefit the people who live here, in a way that respects the land and culture of those who live here."

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Vanessa Scott

"I'm driven by the challenge of how to transcend polarization and bring together diverse groups around a practical vision of fostering healthy resilient communities."

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Vanessa Simonin

"I see us transforming our economy into one that serves to support an abundant and sustainable lifestyle inclusively"

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Laura Smit

"I try to use my power and privilege to raise up others in my community who do not have the same opportunities that I do."

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Linda Van Alphen

"Like many small communities in British Columbia our community is dealing with a growing senior population..."

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Anissa Watson

"I believe we could shift employment values away from big industry, and focus on small community based opportunities that are meaningful and built on solid values."

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Savannah Zachary

"I want to help communities and their members create positive and lasting change and opportunities for their future children."

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