Panelists for WNPS, Part 2 of 3: St John Ambulance and Trina Isakson

We’re announcing our speakers for Working in the Non-Profit Sector, taking place March 30th, in this three-part series. Our speakers will be sharing their career stories and experiences in the non-profit sector.

St. John Ambulance

Represented by Andrea Banning, Burnaby Branch Manager

St. John Ambulance is a non-profit organization that has been teaching first aid and CPR classes in Canada since 1883 and in Burnaby since 1942. Their worldwide headquarters is located in London, England and The Queen is the Sovereign Head of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem.  St. John Ambulance is located in all countries of the British Commonwealth and supports the Opthalmic Hospital in Jerusalem. Revenue derived from training courses and sales of kits help to support the delivery of local community service programs. The community services volunteers provide first aid and emergency response support. They also improve the quality of life for people confined to health care facilities through the Therapy Dog Program.

Andrea Banning started her career by working odd jobs before becoming the First Aid Attendant and Office Assistant for Alberta Transportation, where she’s worked from 1979 to 1983. She worked for the Hong Kong Bank for 5 years as a teller. Presently, she’s been working for St. John Ambulance since Sept. 1988 – almost 23 years. She was the CPR Coordinator for the Vancouver Branch, then Vancouver Branch Manager, then Call Centre Assistant Manager. She made a shift to work in Surrey as Surrey Branch Manager for 13 years, and now she’s worked as Burnaby Branch Manager for nearly 3 years. She also teaches first aid and CPR to the general public.

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Trina Isakson, Founder of Change Through ____

Trina Isakson has enjoyed what she calls a “crooked career path” – her experiences have included degrees in science, education, and business. She’s held roles in teaching, special event planning, curriculum design, musical theatre production and non-profit management. She loves speaking with students about career paths in general, and careers in the non-profit sector especially.

Trina has embedded herself within non-profit and educational organizations for the past 12 years, where her passions have led her to work in a variety of capacities to engage people within community. She recently founded Change Through _______, a social change dialogue meetup in Vancouver that looks at social change through a different lens every month. She is also a supporter of a variety of local community organizations such as Vantage Point, Take a Hike Youth at Risk Foundation, Vancouver Farmers Market, and The Cultch.

Trina is currently principal of 27 Shift Consulting, where she enjoys helping organizations engage the next generation of staff, donors, volunteers, learners and leaders.

To learn more about Change Through _______. visit the Meetup Page or go to Trina’s website.

To register for Working in the Non-Profit Sector, please visit Symplicity.

By Sonya Reznitsky