Panelists for WNPS, Part 1 of 3: Building Opportunities with Business and S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

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.

Building Opportunities with Business

Represented by Liz Charyna, Manager, Partnerships & Supported Employment

BOB is championing a revitalization process in Vancouver’s inner-city through supporting residents and developing local businesses.

Liz Charyna is an avid volunteer, Liz has built her career in municipal government and the non-profit sector. Working in positions ranging from Recreation Coordinator, Caregiver, Special Event Coordinator, Film Liason, and Employment Placement Specialist, Liz has always found work to be rewarding and fun.

Liz manages the Supported Employment Program at BOB, which supports local residents in finding and keeping a job.

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Represented by Effie N. Garcia, Program Coordinator, Host Mentoring Program

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is a non-profit multi-service agency that has been delivering immigrant services for over 35 years. Its mandate is to promote the well being of all Canadians and immigrants in five major areas: social services, employment services, business and economic development services, training and education services, and health services.

The agency advocates the vision “A World of Multicultural Harmony’ across all its programs, and its services are offered in 14 languages.

S.U.C.C.E.S.S. is represented in over 20 locations across British Columbia. They also have two offices in Taiwan and Korea that offer for pre-settlement services.

From 2009 to 2010, S.U.C.C.E.S.S. assisted over 85,000 new immigrant clients in their settlement concerns and delivered employment services to about 35,000 job seekers. It continues to explore program strategies to ensure its place in the community and adapt to the ever-growing needs of the society.

Effie N. Garcia is a Hotel & Restaurant Management graduate from St. Paul’s University in the Philippines. She has had the opportunity to work in various occupational fields mostly in the corporate world before landing a job in the non-profit sector in Canada.

She has worked for the S.U.C.C.E.S.S. ProTech Program as Public Relations practitioner, Administrative Assistant, Event Organizer, and Program Assistant. She has also worked as Project Coordinator for the Vancouver School Board’s Settlement Workers in Schools program, which provides immigrants and refugees with settlement and employment services.

Operating her own event management business for 6 years also enabled her to work with top executives as well as the rank and file. Working in America for a title insurance company for 4 years before landing in Canada greatly enhanced Effie’s adaptability to mixed cultures. After some further education and training, she finally found her way to the Canadian social services industry.

Effie’s current job gives her the opportunity to assist immigrant professionals who wish to pursue their original field of training with the help of a mentor through the Host Mentoring Program.

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By Sonya Reznitsky