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Anne-Marie Edgar

Executive Director

Anne-Marie Edgar​Anne-Marie Edgar is the Executive Director for Make A Change Canada. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she is responsible for the overall management of our programs and the effective administration of the organization. Anne-Marie has been with Make A Change Canada since January 2007, with her prior role as Financial Manager for the organization. Anne-Marie's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Business Administration. With over 20 years' experience working with persons living with a disability, Anne-Marie has a strong understanding and regard for those facing certain challenges in life. Having worked previously as an instructional designer, as the owner-operator of a construction business, and as a management consultant, Anne-Marie brings specific and pertinent expertise to Make A Change Canada. While working in the IT field Anne-Marie developed online training, conducted training sessions, and managed courseware development teams. Clients included the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Transport Canada, BNR, TRW, Workers' Compensation Board of BC, and Sprint. Outside of work hours you will find Anne-Marie enjoying gardening and furthering her knowledge through reading, lifelong learning, and watching documentary films.


Tricia Cooney

Communications and Development Coordinator

Tricia CooneyTricia is a graduate in Broadcast Communications from BCIT. Since graduating in 1991 Tricia has worn many hats in video production, graphic design, and web design. Specializing in documentaries, Tricia has a passion for helping others creatively tell their stories. Tricia worked previously for 12 years within First Nations organizations in the Shuswap and Okanagan areas of British Columbia where she helped to record the language, history, and traditions of their communities for future generations. Today's technology continues to inspire Tricia to integrate digital tools with creativity. Founder of her own new media business in 2003, Tricia has worked with national organizations across Canada assisting them with digital media and promotion. As a keen advocate of continued learning, Tricia keeps up to date with social and digital marketing trends through online training and webinars. Tricia resides in Vernon, British Columbia, and enjoys spending time with her two horses and her border collie, Brody. Her favourite activities include snowshoeing in the winter and paddleboarding in the summer on beautiful Kalamalka Lake.


Marlisa Antifaeff

Program Assistant and Employment Advisor

Marlisa AntifaeffMarlisa Antifaeff lives in Nelson, British Columbia, and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia majoring in Sociology with a minor in History. In addition, Marlisa holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management and contributes to many of the human resources activities at Make A Change Canada. Marlisa also enjoys pursuing her passion for helping people with career development as an advisor to clients in our Pre-employment Module in the Business Abilities program. Marlisa works in our collaborative, online environment daily as she performs project work and related administrative duties. Throughout her work, Marlisa is able to use her considerable French skills to translate some of our written materials. As someone who is dedicated to helping others achieve their goals, Marlisa spends much of her spare time volunteering in her community. Among Marlisa’s personal interests are gardening, gluten-free baking, and crafting.


Kaileen Selig

Technology Coordinator

Kaileen SeligKaileen Selig from Surrey, British Columbia, is a graduate of our own IBDE Web Essentials program. After receiving her certificate in Web Design and Optimization in 2012 Kaileen began her own at-home business specializing in web design and print media. Kaileen was a member of the Make A Change Virtual Team of Volunteers in 2013-2014, helping transcribe course videos for our deaf and hearing impaired students. This was Kaileen's first experience with volunteer work, and as she found it to be a truly rewarding experience, she plans to continue volunteering in future. Kaileen has faced many challenges due to her rare physical disability but has not let that stop her from achieving her goals. She has a passion for design and loves using her creative imagination. Kaileen has always been a typical girly girl, loving fashion, sparkle, and anything pink, and is also a huge Lady Gaga fan. When not working on the computer, she enjoys going shopping, watching YouTube and Netflix, and being with friends and family. Kaileen strongly believes in the motto "Never give up" and this is something she always lives by.


Mary Alton

Employment Case Manager

Mary AltonMary lives in the vicinity of Moncton, New Brunswick, and has been with Make A Change Canada since March 2008. With previous experience in the employment services field, in providing direct client care, and as a healthcare professional, Mary has had the opportunity to work alongside a diverse group of clientele. She has a highly enthusiastic attitude and is an approachable, compassionate team member. Mary strives to provide exceptional student services and administrative support for program participants. Always offering a supportive environment for our clients as they strive for success in their personal and business endeavours, Mary enjoys her role immensely. Strongly believing in the benefits that continuing education provides, Mary has completed college courses in Psychology, Pharmacology, Public Health, Ethics in Counselling, and Small Business Management. She also holds a Diploma in Massage Therapy and has recently completed additional certifications in Life Skills Coaching and E-Business Management. In her spare time, Mary can often be found reading a good book, working in the garden, enjoying the outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.


Kelsey Baerg

Student Coordinator

Kelsey BaergKelsey was born and raised in Campbell River, British Columbia, and has recently relocated to Nelson, British Columbia. Beginning her academic career studying Biology at the University of British Columbia, she became drawn towards the social sciences and switched her major to Political Science. In her final year, Kelsey worked as the editor of the UBC Journal of Political Studies. Her love of working with others and developing personal connections has pushed her to gain professional experience in mentorship, childcare program development, and customer service. Kelsey is a certified yoga instructor and currently teaches therapeutic yoga classes at Shanti Yoga Studio in Nelson, British Columbia. She is passionate about social equality and empowering individuals to break through social barriers. In her spare time you can find Kelsey in a body of water, on top of a mountain, or sipping a cappuccino at Oso Negro Café.


Doug Tardif

Team Leader – Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)

Doug TardifDoug has been working as a business coach in the nonprofit sector for eleven years, seven of which have been with Make A Change Canada. He has provided guidance to hundreds of clients in helping them achieve their goal of self-employment. Doug is highly skilled at one-on-one coaching, group facilitation, and delivering online webinars. With a consulting background in the financial, publishing, and manufacturing sectors, and through his work with foreign governments, Doug has wide-ranging business expertise. Some of the interesting projects Doug has led include project management of integrated business systems for a chain of Canadian newspapers and the development of protocols for online banking systems and ATMs. While living in the Carribean, Doug developed a strategic plan for tourism and financial systems for airlines, in addition to participating in several fraud investigations conducted with British, American, and Canadian agencies. As the International Y2K Consultant to the United Nations, Doug has travelled extensively delivering information seminars to several foreign governments. Throughout the years Doug has volunteered with various national agencies and service clubs spearheading a number of fundraising and educational initiatives. Doug currently enjoys focusing his energies on coaching aspiring entrepreneurs and in the creative arts, offering writing and screenplay services as well as on-camera training and casting services. Doug has appeared in a number of commercials, has a lengthy stage performance portfolio, and has produced, directed, and acted in a number of films and corporate videos.


Chantal Orr

Business Coach (Mon-Thurs)

Chantal OrrChantal was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia, and currently lives in Calgary, Alberta. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria with a specialization in International Business and is currently completing her Diploma in Public Relations. Her professional experience spans across many facets including mentorship, event management, marketing/social media, entrepreneurship, facilitation, and relationship building. Chantal has worked for a multinational company, co-founded an international NGO, co-chaired an international environmental summit, worked for a technology start-up, and as managing partner, helped found the successful sustainability and marketing consulting firm, Synergy (www.synergyenterprises.ca). Chantal has over five years' experience in the field of business sustainability. She currently consults small and medium sized businesses on operations strategy from the sustainability perspective. She has also mentored dozens of students, helping them to formulate their career path and develop their business plans. Chantal has played varsity soccer both in Canada and abroad, and since has taken her athletic pursuits to the hot yoga room. Chantal is training for a half-marathon and enjoys nothing more than a hike with views.


Louise Doyle

Business Coach – Bilingual (Mon-Thurs)

Louise DoyleLouise has worked as a professional business coach and has enjoyed 15 years of helping hundreds of people achieve their dreams of self-employment. When it comes to her career, Louise is most passionate about inspiring the inner entrepreneur. Louise aspires to support individuals as they develop their business concepts and enjoys helping them stay focused on their vision. Having overcome a serious health diagnosis herself, Louise knows first-hand the struggles and challenges of facing change while trying to land on one’s feet. Prior to business coaching, Louise worked for many years in Northern Alberta in the publishing industry where she was co-owner and publisher of a newspaper. Public relations was a large part of Louise’s role, and she earned significant recognition with her award-winning graphic designs. An adventurer at heart, Louise is passionate about the 13th century. She has travelled twice to Montségur, France, to conduct research for her recently published book, The Last Cathar, with the sequel now underway. Louise is an artist and writer by nature and finds joy in following whatever may inspire her. As a fabric and textile artist, her silk wall hangings can be found as far away as Argentina. Other artistic interests include felted ‘Downton’-style hats, Venetian leather masks, and cheesemaking.


George Papazian

Instructor

George PapazianGeorge Papazian is a New Media Creative and a specialist in the interplay of business, technology, and the arts. As an educator, he has either taught, developed curriculum, or played a role in developing the Digital Media programs of some of Canada’s top new media institutions at colleges and universities including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Art Institute. George's students have gone on to win design awards, and work for companies such as Yahoo!, Electronic Arts (FIFA Project), Zynga, and Blast Radius. On the business and development side, he is the Creative Lead and Project Lead of OptoMedia Web Technologies, a Vancouver based online digital agency, where he leads a compact, talented team in simultaneous web projects and online campaigns.


Easwari Thoreraj

Instructor

Easwari ThorerajEaswari has 15 years of computer industry experience in various technical and management capacities, which includes five years in the e-commerce field. In her previous roles, Easwari successfully programmed, launched, and managed the websites of more than 20 different clients. Her special expertise and interests are in the Linux operating system and systems administration. Easwari holds an M.Sc. in Software Engineering and specializes in PHP programming, among other things.