The Team at Granville College is a tight-knit group dedicated to helping our students. We support you to overcome educational barriers. We are your partner in helping you become skilled, confident and in-demand employees.
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Theresa is the Director of Operations for British Columbia and joined our group of Colleges in 2019 with over 25 years of private career college experience. Her commitment to raising the standards of post-secondary education has been her focus since she founded her first college on Vancouver Island in 1995. Her unique approach to hands-on learning and presenting programs in a professional, virtual environment earned her a nomination for Entrepreneur of the Year for Innovative Business Concepts.
In 2009 the Ministry of Advanced Education’s Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) invited Theresa to lead the Agency’s Accreditation teams as Chairperson, where she spent almost 10 years chairing over 80 audits and reviews, with some of the Province’s largest and most complex institutions in her portfolio. Theresa also worked with PCTIA’s Accreditation Manager and Registrar to re-structure and re-design the accreditation process and reporting documentation. When the Ministry restructured its regulations, Theresa switched to consulting – working with private training institutions to achieve the standards required to attain or maintain status as a Designated Learning Institute In BC.
In her spare time Theresa works with the National Association of Career Colleges presenting at their Management Academy sessions and is an active member and past co-chair of the World Health Organization’s Patients for Patient Safety Program in Canada – speaking across the country and on the TEDx stage about patient safety and the impact of medical errors.
Winson has been helping students find their career path since 2008 - guiding them through the process of choosing a career program that best identifies their strengthswhich will lead them to gainful employment. To date, he has met over 6000 students, sharing his knowledge on the value of higher education in Canada. He understands people seek to improve their quality of life through education, one program at a time.
A devoted family man, Winson spends his spare time with his wife, son, and daughter – usually enjoying our beautiful BC outdoors. Winson is an avid fan of the aviation industry and holds a Pilot permit issued by Transport Canada. He is permitted to fly Solo in a single engine propeller plane and spends as many sunny days flying a Cessna 152 as he can.
With the good fortune of growing up with friends from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, Winson is fluent in English, Mandarin and Taiwanese. In case you are wondering how to pronounce his last name, it rhymes with “Meow.”
Faiza have been associated with the education industry for the past 4 years. She aim to ensure educational quality standards are consistently upheld, and her teaching methods adapt to changing student demands with pragmatism. Before joining Granville college, she taught business courses at City University, St. Lawrence, Stenberg, Focus and Avalon college.
She graduated from the Smith School of Business at Queens University with an MBA degree in Strategy and Business Management. Faiza bring in 10 years of industry experience in the banking and operations fields. As a certified financial planner, she progressed towards leadership roles in different multinational banks like ABN AMRO, ICICI, and Citibank. She has also worked as an entrepreneur in the real estate industry for three years after attaining my UBC real estate license.
When not teaching, she love to travel and learn about new cultures and regions; this has taken her to over fifteen destinations. She speak five languages, and her multicultural background allows her to work with people at all levels.
Cheryl’s dedication and passion for education spans over 20 years. In Winnipeg, she began working with children at the age of 16 and was a playground leader at a local community park. In Grade 11, she began working for the City of Winnipeg / Winnipeg School Division and led summer camps. It was not a surprise that she jumped into the Education program at the University of Winnipeg where she graduated with a Bachelor of Education for K-7. In a bold move to Vancouver in 1990, she was embraced by the world of ESL and held various positions such as Program Director, Admissions Advisor and Pathways Administrator. She also had a love of event planning and worked with the Education and Career Fairs, hosting over 10,000 students each fair season from high schools around the province. Having been in the industry and travelled extensively to events in countries like Turkey, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan and China, her network has followed her throughout her career. It is her interest in finding the best possibilities for clients that has led her to Granville College. She looks forward to changing people’s lives and helping them pivot to new careers.
Justyna is Granville College’s Senior Education Administrator. She graduated from the Olds College Animal Health Technology program in 2011 and has worked extensively in companion animal clinics, wildlife rehabilitation centers, and at both the Calgary and Greater Vancouver Zoo. Justyna also has experience volunteering abroad with animal welfare organizations, providing primary veterinary care in sterilization, vaccination, parasite control, and emergency care to impoverished communities in South Africa. Believing that one of the most important means of improving the well-being of any animal is proper owner education, she pursued a career as an instructor at Granville College in early 2016. She and her teammates have developed and implemented an effective VTA training program to allow students to enter the veterinary industry with the necessary skills to provide the highest standard of care to both patient and client.
Being an avid outdoor enthusiast, Justyna spends her spare time mountaineering, rock climbing, scuba diving, and hiking continuous laps on the Grouse Grind every year to raise money for the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.
Katy joined the Granville College family in February 2021 primarily as an Instructor and Administrator at the Downtown Campus. After graduating with honours from Granville College in March 2018, Katy was hired by her practicum and spent the next three years working in one of Vancouver’s most respected Veterinary Hospital’s, where she still locums today. Katy has also worked closely with one of Vancouver’s behavioural and welfare specialists and prior to this has worked with the Edmonton Humane Society in the behavioural and foster departments.
Katy’s favourite curriculum module to teach is communications and client services, where she can excel in delivering great knowledge and compassion for pets and clients alike.
Mandy is a proud alumnus of Granville College Class of 2001. Since graduating, she has spent most of her time working in clinics in the Greater Vancouver area or volunteering as a member of the Animal Care Committee at UBC. And if that does not fill her pet time quota - she loves to pet sit for clients and friends.Mandy is committed to animal welfare, educating clients, and supporting Veterinarians, with a particular interest in Geriatric animal care and support – her family cat “Libby” is a spry 22 year old white domestic short hair.
When Mandy’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her husband, young daughter and “Libby“. They can often be found biking around town, hanging out at the beach, ortravelling to eastern Canada to visit family in her hometown in Nova Scotia.
Mandy has been instructing at Granville College since 2017 and thoroughly enjoys preparing students for a career in the Veterinary industry. She still manages to keep in touch with a number of her graduating students as they embark on their new careers and this year Mandy will be leading the College’s Community Outreach program to enhance our partnerships with the Veterinary community.
Chantal is Granville College’s Senior Faculty for the Hospitality Management Program. Chantal has over 20 years experience in hotel operations in Vancouver, primarily with the Wall Centre’s Sheraton and Westin Hotels. Starting at the front desk, Chantal worked her way up through the front office, most recently holding the position of Director of Rooms for the award winning Westin Wall Centre, Vancouver Airport Hotel. She has a natural passion for helping others, and enjoys sharing her many experience with our students. After pivoting careers in 2019, she is now an experienced instructor both in person and online, and is a soon to be graduate of Simon Fraser University with her Masters of Education.
When not working or studying, Chantal devotes much of her time to her daughter and to her garden. Her family enjoys the local bike trails, and in the summer they love to explore BC’s campgrounds.