Career Day at YHS
Our Alumnae Office and Counselling Department joined together to put on a Career Day for our Senior students during PHP.
The keynote speaker was blogger, nutritionist, chef and author Sarah Britton. Ms. Britton was in town on a tour to promote her book “My New Roots”, which is also the name of her award winning healthy food blog. Sarah spoke about her journey from design school graduate, organic farmer, teacher, photographer, to holistic nutritionist and chef, reminding students that one’s career path isn’t always straightforward — and that is okay. “Doing what you love is scary. What’s important is that you listen to yourself,” she said in conclusion to her keynote. “I get to do what I love every day and it doesn’t feel like work. I really feel that is the greatest success of all.”
After the keynote, students sat in on their choice of two break-out sessions with YHS alumnae. The girls heard first-hand about a Yorkie’s journey after graduation, and had a chance to ask questions to professionals from a variety of fields.
Career Day Speakers:
- Stephanie Young ‘01 – Associate Director of Advancement, Brentwood College School (fundraising at an Independent School).
- Kirsten Sutton ‘83 – VP and Managing Director of SAP Labs Canada and SAP Global Executive Briefing Centres (enterprise software and software-related services).
- Alexandra Lesk ‘91 – Teacher – Social Studies, Latin and English, West Point Grey Academy (formerly an Archaeologist).
- Thera Martens ‘98 – Webinar Program Manager, Hootsuite (social media).
- Sheina Macadam ‘99 – Plastic Surgeon.
- Joanne Lee Young ‘90 – Business Reporter, The Vancouver Sun.
- Meredith Bates ‘97 – Violinist and Violist, Juno Award winner.
- Zahra Rasul ‘99 – Owner and Director, Rasul Learning Group (education consulting).
- Anna Dhillon ‘95 – Interior Designer, Anna Dhillon Design (mid to high-end interior design firm).
- Kathy Wardle ‘93 – Associate Principal and Director of Research, Perkins+Will (architectural and engineering consulting services).
- Julie Robertson ‘91 – Doctor, Maternal Fetal Medicine, BC Women’s Hospital.
- Talya Nemetz-Sinchein ‘05 – Lawyer, Singleton Urquhart LLP.
- Smita Naidoo ‘99 – Psychiatry Resident, BC Children’s Hospital.
- Jessica Cheung ‘02 – Filmmaker/Producer.
Read the bios to learn more about these alumnae.