Self-Defense Workshop with Dr. Emel Zerrouk ’04

At the end of January, the Grade 12s welcomed alum Dr. Emel Zerrouk ‘04 back to school to conduct a self-defense workshop. It was an enlightening session and the Grade 12s learned the importance of how to stay safe and protect themselves. Emel has a doctorate in Global Environmental Studies and works as a sustainability consultant. She is also a mother to two little boys. Martial arts and self-defense have been a part of Emel’s life since she was a child. What started as a hobby, and a desire to follow in her father’s footsteps led to teaching and coaching. Primarily a Judoka (a Judo practitioner) since the age of eight, she is also a general fitness coach and a licensed personal trainer.



Yorkies Among Business in Vancouver’s 40 Under 40 Winners

The annual Business in Vancouver 40 under 40 business leaders awards has been released and two York House graduates feature on the list. Congratulations to Natasha (Hudda) Jeshani, Class of 2001 and Anna Baird, Class of 2003. 

Both Natasha and Anna have engaged with our alums over the past number of years. Anna gave a Linkedin workshop at YHS to alums and parents back in 2017 and has also mentored recent grads. Last year Natasha conducted an online job seekers workshop for recent graduates. We are so grateful for their ongoing support of our students and alumnae.

We interviewed Anna Baird ‘03 about her career path and alumnae mentorship experience back in 2018. Click here to read more. Anna’s career has taken her back to Vancouver where she is living with her partner and two children. She is now Head of Culture and iInnovation, Customer Experience with Google Cloud. 

Natasha (Hudda) Jeshani ‘01 is the founder and CEO of Career Contacts and was interviewed back in 2019 about mentorship and her journey as a small business owner. Please click here to read more. 

Natasha and Anna will both be honoured along with 38 other young business leaders at the Business in Vancouver Awards reception on February 22nd, 2023 at the Fairmont Waterfront in Vancouver.