Profiles

KATHY KINLOCH – REFLECTS ON HER JOURNEY AS A LEADER IN THE HEALTH AND EDUCATION SECTORS

Kathy Kinloch has spent over 30 years as a respected health care provider, educator, and leader. She is currently the President of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), which serves approximately 50,000 students annually. Holding this position since 2014, she was previously President of Vancouver Community College for three years, and the Dean of BCIT’s School of Health Sciences before that.

JESSIE SHOKAR – CONFIDENT, TENACIOUS & COMPASSIONATE

Jessie Shokar is a woman who has adapted and persevered. She has overcome adversity and taken challenges head-on. She is tenacious in her career as a Branch Manager with RBC Royal Bank. She achieved The Global Citizen Award in 2018, Leadership Award 2020, Award for Care, Empathy & Resilience during COVID for Clients and her team, and recognition for three consecutive years of High Employee Engagement.

RITA CHOHAN – IT’S NEVER TOO LATE TO PURSUE YOUR PASSION

Rita Chohan is best known for her successful home staging business, An Elegant Touch Home Staging and Design.  She is a socialite, respected in her community. She has a sense of fashion and entrepreneurship even from her adolescence.  Our readers are familiar with her business acumen, but there is more to this successful woman who is not afraid to forge her distinctive path.

RENA DHIR – FAITH AND RESILIENCE: NEVER GIVE UP ON YOUR DREAMS AND ASPIRATIONS

Armed with an education and a firm conviction of who she is, Rena Dhir is the perfect example of a woman who can have it all. Her strength comes from the guidance and support she received from her parents, and now from her husband and children. She is tenacious and attributes her joy in life to maintaining a work-life balance. She sets goals and achieves them, always striving for better.

JOSLYN YOUNG – A CAREER THAT ECHOES HER VALUES

Joslyn Young, Manager, External Relations – Gateway Strategy at Vancouver Fraser Port Authority sat down with Drishti to share her own background and discuss her position with the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Joslyn is the eldest of five children who had “wonderful parents who raised my siblings and I to believe in ourselves and always strive to excel.”

ORENE ASKEW – DJ O SHOW: KICKING DOWN DOORS AND STEREOTYPES; CONNECTING THROUGH MUSIC

Orene Askew grew up on the Squamish Nation Reserve. An Afro-Indigenous, she has faced adversity and confusion growing up because she is not your typical-looking indigenous woman, for she looks black. A politician and serving as a Squamish Nation elected Councillor, a motivational speaker, inspiring youths across the country with her story about being resilient, sharing a life-changing event, and her challenges of being mixed race. She is the youngest of 4 from a large family that includes 10 grandchildren.

CHRISTINE MOHR – RAISED TO EMPOWER OTHER WOMEN

As the CEO of Options Community Services, and Habitat Housing Society, Christine Mohr sees the impact that the inability to access affordable housing has on people’s sense of security and well-being. Christine is one of the leading forces behind the Women of Options Campaign, a life-changing initiative raising money for affordable housing units in Surrey, BC.

PAULINA CAMERON – WOMEN CREATE RIPPLES OF IMPACT!

Paulina Cameron could not have written the script where she would be today. She looks back at what she cared about deeply. In that case, it makes absolute sense through careers and entrepreneurial endeavors, striving to be open to opportunities that held the possibility for growth, learning, relationship building, and impact.