To cultivate leadership through dialogue, engagement, and mentorship.
A generation of inspired and informed leaders.
MEET THE BOARD
Bianca (she/her) has been a board member since late 2019. She currently works as a Marketing Coordinator with Alberta Blue Cross.
Her first experience with interVivos was as an intern who helped during the Summer 2019 Mentorship Program. The board often thrills Bianca for its work and passion for local engagement.
“I’m inspired by interVivos’ mission to create meaningful connections between Edmontonians through mentorship and community events, like the BIPOC mentorship program.”
Favourite Local Business: Filistix for food, Baijiu for drinks, and Doughnut Party for treats!
Brittany Chung (she/her) is currently a Development Officer at Crossroads Hospice Society in Vancouver.
She has been a Board Member intern since September 2022 as a Volunteer Alberta Youth @ the Table board intern. Brittany was inspired to be a part of interVivos because it allows Edmontonians to engage with others they may not otherwise have the opportunity to engage with if interVivos programs did not exist.
“Community engagement is important because I can learn more about my community, and doing so helps me make better decisions to make positive change. It also allows me to work alongside people who share similar values. Together we can make a meaningful impact on creating a stronger, more resilient community! ”
Favourite Local Business: Duchess Bake Shop
Madison (she/her) is the board secretary and has served on the board since the fall of 2019. She currently works as an HR Representative at Connect Logistics Services Inc. Find out more about Madison on our blog.
Her first experience with interVivos was the interVivos mentorship mixer in fall 2019. Citizen engagement is crucial to her because it empowers and strengthens our community. Madison is inspired by interVivos because we can impact and connect many citizens in the Edmonton region.
“Hearing the testimonials from the event and program participants drives me to continue working hard to create content for our community.”
Favourite Local Business: Doughnut Party
Navneet Chand (he/him) is currently a Student at the University of Alberta.
He has been serving as a Board Member intern since September 2022 through the University of Alberta Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program.
Navneet’s first experience with interVivos was attending one of our events, focused on showcasing women and gender-diverse leaders, with his best friend in high school. He seeks to continue learning more about interVivos because he is inspired by the board members who make the organization successful. He also enjoys collaborating with hardworking individuals who help connect the Edmonton community.
“Community engagement allows for an understanding of the communal heartbeat—what motivates, excites, and challenges everyone to make meaningful contributions towards improving the space they call home. As such, I see it as an invaluable tool for better understanding ourselves and others, which leads to developing stronger methods for collaboration and community improvement.”
Favourite Local Business: Unbelts
Sarah Teasdale (she/her) has been on the board since the winter of 2021. She currently works as a Digital Marketing Specialist at the Bissell Centre.
Her first experience with interVivos was when she participated in a mentorship program as a protégé several years ago. Sarah is motivated by interVivos because she knows the importance of community involvement and the difference it can make.
“Intervivos inspires me to engage with new groups and go beyond my comfort zone. The organization inspires me to work hard and to inspire others in the same way.”
Favourite Local Business: The Cavern
Vanessa (she/her) is the board treasurer and has volunteered for interVivos since early 2021. In addition, she works as a Donor Engagement Specialist at Edmonton Public Library.
Her first experience with interVivos was at the Fall 2020 Mentorship Program virtual launch. Vanessa is invigorated by interVivos because we do unique work to get the general public involved in a very accessible and fun way.
“It’s important to know what the community values, hear their thoughts, and engage in dialogue to make it a better place!”
Favourite Local Business: Uproot Food Collective
Zohreh (she/her) is the president of interVivos and one of the organization’s co-founders. She currently works in public policy development for the province.
Zohreh helped develop interVivos because there was a need to create more safe spaces for dialogue, engagement, and mentorship. Zohreh is constantly impressed by the interVivos team. Their passion for elevating diverse voices and commitment to grassroots organizing is what keeps her engaged.
“Over the years, I’ve seen my network grow. But, the thing that keeps me here is the ability to connect people: emerging leader to emerging leader, emerging leader to mentor.”
Favourite Local Business: The Common
Shani (she/her) is the Founder and Managing Partner at pipikwan pêhtâkwan, an Indigenous-owned, led, and majority staffed public relations agency. She became an advisor in early 2021. Find out more about Shani on our blog.
Her first experience with interVivos was as a mentor in 2019 for the all-women mentorship program. interVivos inspires her because of our efforts to build bridges and reciprocal relationships across various backgrounds.
“The interVivos board is always willing to learn and build out the opportunities to bring in more diverse voices. Actions like this provide opportunities for oppressed communities to have their voices heard and to ensure their perspectives are reflected in decision making at all levels.”
Favourite Local Business: Tee Pee Treats
Katherine Swampy (she/her) has been an advisor since early 2022. She is an elected councillor with Samson Cree Nation. She has also run provincially and federally. Being involved with many community issues to create impactful changes gives Katherine a meaningful sense of work.
Katherine’s first experience with interVivos was as a mentor in our Fall 2020 BIPOC mentorship program. She enjoyed the opportunity to share her own experiences with her protégé and grow a relationship with them.
“interVivos has a hands-on approach to encourage and motivate individuals to pursue a career or make necessary changes for improving their jobs. I am inspired by interVivos to want to give back and share.”
Favourite Local Business: 49DzineEdmonton