Stephanie Brekelmans is a graduate student in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Arts Advanced degree with a major in psychology at the University of Manitoba in 2017. Stephanie currently volunteers at a non-profit counselling organization as a counsellor. Her area of interest is maladaptive coping with a focus on how self-injury can be a form of coping.
Erin Galavan is a graduate student in Counselling Psychology at the University of Manitoba. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in psychology at Vancouver Island University in 2014. Before moving to Winnipeg, Erin lived on Vancouver Island while studying counselling psychology at the University of Victoria and working in the government health industry. She also worked closely with a local non-profit counselling association as a counsellor and case consultant.
Christa Yeates began teaching 1997. First stop was Flin Flon, in Manitoba’s north. Next stop West Africa where she worked with educators for 3 years. She has been teaching at Kaakiyow li moond likol Adult Learning Centre in Winnipeg’s North End since its inception 12 years ago.
Returning from Africa with a new language, new friends and family, and the awe of a beautiful culture and its people, Christa was inspired to learn more about the rich cultures and traditions from the Indigenous people who are her neighbours.
Christa is very passionate about having her adult students’ stories heard. In her students she sees strength, caring, tolerance, perseverance, hope, pain, sadness and joy. She is working to bridge the gap between marginalized people in Winnipeg’s North End and people living outside of the North End.
After hearing students’ stories of struggle, loss, skin colour, and suicide, Christa created a course to empower students and to see value in themselves and their stories. She is continues to teach in the North End while pursuing her master’s degree in counselling.
Kaifeng Ni is a graduate student of Asper School of Business in Finance at University of Manitoba. He received his first Master Degree in Human Resource Management from Durham University, UK, in 2013. He did his undergraduate university education at China University of Political Science and Law in 2011. Before studying in the Asper School of Business he worked as a HR in Auto industry and Finance industry in China.