Meet the STEP team

Northern BC

Prince George, BC

3851 Eighteenth Avenue Prince George, BC V2N 1B1

Cassandra Lobban

Cassandra Lobban

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Cassie joined STEP in April 2019. Her office is in Prince George. Cassie comes from a case management and education background coordinating various programs in schools and the community. Cassie has a degree in Geography with a focus on urban planning and development. She is excited to be part of the construction sector and looking forward to being involved in exciting new projects in the region. In her spare time Cassie enjoys walking her dog, cross country skiing, canoeing and cooking.

Bev Collins

Bev Collins

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Bev joined STEP in January 2021 as a REPS. Her background is in industrial sales in the scientific and semiconductor industries as well as construction sales in northern BC. Bev also has been in the employment field for over 14 years as a facilitator, Employment Counsellor, and Job Developer.
Bev is excited to be a part of the construction sector in the Prince George Cariboo region. When not working, she enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring the many lakes BC has to offer.

Bethany Oakley

Bethany Oakley

Regional Coordinator

Bethany has worked with STEP since 2012 as a Regional Coordinator. Her office is in Prince George. Previous to STEP, Bethany was in retail management with a big box store for 9 years. She has lived throughout the province, but spent the majority of her years in Prince George. She enjoys travelling with her husband, relaxing at the family cabin, and spending time with her 3 children and 2 grand kitties.

Terrace, BC

204 – 4650 Lazelle Ave. Terrace, BC V8G 1S6

Steven Bernard

Steven Bernard

Regional Employment Placement Specialist/LNG Canada Connect Representative

Steven relocated to Terrace from Victoria about 20 years ago. He has worked for the BC Construction Association since 2013. While living in Victoria Steve worked as a residential house framer for 10 years. Steve holds a B.Sc. (Psychology) and is presently near completing his BSW part time at the Terrace UNBC campus. Before working for the BCCA, Steve worked in Terrace as a band social worker for local First Nation community, as a parole supervisor for Corrections Canada and as a child protection social worker with MCFD.

Prince Rupert, BC

610 – 2nd Ave West, Prince Rupert, BC V8J 1H2

Veronica Setso

Veronica Setso

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Veronica has been a Regional Employment Placement Specialist for STEP since September 2012. Formerly a Case Manager for the Hecate Strait Employment Development Society in her hometown on Haida Gwaii, she has over ten years of experience as a service provider and is passionate about assisting job seekers with finding their career path in the construction trades. Veronica applies her personal and career experiences to assist participants in overcoming barriers to employment within the Construction sector, while providing them with the services/supports they require, ensuring they are successful in their career paths. She enjoys gardening, fishing, travelling, and camping with her husband as well as spending time with family and friends.

Fort St. John, BC

#2 – 10230 100th Street Fort St. John, BC V1J 3Y9

Teresa German

Teresa German

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Teresa joined the STEP team in May 2019 and provides services to the Northeast region. Her office is located in Fort St. John, where she was born and raised. She comes from 8 years of experience working at WorkBC as a Senior Case Manager, assisting job seekers in finding employment and managing their careers. She has also owned and operated businesses throughout the years and has a direct understanding of employer challenges. Teresa has a Social Service Worker Diploma and obtained designation as a BC Certified Career Practitioner. Teresa loves being part of STEP team and helping job seekers navigate their career in the trades. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, hiking, travelling, camping, and spending time with friends and family.

Southern Interior

Kelowna, BC

104 – 151 Commercial Drive Kelowna, BC V1X 7W2

Sharon Miller

Sharon Miller

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Sharon has been with the STEP team since 2012. With degrees in Education and Psychology, Sharon has over 30 years of experience in the Education and Employment sectors. She has been an elementary school teacher, group facilitator, adult upgrading instructor, a job-finding club coach, and a case manager/employment counselor. While working for WorkBC in Chilliwack, Sharon took on the role of Apprenticeship Specialist. Upon moving to Kelowna, she found her fit as a REPS. Sharon is grateful for the fulfilling and dynamic position.

David Croteau

David Croteau

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Dave has been working with STEP since 2009. He has over 30 years of trades related experience, working as a Certified Welder/Heavy Equipment Operator, and Welding Instructor. He is also a Qualified Career Development Practitioner. Throughout his career Dave has always been passionate about assisting apprentices and connecting them to employers with a focus on completing the Red Seal certification.

Sarina Klein

Sarina Klein

Senior Regional Coordinator

Sarina is a Senior Regional Coordinator for STEP. She has been handling all day-to-day administrative tasks for our Southern Interior team since 2011, and now assists our Greater Vancouver team as well. She holds a certificate in accounting from the Okanagan College and lives in Kelowna. She grew up, worked, and studied business in Europe before moving to Canada. Outside of work, she likes hiking, boating and spending time with her family. She strongly believes in the power of positive thinking in the workplace.

Kamloops, BC

101 – 1410 Pearson Place Kamloops, BC V1S 1J9

Joelle Mosey

Joelle Mosey

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Joelle has been working in the career services field for over 10 years providing guidance and support to job seekers and employers from various industries. With a degree in education and psychology, Joelle enjoys motivating and inspiring others to work towards their career and educational goals. In her spare time, she enjoys being a mom and spending time with family and friends.

Nelson, BC

101 – 415 Kootenay Street Nelson, BC V1L 1K7

This office is temporarily closed. Please call 1-833-567-STEP for more information.

Greater Vancouver

Vancouver, BC

3636 East 4th Avenue Vancouver, BC V5M 1M3

Kyle Maggs

Kyle Maggs

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Kyle has worked as a REPS for STEP since 2011. His office is in Vancouver. Prior to working for STEP, Kyle spent 10 years in the Glazier trade installing glazing systems on commercial construction projects all over the lower mainland. During this time he completed the Glazier apprenticeship and earned Red Seal certification going on to work as a lead hand and a foreman. Kyle has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.

Faith Dempster

Faith Dempster

Director, Workforce Development

Faith has worked for BCCA since STEP’s early days in 2009. Her office is in Vancouver. Having spent over a decade working in construction and shipbuilding as a Welder-Fabricator and Heavy Equipment Operator, and more recently as a REPS and Director for STEP, Faith is well-versed in BC’s construction industry and apprenticeship process. In her current role, she continues her mission of helping British Columbians connect to great careers in the skilled trades.

Becky He

Becky He

Provincial Coordinator

Becky has worked with STEP since 2011. Her office is in Vancouver. She grew up in China where she earned her degree in Accounting before starting her career with Hunan Electric Power Company. She immigrated to Canada in 2004 and joined the STEP team in 2011. As an immigrant, Becky loves the country and really enjoys her new life and career in Canada.

Abbotsford, BC

F – 2309 McCallum Rd Abbotsford, BC V2S 3N7

Doug Halvorson

Doug Halvorson

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Doug has been working with STEP since June 2014. His office is in Abbotsford. Prior to his role as REPS, Doug worked in automotive and residential glass replacement for 10 years. He has experience in a variety of trades including electrical, installing security systems, insulating, and pipe laying. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and friends as well as playing men’s league hockey and golf. He was born in Vancouver and has always lived in the lower mainland and Fraser valley.

Gary Schwaiger

Gary Schwaiger

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Gary has worked on and off with STEP since 2012, taking breaks to assist with the launch of other programs and to join a senior management team with an established wall and ceiling contractor. Gary has worked his way up through the construction industry and has achieved several milestones, including a Red Seal as a Wall and Ceiling Installer, being a journeyman to many apprentices, and most recently, working as an Operations Manager before returning to STEP as a REPS. Gary brings with him an understanding of the construction process from inception to completion, a love for education and apprenticeship, and a refreshing sense of humour that brightens any room. When not supporting participants with STEP, Gary can be seen exploring nature with his two daughters, wife, and dog, building an awareness of local plant life to educate and inspire home school groups, or practicing a wacky voice for the amusement of online roleplaying communities.

Vancouver Island

Nanaimo, BC

5 – 1850 Northfield Road Nanaimo, BC V9S 3B3

Kelsey Botting

Kelsey Botting

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

Originally a "flat lander" from Saskatchewan, Kelsey has lived in Nanaimo since 2008. She previously worked with the Canadian Home Builders‘ Association before joining STEP in 2017. Her connections with local construction employers and her background in civil engineering, psychology, and recruitment have given her a unique perspective to help apprentices get started in their construction careers. As a REPS, Kelsey enjoys supporting people to fulfill their goals. She’s always excited to hear "I got the job!"

Victoria, BC

1075 Alston Street Victoria, BC V9A 3S6

Caitlin Marion

Caitlin Marion

Regional Employment Placement Specialist

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Home Office

401 – 655 Tyee Road Victoria, BC V9A 6X5

Bonnie-Lynne Ceriko

Bonnie-Lynne Ceriko

Programs Coordinator

Bonnie-Lynne has worked for the BC Construction Association (BCCA) since 2012. Her office is in Victoria. She started as a Regional Coordinator with STEP. Bonnie-Lynne is now Programs Coordinator with STEP, LNG Canada Trades Training, LNG Canada Connect program, and Coastal GasLink Connect program. She brings over 20 years of experience working with federal and provincial employment programs. Bonnie-Lynne enjoys traveling and embroidery - if she can combine the two, it’s a good thing!