Sponsor Recognition

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Client Success

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Staff & Volunteers

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Stella
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As Stella's plane landed in Vancouver, she was overcome with emotion. Images of her five-month Colombian guerrilla kidnapping experience still haunted her. But fear and uncertainty were gone; she was now filled with relief and hopeful anticipation. She had arrived at a peace refuge, the place where the next phase of her life could begin. In Colombia, Stella worked with groups of low income women teaching self-esteem, goal-setting and communication skills. In Canada, she wanted to continue to help women in need of support. Last year she was chosen to participate as a protege in "Women of the World", an amazing employment readiness and mentoring program sponsored by Burnaby Family Life. Stella is an astute photographer, and with the support of BFL, she has also become a Safe Harbour facilitator, a program dedicated to teaching diversity training workshops for smart, forward looking businesses and organizations in Burnaby that are standing up for diversity and creating a safer, more welcoming environment for everyone, irrespective of their differences. The support and encouragement of Burnaby Family Life has completely changed Stella's life. From being a victim of terrorism to becoming a positive community contributor, Burnaby is now her home.