Speaker Date Topic
Michael Adkins & Dr. Ron Lewis Aug 24, 2022
Guatemala Transitions & Probigua Literacy Programs

Mike & Ron recently presented these two programs to other clubs in the district and will be updating our club.

Monika Isaak Sep 14, 2022
Fraser Valley Refugee Readiness Team
Fraser Valley Refugee Readiness Team

Having been born into a family with a refugee background, experienced the joys and challenges of growing up in a host-country, and later immigrating to Canada, Monika learned to appreciate and celebrate people’s diverse cultural differences from an early age. Since 2019, she has been working with Archway Community Services, first as a Youth Worker and then as Program Coordinator, to support and help immigrants and newcomers to Canada thrive in their new home. Her most recent position as the Refugee Integration Liaison has allowed her to advocate for newly arriving refugees and displaced Ukrainians and build partnerships with community members and organizations with the goal of creating a stronger and increasingly interconnected community. She holds her BA in Biblical Studies and a minor in Caregiving and Counselling from Columbia Bible College in Abbotsford, British Columbia, and her MA in Theological Studies from the Canadian Mennonite University in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and enjoys intentional conversations with friends and moments spent outdoors in her free time. Monika is passionate about her profession and aspires to help establish positive integration strategies for newcomers.

Business Meeting Sep 21, 2022
Monthly update from the Board
Dr. Jon Thomas Sep 28, 2022
Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Dr. Jon Thomas is the Director of the Esposito Family Centre for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (EFCIE) at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV). He also holds the BC Regional Innovation Chair in Canada-India Partnership Development at UFV and is an Associate Professor (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) at the School of Business (UFV). Jon has provided innovation and entrepreneurship mentoring to students, post-doctoral fellows, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs for nearly two decades. His research has garnered several awards in Canada and India and has been published in leading academic journals. He is regularly invited to speak on innovation and entrepreneurship topics and he is keenly interested in the pre-formation and early post-formation stages of venture emergence, particularly from university settings.