OUR 2020 TEAM
Hello Everyone - my name is Seth Recalma, I was born and raised on Vancouver Island and I am honored and privileged to call it my home. I am a Vancouver Island First Nations from the Nuu-Chah-Nulth and Qualicum bands of the northern and western areas of the Island. I am in my fourth and final year of my Bachelor of Business with a major in Marketing and am currently the Marketing Executive for the VIU Business Students Association. I was introduced to the Office of Co-Curricular Engagement and Learning in November of 2018 as I was chosen for the position of Vice-Chair for the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference (VILC). This year I have been given the chance to lead the conference to discover new heights and to reach more future leaders. This past year and a half, I have learned so much about my self as a leader, and am excited to get the opportunity to build something along with a team of amazing students and friends.
Hey there! My name is Kayla Passmore and I am a third-year Student at VIU in the Bachelor of Education program! My hometown is Sherwood Park, Alberta and I am also a member of the VIU Women’s Volleyball team. When I am not in class or in the gym, you can find me around campus helping run programs and working with my awesome co-workers at the HUB! As well as the Vice-chair for the VILC, I am also VIU’s Sexual Conduct and Response Education Program Leader. Both of these leadership opportunities fuel my passions of fostering positive mental health and self- advocacy on our campus. I couldn't be happier presenting you a conference surrounding personal growth, resiliency, and holistic wellness. Can't wait to see you there!
Volunteer & Registration Coordinator
Hi, my name is Alisa and I am a fourth-year Bachelor of Business Administration student majoring in Management and Human Resources as well as getting my Event Management Certificate. I believe this year’s VILC theme of mind, body, and spirit is so valuable and I am excited to help bring the vision to life.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Hey! My name is Catherine Norman, and I am a first year Bachelor of Arts student. I am still deciding what I want to pursue, as I have a lot of interests, but I’m leaning my studies towards geography, with the plan to continue my education in the Master of Community Planning. I have grown up here on the island, and with all the beautiful nature, I can’t complain! When I’m not hiking or studying, there’s a good chance I’m spending time with friends, or practicing my favourite sport, equestrian vaulting. Since I’m assuming you haven’t heard of it, it’s gymnastics on horseback. Cool, right? I am quite excited to be working on the conference this year. This is a wonderful opportunity, and I can’t wait to see everything come together.
Curriculum Development Coordinator
Hi, my name is Chirag Thakkar, and I have been granted the privilege of being a Curriculum design coordinator for the VILC 2020. Born and brought up in the busy metropolitan city of Mumbai, and after traveling around the globe for some years, I am glad to call Vancouver Island as my home at present. Completing my major’s in Computer Science and working as an educator for six years, I chose to pursue Masters of Education in Leadership presently.
I have been contributing to research projects under the domain of mental health, well-being, leadership and have been pursuing my thesis under the same domain. Along with my course, I dedicate my time on-campus as a work-op for inter-cultural events, peer-helper coordination and as a student delegate. Also, I love making time for guitar, basketball, lawn tennis and hiking.
Working with our VILC team allows me to gain as well as share experiences and work together for our theme of the conference which is mental health. We emphasize and encourage people in speaking up about their mental health, embracing themselves with self-compassion and consider an act of self-care to reach out for help. Being a part of a team that is innovative, enthusiastic and aware, I am certain that our VILC 2020 team will influence, inspire and make a difference.
Hi, my name is Imran Bhaloo. I am a student from Tanzania, Zanzibar. I am currently completing in my third year of global studies and a minor in business Marketing. I am also the president of Ismaili students association. I learn lots from last year's conference and hoping to learn even more this year. I am really excited with all the networking and engagement opportunities that the conference give us. I am excited how I can still grow as person and connect with more and more people.
Hello everyone! My name is Karim Arous and I am from Egypt, and have been living in Nanaimo for four years now. I am currently in my fourth year of university studying Marketing and Human Resources. Aside from VILC you can find me on campus as a Community Leader and Program Leader with VIU Residences, and previously as a Peer Supported Learning Leader. These positions have given me the opportunity to make many great memories and friends while also developing my communication, global perspective and lifelong learning skill sets. Outside of these pursuits, I really enjoy football (soccer) and making connections with the community. I am honored and it is a privilege to become a part of the VILC team because it provides an opportunity to students to grow as a leaders, and to create conversation around mental health.
Special Projects Coordinator
Hello, my name is Madeline Balardo and I am one of this years Special Projects coordinators. I grew up in Ancaster, ON, then moved to Halifax, NS to complete my undergraduate degree at Dalhousie University studying Health Promotion. After completing my degree I didn’t feel like I was done yet, so I decided pack my bags and move to Nanaimo where I am now completing an MBA degree at VIU. I have always had a passion for health and wellness, especially the mind, body and spirit side that I believe often gets overlooked. I think that becoming aware of these aspects of wellness through opportunities such as the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference is so valuable. I am thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of the team this year, to help create a weekend that both resonates and impacts each person who attends.
Hello! My name is Marcus Morosan and I am a 4th year BBA student studying marketing at VIU! Along with being a part of the Marketing team for this year's VILC, I am also involved with the Business Students' Association at VIU as the Director of Content Development. Outside of my time on campus, I am very passionate about music and the arts in the Nanaimo community. Volunteering over the years has led me to join the Friends of Nanaimo Jazz Society as a Board Member and Media Coordinator in 2019.
Community Outreach Coordinator
Hi, my name is Megan and I’m a third year digital media studies student and I’ll be one of the community outreach coordinators for this years VILC! Before coming to Nanaimo I was born and raised in Dubai! When I’m not busy trying to finish assignments for class, you can find me in my kitchen trying to cook and not burn the house down.
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Finance & Registration Coordinator
My name is Sarah Warsh and I’m a fourth year finance major in the Bachelor of Business Administration Program. Along with being VILC’s Finance and Registration Coordinator, I am the President of VIU’s Business Students Association. After university, I am planning on pursuing a career in corporate law, and potentially getting into federal politics. When I’m not in class, you can usually find me in the library or eating ramen. I’m really looking forward to being part of the VILC team and helping to create an incredible conference!
Community Outreach Coordinator
Hey there! My name is Shelby McLean, I’m a 3rd year Kinesiology student at VIU. Originally from Ontario, exploring the island and everything BC has to offer has quickly become a favourite past time of mine! You can also find me playing intramurals or planning on-campus events with Fun@VIU. As a first time participant who loved their VILC 2019 experience last year, I am so excited to be apart of the 2020 team and create that experience for someone else this year!
Digital & Social Media Director
Hey, I'm Sid, a second year Digital Media Studies major. I came here from Muscat, Oman which is a very bustling and happening city. Nanaimo was not the kind of place I ever expected myself to be in. But the quiet and simplicity of living here has grown on me. Living here, I've realized the countless opportunities the university and the various organizations on campus o you to grow, excel and learn and I'm grateful to be a part of the VILC team. Besides this, I also work and control the social media and communications of VIU Residences. We're all hoping to do the best we can in order to make your VILC experience a classic mix of fun and learning. Thank you!
Hey Everyone! My name is Ashitha Khan and I am an MBA Finance candidate
here at Vancouver Island University. I was born in India, grew up in Saudi Arabia
and have been in this beautiful city of Nanaimo for more than a year now. My
hobbies include being near lakes and rivers, bike riding, watching movies and TV
shows. Being a full time student with a part time job far away from home, friends
and family, I understand how important it is to be resilient and taking care of
your physical and mental health to be able to contribute your best and be
I am so grateful and consider it as a privilege to be a part of the VILC 2020 team.
It would be a great opportunity to connect with like-minded people who has a
passion for leadership, want to make a difference and make contribution to the
Special Projects Coordinator
Hello all, my name is Taylor LeBrun and I am one of the Special Projects Coordinators. Originally, I am from the mainland but I am so gracious to call Nanaimo my second home. I am a 3rd-year child and youth care, student. Working alongside people is so fascinating and rewarding. For my career aspirations, I would like to get my child protection certification and work up North in Indigenous communities. Besides VILC, I am a community leader on student residence as well as the Indigenous program leader. I have a passion for social justice and having dialogue around different perspectives. I’m really excited and honoured to be apart of the Vancouver Island Leadership Conference. Resilient minds, Brilliant leaders is such an amazing theme. I look forward to connecting with leaders in the community as well as having really insightful conversations about mental health and how being resilient can make us brilliant leaders.