Red Seal Certified Horticulturist
Organic Land Care Professional
BC Provincial Instructor
I am a professional horticulturist and educator for over 20 years. My business, Amanda’s Garden Consulting Company and my website The Garden Website.com provides instruction to novice and avid gardeners as well as professional landscapers. I am a certified Red Seal Landscape Horticulturist and a Certified Organic Land Care Professional with diplomas and certifications from St. Clair College, Gaia College, University of Guelph and University of Florida. Retired instructor and course developer of numerous horticultural courses at Langara College, Douglas College, Gaia College, VanDusen Botanical Gardens, Kwantlen College, Vancouver & Burnaby School Boards. I am an avid gardener, freelance writer, lecturer, horticulture photographer and author of the successful book, Ornamental Tropical Shrubs published by Pineapple Press.
Cathy Moleschi is a professional business writer with 30+ years of experience. She specializes in business communications, resume and cover letter writing, interview preparation and is a well respected and trusted Fraser Valley business owner. Her love of the written word started as a child when she would often hide for hours under her covers, flashlight in hand, devouring books late into the night.
Her business, Langley Writing Services, has prepared over 900 resumes and cover letters for customers across all industries, from entry-level positions to CEO. Passionate about seeing her clients reach their career dreams, Cathy has been helping job seekers land new opportunities, impress in interviews, and gain coveted promotions since 2013. She accomplishes this by accurately conveying her clients' accomplishments, experience, and true nature succinctly and professionally to attract potential recruiters, hiring managers and pass Applicant Tracking Systems.
With strong communication, business, sales, corporate training, and speaking background gained over three decades, Cathy prides herself on being a leader in her field, setting the stage for her client's success, and helping others express their thoughts and feelings. She holds a Marketing Management Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Cathy offers various other services such as business presentations, biographies, persuasive communications, advocacy, biography, copywriting, and speech writing services.
When not hard at work at her desk, you can find Cathy spending time with her adorable grandchildren, visiting with friends, camping with her beloved husband, volunteering at a local hospice, and crafting poetry and short stories.
You can link to all of Cathy's classes with FVCE below.
Looking for our "Retirement Thinking" class? Please see the link at the bottom of this listing.
Bio of FVCE Instructor, Doug Berg, PhD:
In 2017, I retired from 37 years as a professor and administrator in three post-secondary schools. I was looking forward to retirement, so I was surprised at how unsettling this transition became.
Now, it’s my privilege to act as a retirement coach, assisting others in anticipating the transition and thinking through who they are and where they might want to connect in retirement. I founded Retirement Thinking so individuals and couples would intentionally think about a purposeful path forward.
Ph.D. and Certified Professional Retirement Coach (CPRC)
Edwin Palsma is a father for three great kids, and loves squash, soccer, hiking, disc golf, motorcycling, craft breweries, and talking philosophy.
Edwin is a Certified Financial Planner with over 20 years of teaching experience. He specializes in investment, insurance, tax, and estate planning, and has taught thousands of people how to make smarter decisions with their money. He's the author of a book Financial Fables – 29 Stories To Help You Make Smart Decisions About Money which is available on Amazon, or to purchase in his class. His office is in Fort Langley.
Helen is the proud mother of 2 amazing boys, both in the medical field. Helen enjoys travel and being outdoors kayaking, biking and camping.
Helen’s educational background is in Medical Imaging (Bachelors degree with Honors), Diploma in Medical Radiography, with a specialty certificate in Computed Tomography (CTIC) with distinction. Helen has created the clinical programs at 2 lower mainland hospitals for Medical Radiography, and has been involved with many special projects in the hospital setting.
Helen’s work experience consists of over 32 years as a registered radiographer and CT technologist at Ridge Meadows Hospital. She also has 20+ years as an instructor for the Medical Radiography program, specialty certificate program, degree program, clinical instructor at BCIT, and most recently as director of Radiology services and training for FMS Medical systems Inc. as a Medical trainer for doctors, nurses and paramedics aboard cruise ships.
I’ve been making things ever since I can remember. As a kid I remember Tinker Toy, Meccano, Kenner Girder & Panel Bridge & Turnpike, were some of my favorite toys. In high school, I took all the shop classes. As a young adult, I was always helping my friends with little projects like building shelves, repairing appliances, and other things.
In the late 70’s, I had this great job working in a Do-it-Yourself Picture Framing store. I got to do what I loved, which was help people build things. The store was located just down the street from a retirement home, and a part of our clientele consisted of little old ladies with memories to frame. At that time, we offered a picture hanging service for $5, and it fell upon me to carry out the service.
It is amazing what happens when you step inside a little old ladies’ apartment. There is no end to the odd jobs they need to have done. Before I knew it, I was running a Handyman service on the side. It didn’t take long for the business to expand from picture hanging and small repairs to full renos and commercial work.
In the early 80’s I was given a computer as a Christmas gift from as good friend, and I soon found myself in post secondary school getting a degree as an Electronics Engineering Technologist. During my 30 years working in the corporate sector, and eventually running my own business, I continued helping friends and family with their projects as well as acquiring a few jobs on the side.
I’ve always looked with fondness at that first business, back so long ago. With a little prompting recently from a business associate, I made the decision to go back to my roots. The space we live in defines our universe in ways we’re often not aware of. Having the right space can mean the difference between getting by and living a great life. Now I’m having a great time making people’s universe right.
Robyn has over 25 years of experience in the accounting and bookkeeping field, working in a wide variety of industries from, transportation, construction, farm and agriculture to trust accounting and public practice.
15 years ago, she started her own bookkeeping company offering full-cycle bookkeeping, income tax, as well as consulting and training.
Robyn is a Quickbooks Online Advanced Pro-Advisor as well as a Quickbooks desktop advisor. She is currently a member of the Canadian Payroll Assocation as is working towards her PCP and CPM as well.
Sherrin is an expert in marketing, customer relationships and brand image and owns a graphic design and marketing agency – Shervin Communications, with her partner Kevin. They have been in business for 32 years. In their business they work with companies to help articulate and honour their unique “brand” image, which includes marketing consulting and visual representation through development of a corporate identity package and design of all supporting promotional materials, website and online marketing.
Her business background in sales, customer service, marketing, and facilitation positions her well in this demanding and lean world of business. She has an inquisitive yet friendly manner and seeks to approach issues from the customer point of view — always!
Her passionate and honest style is refreshing and leaves people with a real and practical understanding of their brand and the messages they need to convey. Sherrin knows that for the message to be believable - the person and company delivering it must also be.
Sherrin’s volunteer efforts have been impressive. She has been involved with:
• Victim Assistance – New West
• Community Policing – New West
• BC Summer Games – Burnaby and Coquitlam
• Youth Mentorship program - Vancouver
• Canadian Women in Communication - National
• Dress for Success - Vancouver
• BC Food and Beverage Association
• Michael J Fox Theatre Society – Burnaby
She has served as National Chapter Liaison for Canadian Women in Communications and as President and other executive positions for the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers in BC and BC Food and Beverage Membership Committee Chair and Co-chair for FoodProWest.
Currently, Sherrin is a member of the Langley Chamber of Commerce and their Policy Committee, and a director of the BC Food and Beverage Association. Sherrin has appeared on television, and has been interviewed by Globe and Mail, BC Business, Business in Vancouver and other publications regarding running and marketing a business. Her focus in life is to enjoy the great people around her, commit to lifelong learning, serve her community and help people be their unique and authentic selves.
For her dedication and effort, Sherrin has been a “Woman of Distinction” in Burnaby and was one of 20 finalists for the “Influential Woman in Business” and won “National Volunteer of the Year” for Canadian Women in Communications. Her company has been listed in the Business in Vancouver publication as one of the top Graphic Design Agencies in BC.
Shervin was also awarded the “Small Business of the Year” award in the city of Burnaby and has been on in Top 100 fastest growing businesses list in Vancouver.
Regarding her papercrafting classes...
Sherrin Western has been doing papercrafts for 16 years. She started when her best friend passed away suddenly and Sherrin wanted to make a scrapbook to capture the memories of her friend’s life. That scrapbook launched her love of everything paper! Card making was the next natural choice for Sherrin and she now does both card making and scrapbooking as both a way to relax, record memories and connect with friends.
Shirley Burns is a Certified Floral Designer who began her floral industry career within the Continuing Education arena. Through continued education and a personal desire to always continue learning, she has accumulated a variety of experience through practical work as well as working with and training with world renown floral professionals.
She has her own private floral studio based in Langley, where she provides florals to a variety of local events such as weddings, showers, and many other celebrations as well as providing fun floral workshops. Additionally, she has a small boutique flower farm where she grows the majority of her flowers for her events.
Shirley is an advocate on continued education and is genuinely interested in creating a safe space for creativity to be explored through curiosity, practice and desire.
Tiera Murray is a Watercolour Artist and Certified Professional Makeup Artist. She has a unique style that she lovingly describes as "Tiera-Fied". Tiera has been studying and perfecting her watercolour techniques since a very young age. Utilizing the human form as her canvas in a natural progression to her interest in watercolour; she now creates in two mediums mainly, body painting and watercolour on paper. Tiera attended the JCI Institute where she graduated the top of her class in 2016 for makeup artistry. Since she has competed in international makeup competitions, and has been employed by various beauty brands,and shares her love of Halloween and all things gory with SFX lessons.
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