Instructors

Amanda Jarrett
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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
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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.

Edwin Palsma, CFP
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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.

Robyn Maltais
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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.

Doug Berg, PhD, CPRC: Certified Professional Retirement Coach
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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)

Helen Galloway, BTech(MI), RTR, CTIC
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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.

Laurie Silvester
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A Team Lead Customer Service professional with over 25 years in retail, call centre, wholesale, and event planning settings. From my early years working the front lines of retail, to 16 years with
Stormtech Performance Apparel, where I was team lead Customer Service, and lead trainer, I have honed my skills to provide exceptional service, deal with that tough customer, be organized, apply goal setting techniques, and excelled in performance analytics and metrics. I have spent most of my life giving back to the community by volunteering with grass roots sports, major events like the Olympics, to organizing our own major motorsports events. Allow my vast experience to help guide you on the path to customer service success!

Rob Shular, Rob’s Renos
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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.

Shirley Burns, Floral Design Instructor
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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.