Sean Wicker

District Principal - Career Education

Sean has been an Educator for over 20 years, including 10 years as an Administrator.  In addition to being the Principal of Kwiyeqel Secondary School, Sean is our District Principal of Alternative Education & Career Programs.  Sean works closely with the District Careers Department, Work Experience Facilitators and Careers E.A.s to provide Work Experience & supervised Work Opportunities for all students.  Sean is a strong believer in schools helping students to become career-ready when they transition out of our School District.

"Success is no accident.  It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."  ~ Pele


Phone: 604.793.3451

Chris Reitsma

District Coordinator - Work Experience Programs

Chris has been the District Work Experience Coordinator since 2005.  He oversees the day-to-day operations of Work Experience programs for students in grades 10-12.  Chris believes strongly in the power of trying new things, and encourages students to take full advantage of community-based opportunities while they are in school.  Chris is located at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre site and can be reached by telephone or email Monday - Friday.

"The future depends on what you do today."  ~ Mahatma Gandhi


Phone: 604.798.2332

Heather Elliott

District Coordinator - ADST & Career Transitions K-12

Heather is a certified shop teacher, currently District Coordinator, supporting ADST and Career Education programs K-12, including TRAIN in Trades, WORK in Trades and Dual-Credit programs.  Heather believes in the power of building strong relationships with staff and students, and is passionate about hands-on learning.


"If you can't figure out your purpose, figure out your passion.  For your passion will lead you right into your purpose."  ~ Bishop T.D. Jakes


Phone: 604.798.0347

Kathy Wiseman

Work Experience Facilitator - G.W. Graham Secondary

Kathy is located at G.W. Graham Secondary School.  She started with the Work Experience Team in 2010.  Kathy is passionate about her job and enjoys getting to know her students.  She realizes that each student has their own individual talents, goals and dreams.  She encourages all students to explore their future careers through work experiences and to take part in volunteer opportunities in the Chilliwack community.

"Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind.  Be led by the dreams in your heart."  ~ Roy T. Bennett


Phone: 604.798.8758

Amber Ellert

Work Experience Facilitator - Sardis Secondary

Amber started with the Chilliwack School District in 2012.  She moved into the role of Work Experience Facilitator in January 2017.  Amber has a passion for working with students and thoroughly enjoys helping them find the right fit for their career goals.  Whether it be volunteering, a one-day job shadow, or a longer-term work experience placement, Amber enjoys the process and loves seeing students find their own passion.

You can find Amber at Sardis Secondary School in Room D203.

"You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself any direction you choose."  ~ Dr. Seuss


Phone: 604.798.1682

Jackie Turman

Work Experience Facilitator - Chilliwack Secondary

Jackie began working with SD33 in 2012 and joined the Work Experience team in 2017.  She is passionate about finding meaningful places for students to enhance their resumes, earn credits toward graduation, or broaden their post-secondary academic choices.

Jackie can be found in Office 1169C at Chilliwack Secondary School.

"The real opportunity for success lies within the person, not the job."  ~ Zig Ziglar


Phone: 604.798.7034

Carlene LaFreniere

Work Experience Facilitator - Kwiyeqel Secondary & Imagine High Secondary

Carlene has been with the Chilliwack School District since 2006.  She joined the Work Experience team in January 2020.  Carlene is enthusiastic about providing opportunities for her students to learn more about their own abilities and strengths through Career Exploration activities.

Carlene has office hours at both Kwiyeqel Secondary and Imagine High Secondary schools.

"You're off to great places!  Today is your day!  Your Mountain is waiting, so get on your way!"  ~ Dr. Seuss


Phone: 604.819.4980

Chelsey Woods

Work Experience Facilitator - Inclusive Education

Chelsey oversees our District Career-Life Transitions Program, which develops training and placement opportunities for students with diverse needs, to prepare them for a successful transition from high school to the outside world.  Chelsey works collaboratively with students, parents, school teams and employers to facilitate meaningful opportunities for our secondary students to be a part of our local community through work and volunteer placements.

"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."  ~ Confucius


Phone: 604.819.7606

Sonya Vandop

Work Experience Facilitator - Trades and Apprenticeship

Sonya has been with the Chilliwack School District since 2010, and joined the Career Education team as our Apprenticeship Facilitator in October 2022. Sonya works collaboratively with students, teachers, parents, employers and our post-secondary partners to help students discover a path to becoming skilled tradespersons.  Sonya loves to see students find a career path that they can love for a lifetime!

"A skilled worker, regardless of the job description, remains a treasure."  ~ Madeleine M. Kunin


Phone: 604.798.3882