We are pleased to announce Ekaterina Ungvitskaya as our new Program Director, Service Delivery & Operations. Ekaterina joins Big Brothers of Greater Vancouver (BBGV) with 10 years experience in the non-profit sector. As a member of the management team, Ms. Ungvitskaya will lead the Program Team and manage the strategic direction and delivery of the organization’s mentorship programs.
“We are excited to have Ekaterina join our team as we continue to move forward with our 5 year strategic plan. She brings to us lots of experience in the social services sector including program initiation, team leadership and community outreach. She has interacted at all levels of her previous organization including the Board of Directors,” says BBGV Executive Director, Valerie Lambert. “She also brings great passion for our cause of mentorship, having seen the contribution our organization makes to the community from her previous roles.”
“Big Brothers has inspiring plans for their mentoring programs and services for children and youth across the Lower Mainland,” says Ungvitskaya, “and I look forward to be a part of that future.”
Ekaterina joins BBGV from working in the Downtown Eastside serving women with multiple barriers and at Immigrant Service Society of BC supporting newcomers and refugees in Canada.
Other than her personal interests in beach volleyball, her dog Lola, and travel, she also shares the following:
What does mentoring mean to you or who is a mentor who has impacted your life and why?
I can’t pinpoint one mentor who would stand out in my life. However, I was lucky enough to have a few in my life who had an impact on me starting from one of my managers to some of my close friends. They all taught me some valuable lessons.
What would you tell yourself at age 13?
Trust your gut. Believe in yourself. Eat more veggies.
What’s your favourite thing to do in Vancouver?
Anything outdoors. It’s amazing how in this city we can snowshoe in the morning and play beach volleyball in the afternoon.