Ahniko hails originally from BC, where twenty years in the Information Technology sector taught her to cheerfully embrace the inevitability of change. Realizing eventually, though, that she would rather work with people than computers, Ahniko took a Rhetoric and Communications Degree at the University of Winnipeg (UW) followed by Simon Fraser University’s Career Development Practitioner Certificate.
Returning to Winnipeg, Ahniko was excited to join Y.E.S. Manitoba as an Employment Facilitator to administer their Youth NOW project, and loved the opportunity of seeing the personal growth of at-risk youth – through both individual counselling and group workshops – as they found positions suited to their skills and abilities.
Having volunteered at the Winnipeg Transition Centre (WTC) in 2010, Ahniko had felt at home in a setting where a passion for assisting job seekers, and whose values of respect, caring, and mindfulness of others matched her own. Joining the WTC staff in January of 2012, and having completed both her Career and Employment Coach Certificate, and her Practical Workshop Facilitation Skills Certificate through WTC / UW, Ahniko feels blessed to be part of the WTC team.
Believing that all human beings have a right to the dignity of gainful and gratifying employment suited to their values, skills and gifts, Ahniko is a firm Career Proactivist. “Rather than merely reacting to what does or doesn’t happen in your job search, let’s be proactive and make it happen!”