Shannon Joseph, President
Masters of Science, P. Eng
Shannon has been a member of the TREnDS national board since 2012. She bring an extensive background in youth engagement and membership based organizations including as North American Director for the New York based World Youth Alliance. She has worked for over five years with the municipal sector at a national level focused on environmental sustainability, remote communities and infrastructure innovation. She is a recreational triathlete and is keen on encouraging young women to develop confidence, savvy and balanced healthy lifestyles.
Sonia Padamaden, VP, Finance
Bachelor of Engineering, Masters of Business Administration
Sonia is a native of Montreal and has both a Bachelors in Engineering and an MBA. She has worked for six years in the natural gas distribution industry in Ontario, leading a variety of projects, and is currently Records Manager. She has a keen interest working with youth in a variety of settings, and has been a volunteer with Junior Achievement, worked with Science Frontiers, been a Camp Director, and helped run fundraisers for organizations aiding children and families. She joined the National Board in 2012.
Erin Thorpe, VP, Internal
Bachelor of Business Administration
Erin has recently graduated with her BBA in Marketing and is currently pursuing various business opportunities with the ultimate goal of owning her own business. She has been involved with TREnDS off and on since she was 16 years old and is passionate about projects that promote female empowerment and character development.
Cristina Lucca, VP, External
Cristina has been involved in TREnDS since 2006 and has worked on a variety of youth projects since that time. Originally from Venezuela, she has been exposed to a broad array of cultures and professions which has contributed to her perspective on the power and art of fashion. After working as an engineer in British Columbia, she traveled to Rome to fulfill a dream of studying humanities. In Rome, she was exposed to people from across the globe and experienced the meaning of cultural expression through clothing. Sharing these experiences and ideas has helped Cristina realize that fashion can be a powerful and gentle way of seeing the world from another’s perspective: fashion is an art that can express ideas and messages before a conversation begins.
Ulrika Drevniok, Member-at-Large
Ulrika has been working with TREnDS since 2006. A nurse with a background in psychology, she currently works in a school setting with adolescents. She is passionate about young women discovering what it means to have authentic self-respect. She lives on Vancouver Island with her husband and two children.