Dealing with the challenges of today requires problem-solvers who bring different perspectives and are willing to take risks. Open Doors aims to inspire and support individuals with learning challenges through our mentorship programs in various secondary schools across the Lower Mainland.

The advocate program will pair university, trades, college students with high school students that have similar career/academic ambitions. This will be done through email correspondence or other social media platforms. Open Doors hope to create a program in which mentors to help ease the transitions after high school and empowers those with or without learning a learning disability 

Mentorship Program

Meet our 2020 Mentors

An Hoang

I’m currently a third-year Conservation student at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. I spend most of my time either in forests or farms identifying weird plants and trees. I also really enjoy hiking, swimming, and teaching. I’m looking forward to meeting and working with new people these upcoming months.

Hailey Dong

I am currently in the second year at UBC Okanagan studying Zoology and am hoping to go to veterinary school after I graduate. I have lived on campus in residence and in an apartment with my friends. During the school year, I spend most of my time on my studies and love learning about animal biology. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering, spending time outdoors, and hanging out with family and friends. I am excited to be able to share my experiences with you and am looking forward to meeting you this summer!

Karanvir Gil

I have just recently graduated UBC with a BSc in Biology. I spend most of my time during the school year working on academics and volunteering. I enjoy playing sports in my spare time. Over the summer I will be doing research about psychiatric illnesses. I look forward to meeting you all!

Lucy Bodden

I'’m currently a second year student studying Human Kinetics at UBC Okanagan and am hoping to become a physiotherapist! I am from Richmond BC, and have been living in Kelowna for most of the past 2 years for school. I spend most of my time on my academics, working and with friends. Some of my passions include travelling, skiing and going on hikes. I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone this summer! 

Sophia Kostiuk

I’m currently a second-year Earth and Environmental science student at UBC Okanagan. I lived in residence the first year and lived in an apartment with my friends second year. I spend most of my time on my studies and working and in my free time I love hiking, mountain biking and hanging out with my friends. I am excited to meet you all, and I look forward to meeting with you in the future!

Vincent Lee

Hi everyone! I just finished my first year at UC Berkeley studying Molecular Environmental Biology and am hoping to attend medical school when I graduate. I am from Richmond, BC but lived on campus my first year and will be an RA on campus next year. Most of my time is spent on studying but I love volunteering at the free clinic, going out with friends, and writing. Looking forward to meeting everyone and answering any questions!

Ria Gupta

I have just completed three years of undergraduate studies at UBC- my major is psychology and minor is education. I plan to get into the field of counselling and so far my work at UBC has catered around student support. Along with maintaining my gpa to be in the Dean’s list, I have worked as a Fundraiser for bursaries for students, designed online content for canvas courses, as well as given presentations on topics like mental health, cultural transition etc. 
Having experienced mentoring children with different needs before in India, I am very happy to be able to do this here, and am looking forward to connecting with you all.

Arsh Jassal

I'm currently a second-year Biology student at UBC. I spend most of my time doing schoolwork, volunteering, and playing basketball. I also enjoy watching basketball, running, and sometimes conducting chemistry experiments. I love meeting new people and look forward to working with some of you in the future. 

Karina Makarova

I’m currently a first-year Science student at the UBC Vancouver campus, hoping to pursue Biochemistry and eventually medicine! Most of my time is spent on academics, but I also love to explore the city, travel, and do all sorts of volunteering. I enjoy interacting with new people and I especially like to help out, so I look forward to meeting some of you in the upcoming months!

Lisa Mahil

I am currently a fourth-year student at UBC Vancouver and I am studying Biology! I spend a lot of my time focused on academics but during my free time, I love to spend time outdoors and explore BC! I also love listening to music and spending time with my family and friends. I am really looking forward to getting to meet new people this summer.

Shannon Dhindsa

I’m currently a third-year student at UBC Vancouver, and I am studying Kinesiology in the health science stream! I have been living on residence for the past two years with all my friends. I spend most of my time on my academics but during my free time, you can find me on the pitch as a UBC softball athletic therapist and spending time with my dog. I am looking forward to making connections and using my past experiences to help you all! 

Tavleen Kaur

I’m currently in my last year at UBC Vancouver and will be graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Aside from learning about the human body, some of my other passions include Tae Kwon Do, cooking, photography and spending time with my family and friends. I am looking forward to meeting new students and using my knowledge and experiences to help make their transition to university life!

Rajan Kahlon

I’m currently a fourth-year Biology student at UBC Vancouver. Aside from school, I enjoy staying active by participating in sports. I have played on the men’s varsity field hockey team for 4 years. In my free time I like to read about current events, try new local restaurants and hike Vancouver with my dog. 

Tommy Donald

Born salesman with a passion for strategic planning and problem solving. Unapologetically competitive; dedicated to the development of my business. Natural leader and a team builder. Capilano University Graduate - Arts and Entertainment Management.  

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