(L-R) Sheila, Nykita, Angel, Katie, Alesha and Christa 

Your first point of contact at Continuing Studies is our Student Services team. With a friendly, helpful demeanor and a combined six decades of experience, they are an irreplaceable unit within the division. So stop by and say hi! 

 

SHEILA TAYLOR

Has worked here: 19 years 

After a long day at the office, how do you unwind? I love spending time with my grandchildren, listening to music, and enjoying delicious home-cooked dinners with my husband. 

What interesting hobbies do you have? I like to use chalk paint to give old ugly furniture a facelift. 

I cringe when... I have to eat sea creatures. 

NYKITA DOWNIE

Has worked here: 6 months 

After a long day at the office, how do you unwind? I go home, let my two huskies out in the yard, leash them up and take them to the beach. 

What's your guilty pleasure food? It would have to be sushi, I can eat it forever. There is so many variations of it that it is hard to get bored. 

My dream vacation is... To travel around the world, I want to visit everywhere! 

ANGEL ANTONIO

Has worked here: 1.5 years 

After a long day at the office, how do you unwind? I prefer to unwind by training/ teaching Jiu Jitsu or training at my CrossFit gym. 

Which famous person (dead or alive) would you like to have dinner with? Michael Jackson. I loved his music and his performances. It would have been cool to get to know him. 

Happiness is... Waking up in the morning after sleeping in, having a cup of coffee served to you in bed and playing an awesome video game. 

KATIE MCDONALD

Has worked here: 9.5 years 

What’s the best thing about your job? My amazing, funny coworkers. 

How do you fill your spare time? I love going for brunch on weekends and I just started rock climbing. 

My dream vacation is... Travelling through Europe. Experiencing the culture, food, and people and taking as many photos as I can. 

ALESHA AKOURI

Has worked here: 13 years 

What do you keep on your desk, and what does it mean to you? Helping students from all around the world, we are lucky to receive little mementos from students when they visit us. We all have little tokens of appreciation from all over the globe. 

How do you fill your spare time? One word…MOM. Having little humans takes a lot of my time. When I’m not chauffeuring the littles to their activities, playdates etc, I like to take time for myself, working out, connecting with friends, date night with my hubby or splurging and hopping on the ferry to go to a concert. 

Batman or Superman... Neither, but put an Avenger on that list and I’m a happy lady! 

CHRISTA KUTZNER

Has worked here: 21 years 

Who would you consider your most influential mentor? Why? My father! He taught me patience, to be a good listener, "what goes around – comes around." 

How do you fill your spare time? Gardening and enjoying spending time in the kitchen; cooking for family/friends. 

Happiness is... When spring is here and summer is coming. Sitting on my patio, with a glass of wine/cider enjoying the peace and quiet. 


  • Posted Nov. 27, 2018