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Who are the Central Advisors?

Meet the Team! The Central Advising Team supports new and returning domestic students up to 60 credits - certificates, diploma, associate degrees and/or year one or two of a Bachelor's Degree.

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Who Are the Central Academic Advisors?

KPU Surrey

Mike Harris Mike has enjoyed 12 years at Kwantlen Polytechnic University as both an Academic Advisor and as a Job Prep Instructor/Placement Specialist in the APPD program (Access Program for People with Disabilities). Prior to working for KPU, Mike spent five years as an Employment Specialist/Caseload Manager for people with disabilities. Mike enjoys helping students as they progress through their programs and meeting their educational and career goals. Mike graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a minor in Psychology
Tanya Fuller Tanya graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003 with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership. She started her career at KPU in 1996 and has worked in various departments across the Institution; she moved to the Central Advising team in 2009. Tanya enjoys serving students and assisting them in obtaining their academic career goals. In the past, Tanya was a competitive figure skater, competing at the national level. Her current hobbies include kick-boxing, running half marathons and ocean kayaking.
Jocelyn Choy Jocelyn has been with KPU since 2003. She has worked as a Business Degree Advisor, Cooperative Education Instructor and now an Academic Advisor at Central Advising. Jocelyn’s other employment experiences include working as sessional marketing instructor at UFV. Jocelyn has both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Business Administration from Woodbury University at Burbank, California. As an Academic Advisor at KPU, Jocelyn enjoys helping students to discover and achieve their academic and career goals.
Meena Purewal-Sidhu

Meena graduated from University of the Fraser Valley in 2003 with a BA in Child and Youth Care. As part of her program she worked with the Ministry of Children and Families (Mental Health Team) and for the Abbotsford Youth Commission where she coordinated the “Just for Girls” program at a local elementary school. Meena joined KPU in 2003 where she worked as a Program Advisor for the SPARK Education Program for eight years. In 2011, she joined the Educational Advising team and currently advises students at both the Surrey and Richmond campuses. Meena enjoys motivating students to achieve their goals. Outside of work she is active at the gym and enjoys spending time with friends and shopping. Meena speaks fluent Punjabi.

KPU Langley

Josh Elford

 

Josh started working as an advisor in July of 2020. He spent his previous two years at KPU working at Student Enrolment Services. His KPU roots are deep. He achieved a Bachelor of Arts Degree at KPU in 2014 and played for the Kwantlen Eagles Baseball team in 2007 and 2008. He was excited for the opportunity to work at KPU and have his education come full circle. He’s passionate about helping students in the same way KPU staff helped him through his education.

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Gillian Welton

Gillian Welton recently joined the Central Advising team after many years working in the Office of the Registrar as a transfer credit specialist. Throughout her time at KPU, Gillian has always enjoyed working with students to help them use their academic abilities and prior education to reach their educational goals. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science from UBC and also has a Certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT.  Gillian also works closely with the Faculty of Health to provide assistance to students in Nursing and other Health departments.

KPU Tech (Cloverdale)

Tanya Fuller

Tanya graduated from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in 2003 with a BBA in Entrepreneurial Leadership. She started her career at KPU in 1996 and has worked in various departments across the Institution; she moved to the Central Advising team in 2009. Tanya enjoys serving students and assisting them in obtaining their academic career goals. In the past, Tanya was a competitive figure skater, competing at the national level. Her current hobbies include kick-boxing, running half marathons and ocean kayaking.

KPU Richmond

Masako Ishihara

Masako started working for International admissions at KPU and came to Central Advising in 2007. Prior to the experience in KPU, she worked in diverse fields from marketing to teaching social awareness to elementary school children. She enjoys living in Vancouver where there is a diverse culture especially sampling the various foods on offer. She excels at supporting students with their issues and needs: primarily, striving hard to guide students towards meeting their academic goals with the available resources at KPU. She holds Bachelor of Arts in Sociology major from Japan and a French language certificate from Laval University in Quebec.

Amy Yiu

Amy Yiu came to KPU as an international student and graduated from KPU with an Associate of Science Degree in General Science. After that, she transferred to UBC to earn her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics and is a registered dietitian by profession. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Major in Applied Psychology) at KPU. She has worked in various departments across the institution. She is very passionate in assisting students in achieving their academic goals and personal growth.

She has been actively participating KPU’s student and community activities and has considerable experience working with student volunteers, mentors and mentees through the Student Life and Development at KPU, as well as the tri-mentoring program at UBC. She is honored to be the recipient of the 2015 Dietitians of Canada Member Recognition Award (Leadership) for volunteerism and achievements that contribute to the advancement of the profession.

She highly recommends students to get involved with and to start networking with the professionals in their desired fields and volunteer in various organizations. It is a great way to gain experience and to meet new people!