Meet the Team

Learn more about the faces and brains that make Palette tick. We're committed to helping students prepare and position themselves to act upon a wide range of exciting post-secondary opportunities.

 
MA, English Literature & French Language and Literature UVic PhD, English   sandra.friesen@yourpalette.org

MA, English Literature & French Language and Literature
UVic PhD, English

sandra.friesen@yourpalette.org

Sandra Friesen

Co-Founder & Consultant | ENFJ-A | Protagonist

  • Specialties: University and program research; writing and editing; self-discovery and skills analysis

  • Day Job: Director at Palette, Instructor at Langara College (English, Business Communications)

  • Languages: French, Low German

  • Favourite Punctuation: & - “ampersand”-  pronounced “am-per-sand” 

 

BA, Linguistics MEd   info@yourpalette.org

BA, Linguistics
MEd

info@yourpalette.org

Philip Potts

Co-Founder | ENFP-A | Campaigner

  • Specialties: Language instruction 

  • Day Job: Founder and instructor at Potts Studios

  • Languages: Mandarin, Cantonese, French, Spanish, among others

  • Alternative Dimension Phil: Would host a TV program as a traveling foodie

BA, English Literature MA, Conflict Studies UBC PhD (c), Interdisciplinary Studies   waged.jafer@yourpalette.org

BA, English Literature
MA, Conflict Studies
UBC PhD (c), Interdisciplinary Studies

waged.jafer@yourpalette.org

Waged Jafer

Education Consultant | ENFJ-A | Protagonist

  • Specialties: Career & Academic Coaching; Personal Statement writing and editing; research; 
    Conflict Resolution and Peace Education

  • Day Job: Full time PhD. thesis writing; Teaching Assistant; research

  • Languages: Arabic, Persian

  • Hobbies: Hiking, Traveling, Photography 

 

UBC BA, English Literature & History UBC BEd, English & Social Studies   amy.cheng@yourpalette.org   

UBC BA, English Literature & History
UBC BEd, English & Social Studies

amy.cheng@yourpalette.org
 

Amy Cheng

Education Consultant & Graphic designer | ENFP-A | Campaigner

  • Specialties: Social Sciences & English Literature; writing and editing; BC curriculum

  • Day Job: High School Teacher with Richmond School District

  • Languages: Intermediate French

  • Obsessions: Anything breakfast, lunch, and dinner-related. Oh, and netflix, too.

UBC BCom (Hons.), Transportation and Logistics, Sustainability Concentration   rachel.li@yourpalette.org   

UBC BCom (Hons.), Transportation and Logistics, Sustainability Concentration

rachel.li@yourpalette.org
 

Rachel Li

Business Consultant | ESPT-A | Entrepreneur

  • Specialties: Business Schools & Interview Prep 

  • Day Job: Logistics Associate at TEALEAVES

  • Languages: Native Cantonese, Conversational Mandarin

  • If I could have a superpower…: Teleportation - so I won’t ever be late again!

 
HHU BMgmt, Construction Management UBC MEng (c), Civil Engineering   tianyi.liu@yourpalette.org

HHU BMgmt, Construction Management
UBC MEng (c), Civil Engineering

tianyi.liu@yourpalette.org

Tianyi Liu

Marketing & Sales Coordinator | ENFJ-T
| Protagonist

  • Specialties: Civil Engineering & Project Management

  • Day Job: Full time Masters student (civil engineering)

  • Languages: Native Mandarin

  • Favourite Phone Game: Clash Royale

Astrophysicist     

Astrophysicist
 

 

Austen

Counsellor | ESFJ | Consul

  • Specialties: Getting you to pet him, calming humans when they are stressed

  • Day Job: Human care specialist

  • Languages: Body language, English (30 words and counting)

  • Greatest Foe: Cats