CPABC celebrated the Ambassadors of the Year at the Ambassador Appreciation event on August 14, 2019. To acknowledge their contributions in helping the Student Recruitment team promote the profession, Christine Woodington, Alana Palu, and Johnson Ngo were acknowledged as the member, campus, and high school ambassador of the year. Find out more about who they are and why they love being a CPABC ambassador!
Christine Woodington, CPA, CGA is the Corporate Accountant at Coal Island Ltd. a private company that manages real estate, forestry, and transportation entries. In addition to volunteering as a CPABC ambassador, she is the recent recipient of the CPABC Distinguished Service award, that recognized her service to the profession as a volunteer of the CPA Vancouver Chapter where she is entering her term as Chair, volunteers for the student and recruitment Committee for the Richmond South Delta Chapter, and as a Committee Member of the CPA BC Mentor Advisory Board. Christine also volunteers as a mentor with Langara College and participates as a guest panelist sharing her career path with Post-Secondary Students. When she is not volunteering or working you can find her singing the anthems at a baseball game or teaching a group fitness class as a certified BCRPA Fitness Leader.
Throughout her career people asked Christine if she was sure she wanted to be an accountant and that she does not fit the mold. Therefore, she wanted to make it her mission to tell and show anyone she comes into contact with that accountants are not boring. Accountants are fun, creative and have an amazing community of volunteers that organize events, and networking opportunities via the chapters. She appreciates everything that having the CPA designation has done for her, and wants to pass on her experience and passion to future CPAs.
Alana Palu is the campus ambassador at Douglas College. She aspires to become a tax specialist and wants to become a CPA because she understands the value it brings. She believes that a CPA designation says a lot about a person. It is about their persistence, resilience, credibility and most of all their dedication to the profession. She knows that she will learn the technical aspects of accounting to become an excellent professional, but she also knows that she will learn a lot about herself along the way. Ultimately, the designation will not only make her a more versatile professional but also a better person overall.
Alana enjoyed completing the ambassador tasks throughout the year and especially the task where she wrote a LinkedIn article. In this article, she was able to share a little bit about her motivations to pursue the CPA designation. She found that it gave her great exposure not only with potential employers but also with other students. She even had a few students who approached her to ask questions about the process of becoming a CPA, recruitment and the accounting profession. It was very rewarding for her to know that her own experience had been valuable to someone else. Inspiring students and helping them to pursue their careers was one of Alana’s major objectives as a CPA ambassador and she feels that she has successfully accomplished that objective.
Johnson Ngo is the high school ambassador for Britannia Secondary School. He will soon be attending Simon Fraser University where he plans to study business, and perhaps become the SFU campus ambassador.
Johnson believes that the CPA designation will open doors to hundreds of career paths in all kinds of organizations. He finds it truly amazing and intriguing to discover what the designation can help him achieve in the future.
As a high school ambassador, Johnson liked being able to improve on his leadership and speaking skills. He was able to improve these skills by speaking to his fellow high school classmates about their questions and concerns regarding the designation. He was able to network with other ambassadors including CPA members, and students.
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