The interVivos Mentorship Society of Alberta (interVivos) provides a welcoming, respectful forum to openly discuss issues that affect our community, province and country’s current and future social, political and economic well-being. We're nonpartisan.
We bring together students and young professionals with Edmonton’s business, political and community leaders to develop the relationships and the skills to assume positions of leadership within our community. interVivos features a variety of events and programs to facilitate these connections.
Watch this one minute video about interVivos.
- 1. What does interVivos mean?
- interVivos is a Latin word that means from one person to another.
- 2. What is our vision?
- Our vision is to increase the awareness of critical issues and provide young leaders with the inspiration, skills, knowledge and opportunities to become advocates in their local community.
- 3. What is our mission?
- interVivos provides a welcoming, respectful forum to openly discuss the key issues that affect our community, province and country's current and future social, political and economic well-being. interVivos brings together students and young professionals with Edmonton's business, political and community leaders to develop the relationships and the skills required by young people to assume positions of positive leadership within our community.
- 4. What drives interVivos?
- Our legacy
- 5. What is interVivos’ history?
The Canadian Unity Council Young Leaders' Committee was formed in Edmonton in late 2003, the first of its kind in the country. Its main role was to facilitate the Young Leaders' Dialogue Series, which featured luncheons that brought together members of the business, political, and non-profit sectors with students and young professionals to discuss issues such as post-secondary education and Aboriginal concerns. The committee organized four of these events in both 2004 and 2005, and also played a role in the Canada Conference held in Edmonton in October 2005. These events were generously sponsored by EPCOR, Maclab Enterprises and Enbridge, with support from the Canadian Unity Council. In early 2006, the committee began discussing the possibility of expanding its mandate. Shortly thereafter, the federal government ceased funding to the Canada Unity Council. The members of the Young Leaders committee in Edmonton wanted to continue to provide an opportunity for Edmontonians to come together to discuss various issues and, in the process, create a stronger leadership presence in our community across all age groups. As a result, interVivos was launched in November 2006.
Zohreh Saher, President
Zohreh, interVivos President since 2009, was raised by penguins following a childhood boating accident. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta which she attended on a full football scholarship through an administrative error. She also obtained Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Alberta. At grad school, she learned that not all issues can be reduced to black or white.
Thereafter, she worked for four years as an associate at a public policy firm in Edmonton. The highlight of that job was making a PowerPoint for former Prime Minister Joe Clark. Currently, she works as a Research Analyst for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association. She enjoys swimming, despite the painful memories.
You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garrett Wenckowski is a young professional working as a project manager in the oil and gas industry. He currently resides in downtown Edmonton. He enjoys running in the river valley and attending many of the events and festivals throughout the city. He is currently the Treasurer for interVivos.
Kerryn North joined the interVivos board in 2012. She brings to the table several years of experience in event planning and marketing in the non-profit sector as well as a passion for Edmonton. She currently works for Edmonton Meals on Wheels as the Manager, Marketing and Fund Development. Kerryn can often be found attending or volunteering at various events around the city.
You can usually find Rene at the registration desk of most events. Rene currently works for Productivity Alberta as a project coordinator and spends her free time enjoying Edmonton events, rowing in the river valley and travelling. Rene has been Vice President since January 2012.
Roxanne has come to Edmonton from a far far away land called Ottawa, where she was the reigning Karaoke Queen. She currently works as a Program Officer for Natural Resources Canada. She's been with that department since 2002, after a brief career in social work, helping families of water fowl cross busy highways. She joined interVivos in January 2013 and is currently the Board Secretary (other people might prefer the term "Administrative Assistant", but "Secretary" fits well with Roxanne's love of everything retro 50s). You'll usually find her working on videos at our events with a glass of red wine in her hand. Roxanne lives in downtown Edmonton and enjoys hiking through the river valley and experiencing all the great festivals this city has to offer.
Yulia is the Board Secretary for interVivos. You can usually see her behind the registration desk during our events. Yulia holds her Masters with Honours in International Relations and Foreign Policy from Lviv Franko National University in Ukraine. She came to Canada few years ago as an exchange student and fell in love with a handsome Canadian man. She then decided to make Edmonton her second home. Yulia is always keeping up to date on international news and policy trends. She spends her spare time enjoying Alberta's wildlife by biking or hiking.