Meet the interVivos Interns

The interVivos board has been working hard with four amazing interns in the past few months. This is your chance to get to know them better!

Eunice Doroni
Non-Profit Board Student Intern
University of Alberta

Eunice is in her final year of a BA in Political Science and Human Geography and is participating in the Non-Profit Board Student Internship Program as part of her certificate in Community Service-Learning. She is very interested in health policy and eventually wants to be a public health practitioner. When she’s not at school studying or out in the community volunteering, she loves going to improv shows, checking out new restaurants around the city and binge watching MasterChef.

Lebene Mawutor
Event Videographer Intern
Serving Communities Internship Program

Lebene is Ghanaian/Togolese-Canadian and aspiring visual artist, multimedia creative and content creator based in Edmonton. Lebene is currently a student at NAIT studying television. She is also a writer for One Tribe Magazine which is an online publication and creative platform geared towards the African diaspora. She is determined to be a digital content producer when she graduates.

Abby Mercader
#girlbossyeg Intern
Serving Communities Internship Program

Abby is completing her final year of studies at the University of Calgary. She will graduate this spring with dual Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and International Relations with a minor in International Development. A volunteer with the Women’s Centre of Calgary since 2016, Abby is active in encouraging awareness and activism among young girls on topics surrounding female leadership, social justice and social change. She is fortunate to have been surrounded by girl bosses all her life, and wants to help inspire and encourage the next generation of future girl bosses!

Christy Seville
#girlbossyeg Intern
Serving Communities Internship Program

A recent graduate of the University of Alberta (2015 B.A. English), Christy is refining her communications skills in the Public Relations diploma program at MacEwan University.  She is also a communications intern at both Modern Muse Media, a social media, marketing and content creation company, and Aris M.D., a bio tech firm that produces augmented and virtual reality for use in surgery. Christy represented Aris M.D. in a consumer engagement role at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. When she’s not studying or working you can find her taking yoga very seriously.

Want to intern with us? We currently have two vacancies: Mentorship Program Intern and Blog and Website Intern.

Questions? Email

Setting an Example for the Next Generation of Trailblazers: Evelina Mannarino’s Vision of Progress

Evelina Mannarino is a real estate developer, mother and author who has spent most of her life studying real estate. She is currently working toward her Bachelor’s degree in the Business of Real Estate while running her own business, Evelina Developments. She dreams of changing Edmonton’s skyline by developing skyscrapers.

Evelina is the sole developer of London Villas Hub, the unique event space donated to interVivos for the 2018 #girlbossyeg event on March 8, 2018 – International Women’s Day. The space, which opened on March 5, aims to revitalize Edmonton’s McCauley area. As a woman in a primarily male industry, Evelina understands the struggle of gender inequality in her line of work. “The roadblock is the men in the industry. I mean, it is obviously male dominated and they’re actually not that much help,” Evelina explained. “I don’t know if it’s my looks, but I get a lot of stupid emails and text messages so it’s hard to filter anybody that’s going to actually help me. At the end of the day, as opposed to just looking for help, I decided I’m just going to do it myself without expecting anybody to help me along the way.”

Evelina strives to make real estate development a more accessible career choice for women in Edmonton by helping women whenever she can. Starting out in the industry, Evelina wasn’t able to seek out mentorship. “From my marriage that I’m just getting out of now, I wasn’t allowed to have any mentors that weren’t women,” she said. “When I look around, I don’t really see a lot of female developers in Edmonton that are building skyscrapers so there really was nobody that I was allowed to talk to.” As the only female developer that she knows, Evelina is thrilled to be able to offer mentorship to ambitious young women who share her work values. Moving forward Evelina aims to do whatever she can at whatever cost to make sure that women behind her have an easier time.

Along with running a successful business and working on her degree, Evelina is also a constant inspiration to her children. With all that she does, Evelina is a confident parent. “Am I a good mother? For me, it’s about being a good role model,” she explains. Her advice for mothers working to achieve their dreams? “As long as we’re pushing forward and taking it one step at a time going in the right direction, we’re going to make it.” Every person attending #girlbossyeg should keep this image in mind. Pressing for progress means moving forward together into a better future.

interVivos thanks Evelina and London Villas Hub for their generous sponsorship of #girlbossyeg 2018.

To book London Villas Hub for an event, send Evelina an email.
For tickets to #girlbossyeg, click here

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