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What We Do

About Us

At BEST we believe that everyone and anyone who wants to work has the right to do so.

BACI’s Employment Services & Training is a service that focuses on empowering adults with developmental disabilities to attain their employment goals  The employment specialists at BEST work closely with each candidate to discover their potential and connect them with employers.

BEST emphasizes on meeting employers’ business needs through positive and innovative employment solutions.

“Inclusive growth is simply smart economics.”

-Treasury Under Secretary Lael Brainard, United States

Our Team

Meet Our Team!

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Heather Johnstone

Senior Manager Collaboration and Service Design

Rachel Borer

Manager Economic Inclusion

Gurdeen Janjua

Employment Specialist

Daniela-Helene Colan

Employment Specialist

An immigrant herself, Daniela is specialized in working with Professional Immigrants. Over the 21 years of experience in British Columbia’s Career Services, she inspired and successfully navigated them on a new labour market and helped them to add to their employment efforts the understanding of such elements as cultural adaptation, settlement, enhancing effectiveness, and increasing motivation and confidence.

Soon after arriving in BC, Daniela chose to train as a Career Development and Provincial Instructor professional and attended continuous education programs offered at well regarded public colleges located in lower mainland. She is a result-driven and empathetic Career Development Professional currently working as an Employment Specialist for people with developmental disabilities.

Daniela has a solid track record of delivering a dedicated-service in assisting job seekers with obtaining meaningful employment. Her knowledge of various cultures, combined with linguistic abilities and a caring nature, contribute to the profile of a dedicated, client-centered, and service-oriented practitioner with a strong commitment to professional development.

Designation: Certified Career Development Practitioner since 2010
Member of BC Career Development Association
Member of Career Professionals Canada

Languages: English, French, Romanian- basic knowledge of Spanish, Italian, Russian, and Arabic

Favorite Quote / Personal Philosophy:

“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them become what they are capable of being” ~ Goethe

Sonam Bhandula

Employment Specialist

Favorite Quote / Personal Philosophy:

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal, it is the courage to continue that counts” ~ Winston Churchill


BEST is a service developed by the Burnaby Association for Community Inclusion (BACI). To learn more about BACI, please visit or email [email protected].