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What We Do

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

About Us

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

Gurdeen Janjua

Employment Specialist


Sonya-Janet Byrne

Employment Specialist

Before starting at BACI, Sonya has a background of almost 20 years of working in Community Inclusion. Before this career Sonya attended UNBC where she studied International Business and Foreign Relations before studying Healthcare at Douglas College. In the years that have followed she has also received specialized training in Autism spectrum disorders, seizure disorders and augmented communication systems. Her drive to achieve in her career has been motivated by the ideals of inclusion creating a place for all of us; socially and economically.

“It is my goal to facilitate partnerships between employers and job seekers. I am excited to market the partnerships that will create opportunities for both job seekers and their business partners. I support my job seekers to move through their discovery process to better highlight their skills and strengths to employers. Once working, it will be my priority to support both the employer and job seeker through task analysis, job coaching and finally fading out of their partnership.”

When not at work Sonya can be found spending time with her niece, nephew and family members exploring art, music and photography.

Favorite Quote / Personal Philosophy:

Learn from Yesterday. Live for Today. Hope for Tomorrow.

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

Navjit Chima

Employment Specialist

Navjit attended Simon Fraser University where she obtained her Bachelors in Criminology. Soon after graduating she began working in family development and supervised access. Through this she gained significant knowledge on the Ministry of child and family services supporting families and supervising access visitations. Navjit also has experience working as a Mental Health Counselor working with youth suffering from concurrent disorders and those diagnosed with mental illness. In addition, Navjit has considerable experience working with newly immigrated clients and providing translations and intakes. Navjit has taken her past experiences in Mental Health and Case Management and is now working at Best Employment as an Employment Specialist working with clients in finding employment while assisting employers with their training practices.

During her free time, Navjit likes to go hiking, travel and spend time with friends and family.

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 call 604-299-7851.