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Always EXTRA FUN with this trio! Photo above of Aruna with MP Peter Julian, Mayor Mike Hurley and Co-Board Member of the Cariboo Heights Forest Preservation Society, Claire Preston, at one of Aruna's Halloween Community Events at Crest Plaza, providing a fun, safe family event for her community members, promoting local businesses and raising food & funds for her local Food Bank.  These events are organized with her Mortgage Specialist colleague and fabulous community brain storming partner, mover & shaker, Gloria Cooper.

Empowering Kids to be Community Changers!

Knitted Itty Bitty Blanket Donations for Pre-Mature Babies at Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster

Dispersing Seed Donations in Old Interurban Forest

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With my Co-Board Members, Utta and David, from the Cariboo Heights Forest Preservation Society

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Sunny, fun day for all!  Easter at Crest Plaza.  Bunny Hop Bingo, raffle prizes and Food Bank donations. Here I am with my Co-Community Advocates, Gloria and Geoff with the Easter Bunny!

I have my Bachelors Degree in Marketing and a diploma in Design.  My passion is seeing people use their talents and interests to make a positive impact in this world.  I have used mine to make a difference in my life and the lives of others.  THIS is exciting to me.  

  • I was the Director of Marketing & Fund Development for two non-profit organizations helping women rebuild their lives and helping children with learning disabilities.  

  • I helped to establish the Home Economic department in a school for children with disabilities, The Third Academy, in Calgary, Alberta.  I taught these children how to sew.  We made millennium quilts for the Children's Hospital in Calgary, Alberta.  The children felt so capable and proud--and they had every reason to!  

  • I have been on television, written for newspapers and magazines, held workshops and had my artwork displayed throughout galleries in Vancouver.  

  • I have established an organization which unites knitters with hospitals and other organizations to help their clients or patients.   If you are interested in participating, contact me! ( &  ( .  

  • I have, with my sisters, been manufacturing down-filled baby sleepsacks, to help babies sleep safely.  Bisous Baby Sleepsacks are sold in various countries throughout the world.  In fact, our Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, was gifted one from his friend, when his children were born! In addition, our sleepsack was chosen as one of the items to be included in the Hollywood Actresses Mother's Day gift baskets.  Recipents included Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Garner and Salma Hyack.  What an honour!

  • I am the Co-President of the Cariboo Heights Forest Preservation Society.  Our goal is for the City of Burnaby to designate this precious 200 acre forest as a Permanent Non-Development Zone.  (Currently, it is on the books for a 100 acre eradication!) If you are interested in helping to save this forest, sign our petition--log onto our Facebook Page: Burnaby's Secret Forest.

  • I am a Co-Blockwatch Captain for my neighbourhood in Burnaby and take great pleasure in helping to keep our families safe and in helping to create a close-knit group with whom all neighbours can all rely on.  

  • As a passionate Community Builder, helping to organize events to create a strong, supportive community is super exciting to me! Together with my colleagues Gloria Cooper and Geoff Jarman, and by collaborating with the businesses at Crest Plaza, on the border of Burnaby and New Westminster, BC, we organize and host several fun community wide family events throughout the year.  These celebratory events offer community members an opportunity to meet, have some good ole' family fun and raise food & funds for our local Food Bank.  Follow us on Instagram and Facebook to join in on the fun! (Happiness Is HOMEmade Real Estate and Crest Community Corner)

My friends, colleagues and contacts cover a wide range of backgrounds and specialties.  I treat my clients the way I would with my closest circle of friends--with utmost care and access to all my contacts.  When you work with me, you work with ALL my contacts.

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Christmas at The Crest 2019

with my awesome Co-Community Builder, Gloria Cooper, Mrs Claus and our amazing, ever supportive MLA Katrina Chen.  Built a TREE OF HOPE out of food donations, all from our wonderful community members, which we then delivered to St. Michael's Parish's FOOD BANK.  A very good day, indeed!

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