Meet BC ELN's Ministry Representatives
by Leah Hopton
Meet Brandon Dwyer and Andrei Bondoreff from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training. Brandon and Andrei are BC ELN's representatives at the Ministry, supported by their broader teams which are collectively responsible for BC ELN's policy, accountability, and planning. I had the chance to meet up with Brandon and Andrei at the recent Steering Committee meeting, and I asked them to tell me more about themselves and what excites them about having BC ELN in their portfolios.
Brandon Dwyer, Intergovernmental Relations and Corporate Planning
BC ELN moved into Brandon's accountability and planning portfolio when the Ministry reorganized last year. He has been with the Ministry for fifteen years in a number of different areas, including student aid, strategic human resources, and corporate planning. Brandon's enthusiasm for BC ELN is clear: "When I go back and speak with my peers in the government, I'm excited to talk about the impact BC ELN is making," he explains.
What you might not know about Brandon: he has a passion for building! His latest projects include retiling his roof and building a shed.
Andrei Bondoreff, Post-Secondary System Policy and Liaison Branch
Before joining the government, Andrei spent several years teaching English (and some Russian) in Japan, and later worked as a journalist. What started as a co-op with the Ministry of Advanced Education eleven years ago evolved into a position, and he has been there ever since. Andrei has had BC ELN in his policy portfolio for a few years now, and his interest in the consortium is strong. "Libraries are at the core of post-secondary education," he says, "and BC ELN adds real value to the system and to the success of students."
What you might not know about Andrei: he loves cooking... His favourite meal is borscht, "but it has to be my mom's."