Aleks Besan engages Vantage Point’s highly skilled volunteers – knowledge philanthropists – to deliver high quality programs on governance, strategic planning, HR practices and leadership. She was drawn to Vantage Point by it’s lens on not-for-profit governance practices and the ability to influence change within the sector. Aleks completed a BA in International Studies with a Certificate in Dialogue at SFU where she was exposed to themes such as systems change and power distribution. Through her studies she developed a passion for bringing different interests together to create generative conversations – a mindset that supports Aleks in all her work.
Previously, Aleks worked with Open Media as their Community Engagement Specialist where she engaged and managed their team of volunteers and external collaborators. She also worked as Check Your Head as their Education Program Coordinator where she developed programming and trainings for youth to deliver peer-to-peer, experiential workshops. Aleks has taken on many volunteer roles, including a position on the Board of Directors at the Simon Fraser Research Group, a social justice hub at the SFU Burnaby campus. She has also volunteered with the Battered Women’s Support Services facilitating a support group and assisting the crisis line, gaining skills in conflict resolution, accountability processes and providing care at a time of vulnerability.
Aleks’ first language is Russian and she spent her childhood in Latvia – she then immigrated with her family as a pre-teen, and completed high school in Burnaby. Aleks is a self-proclaimed nerd and she thrives in an environment where she can attend lectures and educational opportunities with a social justice mandate. Outside the working world, she loves to draw and is a self taught digital illustrator. You also may bump into Aleks at local swing dancing nights.
Ask Aleks about our talented knowledge philanthropy team, approaches to facilitation, and how to teach yourself anything with YouTube videos!