Deanna Spencer

Senior EPBC Case Manager

deannaI’ve been working at INEO since 2008, first as a Client Service Advisor for the British Columbia Employment Program (BCEP) and now as Case Manager for the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC).

I was born and raised in Port Alberni and I’m proud to call this beautiful valley home. I have never had the desire to move away from here, which is probably why the furthest away I’ve ever lived is Tofino.

In 1994, I enrolled in the Human Service Worker program at North Island College and completed the certificate program. Unfortunately, being young and inexperienced, it was very difficult to find employment in the field. I settled on working at Beaver Creek Home Center for 5 years, at which time I gained a great deal of knowledge in all aspects of that business. During my employment with the Home Center, I never gave up on my goal to work in the human service field and was presented with an opportunity to work for the Ku-u-us Crisis Line for 6 months. Although that job gave me some experience in the field, it wasn’t where my passion was. After leaving the crisis line I still found it difficult to find my niche, so I worked at Home Hardware for 6 years until Terry Deakin offered me an opportunity to work for her at INEO and I have never looked back.

I have to say that no other job has been more rewarding or fulfilling than this one. From the time I was 15 years old, I knew that I wanted to help people and try to make a difference in their lives. INEO has given me that opportunity. I have never before worked in such a caring and compassionate environment. The atmosphere at INEO has always been warm and welcoming and I feel blessed to be part of such an amazing team of people, who dedicate their lives everyday to helping others.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
– Eleanor Roosevelt