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THE SANDS & ASSOCIATES TEAM

From your first contact with us, you will understand why Sands & Associates is different from other Licensed Insolvency Trustee firms. Sands & Associates has grown to be BC’s largest personal bankruptcy firm by continually investing in our people. Our Trustees in Bankruptcy and Estate Managers are highly competent and will seek to listen first to understand the unique circumstances of your situation.

When you request a consultation, you will meet with a highly experienced insolvency professional who will take the time to advise you of all of your options so that you can make an informed decision on the right course of action for you.

We guarantee that you will be treated with respect and empathy, and we will never charge a fee for you to meet with us face-to-face to understand your options.

Blair Mantin

CMC, CIRP, President of Sands & Associates, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Blair Mantin specializes in consumer insolvency and strategies for debt resolution. With 15 years of experience, Blair helps individuals and organizations facing challenging financial situations navigate the often overwhelming, and sometimes confusing, world of insolvency. While each person’s situation is unique, his approach remains the same: “Let’s take the shame and despair away from being in debt – it’s a problem like any other, and it has a solution that works just about every time.”

As Sands & Associates President, Blair says the most important aspect of his job is empowering clients with information about their options to become debt free. “My job is to ‘level the playing field’ from a knowledge perspective – by providing individuals with the insights they really need to resolve their situation, they are able to move forward from a position of strength,” he says.

Blair’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Never, never pay for debt advice, and be careful about who you take advice from. Only a Licensed Insolvency Trustee will give you the straight goods at absolutely no cost to you.”

Connect with Blair today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Blair to set up your appointment.

Raj Hara

CPA, CMA, CIRP, Senior Vice President of Sands & Associates, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

In addition to being a Senior Vice President of Sands & Associates, a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and Chartered Professional Accountant, Raj is a Certified Management Accountant and Chartered Insolvency and Restructuring Professional. Raj has more than 10 years of experience in banking, finance, accounting and insolvency matters, and specializes in helping individuals resolve their personal debts. “Assisting individuals in assessing their options for dealing with debt is my primary focus,” says Raj.

Raj’s approach to one-on-one client sessions is non-judgmental and future-oriented. He encourages clients to assess their current situation and takes the time to understand each client’s unique financial situation so he can provide a complete assessment of all possible options. He encourages clients to understand that it is possible to remove the burden of debt from their shoulders. “Debt does not define an individual. Life happens to everyone. At Sands & Associates, we assist individuals in achieving a financial fresh start,” he says.

Raj is fluent in Punjabi.

Raj’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“You do not have control of what happened in the past. Let’s understand where you are today so that you can move forward to a debt-free future.”

Connect with Raj today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Raj to set up your appointment.

Janet Humes

CPA, CA, CIRP, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Janet Humes is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee with over 20 years of experience in personal and business debt management. Janet has a passion for helping individuals understand their options to become debt-free and get their financial lives back on track. She strives to treat everyone with respect while providing professional guidance on how to move forward using available debt solutions, including Consumer Proposals and personal bankruptcy. Janet’s approach in meeting with clients is clear and empathetic: “Seeking help with financial difficulties is one of the hardest and most stressful things a person can do,” she says, “I want people to leave with a feeling of relief, and the knowledge that there is a solution to their financial struggles.”

Janet’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“The only dumb questions are the ones we fail to ask – always keep asking for more information or detail, until you’re comfortable with the answers given.”

Connect with Janet today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Janet to set up your appointment.

Kimberly To

CIRP, CPA, CGA, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Kimberly To has helped individuals manage and resolve their debts for 25 years. Kimberly is committed to empowering clients through offering them concise and clear information about their debt relief options. Her goal is to create a comfortable and productive environment during each one-on-one session with her Sands & Associates clients. “I aim to reduce each person’s stress by the end of our session,” says Kimberly.

Kimberly is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Kimberly’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“A free consultation with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee is a great place to start. There is no obligation and you gain new, important information.”

Connect with Kimberly today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Kimberly to set up your appointment.

Laura Kehtler

BA, B.Ed, CIRP, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Laura Kehtler is a Licensed Insolvency Trustee and has more than 15 years of experience in the area of personal insolvency. Assisting clients to regain control of their current financial situation and helping them create a foundation for long term financial health is always her goal. “Helping individuals resolve unmanageable debt so they can get a financial fresh start and focus on saving for the future is important. With every client, my hope is that they come away with a full understanding of all options available to them,” says Laura.

Laura’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Struggling with financial difficulty can feel overwhelming and hopeless. No matter the state of your financial health, it is important to know that there are options available to you to resolve your situation. There is light at the end of the tunnel.”

Connect with Laura today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Laura to set up your appointment.

Tracey Lowe

BA, CIRP, Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Tracey Lowe has more than 20 years of experience helping individuals manage and overcome difficult financial situations. As a Licensed Insolvency Trustee, Tracey specializes in personal insolvency and restructuring, often through administering consumer proposals to creditors. For Tracey, the most important aspect of her job is restoring hope in clients. “Letting people know their options is always my goal. I enjoy helping people achieve a financial fresh start,” she says.

Tracey’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Recognize that this process can give you a fresh start – debt-free!”

Connect with Tracey today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Tracey to set up your appointment.

Alexander "Sandy" May

Licensed Insolvency Trustee

Sandy May has over 20 years’ experience in the personal debt management sector. In his time as a Licensed Insolvency Trustee Sandy has helped countless people find a solution for their debt problems, and he says it’s important for consumers to understand that money issues truly can happen to anyone.

Sandy’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Licensed Insolvency Trustees are here to help you when you need guidance on how to deal with a difficult financial situation – no cost, no judgment, no legal jargon.”

Bethany Cann

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Bethany Cann is an Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over five years of experience working in the personal debt help industry with Sands & Associates. Bethany feels it’s important to provide debt help without judgment and says, “Through debt restructuring and financial counselling clients begin to feel empowered with knowledge of money management, and most importantly – hopeful about the future.”

Bethany’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“In order to achieve your goals, let go and don’t dwell on the past. Let us help you focus on your future and get you where you want to be!”

Connect with Bethany today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Bethany to set up your appointment.

Carolyn Neale

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Carolyn Neale is an Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor at Sands & Associates with over six years experience in assisting people who are considering their options to manage debt. Carolyn encourages her clients to think about their own short and long-term personal goals as they consider the advantages of working through a legal debt solution. She says, “My objective isn’t just to share tools to achieve freedom from debt, but also for people to be able to navigate confidently with maximum success beyond these immediate needs.”

Carolyn’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“We know how intimidating legal debt help can seem, but we’re here to assist you in taking control of financial obstacles – and through your journey to a debt-free future!”

Connect with Carolyn today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Carolyn to set up your appointment.

Cindy Wallas

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

With more than 15 years of experience, Cindy Wallas works with individual and corporate clients to resolve their debt issues. Cindy is currently enrolled in the CAIRP (Trustee) Qualification Program. Recognizing that debt management requires thorough understanding of resolution options, Cindy offers comprehensive insight and guidance, and encourages clients to take their time. “My main goal when it comes to assisting clients is to make them feel comfortable and give them as much time and information as they need to make their decision,” says Cindy.

Cindy’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Once you deal with your past debt and past financial issues, you can look towards the future with excitement and optimism.”

Connect with Cindy today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Cindy to set up your appointment.

Dana Timko

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Dana Timko has 21 years of experience in the area of insolvency, including 18 years as an Estate Manager. Dana is committed to ensuring all Sands & Associates clients she works with are thoroughly informed about their debt management and resolution options. “Although every client I see is unique, my goal for every session is the same: making sure they leave the appointment feeling like they have enough information to make a good decision about how to move forward,” says Dana. Dana specializes in consumer proposals and personal bankruptcy .

Dana’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Financial difficulties are not a reflection of who you are as a person, they are only a symptom of something bigger that you may have no control over.”

Connect with Dana today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Dana to set up your appointment.

Darlene Mullen

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Darlene Mullen has more than 15 years of insolvency experience and specializes in personal debt management solutions. Darlene is committed to providing individuals the information they need to make informed choices about how to become debt free. She works closely with Sands & Associates clients to help them achieve greater control of their debt relief options, and ultimately, their futures. “The most important aspect of my job is renewing hope for individuals that there is financial relief and that they can get on with the positive aspects of their lives,” says Darlene.

Darlene’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Your financial fresh start begins the day you file for bankruptcy or file a consumer proposal. This is your opportunity to start moving forward and creating positive financial habits now.”

Connect with Darlene today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Darlene to set up your appointment.

David Tang

BCom, Estate Manager

David Tang is an Estate Manager with more than seven years of insolvency administration experience. David’s goal when meeting with clients is to ensure that they feel respected, and walk away with the right information for them to make an informed decision on their financial future.

When meeting with clients for the first time at Sands & Associates, his goal is to ensure that each person comes away feeling confident, empowered, and knowing much more about how to deal with their financial difficulties than when they first arrived. “Providing a solution to individuals so that they can get their life back is the most important part of helping clients for me”, says David.

David’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“A free consultation with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee is a great place to start for you to acquire the information you need to make the best decision for you going forward.”

Connect with David today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact David to set up your appointment.

Jennifer Thom

Estate Manager

Jennifer Thom is an Estate Manager who has worked in the personal insolvency field for over 20 years. It’s important to Jennifer that her clients feel at ease and comfortable with the information they receive as they explore their debt options. She believes that education is key to making the best choice in any situation: “I strive to ensure each person I meet with goes home feeling happy and well-informed about how they can deal with their debt.”

Jennifer’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“The hardest part of the debt-free process is making the first phone call asking for help.”

Connect with Jennifer today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Jennifer to set up your appointment.

Joanne Fong

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Joanne Fong has more than 15 years of experience assisting individuals with personal debt resolution, and specializes in personal bankruptcy and consumer proposals. As a Sands & Associates Estate Manager, Joanne’s goal during one-on-one sessions with clients is to offer clarity, practical insight and hope. “Helping my clients see that there is light at the end of the tunnel is the most important aspect of what I do,” says Joanne.

Joanne is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Joanne’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Recognize that there are many ways to move forward. A licensed professional will inform you of avenues you can pursue.”

Connect with Joanne today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Joanne to set up your appointment.

John Manson

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

John Manson has seven years of personal insolvency experience and is dedicated to providing his Sands & Associates clients the tools they require to manage and overcome challenging financial situations. Specializing in personal insolvency, John helps clients understand the often daunting and misunderstood aspects of debt resolution. “The most important part of my job is informing people of the laws around dealing with debt and how it affects their situation,” says John.

John’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Take full advantage of the tools and information you receive from your Licensed Insolvency Trustee. The more that you put into the process, the more you can get out of it.”

Connect with John today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact John to set up your appointment.

Julie Medeiros

BA, Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Julie Medeiros has more than eight years of experience assisting individuals manage and resolve their debts. Julie works with clients to help them better understand their debt resolution options. Julie conducts a full assessment of each client’s financial situation and focuses on educating them on their rights. Her goal with every Sands & Associates client that she works with is ensuring they clearly understand the options available to them so they can move forward confidently. “Helping clients achieve a financial fresh start is the most important aspect of my job,” says Julie.

Julie’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“It is possible to transform your situation and achieve financial freedom. Once you begin working with a licensed professional to resolve your debts, you will feel your financial stress lessen.”

Connect with Julie today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Julie to set up your appointment.

Larisa Malancu

Estate Manager

Larisa Malancu is a Sands & Associates Estate Manager with 6 years of personal insolvency experience. Larisa makes it a priority to understand her client’s unique situation and mindset, framing her approach and guidance to best meet each person’s top priorities, areas of interest or concern. “I’m always happy to support clients with practical ways they can remove debt as an obstacle, and move forward to where they really want to be,” says Larisa.

Larisa’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“It is possible to regain a balanced life without harmful debt-stress. Make things happen by investing in and committing to yourself!”

Connect with Larisa today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Larisa to set up your appointment.

Karen Wright

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Karen Wright has 25 years of experience helping people find debt solutions and overcome financial difficulty. Specializing in personal insolvency, Karen recognizes the impact challenging financial situations have on clients’ lives. “My goal is to help all clients I work with get back on track financially so they can enjoy a better quality of life,” says Karen. During her sessions with Sands & Associates clients, Karen creates an environment where they can feel comfortable talking about their financial situations.

Karen’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Debt can happen to anyone and it is stressful. Work with a licensed professional who is kind and non-judgmental. A supportive approach is essential for moving forward positively and confidently.”

Connect with Karen today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Karen to set up your appointment.

Kristine Medeiros

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Kristine Medeiros is an Insolvency Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with 18 years of experience. Kristine specializes in consumer proposals and personal bankruptcy, providing individuals relief from their financial difficulties. The cornerstone of Kristine’s approach to one-on-one sessions with Sands & Associates clients is empathetic listening and improving their understanding of their options. “Truly assisting clients means treating them with respect and dignity while offering the information they require to make an informed decision,” says Kristine.

Kristine’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Many individuals facing challenging financial situations think bankruptcy is their only option. This is not the case. Meet with a licensed professional to understand the options available to you.”

Connect with Kristine today to discuss your options during a free one-on-one consultation.

Contact Kristine to set up your appointment.

Marlene Byrne

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Marlene Byrne has ten years of experience assisting individuals in matters relating to personal insolvency. As a former credit counsellor, lender and bank manager, Marlene has experience in all areas of consolidation. For Marlene, the most important aspects of her job are educating clients about their options for debt resolution and helping them minimize financial stress. “My job is to empower people with knowledge so they know that there is help out there and choices available to them. Working with people to reduce their stress enriches their lives and can even improve their overall health,” says Marlene.

Marlene’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“An initial consultation with a Licensed Insolvency Trustee or Estate Manager should not cost you any money. If it does, take it as a red flag that something is wrong.”

Connect with Marlene today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Marlene to set up your appointment.

Melanie Tan

Estate Manager, Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Melanie Tan is an Estate Manager and Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with Sands & Associates who has more than 15 years of experience helping people manage their debt. Melanie’s focus is providing clients guidance and solutions to resolve their financial challenges and deal with debt for good. She says it’s incredibly rewarding to help people work through the process and especially gratifying to see how clients’ outlook and even financial skills can grow. She says, “Offering solutions for money management, budgeting tools, strategies to help develop savings, and re-establishing financial goals are all important aspects of the work we do together.”

Melanie’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“It’s very important to seek help sooner rather than later, especially when there are already warning signs of financial difficulties. We’re here to help!”

Connect with Melanie today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Melanie to set up your appointment.

Radhika Malhotra

BCom, Estate Manager

Radhika Malhotra is an Estate Manager with over three years of experience in insolvency administration and helping consumers with solutions to deal with debt. Radhika’s goal is to help her clients get back on track with confidence, and without debt’s limitations holding them back. As she describes, “…a financial ‘reset’ can allow people the space to focus on other important things in their lives, and not just always thinking about their debt.”

Radhika’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Debt can happen to anyone, please don’t feel embarrassed if debt is a burden in your life. The important thing is to recognize the opportunity to improve the situation – financially and for yourself.”

Connect with Radhika today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Radhika to set up your appointment.

Stephanie Munsie

BA, Estate Manager

Stephanie Munsie has six years of insolvency and accounting experience. In addition to being a Sands & Associates Estate Manager, Stephanie is currently enrolled in the Chartered Professional Accountants Canada (CPA) Professional Education Program. Stephanie makes a difference in the lives of her clients through the knowledge she provides. “The lack of available and correct information about debt management solutions can lead people to believe there is no realistic way out of their financial troubles,” she says. “Insolvency proceedings are a remedy and a rehabilitation process to allow individuals a fresh start.”

Stephanie’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Review your budget each month and take note of where your money goes. This is essential for maintaining your financial health and truly evaluating your current financial standing.”

Connect with Stephanie today to discuss your options during a free, confidential, one-on-one consultation.

Contact Stephanie to set up your appointment.

Lilian Chung

Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Lilian Chung is a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor with over nine years of experience in the personal debt management field. Lilian works with Sands & Associates personal bankruptcy and Consumer Proposal clients, providing one-on-one financial counselling. Her primary goal during financial counselling sessions is to help clients set and achieve financial goals, and to develop a realistic personal budget. She says, “The most rewarding part about what I do is being able to help people cut their debts and get a fresh start.”

Lilian is also fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin.

Lilian’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Make sure you understand all your options before you make a decision on how to move forward with dealing with your debt.”

Mona Meyer

Qualified Insolvency Counsellor

Mona Meyer is a Qualified Insolvency Counsellor at Sands & Associates with significant experience in the personal debt management field. Financial counselling sessions are a vital component to the debt help services provided to bankruptcy and Consumer Proposal clients. Mona says her main goal during these one-on-one financial counselling sessions is “To provide information and tools that will help each client achieve financial success, in whatever form that means to them personally.”

Mona’s number one piece of advice for people seeking help with their debts:

“Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness – it’s a sign of great courage.”

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