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Meet the RAPS Business Interns!

Every year, thanks to the Canada Summer Jobs Program, RAPS is able to hire young people to assist in meeting our mission.

This week, meet the three outstanding individuals working with the RAPS administrative team this summer.

Moyinoluwa (Mo) Adeniyi

What and where are you studying?

I am going into my third year of a major in Business Administration at Western University (in London, Ontario).

Why did you choose to work at RAPS?

I knew I wanted to work here the moment I met some of the staff. RAPS has a strong sense of community and teamwork, which has been integral to my experience. The work also coincided with my personal professional ambitions while exposing me to a part of business that I had not before considered.

What are you doing at RAPS this summer?

This summer, I worked on a variety of projects. I mostly assisted the Givergy team with auction setup and execution for the gala. Following that, I worked with Jonathan (Director of Development) and assisted wherever I could. This includes contacting sponsors, analyzing voucher usage, and interacting with some RAPS consumers.

About animals, Mo says: “I do not have any dogs but when I get older, I hope to adopt a golden retriever.”


Callia Babin

What and where are you studying?

I am going into my third year and I am studying Management at UBC Okanagan.

Why did you choose to work at RAPS?

I had been searching on Indeed for jobs and came across RAPS’ job opening for interns. I looked into more about what the organization was about and was impressed and excited at the thought of working for an organization that helps animals! When I saw that they had a marketing intern position available I was very interested in it as I want to explore the marketing field more and thought this job would be a great fit.

What are you doing at RAPS this summer?

This summer definitely started off busy as I got right into all the planning and preparation for the RAPS gala! Once all that cooled down, I was working closely with Marian (Senior Manager of Operations) helping out wherever I could, ranging from social media posts, blog transfers, creating posters and lots more. Throughout the summer, I also learned how to use different Adobe apps such as Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator, which was challenging at the start but became very fun once I got comfortable with it.

About animals, Callia says: “I have two dogs: a Mini Collie and a Dachshund-Mini Pinscher mix called Cody and Oreo!”

Joao (Johnny) Cerqueira

What and where are you studying?

I’m a fourth year UBC student studying International Relations and minoring in Economics.

Why did you choose to work at RAPS?

I’ve always loved the energy and heart in the nonprofit world, and RAPS’ community focus really stood out to me. Plus, I’ve been following their cat sanctuary on Instagram for ages, so it felt like a cool opportunity to see the behind-the-scenes.

What are you doing at RAPS this summer?

This summer at RAPS has been a blend of thrill and substance. I’ve had the privilege to contribute to a variety of exciting projects, from organizing an outstanding gala event to penning impactful white papers on essential animal policies. It’s been a truly engaging and meaningful experience.

About his future plans, Johnny says: “Looking ahead, I’m aiming to become a Canadian diplomat. I’d love to have a Cavapoo tagging along on my travels. Meanwhile, I remain committed to participating in local groups and nonprofits, constantly learning, staying engaged, and contributing in every way I can.”