About Me

So you want to know more about Maria ….

For those who are limited in time and just want a concise list of my qualifications and are seeking a list of skills that I bring to the table please scroll further down.

Born in Manila Philippines, I was uprooted and brought to Vancouver, Canada – the land of opportunity. Since I was twelve years old I’ve been organizing events, volunteering within the community and avidly interested in online development.

I’m a proud SFU alumni with a sociology major – although I was just a few courses short of also graduating with an economics one – I valued understanding people and society. I’ve always been fascinated by social habits but it wasn’t until I had lost a family member to cancer that I fully realized my career path. Heading back to school for an event marketing management while working for a local recycling company, then starting and running my own not for profit was tough but I am pretty driven and very goal oriented.

Successfully completed my event marketing management certificate at BCIT while I was two years into working in the natural health industry – I realized it was time to step away from running a not for profit and more towards specific event related side work. I started Projects by Maria to support the smaller businesses in our community with their marketing and any other administrative tasks. I wanted to provide education and tips to the local corner or mom & pop shops competing with global online giants. Here’s to hoping I can help you with whatever your business needs!

If I could summarize my resume, this is what it would read:

  • Graduate of Simon Fraser University with a Bachelor of Arts major in Sociology.
  • Event Marketing Management certified through the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
  • Eager learner. Continuously attending Digital Marketing workshops through Brainstation YVR & Red Academy  (includes Search Engine Optimization & Social Media Management).
  • Experienced with Microsoft Office, MAC systems, Google Drives, and various online platforms including MailChimp, Citrix and HootSuite.

Employed for 3+ years within the local recycling industry, the natural health foods and the optical industry.

I founded & managed a fundraising event planning not-for-profit for six years. Along with my extensive volunteer profile, I have a burning desire to support socially beneficial causes. I genuinely care about my work and how it can assist you in developing a thriving local business.

When I’m not working, I love to explore our beautiful city with my fiance. I also am passionate about giving back to the community or to a worthy cause – so you can find me at local community event or with Beauty Night Society giving foot spas.

Want to know more? View my LinkedIn Profile: Maria Bernardo
Contact me: projectsbymaria@gmail.com