Kyla Lam, CPA, CA
Kyla is passionate about serving the small businesses, families, and not-for-profits in our community by supporting their financial management needs with a unique and progressive approach.
With more than 15 years of experience in a variety of accounting roles, she started Aspire in 2019 to offer a zero-intimidation, and family-friendly environment, for staff and clients. She believes in the importance of relationships to understand unique needs and challenges, and uses her extensive background to address these efficiently and effectively. She wants to see business owners focussing their valuable time on building and growing their businesses, not burdened by paperwork and manual processes.
Kyla is an active member in the community as Secretary of the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and a CPA Canada Financial Literacy volunteer teaching local financial literacy courses through the College of the Rockies.
As avid campers, hikers, mountain bikers, and skiers, Kyla and her family can often be found exploring this beautiful valley we call home.
Sheryl Rice, CPA, CGA
Sheryl brings over 25 years of public accounting experience to Aspire, serving small to medium size businesses in a wide range of industries, corporate and personal tax clients.
Sheryl obtained her professional accounting designation in 1997 and worked for a mid-size practice in northwest BC, becoming partner in 2010. The local firm merged with a large national accounting and tax firm in 2015.
After retiring from full time practice. Sheryl and her husband relocated to Invermere in 2020 to be closer to their daughter and family. Joining Aspire on a part-time basis provides the best of both worlds – allowing her to continue in a career that Sheryl has been passionate about over the years while spending time with family and enjoying all the Columbia Valley has to offer.
Jennie Bedford, CPA, CA
Jennie relocated to BC from Ontario to attend UBC – Okanagan where she was conferred a Bachelor of Management, majoring in accounting and finance. She began her career at a national firm in Kelowna and subsequently relocated to Calgary where she completed her articles with a local firm and attained the Chartered Accountant designation in 2013. Having spent significant time in the Columbia Valley over the past two decades Jennie is excited to join the team. When not in the office Jennie can be found on the ski hill, hiking or enjoying the lake (summer and winter) with her young family.
Junifer Parisien joined the Aspire team as our Administrative Assistant in January 2021. She comes equipped with many years of customer service as well as office administration and bookkeeping skills. It will be her friendly voice you will hear when calling into the office. Her passion for numbers and learning new skills makes her a perfect fit in this role.
The mountains were calling to her throughout her youth and she made her dream of living in the Columbia Valley a reality almost 30 years ago. Along with her husband, she has raised her two daughters to have the same enthusiasm and love for the mountains as she does. Away from the office you may see her hiking with her dogs, golfing or just meandering through the mountains in her Jeep.
Carolyn was hired in June 2021 as Junior Accountant. After working in the service industry for seven years, she decided to get back to school and pursue a career in accounting. Originally from Nova Scotia, she decided to live out her dream of being a ski bum and move to the mountains. She now calls the Columbia Valley home, and out of the office can be found skiing, gardening, or walking her rescue pup.
Cassie joined the Aspire team in November 2021 as an Administrative Assistant with years of experience in customer service and office administration. Coming with a background working in the medical office field, she is excited for this new journey with Aspire!
Cassie is a crafty and bubbly east coaster who is new to the Columbia Valley. She moved from Vancouver Island in August 2020 with her fiancé, daughter, and they welcomed their youngest son in early 2021. When she's out of the office, you can find her spending time with her family, off-roading in the mountains, camping, or just a fun day at the park with the kids.
Bryce is our youngest team member, chief paper shredder, door unlocker and calculator button pusher. He’s Kyla’s son and an excellent sharer of toys.
Scout, Professional Greeter
Scout, the Lam family's golden retriever, occasionally helps out around the office, warming up seats and nuzzling newcomers.