Meet Sandi Oorthuis


If you think Sandi looks familiar when you first walk through our door and she’s there to greet you, you’re probably right. Sandi was born in Trail and has lived in the West Kootenays all her life. She’s lived in several different Kootenay communities, and now calls Fruitvale home.

You may know Sandi from Little Hands Family Daycare which she ran for 19 years, or from her time as district commissioner for Girl Guides of Canada.

She has recently joined our team as administrative support. With over 20 years of office experience, Sandi will be one of the friendly people helping you when you contact the Skills Centre.

“I’m extremely approachable which is a quality I’m very proud of because not everyone is,” Sandi says.

She has trained at Selkirk College and College of the Rockies in office administration, as an educational assistant, and as a community support worker, all of which give her tools to help our clients and potential clients here at the Skills Centre.

Sandi and her husband have been married for 30 years and have two adult children. Two years ago, they adopted Yogi, a dog originally rescued from Turkey, at the local animal shelter.

Sandi says she knows a lot of people in the community and a lot of people know her, and she’s excited that people will get to know her in her new role with the Skills Centre.