Meet Our Staff Members

Get to know our four incredible staff members who provide the best customer service on the North Shore to our clients on a daily basis. This team is led by Ms. Heather Deris (see left).
Sogol Tehranchi
Jan Cajka
My name is Sogol and I am Ava Music's office manager. I was born and raised in Iran and moved to Canada in 2010. I began taking violin lessons in Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd. in 2013, and I am currently a voice and violin student. In 2014, I joined Ava Music's front desk staff team and became the assistant manager in 2016. I recently finished my Psychology associate degree at Capilano University, and will be finishing my Bachelor of Psychology in University of British Columbia. I am working toward getting my degrees in both pediatric nursing and psychology. I also hope to become an active musician. For the last 3 years of working at Ava Music, I have learnt a lot and made a lot of good connections with customers and staff. I have always been really grateful for my music teachers at Ava Music and I think that they are the best one can ask for. I truly believe that Ava Music and its customers are my second family. I look forward to seeing you at the office!
My name is Jan and I hold a master's degree from the University of Economics in Bratislava. I am passionate about numbers, sports, chess, and music. I have been a member of various bands in Slovakia, performing both covers and original music around central Europe. I play bass, guitar and I sing (even though Sogol keeps asking me not to :D). What I love most about working at Ava Music is the fact that I can build on my previous experience, learn lots of new things, meet wonderful people, and create a positive impact on the lives of others.
Shirin Pedram
Joanna Mabolo
My name is Shirin and I am an aspiring doctor and lover of music. As of 2017, I have been playing guitar for nearly 4 years, but according to my mom, I've been singing since I was a baby. A few of my favourite things include music, helping others, making memories, traveling, doing research, presenting, science, and working with kids. The things I love most about working at Ava Music is the spirit of the amazing teachers, the fun times I have while working with my coworkers, and the incredible families and aspiring musicians I meet while doing my job.
My name is Joanna and I am an aspiring doctor -- my dream is to save the lives of others! I was born and raised in the Philippines and moved to Canada three years ago.  I started learning piano in 2015 at Ava Music & Art Centre Ltd. I am passionate about science, music and travel. I feel happy when I work at the front desk as I get to know lots of great families.