Kim Sterling, FCPA, FCGA
I enjoy the challenge and diversity of working with small businesses and their owners. I completed my CGA designation in 1990 and was awarded a Fellowship (FCGA) in 2001. I have been a professional accountant (CPA/CGA) for 25 years and have had the privilege of serving a variety of clients in BC and Manitoba. It has been rewarding to see my clients grow and succeed. I have seen a lot of changes over the years in the profession, taxation and technology and look forward to what the future holds. As a small business owner myself, my motto has always been to provide the attention and level of service that I would expect myself, and I have high expectations! It has served me well as some of my clients have worked with me for more than 20 years. My job satisfaction is a happy client!
When I am not in the office, I enjoy exploring the beauty of the West Coast: by land, hiking and biking, and from the air flying my Cessna 182.
Ashley Stanford, HBCom, CPA, CGA
I discovered my love for all things financial shortly after graduating high school. I immediately began pursuing my CPA/CGA designation, which I received in 2011 in conjunction with a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons). While working towards my designation, I gained valuable experience with a wide variety of industries, including construction, restaurants and hospitality, as well as working as an income and excise tax auditor with Canada Revenue Agency.
I truly enjoy working with our clients and I find a great sense of satisfaction in helping them achieve their financial goals. I especially like to work with forward thinking and driven clients who value my advice. I am interested in technology and enjoy using it to create efficient systems and processes for our clients. I like the challenge of finding out what matters to each client and doing my best to deliver to them. Finally, I enjoy the challenge and reward of being a small business owner myself.
When I am not in the office, I can be found on the beach, hiking our local trails and spending as much time as possible with my family.
I became interested in accounting while completing my Administrative Assistant certification in 2014. I realized very quickly that this was something I was passionate about and wanted to pursue as a career. I began working in public practice in Fort St. John and have continued that with Sterling Stanford, CPA after moving to Victoria.
I love being able to help clients take care of the day to day aspects of their businesses, leaving them free to do what they love. I also really enjoy the diversity and new challenges that come with working in public practice, from bookkeeping to payroll to personal tax returns. My hope is to continue taking online courses while working full time to further my education towards a degree in accounting and eventually obtain CPA designation.
When I am not in the office I am spending time with my son and family, exploring, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.
I grew up on the east coast and lived in Ontario for several years before making my way to the Comox Valley, BC in 2005. It was here that I decided to take the plunge into bookkeeping, and earned my accounting and office administration certificates. I am able to offer a wide range of experience in several industries including food service, financial and construction. In addition to assisting with bookkeeping and personal income tax, my strength is an ongoing commitment to providing top service to all the clients who visit our office.