2019-2020 Board Members

President: Irina Volchok (MA Linguistics, CTESL, ACE TEAP)
Professional Experience: English for Academic/Specific Purposes, CLB, PBLA
Passion/Interests: Adult Learning, Neurolinguistics
Quote to Live By: “Find what you love and let it kill you.” – Charles Bukowski

Communications Chair: Cintia Costa (MA Linguistics, BA TEFL)
Professional Experience: Over 26 years teaching ESL/EFL, Portuguese and Italian as Foreign languages in Brazil, the United States and Canada.
Passion/Interests: people and nature
Quote to Live By: “Recreate your life, always, always. Remove the stones, plant rose bushes and make sweets. Begin again.” – Cora Coralina

TESL Canada Liaison: Scott Poole (MEd, BEd, BA)
Professional Experience: 17 years teaching and 6 years as a teacher trainer
Passion/Interests: old stuff, film noir, silver age comics… anything that hold memories
Quote to Live By: (from a grade 10 math teacher) “If it doesn’t really matter, don’t worry about it.”

Awards Chair: Ricci Gementiza (BFA Hons., CTESL)
Professional Experience: teaching ESL since 2010 in both International student and adult settlement programs, language assessor and PBLA lead instructor
Passions/Interests: human rights, inclusivity, Indigenous cultures in Canada and around the world, fitness, art, and all types of cuisine
Quote to Live By: “Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie

Member-at-Large: Carol Hutchinson (BA, ESL TCP)
Professional Experience: 27 and counting; Head Teacher at Heartland International English School; language test speaking examiner; area of expertise is vocabulary acquisition.
Passions/Interests: cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, or just plain walking in the snow
Quote to Live By: “The more I know, the more I know I don’t know.” – unattributed

Member-at-Large: Tamara S.

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