Spotlight Update: Previously, the Teacher Spotlight focused on one teacher each month. Going forward, this feature will be called TEAM Spotlight. While we will continue to feature our hardworking teachers, we will also include Spotlights on students, programs, and other aspects of the professional ESL community.
This TEAM Spotlight focuses on our outgoing Communications Chair, Logan Brunette.
Please tell us a little bit about yourself.
“I grew up and have lived in Winnipeg for most of my life. My partner and I have two cats. Among many other things, I enjoy spending some time with family and friends, going on hikes, camping, watching movies and tv series, as well as tabletop and video games.
A fun fact about me is that I used to be a swimming instructor/lifeguard!”
How did you get into the EAL teaching field, and what/where are you teaching now?
“I got into the EAL teaching field by pursuing a goal I had in high school of teaching English overseas. I saw it as an opportunity to travel before settling down—something that many older than me had said was one of their regrets. Upon coming back to Canada, I wasn’t finding work in the public/private school system as quickly as I would have liked, so I decided to leverage my niche, teaching ESL, which opened doors quite quickly. I don’t have any regrets about how things turned out. I find my work to be fulfilling.
These days, I have designed and am teaching ESP (English for Specific Purposes) classes for CLB 7/8: one for IT professions and another for Culinary Arts at Red River College.”
Please speak a little about your history with TEAM.
“I started volunteering with TEAM in 2015, and I have been a part of communications since that time, working with other board members to do what needed to be done. On communications, we work on things like the newsletter, social media accounts, and the website.
Last summer, I was looking at our provincial counterparts’ websites and discovered that Manitoba’s website was not as nice as the others, so I decided to update it. There was a steep learning curve because I had never tried anything like that before, but I read and watched lots online and learned through trial and error to figure it out. I like to think that I have left my mark on the organization in that way.”
What are some benefits of volunteering with TEAM? What have you gained from the experience?
“There are too many to count, so I’ll highlight a few. In addition to learning how all our organization’s tools work and how to build and maintain a website, I learned about sitting on a board and attending and participating in formal meetings. Now that I think about it, I have become more comfortable sharing my ideas and responding to others semi-publicly, for example in staff meetings at work. I think that is the most valuable thing that I’ll take away from my experience volunteering for TEAM.”
TEAM is so very grateful to Logan and our other outgoing members who served on last year’s board: Sherry Seymour, Tracey Gisebrecht, Agnieszka Marcinow, Iwona Gniadek, Bobbie Plante and Kimberly Lenz. Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to serving the professional ESL community in Manitoba, and we wish you all the best as you move on to the next adventure!