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Instructor Profiles

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We love to hear from dynamic, talented instructors who'd like to share their expertise and enthusiasm. Part-time Continuing Education instructors are hired on a contract basis, course by course, with classes typically scheduled in the evenings and weekends. We're always looking for new course and workshop topics as well. Learn more.

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Jean Abrahamson RN (former), MATC

Jean’s background is multidisciplinary, with extensive experience in health care, business, marketing, communication, and adult education. Her academic credentials include a Master of Arts degree in Technical Communication (with distinction). She is also a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication (STC) — the world’s largest organization for technical communicators — and she is a member of STC’s Alpha Sigma Honor Society.

Since 2001, she has designed and/or taught courses for the private sector, corporations, government, colleges, and universities on topics ranging from health care, writing, and communication to leadership and technical subject matter. In addition to her work in traditional classrooms, Jean has been involved with online teaching and learning in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

John Adams

John Adams

John Adams has spent 35 years working in museums and historic sites in Ontario and British Columbia. He now devotes his time to historical research, writing, lecturing and to developing walking tour programs in Victoria on many diverse themes from neighbourhood history to ghosts. He has written six books, including Historic Guide to Ross Bay Cemetery and Old Square-Toes: the Life of James and Amelia Douglas.

Christian Allen

Christian Allen

Christian Allen is a Carpentry instructor at the College and, in his "spare time," the proprietor and head carpenter of a construction crew. His career experience ranges from economic research analyst to logger and saw miller, providing common ground with students from many different walks of life. Christian is an Inter-provincially Certified Carpenter and holds degrees in English and Political Science.

Kevin Alexander

Kevin Alexander

Kevin was born and raised in Victoria and is a graduate of Camosun’s welding programs. Kevin’s many certifications include BC Instructors Diploma, Red Seal Welder, CWB Inspector, and “A” level welder with pressure welding tickets. Kevin has been a full time welding instructor for over 10 years at Camosun, before that he worked in various welding fields: oil & gas, sawmills, pulp mills, shipyards, etc. to round out his welding background. He enjoys the variety of people the trades attract and always tries to have a little fun in his classes.

When Kevin is not working at Camosun he helps coach the Vancouver Stealth in the National Lacrosse League. As well he is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and a variety of other sports and recreation. Kevin is also a proud member of The Canadian Lacrosse, The Victoria, and The BC Sports, Halls of Fame.

Erle Andrucko

Erle Andrucko

Erle Andrucko teaches Architectural Drafting courses and is an independent architectural design and planning consultant. Erle has over 35 years' experience teaching drafting, design concepts and building technologies.

Geppa Aurucci

Geppa Aurucci

A native Italian and Spanish speaker Geppa has lived and taught in South America and Italy. A graduate of the University of Salerno (Italy) and a teacher by profession Geppa brings a wealth of experience to her teaching. She has taught in Italy, Columbia, and Kenya as well as in Canada, and is an experienced world traveler. Geppa establishes a comfortable, relaxed and fun atmosphere in her classroom that encourages growth and learning in adult learners.

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Tim Baker

Tim Baker

Tim has been working with and teaching AutoCAD for 25 years. A graduate of the Camosun College Carpentry Apprenticeship program and builder for 15 years, he brings this knowledge to his AutoCAD classes. Tim has a Master of Education in Educational Technology and is a member of the BC College of Teachers. Before joining Camosun Tim was training teachers to develop interactive multimedia learning materials for the internet. Tim has taught in BC, Quebec, Ontario, Africa and in Southeast Asia for many years.

Glenn Barned

Glenn Barned

Glenn Barned is an Occupational Health & Safety Auditor and a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers with over 20 years experience with OHS committees, WCB and safety issues. Glenn shares his real world experience in our offerings of WorkSafe courses.

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Cindy Bates

Cindy Bates graduated from Camosun College with a Diploma in Nursing in 2000. She continued her studies through BCIT to complete her Bachelor of Science in Nursing with honours including a Neonatal Nursing specialty. Cindy has worked on the neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric and pediatric intensive care unit, in-home pediatric program and pediatric rehabilitation and respite programs. Currently she continues to work with young children, teens and families in Public Health, and post-partum units with VIHA. Cindy joined the Camosun's Prenatal Program in 2008. Her prenatal classes utilize the best practice guidelines used at Victoria General Hospital and include several hands-on, interactive, class participation activities. Cindy's students love her warm non-biased straight forward classes. Her husband and three children keep reminding her of the many joys family brings and she hopes to share her enthusiasm for the prenatal program and childbirth with you.

David Bemrose

David is an accomplished Management Professional specializing in Lean Six Sigma, Supply Chain and Operations, building and leading sustainable inventory management operations, resource management and logistics infrastructure development across Island health supply chains, providing multi-million dollar cost avoidance success. His expertise includes: Lean Six Sigma Master/Black Belt, Supply Chain Management Professional, Business Transformation, Budget and Cost Containment, Metrics Development and Implementation, Risk Management, Relationship Management, Contract Management and Negotiations.

Diane Biin

Diane Biin

Welcome. I am from Redstone (Tsi Del Del) in Tsilhqot’in territory. I thank the Coast and Straits Salish peoples for allowing me to live and work on their land for the past 17 years.

I started working at Camosun College in 2009 as an instructor in the Indigenous Studies program and have taken on different management, projects and teaching roles in the college ever since. I am currently working with the Centre of Excellence for Teaching and Learning where I support professional development of teaching faculty. As well, with my community development background, I lend my expertise to teach various courses in the School of Business' Indigenous Business Leadership, and Business Administration diploma programs.

I am humbled and honoured when working with Indigenous students as our knowledge and experience builds communities in a respectful way. The strength shared by students I then share with faculty to build better relationships in the classroom.

“Most eye-opening course I have ever taken. –PR

“Great instructor! Very knowledgeable and engaging. All Canadians should learn the content in this course.” –Anon

Matt Black

Matt Black

Several career changes led Matt to enter the construction trades in the early 1980’s. Matt completed a Refrigeration Apprenticeship in 1998 and never looked back. Having over 10 years of experience in the Refrigeration trade, and having had instructional experience in the military and civilian sectors, teaching at Camosun seemed a perfect fit. Since 2009, Matt has been developing and delivering curriculum for the Refrigeration program, as well as instructing in the pipe trades Foundation programs. Matt thoroughly enjoys teaching and prides himself on being flexible, as well as innovative, when he meets students with different learning styles. Matt spends his spare time making hands-on art and mechanical creations, as well as spending time with extended family.

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer completed her MA in Creative Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her work has won awards and been published internationally. Her first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, based on her experiences living in Japan, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Landscapes and Home, ghazals, were published by Leaf Press in 2011. The Book of Places (Black Moss Press) and Bicycle Brand Journey (Jack Pine Press) were released in 2012, and Poems from Planet Earth (Leaf Press, 2013) out of the Planet Earth Poetry reading series in 2013. This spring Yvonne released her third full collection As if a Raven (Palimpsest, 2014) She is currently working on a travel book titled Sugar Ride. Yvonne teaches poetry and nonfiction, and you can learn more about her at YvonneBlomer.com.

Yvonne Blomer is Victoria's Poet Laureate for a four-year term, 2015-2019. Selected by nomination, the Poet Laureate serves as Victoria's literary and cultural ambassador.

Tony Bounsall

Tony Bounsall

Tony has been shooting professionally for twenty eight years and is a photo arts graduate (BAPA) from Ryerson Polytechnical University. He is a member of The Professional Photographers of British Columbia (PPABC) and The Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC).Tony has extensive teaching experience, currently teaching at The Vancouver Island School of Art and Continuing Education at Camosun College. Tony has also taught classes and workshops at The Coast Collective, The Denman Island Arts Centre, The Old School House in Qualicum Beach, MISSA and UVIC-Continuing Studies, Camosun College-Continuing Studies.

Over the last 12 years, Tony has worked in several different mediums, including digital artwork, iphoneography, alternative based photography, mixed media and encaustics. His work draws inspiration from his travels, the environment, topographic mapping, satellite photography and medical imagery. He exhibits and sells his own fine art prints and mixed media work throughout North America. Website: www.tonybounsall.com

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Brent Bourne

Brent Bourne has been involved with the Building Services and housekeeping fields since 1969. He brings over 15 years teaching and consulting experience in the field of building services.

Cathy Bouthillier

Cathy Bouthillier

Cathy is a registered and active member of the CSMLS (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science) and has worked in the Medical Laboratory Technology field for 28 years. In her career as a Medical Laboratory Technologist, she has worked at 3 different hospitals, as well as in the private lab setting, and in 5 different laboratory disciplines. Cathy also has managed the Core Lab at VGH in the role of Unit Coordinator for several years and currently works for VIHA as the Regional Hematology Technical Specialist. She has been a Surveyor for the Diagnostic Accreditation Program, and an Administrator for Aquasafe Canada. Cathy is passionate about health and health care and enjoys sharing that passion through teaching. She is the instructor for the Anatomy and Physiology module for the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program. Cathy has two daughters and leads an active lifestyle enjoying the outdoors.

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John Bowyer-Smyth B.Sc., BFA

John is a web/digital designer and educator with over sixteen years of experience designing and developing websites and digital media. John currently works as a freelance web designer and educator and has taught for UBC Continuing Studies, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Emily Carr University and others. A portfolio of his recent work can be viewed at: john.bowyer-smyth.com. John loves creating contemporary responsive user-friendly websites and educating others on best practices in web design and digital media.

Robin Baskerville-Bridges

Robin Bridges BASc

Robin has a degree in Electrical Engineering, and has been teaching with Camosun College since 1985. He loves to take the mystery out of computer applications through the use of humour and practical, relevant examples. Robin is also an artist, and does volunteer work for the Cops for Cancer Tour de Rock, for BC Children's Hospital, and for the Canadian Cancer Society.

Robin Bridges is a consultant and provides customized microcomputer training to private businesses, to local and provincial governments, and to educational institutions.

"Robin is my favorite instructor from the MS-Office Certificate Program as he is personable, has a great sense of humour, is knowledgeable, a great teacher and had fun doing it." —R.H.

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Robert Budlong

Robert was born on Vancouver Island, and is a graduate of Malaspina University College. He brings more than 17 years of professional cooking experience with leading world-class hotels and resorts across Canada. Robert began his career as an apprentice at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge. After receiving his trade qualifications Robert worked his way up the culinary ladder in the kitchens of the Fairmont Vancouver Airport; The Delta Victoria Ocean Pointe and Spa; The Fairmont Whistler; The Fairmont Palliser; The Westin Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria; Black Rock Oceanfront Resort in Ucluelet and The Westin Edmonton. Always wanting to be back on the Island Robert was drawn back to Victoria in 2014 as Executive Chef with The Oak Bay Beach Hotel. This positon led to his first experience teaching as a substitute Instructor at Camosun College. Most recently Robert headed up the kitchen as Executive Chef at The Renaissance Edmonton Airport but jumped at the opportunity to rejoin Camosun and continue to pursue his dream of Instructing Culinary Arts full time.

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Brian Burgess

Brian is currently the Accounting Manager for the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria (ICA) where he has acquired over 12 years of payroll and accounting experience. Complementing his payroll knowledge, Brian shares with his students over 20 years of management experience in the hospitality and retail industries. In addition to serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME) with the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA) Brian is also a member of the Victoria Branch of the CPA, most recently in the position of Vice-Chair.

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Niki Campbell BA

Niki Campbell, B.A., has been building websites professionally since 1998, with a specialty in WordPress or the past 5 years. With a degree in Communication Studies, she excels at building websites that are well structured with a decisive strategy in place. Niki is passionate about empowering others to move past the intimidation of seemingly complex technical topics. She has spent the past two years delivering workshops and talks to help small business owners learn how to create a great online presence with WordPress, and she is thrilled to join the Camosun team with that same vision.

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Ron Carter

Ron Carter is the coordinator of Horticulture for Saanich Parks and Recreation. Currently teaching Pruning and Maintenance of Trees, Ron has many years experience teaching horticulture topics to both beginner and advanced students.

Yvonne Chadwick-Whittome

Yvonne Chadwick-Whittome HBA

Yvonne has taught computer courses for the last 15 years at local colleges in BC and Ontario. She has been teaching at Camosun College for seven years. In her words, "I like teaching because I like to instill confidence in my students and help them realize their potential. It's great to hear them say, 'I'm no longer afraid to try things'".

Yvonne likes to create a casual and fun atmosphere in her classroom. She believes that learning is not about getting it perfect the first time or the second time, it's about understanding the task, performing the steps and learning how to find solutions.

She holds a BA Honours degree from University of Toronto and she is Microsoft certified in Outlook, Word and PowerPoint.

Yvonne balances her computer-centered work life with outdoor activities like mountain climbing, digital photography and gardening.

"Yvonne was an amazingly effective teacher. She was clear, concise and patient. She kept the class interesting and informative. I would take a class with her again anytime." C.W.

Richard Clement

Richard Clement B.Sc.

Richard is a Senior Online Marketing Analyst at a major Search Marketing firm. He is a highly experienced Internet Marketer, specializing in search engine optimization, website analytics, pay-per-click advertising and conversion rate optimization. A 20+ year technology veteran, Richard loves the measurability and science of online marketing and particularly the challenges presented by e-commerce websites. Richard has been a lecturer and regular speaker on all things related to online marketing both here and in the UK.

Brian Coey

Brian Coey

Brian started teaching at Camosun in 2011 and has worked in the sheet metal industry since 1998. He completed his four years of training at Camosun in 2001. During his career as a sheet metal worker, Brian had the opportunity to work on such projects as cruise ship repair, where he traveled to the Bahamas to build aluminum boats, and worked on custom stainless steel projects. In 2008, Brian decided to further his education and went back to university, studying to become teacher. Brian not only works with metal, but he is an avid woodworker and gardener.

Robert Cooper

Robert Cooper BA

Rob has been working as a full time web marketer since 2001 and is known for taking a data-driven approach in his efforts. In his early career he worked marketing downloadable software, an environment that allowed him to track and measure the entire online sales process. He founded PlusROI Online Marketing in 2007. PlusROI serves clients across Canada and the US and is one of a handful of Google's Priority Agency Partners in Canada. Rob has worked with Google, Facebook and all the major pay per click online advertising networks, generating over 5 million visits to client websites and 10's of millions of dollars of tracked revenues.

Brad Crewson

Brad Crewson

Brad Crewson is the Director of Support Services at Pacifica Housing and has over 20 years of experience in the social services and counselling fields. He has spent the last 12 years managing supported housing and programs for individuals experiencing homelessness including the Greater Victoria Streets to Homes project. Previously he has worked on a variety of projects for people managing mental health and substance use concerns including skills development, employment counselling, and youth work. Brad has a Mediation Certificate from the Justice Institute of BC (JIBC) and Restorative Justice Facilitator training. He is also an instructor and coach facilitating conflict resolution courses for the JIBC, Camosun College, the University of Victoria and The Dialogue and Resolution Services Society.

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Dave Davies

Dave Davies CMA

Dave Davies has extensive accounting experience in the private and public sector. He has an approachable, easy-going style providing students a solid foundation of skills.

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Stephanie Dean BA, CFP, FCSI

Stephanie brings extensive knowledge and experience in financial planning into the classroom for her students. She has obtained the Fellow of the Canadian Securities Institute (FCSI) and Financial Management Advisor (FMA) designations from the Canadian Securities Institute, as well as the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation through the Financial Planning Standards Council. Stephanie has also completed the Canadian Insurance Course and the Branch Compliance Officer’s Course to complement her expertise. An advocate of advanced education, Stephanie has volunteered with the Financial Planning Standards Council to develop the most recent Financial Planning Examination Level 2 for the CFP certification program.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.” -Alan Lakein

Harj Dosanjih

Harj Dosanjih

Harj started his apprenticeship for an "Industrial Electrician" at Victoria Plywood having opportunities to work on motor control and troubleshooting industrial electrical equipment. He used these skills with the Corporation of Saanich, doing design and installation on a SCADA system, and later as electrical supervisor at Automation Systems Associates Ltd. ASA designed and assembled equipment for various high tech firms including Ballard Power Systems, Moli Energy, Cellex, and JDS Uniphase. At ASA, Harj was responsible for assembly, design, testing, troubleshooting and quality control of equipment. Throughout his career, Harj has acquired experience in industrial electrical and power electronics as well as experience in the residential field through the part-time operation of his own company. Harj has taught for Continuing Education and worked as a Lab Technician and part-time instructor in the Electrical Department at Camosun College for the past twelve years.

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Gregg Eligh

Gregg Eligh

Gregg Eligh has been working in the commercial photography industry for 35 years in various centres across Canada and has been teaching photography at the post secondary level in colleges and schools for 25 years.

His practical experience with lighting and shooting has taken him from off-shore oil rigs in Hudson's Bay to the beaches of the Carribbean producing swimsuit catalogues. Photographing people has been his key area of interest and passion. He is still having fun.

Joy Emmanuel

Joy Emmanuel MA, B.Ed., BA

Joy has worked extensively in the co-op sector for the past nine years. She is an experienced co-operative developer, researcher, writer and has served on the board of co-ops at the local and national level. She is a former Research Director at the BC Institute for Co-operative Studies (later the Centre for Co-operatives and Community-Based Economy) at the University of Victoria. While at the Centre, she worked on local and international co-op projects. She has edited and contributed to five books on co-operatives, including: Best Practices in Starting Co-ops: The Voice of Canadian Co-op Developers.

Joy is a passionate promoter of co-operatives as a financially viable business model that contributes to creating a just, caring, sustainable world.

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Maggie Feehan

Maggi Feehan

Maggi Feehan is the author of the novel The Serpent’s Veil. In addition to winning Grain Magazine’s Dramatic Monologue contest (2002), she has been published in numerous magazines, newspapers and journals. She has written scripts for four television documentaries seen on CTVglobemedia, A channels, APTN, SNC, CLT, the Knowledge Network & Book Television; one which was nominated for a Leo Award. Maggi is an award-winning instructor, with more than 20 years teaching at the college and university level. She loves to stand on her head, dance wildly, write laser-sharp prose and frolic with fiction.

Sheila Fiorin

Sheila Fiorin

Sheila, as well as being the operations manager for Roadmasters Safety Group, has been a Traffic Control instructor since 2000 and also served as a “Master Trainer” for the BC Construction Safety Alliance for 3 years. She also instructs 55 Alive; Defensive Driving; Hazard Recognition Training, and Emergency Scene Traffic Control. She also assists in all the disciplines that Roadmasters offers.

Terry Fiorin

Terry Fiorin

Terry is the Chief Instructor for the Roadmasters Group and brings over 35 years’ experience in the truck transportation industry as a driver and operator, vehicle and equipment accident analyst, and heavy equipment foreman. He has been instructing since 1983 and has achieved the “Gold Award” from the Canada Safety Council. He has been instructing Traffic Control since 1998 and served as a “Master Trainer” for 5 years with BC Construction Safety Network. Instructor for Air Brakes since 1990 and was the National Chief Air Brake Instructor for Department of National Defence from 1992 – 1998. Terry instructs all of Roadmasters disciplines and has written some specialized programs.

Cheryl Fitzpatrick

Cheryl Fitzpatrick

Cheryl is a valued instructor in the Leadership Development Certificate program. She is a specialist in Change Management, Strategic Leadership and Customer Service. Having honed her skills through hard work and varied experience in several large corporations, she now loves to learn and teach with others who also see learning as an important part of their journey through life. She is inspired by the challenges, insights and knowledge that learners bring to her classes and finds ways to translate the concepts into practical applications. She creates a motivating and fun learning environment, with opportunities to explore ideas and where people feel safe and supported as they learn.

Russ Franson

Russ Franson

Russ has developed his skills over many years as a carpenter and furniture maker. Russ designs and builds custom furniture with a special affinity for hand tools and creative woodworking techniques.

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Michael Giampa

Michael Giampa

Michael is a graduate of the "Video-Clerk-Turned-Professional-Screenwriter" School. Top placement in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscar folks) Nicholl Fellowship secured him literary representation and his first paid writing gig over a decade ago.

Since then he has penned several produced features (including Johnny Tootall starring Adam Beach) and been optioned or commissioned to write over twenty more. Michael is also active in the film/writing community – having published in Script magazine, story consulted on feature films (including The Colony, starring Laurence Fishburne), and participated as an invited guest in the Whistler Film Festival's Master Class Series, Victoria's CineVic Society, and the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

He recently secured the film rights to Howard O'Hagan's acclaimed Canadian adventure novel Tay John and has several screenplays in pre-production (including Throwing Thumbs, with Stephen Fry's Sprout Productions and an A-list director in Los Angeles).

Michael currently looks next to the production aspect of film with the launch of his own company – Drawing Fire Filmworks – to develop in-house projects as well as acquire others.

John Gordon

John Gordon

John is a graduate of Camosun's Plumbing program, and has over 25 years experience in the industry. After working as a Plumber and Gasfitter for some time, John pursued a Certification of Qualification in Pipefitting/ Steamfitting and also completed an apprenticeship in Carpentry. Just for fun, John also acquired a 4th Class Power Engineering certification while employed in Heavy Industry. You will enjoy the relaxed, hands on experience of his classes.

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Jacqueline Guyader

Jacqueline graduated from Loma Linda University in Southern California in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science and a Major in Dental Hygiene. She earned her Masters of Administration from Gonzaga University in 2008. Her focus of research was on the knowledge base of dental hygienists for appropriate care of clients with diabetes. Her dental hygiene career has taken her across Canada working in various dental and periodontal practice settings along with various dental related educational settings as well as working in dental hygiene regulation.

She has worked as a dental hygiene educator at Camosun College in both the dental assisting and dental hygiene programs teaching both didactic and clinical course as well as being a clinical instructor since 2005. As well, she has been teaching the continuing education local anesthetic certification course for dental hygienists at Camosun College since 2009. The remainder of her time is in the regulatory role of Senior Dental Hygiene Advisor for the College of Dental Hygienists of BC (CDHBC). Prior to stepping into the role of Senior Dental Hygiene Advisor since 2012 she was a member and then Chair of the CDHBC Registration Committee.

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Steve Hann

Steve Hann started teaching GIS at Camosun in January 2006, after 10 years in the industry. He currently works as a private contractor for a number of government agencies and private companies in Victoria. Steve loves to teach, and works very hard to make sure that his students get the most out of his classes. His classes are hands on and the examples used are relevant. What he likes most about teaching is the interaction with his students, and being able to give them the knowledge and skills needed to work in this very interesting field.

Denis Harrigan

Denis Harrigan M.Ed.

Denis is a Sessional Instructor at The University of Victoria and President of D.Harrigan Associates, a company helping organizations and individuals reach peak performance and find balance. He recently retired as District Principal with the Greater Victoria School District #61, where he had over 20 years of experience as a secondary principal. Denis has presented at provincial and national conferences where his sense of humour and dynamic presentation style consistently earn "excellent" ratings. He has a lifelong fascination with learning, the brain and human performance and loves music, coaching and hanging out with his grandkids.

Alison Harle

Alison Harle

Alison Harle is the Director & founder of RockyPoint Outdoor Education (2013). She is an outdoor educator and instructor, and currently teaches the Outdoor Survival Skills and Wilderness First Aid courses for Camosun College. An avid ‘wilder-wanderer’, Alison is a trained practitioner in a wide span of outdoor applications. She holds her Masters in Interdisciplinary Studies at Royal Roads University, and is an Emergency Care Instructor & Wilderness First Aid Instructor Trainer with the Canadian Red Cross at the national level. When not slogging the trails in her harness, she can be found wearing her new one, as a voluntary firefighter with East Sooke Fire Department.

Anna Harvey

Anna Harvey

Anna is the owner of BOOST and specializes in igniting the potential in people through the exploration of their overlooked or undiscovered passions. She is a Certified Passion Test Facilitator for adults and youth. The Passion Test is a powerful decision-making tool that creates a clear and heart-centred outcome that is especially helpful at times of transition – returning to school, changing careers, or stepping into leadership or business ownership.

Anna draws on her experiences as a passion coach, an entrepreneur, a communications and marketing professional, a mother and life enthusiast to deliver engaging workshops, keynotes, and one-on-one facilitation. She's known for her natural gift to inspire people through her wisdom, humour and passion.

Before launching BOOST, Anna held various career positions in communications and marketing including the Sales & Marketing Director of Page One Publishing and the Communication Manager for the Victoria Hospitals Foundation and Travelodge Canada. Her personal passions include giving back to the local community through volunteering and speaking engagements, and to the world community by being a homestay for international students. Close to her heart is being a mentor to her Little Sister, singing in Spirit Rising Choir, and her commitment to family and friends. Every chance she gets, she continues to explore passion, purpose and potential.

Tyler Hasebe

Tyler Hasebe

Tyler Hasebe is a Level "A" Red Seal certified welder. Tyler has worked in the industry as a Welder/ Fabricator and has experience in ship building and repair, aluminum boat building, pressure pipe and structural. He has spent time working out in the field and in a shop environment. Tyler owns and operates his own rig and company, specializing in pressure pipe and non-ferrous metals.

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Linda Henderson

Linda is the Head Coach of the Camosun Chargers MVB program (1993-present). Over the past 13 years she has built up an impressive record (CCAA Bronze Medalists - 2003; BCCAA Gold Medalists - 1999, 2002, 2003; BCCAA Silver Medalists - 2000, 2006; BCCAA Bronze Medalists - 1996). Linda is an NCCP Level 4 Coach and Master Coach at the NCI (Victoria). Linda has earned the following awards - 2003-2004 CCAA Coach of the Year, All Sports and 2005-2006 BCCAA Men's Volleyball Coach of the Year.

Marilyn Henigman

Marilyn Henigman, BSW MPA

Marilyn Henigman, BSW, MPA, Career Counsellor (2004) has worked as an employment counsellor in Victoria since 1998, primarily as a work search and job placement coordinator. Her passion is in assisting people to find rewarding employment. She is also a source of information about employment opportunities and employment resources in Victoria.

Jesse Hlady

Jesse Hlady

Jesse Hlady has been photographing Portraits and Weddings professionally for close to 10 years. His assignments have taken him to various parts of the world to cover celebrity weddings and headshots, as well as political figures. His work has been published by People Magazine and appeared on the cover of the Wedding Experts multiple times. A graduate of The Western Academy of Photography in 2003, Jesse has recently returned to Western to teach the Portrait Photography Program. He has received several awards for his training as well as his photography. In addition, Jesse runs a Portrait studio in downtown Victoria.

Richard Hobbs

Richard Hobbs CFP

Richard Hobbs, CFP, has 30 years experience providing personal finance education. He teaches people how to reduce the complexity of personal finance and inherently make better financial choices for the short and long-term. Richard believes that if people can reduce the stress associated with every-day financial decision-making, they will lead happier, healthier, more productive lives.

Diana Hurschler

Diana Hurschler RN, BScN, Breastfeeding Counsellor

Diana is a registered nurse, with a career focused on the health, education and wellbeing of pre and postnatal families. While facilitating prenatal classes and parenting courses, Diana has a commitment to developing standards of pre and postnatal care and education. Diana's experience includes maternity, labour⁄delivery and public health nursing care as well as being a Douglas college breastfeeding counselor. She is currently working on the completion of the Childbirth Educator program as well as working towards a lactation consultant designation. Diana has facilitated a variety of groups and topics over the last seven years and has been teaching with Camosun in the prenatal and parenting classes since 2002. Diana is a dynamic facilitator and is passionate about assisting and sharing knowledge with individuals and families throughout the childbearing years.

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Dawn Irmscher

Dawn Irmscher BA, CPM, CMA, CPA Instructor of the Year

In addition to holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New Brunswick, Dawn is a Certified Payroll Manager (CPM) with the Canadian Payroll Association, a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) and recently obtained the Certified Management Accounting Designation (CMA). Dawn brings to her students and classroom many years of practical industry and classroom experience and knowledge working in payroll with varying software applications. She also contributes to the payroll profession by serving as a Subject Matter Expert (SME), instructor, and seminar facilitator for the Canadian Payroll Association.

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Susan Johnson

Sue Johnson RN, CCE

Sue Johnson, Victoria born, graduated from St. Joseph's School of Nursing in 1979. With the support of her husband she went on to receive her certification in Childbirth Education while raising 3 young sons and graduated from Vancouver community college in 1986. Sue was one of the first students who commuted weekly during one term from Victoria to Vancouver to complete her studies. Sue has been teaching prenatal classes since 1986 and presently also works on the Mother/Babe unit at Victoria General Hospital. Here she feels it is a great honour and joy to care for some of her past prenatal moms (and dads!) and their precious new babies.

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones M.Ed.

Patrick is a Red-Seal Certified Automotive Technician who completed his apprenticeship training in 1987 through Camosun College. He spent 27 years working in Victoria General Motors dealerships where he completed more than 200 GM technical training courses and earned the annual GM Grand Master Specialist designation multiple times. In 2010 Patrick began teaching Automotive Service Technician Programs at Camosun College. In keeping with his continual desire to learn, Patrick completed the 2 year Provincial Instructor Diploma Program through Vancouver Community College in 2011, and in the Spring of 2014 he completed his M.Ed. in post secondary curriculum and instruction from Simon Fraser University. Patrick is passionate about automobiles and education and is dedicated to supporting students in their learning and future success.

Robin Jones

Robin Jones

Robin Jones is a professional landscape design consultant with over 20 years experience. Robin holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and shares her expertise in the Landscape Design Fundamentals course.

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Thomas Jones MBA

Thomas Jones, MBA, has enjoyed teaching for both the private and public sectors for more than 25 years. His teaching experience ranges from teaching one-day workshops to full semester project management courses at the masters level both online and face to face. Tom's MBA from RRU specialized in technology management. He also holds a teaching adult learners certificate. Tom's hobbies include playing soccer and building databases. He has two sons and has lived in Victoria for over 30 years.

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Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey

Elin Kelsey, PhD is passionate about facilitating people’s creative expression through writing. She is the award-winning author of books for adults and children including: You Are Stardust; Wild Ideas; Watching Giants: The Secret Lives of Whales; Not Your Typical Book about the Environment and others. She founded the writing program at the Osher Life Long Learning Institute at California State University, Monterey Bay and has held author-in-residence posts at: Hedgebrook, Berton House, and Mesa Refuge. See more about Elin and her work at www.elinkelseyandcompany.com

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Angela Kemna

Angela has worked for Camosun College since 2007. She is faculty for the School of Business, Applied Business Technology Department, and also teaches Continuing Education courses. She has completed the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program and continues to enhance her credentials with professional development - she enjoys life-long learning.

She has worked in a wide range of medical health facilities and clinics over 20 years, and has a varied wealth of practical and clinical skills. This diverse knowledge and experience has helped create positive, interesting, interactive, and stimulating classroom environments.

Her desire and passion for teaching bring a welcoming feel and excellence to each class, focusing on student-centered learning, through teacher collaboration, in her lessons. She endeavours to support and motivate her students in their learning and stimulate life-long learners.

Tim Kemp

Tim Kemp

Timothy Kemp trained as a policy analyst and worked for the federal and provincial governments in a variety of roles, including strategic planner, program evaluator, and cabinet advisor. He has also been a vocational rehabilitation consultant, sales representative, and corporate trainer for a fortune 100 company. He began teaching part-time at the Camosun School of Business in 1995, and joined the faculty full time in 2008. He specializes in International Management, Marketing Research, and Workplace Professionalism. An active member of the Canadian International Council, he also operates a news site for ‘exceptionally well-informed Canadians’ at www.theCOG.co. More information is available at www.linkedin.com/in/timothykemp.

Randy Kennett

With over 20 years of career experience and credentials in adult education, human resources, and business with large organizations, Randy has been sharing his knowledge with students at the post-secondary level in BC since 2010. He is the founder and Director of Learning and Client Services at Hone Consulting, where the priorities of his acclaimed training programs and coaching services are about helping team members to be better team players to achieve greater teamwork. Randy works with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and also enjoys volunteering, most recently with Leadership Victoria. Randy's classes are a positive and valuable learning experience, making a meaningful difference for participants, both personally and professionally. To experience more of Randy's work, sign-up for his free ebook and/or newsletter, and check out TeamPlayerFundamentals.com.

Ed Knaggs

Ed Knaggs

Mr. Knaggs' career has been focused on design and project management in the field of solar photovoltaics. He is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Electrical Engineering from Dalhousie University. Mr. Knaggs manages the engineering and installations team at HESpv. His experience includes over 3MW of FIT installations in Ontario and net metering systems in many other provinces. He is also a current member of several CSA Technical committees on Solar Energy.

Andrea Kucherawy

Andrea Kucherawy

Andrea Kucherawy has been a freelance photographer since 1995 and combines this with her teaching experience of close to thirty years. Andrea is a graduate of the University of Calgary (BFA) and the Western Academy of Photography (Diploma in Professional Photography). She’s a lover of all things Polaroid and is easily distracted by magazine imagery, book covers and craft beer labels.

As the Program Director and faculty member at the Western Academy of Photography for 16 years, she instructed Black & White/Colour Darkroom, Composition and Design, Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom, and Portfolio Presentation. She also guided students in the organization, planning, and mounting of the annual gallery exhibitions. In addition, Andrea has also taught Photography Level 1 and 2 courses at Mount Royal College (now University) in Calgary.

Andrea looks forward to helping you see what you are looking at, to not pass by the ordinary, and to hold it still.

“Taking pictures is like tiptoeing into the kitchen late at night and stealing Oreo Cookies” – Diane Arbus

Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh Kumar

Mahesh joined Camosun as a full-time faculty in 2007. His educational background consists of a Diploma in Management, a Bachelor's Degree with Honors in Accounting and Finance and a MBA (Finance Specialization) from Imperial College Business School, University of London. In addition he holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designation, Chartered Management Accountant (ACMA) and Chartered Global Management Accountant designation (CGMA).

Mahesh has over a decade of global financial management and management consulting experience with blue-chip employers including PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mahesh has an exceptional track record of exceeding profitability and cost reduction targets.

Today, he complements his instruction as a Money Coach and Debt Buster, and has simple and intelligent solutions to money matters that work. Mahesh is fascinated by mathematics, flight, science, and the universe.

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Deborah Lang

Deborah Lang MBA, BA, CHRP, JIBC

Deborah Lang is Principal of Lang’s Leadership Connection and is a Senior Consultant for Insights Canada West. She is a seasoned adult educator, coach, and organizational development practitioner who consults with clients in the areas of organizational learning, organizational change, conflict resolution, and leadership and team development. She brings with her 20+ years of experience working in senior-level positions in the public and private sectors (post-secondary, local government, financial services, forestry and tourism sectors).

Deborah has a MBA in Executive Leadership from Royal Roads University and a BA from the University of Victoria. She is a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR), holds a Certificate in Conflict Resolution, and is an accredited trainer and coach in Emotional Intelligence and Insights Discovery.

Deborah teaches the Personally Effective Leadership course and draws from her business experience to facilitate learning experiences that are directly applicable to everyday work.

Patricia Larose

Patricia Larose BA

Patricia Larose has been involved with computers in some way or another since 1995. She has worked as a software instructor; computer store salesperson and manager; and program manager in companies and post-secondary institutions. As the world of technology changes, Patricia has moved with them and continually upgrades her skills. She has turned her love of learning into a fulltime career in the field of Continuing Education, earning her Bachelor's Degree in Adult Education.

Currently, Patricia is an online instructor for the University of Calgary Continuing Education department as well as a Program Coordinator with Camosun College. She is equally comfortable using a PC or MAC computer and this allows her to effectively help students who are new or converting to either system. Her classes are fun and interactive while providing valuable information to students.

"Patricia was absolutely great to work with. She was helpful and attentive. Great experience overall." Anon.

"Patricia Larose is a great and enthusiastic teacher!" Anon.

Alec Lee

Alec Lee MBA, MPA

During his 35 year career as a post-secondary instructor, Alec has taught in Business studies and Continuing Education with several institutions across Canada, primarily Camosun College. His main professional specialities include Human Resource Management (HRM), Leadership and Research Methods. Besides instructing, Alec also spent many years as an education administrator, with both the School of Business and Division of Continuing Education at Camosun College. During his career, Alec started and managed the Human Resource Management Certificate and Advanced Diploma programs and was instrumental in starting the new BBA in HRM and Leadership. This resulted in him receiving the college's Award for Leadership Excellence.

Central to Alec's life has been his volunteer activities. Community volunteer work has included board and officer roles (including president) with the Victoria Volunteer Bureau, board membership with the Community Council, and active participation with Boy Scouts and Little League baseball. For the past eight years Alec has volunteered with the Friends of Music Association, receiving volunteer of the year honours in 2005. Professionally, Alec has worked closely with the BC Human Resource Management Association. In 2006 he received the BCHRMA Award of Excellence for his leadership work in HR education.

Alec and his wife Linda have four children and four grandchildren between them. He continues to teach on a part-time basis and is increasingly active in the Victoria music scene.

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Rene LePagé

Rene LePagé was born and educated in Quebec where he received his "Language des signes du Quebec." Rene uses his excellent sense of humour to create an atmosphere which makes learning sign language exciting and enjoyable.

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Jim Lepard

Jim Lepard has been involved in the field of word processing since 1980. Since 1990, he has been teaching computer courses for government and private enterprises. Jim joined Camosun College in 1992 as an instructor for Continuing Education.

Jim creates a relaxed training environment where students are encouraged to ask questions and share ideas. Jim enjoys writing computer training manuals and through his company has marketed these manuals to training centres in BC and across Canada.

Jim has been employed by the Provincial Government since 1993 and assists in providing software support. He became certified as a Microsoft Office Expert in 1998.

"Jim is a wonderful instructor. Engaging, thoroughly prepared and so aware of each of his students . The Word course is well instructed, precise content, great materials. Definitely a great opportunity to upgrade or to begin learning about Microsoft Office." D.L.M.

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Marlee Loiselle

Marlee is a qualified FOODSAFE instructor certified by the FOODSAFE Council and has experience teaching advanced FOODSAFE to kitchen managers and chefs.

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Carter MacDonald

Carter MacDonald

Carter MacDonald teaches the Bullying and Abuse of Power and Human Rights courses in the Leadership Development Program.

“Highly recommend this course. Careful, thoughtful consideration of class participants' varied concerns. Thank you for providing such clarity and referring to diverse workplaces and administrative practices, both from a theoretical perspective and your own professional background.” –AH

“This was a great course with fantastic conversations.” –KA

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Ladan MacLucas RT

Ladan MacLucas graduated from Camosun in 1989 with a diploma in Biology & Chemistry Science Technology after which she started work as a Technical Assistant in the lab. She received her Bachelor of Science from UVIC with a major in Biochemistry/Microbiology in 1995 and a Medical Laboratory Technologist diploma from NAIT in 2001. She has been working as a Lab Technologist since and is currently employed in the Chemistry and Hematology department at Royal Jubilee Hospital. She started teaching at Camosun in 1996 and looks forward every year to meeting the new students and seeing them through to graduation.

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Sarah-Jayne McAndrew

Sarah-Jayne, originally from the UK, has been teaching Continuing Education for the past 7 years. She currently teaches Essential Skills to Camosun students. Sarah has a range of specialisms originating from her Fine Arts Degree. She completed her post graduate certificate for teaching life-long learning with specialism in math in England. She has a background in teaching vulnerable adults and was also a scout leader in the UK.

Sarah has taught math, art, employability courses, and most recently business and administration. She has been the editor of an in-house magazine, which her group of students designed, researched, and wrote articles from scratch. All this aids her knowledge of essential skills and embedding basic skills into a variety of subjects.

Maurice McFadden

Maurice McFadden CIP

Along with his enthusiasm, Maurice McFadden, C.I.P. brings 29 years of Insurance experience into the classroom - including 17 years as a adjuster, investigating both auto and other claims and 12 years as a Field Supervisor involving supervision, training, education and licencing of "brokers." Maurice has also been a trainer with the Insurance Institute of BC for 17 years, teaching a variety of the insurance related courses.

Rene Maier

Rene Maier

Rene Maier brings over 30 years of practice in both hospital and community laboratories to Camosun College. She has been an Instructor and Practicum Manager with the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program since its inception. She was instrumental in the program's development and acts as an instructor, Program Leader and Practicum Manager. Rene has outstanding communication and problem solving skills and is dedicated to both her career and the students.

Terry Manzo

Terry Manzo

Terry Manzo has 34 years experience in health care, working in both front-line positions and management. With an extensive background in Residential Care and Adult Day Programs, he currently works in Primary Health Care / Chronic Disease Management with the Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA). Terry has been an instructor at Camosun College since 2002.

James Martens

James W. Martens PhD

Jim has taught history at Red Deer College for over twenty years and has published in the areas of British sport history, and Rock and Roll. He is currently studying the socio-cultural importance of "momentary communities" in history. Jim believes that examining non-traditional areas of history reveals a great deal about the societies in which they function. He also believes that History should be based on an exchange of ideas.

Ken Maxwell

Ken Maxwell

Ken is a retired Conservation Officer with extensive expertise in problem wildlife control and law enforcement and is the lead instructor for the Bear & Cougar Awareness course at Camosun. In the mid 1970s Ken founded the Special Investigation Unit for the Saskatchewan Department of Natural Resources. He supervised the Problem Wildlife and Poison Programs and was well known as a teacher and mentor to RCMP and Fish and Wildlife recruits. He was also a Police Service Dog and Bear Dog Handler. Ken also served for more than 25 years as a Senior Surface Landman in the oil & gas industry, specializing in Aboriginal Affairs and Trapper Consultation. He was a Physical Training Instructor for the Canadian Forces Base in Esquimalt and also in his home town of Wadena, Saskatchewan.

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Linda Mulhall

Linda Mulhall

Linda Mulhall has over twenty years of experience as a consultant and facilitator. Her strengths include organization and leadership development, executive coaching, effective hiring, and building cultures of service. She has consulted in the retail, education, and health care sectors. Having formerly been a manager in both the public and private sectors, she brings a deep understanding of the challenges faced by today's leaders.

As a skilled facilitator and coach, Linda is dedicated to the continuous personal and professional development of students and clients. In her one-on-one coaching, she assists individuals in unleashing the skills and talents that will lead to their success.

Claire Mulligan

Claire Mulligan

Claire Mulligan's first novel, The Reckoning of Boston Jim is set during the 1863 Cariboo gold rush and was nominated for the Giller prize and the BC book awards. Her second novel The Dark centres on the notorious Fox sisters, the originators of Spiritualism. The Dark was published by Random/Doubleday in 2013 and was recently short-listed for the Canadian Author's Award. Claire has also won numerous awards for her short stories. She has recently moved to Victoria with her three young children.

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Mary-Anne Neal

Mary Anne Neal M.Ed.

Mary-Anne Neal has more than twenty years of experience as a workshop facilitator, writer and communications consultant. She has earned awards for excellence in teaching, public speaking, sales and customer service. Her background includes launching a successful advertising agency, running a busy communications shop for the BC government, researching educational institutions in the United Arab Emirates and conducting professional development workshops for teachers in Africa and Vietnam.

In addition to writing speeches, educational publications, brochures and other documents, Mary-Anne's work has been published in the Edmonton Sun, Edmonton Magazine, ACCESS Radio & Television Network, Foresight, Today's Parent, Parenting Teens, United Nations Clarion and other periodicals.

Mary-Anne is a member of the Royal Roads Research Ethics Board, Education Beyond Borders and ACTRA Writers' Guild. Mary-Anne has presented information, delivered keynote addresses and facilitated workshops for more than 5,000 people in B.C., Kenya and Australia. She is also an active community contributor, coaching sports, serving charitable organizations and raising awareness of global issues.

Barbara Newton

Barbara Newton B.Ed.

Barbara Newton combines a teaching background with many years of varied entrepreneurial and event planning experience. Barbara brings real world business experience in manufacturing, retailing, wholesaling, importing, exporting, and events ranging from small meetings to large consumer shows.

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Olaf Nielsen

Olaf Nielsen has worked both in the private and public sectors for over 30 years. His background includes operation of a sole-proprietor contracting business, college instructor in both the private and public college sector, provincial government apprenticeship counselor and currently as Trades Training coordinator for Camosun College. Olafs' work as an apprenticeship counselor provided his knowledge in adjudicating applications to challenge British Columbia trade credentials. His role at Camosun also requires a close working relation with the Industry Training Authority and Industry Training Centre the two bodies responsible for all apprenticeship and trade challenger policies and procedures.

Gilbert Noussitou

Gilbert Noussitou

A graduate of L'École Hôtelière Des Pyrénées in Toulouse France, Gilbert has been practicing his trade for over 40 years in some of the finest establishments of France, England and Canada. His extensive and varied experience includes owning a restaurant, a catering company and winning many national and international awards. Gilbert joined Camosun College in 1987; he is Red Seal certified, has an instructor diploma, has attained the Certified Chef de Cuisine designation and as well as chairing the culinary arts programs, he is a key player in the development and delivery of the award winning online cook e-pprenticeship program. In recognition of his professional involvement and dedication, he was recently inducted as a member of the Honour Society of the Canadian Culinary Federation of Chefs and Cooks.  

Darcy Nybo

Darcy Nybo has helped dozens of authors get their work from their heads to the hands of the public. Recently relocated from Kelowna, she specializes in freelance articles for periodicals, writing and editing newsletters, media releases, and editing of books.

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Micheline Ouimet

Micheline Ouimet

Micheline Ouimet teaches Camosun's Bartending Program, Serving It Right and Restaurant Server courses. A true veteran of the hospitality industry, she has worked at all levels from server, sommelier, Food & Beverage Director to restaurant owner. Micheline is owner/consultant of The Restaurant Coach, specializing in employee training and wine education. She has published articles and been interviewed in EAT, Monday Magazine, The Times Colonist, The Province, and on television. The creator of 'The Visual Bartender Guide', Micheline has developed training and reference tools used in many restaurants and bars, and in the bartending course at Camosun College.

Ivan Oxford

Captain Ivan Oxford MM, DNS, PID

Captain Ivan Oxford graduated from Memorial University's School of Maritime Studies and is a Master Mariner. Ivan has over 25 years of experience at sea on commercial and government vessels engaged in near coastal and foreign trade. Ivan has a Provincial Instructor Diploma, and has been teaching at Camosun since 1999, where he is the Program Leader and Lead Instructor for Camosun's Nautical Department. When on vacation, Ivan continues with his professional development by returning to sea as Shipmaster on commercial vessels.

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Al Paterson

Allan began his Plumbing/ Gas fitting apprenticeship in Ontario in 1986. After completing his apprenticeship and working in Ontario, he relocated to Vancouver Island in 1992. He has worked in Alberta and B.C. over the years on large Industrial and commercial / institutional construction projects. He currently holds a Plumbing TQ in Ontario, an Interprovincial Plumbing TQ issued in BC, an Interprovincial Steampipe/Pipe-fitter TQ issued in Alberta, an Ontario Gas'B' ticket and a British Columbia Gas 'B' Ticket. Allan brings a wide variety and 22 years of experience to Camosun's Plumbing and Piping department.

Julie Paul

Julie Paul

Julie is the author of two short fiction collections: The Jealousy Bone (2008) and The Pull of the Moon (Brindle & Glass, 2014). Stories, poems and essays have appeared in many literary journals, including Grain, The Dalhousie Review, The Fiddlehead, Event, PRISM International and Canadian Literature. She has facilitated writing classes for new writers for many years, and loves to help students bring their creativity to the page. Julie's short story collection The Pull of the Moon won the 2015 City of Victoria Butler Book Prize. Julie's first book of poetry is forthcoming with McGill-Queens University Press in 2017. juliepaul.ca

Ron Perkin

Ron Perkin

Ron has been in the pipe trades industry for over 16 years. Ron’s credentials include: Red seal certification as a Sprinkler fitter, Steam fitter/ Pipe fitter, and Plumber. He also holds a BCSA gas fitter A certification as well as a BCWWA cross connection certification. Ron’s experience in these trades ranges from industrial to commercial and residential. He has lived on the island his whole life but has spent time working in Alberta and Vancouver.

Bruce Pollock

Bruce Pollock

Bruce Pollock has over 30 years' experience in human resources, particularly in the area of labour relations and collective bargaining.

His career began in the early 1980s in the forest industry in northern British Columbia, and later shifted to the provincial public sector. Initially working for the Ministry of Labour, in 1988 he moved to the central labour relations department for the Province where he represented the employer's interests in arbitrations and other tribunals, as well as many collective agreement negotiations. In 2005, he became the Director, Human Resources for the BC Assessment Authority until his retirement in 2015.

In addition to broad labour relations functions, he has also held senior level responsibility for compensation, recruitment, employee training, HR policy, OH&S, and HR metrics.

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Denise Read

Denise Read

Denise is a bilingual French Canadian. Born Deaf, Denise earned a Bachelor of Arts at Gallaudet University in Washington, DC. She earned a second degree as well as her Deaf teaching certificate at the University of Ottawa. She has taught the LSQ (Quebec Sign Language) and ASL classes more that 20 years and co-founded American Sign Language of Montreal, where she served as director for 12 years. Denise's passion for drama and performing arts translates to her being a dynamic and engaging ASL instructor.

Nick Read

Nicholas Read

Nicholas Read is an instructor in the School of Business at Camosun College. Nicholas started his working life as a carpentry apprentice, which ultimately led to various posts as a High School Shop teacher. With a degree in Education, Nicholas stepped away from teaching to work as a consultant in the land development industry, helping clients re-zone, subdivide and develop their real estate holdings. After completing an MBA at UVic, Nicholas has returned to teaching with a keen interest in the construction industry.

Sylvie Redden

Sylvie, a Victoria local, brings an extensive background in design to Camosun. She received her Masters of Architecture in Australia and has worked for architecture firms in the United Kingdom and recently here in Victoria.

Sylvie's background includes interior, industrial and graphic design, with additional experience in urban and regional planning. She has worked on a wide range of projects including high-end residential and commercial buildings, urban design plans, as well as branding for small businesses. She brings over ten years of professional experience in the Adobe Suite.

With a passion for teaching and love for design, Sylvie is excited to share her knowledge and expertise with Camosun students, helping them develop their own creative skill sets and design experience.

Caroline Rissley

Caroline Rissley

Caroline Rissley started teaching computer software classes in 1988. During the past 20 years, she has also taught in other colleges and companies in British Columbia and in England. Caroline finds teaching computers an exciting and challenging experience. As an instructor, she strives to give every student a sense of personal achievement and independence using their computer. "Each day in a computer class is a new journey into the technological world," says Caroline. It is an adventure she shares with the adult students taking her courses. Caroline's favourite quote is from RW Emerson, "The secret of education is respecting the pupil." Her classes are informal, focused and a lot of fun! Caroline teaches all courses in the MS-Office Certificate program, plus Computers Level 1, Seniors and Mac classes, Photoshop Elements, Publisher and Adobe Acrobat.

"Excellent instructor, very patient! Caroline explains well and provides good examples. She uses both professional terms followed by rationale and basic lay terms." JB

"Caroline is an excellent instructor. I had her for 17 courses and never grew tired of her presentation style." Anonymous

"Caroline, I'm so grateful for your level of competence, experience and willingness to deal with individual needs. Great course. I would recommend the course to others with the same enthusiasm it was recommended to me!" MK

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Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott

Tracy Scott teaches the Leadership Overview, Dealing with Difficult Interactions, Speaking with Confidence and Speaking with More Confidence.

Tracy has a Bachelors of Arts from SFU as well as twenty-five years of facilitation/consulting/coaching experience with a wide range of clients in the public and private sectors with Tracy Scott and Associates. She has been an online course designer and faculty member in Leadership with the Open Learning Agency, a certified course reviewer for the Canadian Learning Bank, board member of Sales and Marketing Executives, and consultant/course designer/facilitator for the Leadership Development Certificate Program at Camosun College since it's inception. She is a member of the Core Program Committee with Leadership Victoria and is enjoying working with a team to create quality programs for community leaders. Her ultimate goal is to educate, motivate and inspire learners to confidently apply what they have learned in order to make a significant and positive impact in their personal and professional lives.

“Fabulous. A very articulate, experienced instructor. Presents ideas and theories clearly. Very well-prepared. Easy to listen to. Very approachable.” –JL

JUHli Selby

Juhli Selby BCom

Juhli is an award winning marketing and technology instructor who has educated hundreds of professionals and small business owners on how to use social media tools effectively, to build relationships online that will lead to sales. Juhli is an enthusiastic and patient trainer who shares creative ideas, and helps her clients and students get comfortable with online marketing technologies, so they can find, connect with, and expand their audiences online.

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Nikolaas Sillem

Upon completion of the Culinary Arts program in 1995, Nikolaas left Canada to explore the culinary world abroad. His last 18 years were spent outside Canada, employed by some of the best Hotels in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. Working as Kitchen Chef at the Saziani Stube in Austria, he brought his 22 years of passion and experience together to achieve two "Chef Hats" awards by Gault & Millau in 2011 and 2012. The training of Cooks and Apprentices in fine dining hotels, resorts and spas has led Nikolaas to teaching at Camosun College.

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Emily Singh

Emily Singh has been working in health care in Victoria since 1998. She has a Gerontology Nurse Certificate and has enjoyed teaching at Camosun College for the past 5 years, primarily in the HCA program. Previous to obtaining her RN BScN from UVIC in 2002, Emily worked as an RCA. Emily holds her Provincial Instructors Diploma and has been a Nurse Educator for the HCA, PN and RN programs. For the past several years, Emily has also been managing a successful footcare practice for seniors in the community. Emily's education focus is working with seniors in health promotion through preventative practice and utilizes an interactive and 'hands on' approach to learning in the classroom.

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Derek Smith

Derek completed his Carpentry Apprenticeship here at Camosun in 1995. In addition to that he obtained a Bachelor of Education degree at UBC in 2000. Derek has worked as both a Carpenter and site Foreman on various residential and commercial projects in the Victoria region. Derek has also worked in the secondary school system as well, instructing the Building Trades Technology program at Reynolds Secondary School for several years.

Francesca Sosiego

Francesca Sosiego

Francesca started teaching Continuing Education language courses at Camosun College in the fall of 2013 after teaching Spanish and German for 7 years at Okanagan College at both their Kelowna and Vernon campuses and at the Berlitz Language School in Vancouver for 5 years.

She loves to assist students to gain new language skills and to enjoy the excitement of being able to communicate with others in a different language.

She is passionate about travelling and learning more about different countries, cultures, languages, food and people.

Her students say:

"Francesca is the best teacher I've met. I would attend Francesca's class many times over – she makes it so much fun and enjoyable!" –VS

"Highly professional, organized and prepared. A gifted teacher, able to elicit the best in every student, regardless of individuals' levels of expertise." –JR

Janet Stark

Janet Stark

Janet has been teaching Business Communications, Leadership and Organizational Behaviour in the School of Business at Camosun College for 10 years. Prior to that she spent many years working in Co-op Education at Camosun and UVic. The nature of this job involved spending many hours in diverse work settings discussing and resolving work place issues with employers and students. Janet has a passion for teaching leadership both from an individual development and organizational perspective, and looks forward to helping you integrating your experience with new learning opportunities.

Chris Stask

Chris Stask

Chris Stask is a Level "A" Red Seal certified welder with a Provincial Instructors Diploma in welding. Chris has over 25 years experience in several major industries as a Welder, Fabricator, and Millwright. His enthusiasm in teaching his trade and sharing his unique experiences, such as underwater burning and welding, creates a relaxed and informative program.

Captain James Steele

Captain James Steele

Captain James Steele completed a 36-year career in the Royal Canadian Navy, having specialized in Operations and Training. After obtaining his Transport Canada Master Mariner Certificate, he worked for BC Ferries, first in the Fleet and then as Marine Safety and Operations Training Manager for some 7 years. In 2005, he retired from BC Ferries and became an instructor in Marine Safety subjects, travelling throughout Western Canada and the Arctic as well as the British Columbia coast.

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Monica Stevenson

Monica completed a 4 year nursing program and obtained a Diploma in General Nursing, Psychiatry, Community Health and Midwifery from the Natal College of Nursing in South Africa. After graduating as a Registered Nurse she traveled and worked in London UK in various areas including Post-Cardiac Surgery NICU, before leaving to explore Canada. It is here she obtained a position at Swift Current Regional Hospital on LDR/Mother-Babe/Nursery and Gyn floor. Before long the climate of Victoria beckoned, where her new role was a stay at home mum to three handsome boys. After completing a Return to Nursing Program, Monica worked at Victoria Fertility Center. Her passion for babies, mothering and the creation of families prompted to continue her studies at the University of Victoria and obtaining a Bachelors of Science in Nursing Degree. Monica is a Public Health Nurse with diverse experience in pre-conception to parenting. Teaching has been part of her career every step of the way and looks forward to teaching couples as their lives transition into family.

Mitch Stringer

Mitch Stringer

Mitch Stringer is a freelance photographer situated in Victoria, BC. Mitch has been photographing commercial, art reproduction, landscape, wedding and portrait images professionally in Victoria since 1989. Mitch's commercial work has appeared in numerous publications and his personal works adorn the walls of many private patrons. Offering a diversity of skills, experience and a strong technical and creative understanding, Mitch enjoys the entire process of creating strong and exciting images with each and every new assignment.

Mitch also brings almost 25 years of teaching experience to all of his photographic endeavors and has been lecturing as a primary photographic instructor at both the Western Academy of Photography (both the Professional photography and Written Image programs) and as a faculty instructor for The Applied Communications Program as well as Continuing Education classes at Camosun College, Mitch has always enjoyed sharing and experiencing the passion of photography with new students.

As a primary organizer/participant of the annual Photographers at Painter's weekends held at Painter's Lodge in Campbell River, Mitch has been very fortunate to associate himself with world class talent, top professionals in the photographic industry that are willing to come up for a weekend of photographic discussion, exploration and passion that is truly a unique experience. Mitch continues to follow the light, striving to capture the elusive perfection of 3-dimensional imagery on the 2-dimensional plane.

Mark Swanwick

Mark Swanwick

Mark Swanwick, instructor in Camosun's Carpentry Apprenticeship Program, was the winner of the BC Regional Skills Competition (1991) and brings his practical experience to provide real-life examples for students.

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Ron Taggart

Ron Taggart P.Log.

Ron Taggart is a Professional Logistician (P.Log.) specializing in Supply Chain and Operations Management. Ron has over 30 years’ experience in Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Aerospace and Automotive industries and in Consumer Distribution as Sr. VP Multi Division of a North American Fortune 100 Distribution company. For the past 8 years Ron has worked as a self-employed independent contractor.

Some career highlights:

  • ERP Implementation Specialist / Business Process Analyst (AQURUS Solutions)
  • Contracts Management / Administration; ATCO Structures – Albian Hills, Alberta Oil Sands
  • Procurement experience in both Public and Private Sectors
  • Education / Workshop Facilitator (APICS) at NORTEL, DeVRY Institute and University of Calgary

Ron believes that people are the most important asset of any organization and the better educated the employee the more satisfied they are as they feel they can contribute to the success of the organization.

Tracy Tang

Tracy Tang is a communications professional with over 15 years’ experience in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. Born and raised in Vancouver, Tracy teaches digital communications strategy at the UBC Sauder School of Business. She has held communications roles at Fleishman-Hillard Public Relations and Integrated Marketing, FortisBC, BC Children’s and BC Women’s Hospitals, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and the University of British Columbia. She is currently based in Victoria, and works for Island Health in the role of Leader of Digital Engagement.

Dale Toronitz

Dale Toronitz has a BSc in Botany and a BC Teacher's Certificate. He began at Butchart Gardens and has worked for 20 years in the horticulture industry. Dale has worked in landscaping, landscape design, maintenance, irrigation, and in the greenhouse setting. He enjoys motivating students with his enthusiasm for the subjects both in class and in the outdoor settings.

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Robyn Unwin

Robyn Unwin

With a mission to help people define, declare and deliver the best of themselves and get it across in all their communications, Robyn applies her skill and experience in broadcast journalism, marketing and communications, and adapts the best practices and tools from the business world in her work with clients.

Whether facilitating public speaking trainings or coaching business owners on the art of using video in their marketing, Robyn's humorous and open-hearted approach creates a fun and dynamic environment for her clients and students to express themselves with confidence and authenticity, whether on stage or on camera.

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Albert Van Akker

Albert Van Akker

Albert Van Akker is a qualified carpenter with many years' experience in the construction trade. Albert shares his expertise in Carpentry IP.

Darren Vaux

Darren Vaux

A native of Vancouver Island, Darren Vaux completed his Plumbing Apprenticeship in Vancouver after having relocated to the Mainland in 1990. After 18 years "abroad" he returned in 2008 to instruct at Camosun in the Plumbing and Pipe Trades Department. Darren teaches Plumbing and Pipefitting courses, Gasfitting, Cross Connection Control, the Solar Thermal Entry Level Program and various other courses for Continuing Education at Camosun.

Francois Viquesnel

Francois Viquesnel

Francois Viquesnel has extensive experience in language teaching, corporate training, change management consulting and French hospitality industry promotion. Born in Paris, he has a natural passion for his home town and knows several different Parisian districts intimately. Francois has extensive teaching experience in the most prestigious French business schools and has taught in more than 10 different countries. Francois started teaching French in France 30 years ago. Having previously gained Canadian education experience as a French assistant in Camosun's Humanities department, he is now happy to share his enthusiasm about French language and culture.

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Steve Walker-Duncan CCC

Steve was born and raised on the Lower Mainland but began cooking professionally in Victoria. He travelled to Europe in 1986 where an award-winning cooking style created opportunities to work in the UK, Spain, and the Netherlands, before returning to Canada in 2003 to join the faculty at Camosun’s Culinary Arts Department. Steve owned and operated a number of culinary businesses in Victoria. He was a presenter of the popular television series “Flavours of the West Coast” and co-authored an accompanying book. Steve has a National Vocational Qualification (NVQ) as well as a BC Professional Instructor Diploma; holds a Red Seal Cook; is a Certified Chef de Cuisine (CCC); is an ITA Cook Assessor and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Education.

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Gerry Wellman

Gerry has a mechanical background and is a qualified instructor in Defensive Driving, Hazard Recognition Training, Forklift and Air Brakes, and assists in Traffic Control training as a certified TCP.

Dave Western

Dave Western

Dave has over 20 years’ experience in the wood working trade. He earned City and Guilds accreditation in both Cabinet making and Advanced Furniture Design from the London College of Furniture (UK) and holds BC Interprovincial Joinery Trades Qualification. Dave also has a Bachelor of Education from UBC. He has written two published books on Lovespoon carving and history and currently operates his business, David Western Lovespoons, where he carves Welsh lovespoons to commission order. He has taught beginners level woodcarving at Camosun College for the past 10 years.

Robert Wiersema

Robert Wiersema

Robert J. Wiersema is a book critic, whose reviews appear regularly in a variety of newspapers and on CBC radio, and the bestselling author of three novels, Before I Wake and Bedtime Story and his new novel Black Feathers (Harper Collins Canada). His 2009 novella The World More Full of Weeping was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora, and his "odd memoir" Walk Like a Man: Coming of Age with the Music of Bruce Springsteen was published in 2011. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia, and he's spending this fall promoting his new novel Black Feathers (Harper Collins Canada).

Rick Worrall

Captain Rick Worrall, CM/MIV, DNS, PID

Growing up on the West Coast, Rick's love of the sea started at an early age. In 1976, Rick Worrall graduated from the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia. With over 25 years of experience at sea on Coast Guard and commercial ships, Rick has sailed on all 3 coasts and internationally. Teaching since 2000, Rick is a graduate of the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program and a Transport Canada recognized trainer for courses in Marine Emergency Duties, ECDIS, SVOP, and a variety of courses for Camosun's Nautical Department.

When not at Camosun, Rick participates in many First Nation's events and ceremonies. He is an avid outdoor person and enjoys travelling the roads less travelled.

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Ben Ziegler

Ben Ziegler is mediator and consultant, based out of Victoria. As a mediator, he works as a BC Provincial Court civil mediator, and mentor of mediators. He resolves disputes face-to-face and online (building on 3 years as a mediator of eBay disputes). His consulting background includes roles in project management and business analysis, in the construction and high tech sectors. For 14 years, he worked as consultant with systems integrators, Accenture and Sierra, prior to starting his own firm in 2001. He is active in community development. In 2008/09, he spent 3 months in the Philippines, as a volunteer advisor with the Canadian Executive Service Organization, as part of a collaborative e-governance project. He is a director of the local Values-based Business Network, a Chamber of Commerce member, and a facilitator with the Victoria Restorative Justice Society. He is a regular blogger (at CollaborativeJourneys.com) on the topic of collaboration, and recently published an e-book, "Collaborative Maxims: Principles for working together in an organization".

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