Jean Abrahamson has extensive experience in online teaching and learning, adult education, business, and health care. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Technical Communication (with distinction), and she is a senior member of the Society for Technical Communication — the world's largest organization for technical communicators.
Aside from designing curriculum and instructing writing courses, Jean draws on her former career as a registered nurse to teach Medical Terminology. She has delivered this course in the classroom since 2001 and online since 2003. Her students enjoy her ability to make complex material understandable and her capacity to relate classroom studies to real-world applications.
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 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.
Erik Andersen, Chair of Camosun's Professional Cook Training Program, is a Certified Chef de Cuisine and vocational instructor, and a certified FoodSafe instructor. With over 30 years experience in the culinary profession in Denmark, Switzerland and Canada, Erik teaches in many of our Food Service Industry courses.
Erle Andrucko teaches Architectural Drafting courses and is an independent architectural design and planning consultant. Erle has over 20 years experience teaching drafting, design concepts and building technologies.
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.
Steven Lorenzo Baileys
Steven Lorenzo Baileys is the Coordinator of the Multicultural Programs and Services Department with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Steven graduated from the University of Victoria in 1990 with a B.Ed in Spanish. From 1992-2003 he was employed with the BC Human Rights Commission as an Investigation and Mediation Officer. From 1993-1996 Steven taught Spanish for Beginners part-time at the University of Victoria Continuing Studies Program. For more than three decades Steven has travelled extensively throughout Latin America and Spain enjoying the people, culture and regional diversity that included recently living and working in Mexico as a Human Rights Observer.
Tim has been working with and teaching AutoCAD for 18 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.
Heidi was born and raised in Victoria BC.......her family discovered the Island when her dad was the Captain of the Vancouver Canucks.
Heidi herself has been a nationally ranked tennis player, equestrian rider and dancer. She has a degree in Cultural Anthropology from Carleton University in Ottawa and studied at the Universite Stendhal, in Grenoble France. Her early years of work were mainly in sport and recreation. She now enjoys working for over 10 different local non-profit groups and is honoured to be a Director on the Board of Travelers with Heart Canada, an International Board which supports fundraising for a small island off of Belize. Heidi moved back to the island after years of travel to raise her family. It was at this time when she was home with two young daughters that she began volunteering on local Boards and naturally fell into Event planning. She started accepting offers to plan local non-profit events and that turned into creating her company, HBL Events.Heidi loves the challenge of creating unique events that bring great groups of people together and raises money and awareness for so many important non-profit organizations.
- Music and Dance
And she loves to blend all those things into her projects.
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.
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.
Yvonne Blomer completed her MA in Creative Writing at The University of East Anglia. Her work has won awards and been published internationally. Most recently poems appear in Walk Myself Home: An Anthology to End Violence Against Women, The Best of Canadian Poetry in English by Tightrope Books and in Rocksalt: An Anthology of Contemporary B.C. Poetry by Mother Tongue Publishing Ltd. Her first book, a broken mirror, fallen leaf, was short listed for Gerald Lampert Memorial Award for Poetry. In 2011 Yvonne will have two new books of poetry out Landscapes and Home (Leaf Press) and The Book of Places (Black Moss Press). For four years, Yvonne wrote a cycling column for the Times Colonist called Spoke 'n' Word. She has had travel writing published in Canada, England and Japan and is working on a travel memoir titled The Long Way West: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur. Yvonne has been teaching courses in poetry and memoir for several years.
Lou is the Program Leader and instructor for Camosun's Welding Department. He is a certified Level A Welder with Inter-Provincial endorsement, and Instructor Diploma. Lou brings over 30 years experience in the welding, plumbing and pipefitting trades.
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 is a registered and active member of the CSMLS (Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science) and has worked in Medical Laboratory Technology for 27 years. Over the years she has worked as a technologist at 3 different hospitals, as well as the private lab setting, and in 5 different disciplines. She currently works full time for VIHA as the Hematology Technical Specialist. She has been a surveyor for the Diagnostic Accreditation Program, and is an Administrator for Aquasafe Canada. Cathy is passionate about health and health care and enjoys sharing that passion through teaching. She is an instructor of Anatomy and Physiology for the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program. Cathy has two daughters and leads an active lifestyle enjoying the outdoors.
Andrea Bremner is a graphic design graduate from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Her work ranges from conceptualization through to full corporate design roll-out.Andrea also taught Flash and Indesign with Continuing Education with Fanshawe College. She likes to keep her classes fresh and fun, and have learners share her passion for design.
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.
Ginger Brunner currently teaches Professional Conference Management I & II and Bridging the Generation Gaps within the Continuing Education and Leadership Development certificate programs. An independent human resources consultant and trainer with over 15 years of applied human resources and management experience within the Hospitality industry, Ginger is an engaging and enthusiastic instructor who is well versed in assisting leaders as they strive to meet the changing needs and expectations of today's event participants and demanding workforce.
Tanya Bub has over 10 years experience as a professional web developer. She has designed and built internet-based projects and applications including interactive Flash and Java games, CMS driven web sites and custom database applications. Tanya started as a designer, segued into programming and finally really found her niche with application design and project management. The classroom results? A broad perspective, plus a sense of exploration. Tanya currently heads a local consulting company that specializes in custom programming and design.
Sandra Carr has been designing and building furniture since 1998, and formed Gelinas Carr Furniture with her husband Joseph in 2002. Subtle use of exposed joinery and the inclusion of a primary and secondary wood to highlight different aspects of the overall design has been the focus of her work, as has maintaining exceptionally high standards for the level of detail in each piece. Expressing structure and form is integral to the design and construction of much of Sandra's work.
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, 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.
Terri Chyzowski teaches Leadership Overview and Leading Change.
Terri loves to learn and teaching is a way to be 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. Terri creates a motivating learning environment that is fun with opportunities to explore ideas and where people feel safe and supported as they learn.
She has extensive experience in the fields of organization development, training and human resources. She has over 25 years experience both as an internal and external consultant in a wide variety of public sector organizations. In addition, she holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and has completed other certifications in Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), coaching, change leadership and systems thinking.
Marie-Hélène Cormier has over ten years of teaching experience. She has a Degree in Special Education and a Masters in Educational Administration which she acquired from the University of Montréal. Marie-Hélène has taught in B.C., Alberta and Quebec. She is originally from the Gaspé Peninsula and after much travelling both domestically and internationally now calls Vancouver Island home. C’est avec grand plaisir que j’aurais le bonheur de partager mes connaissances de la langue française avec vous!
Beth Cougler Blom
Beth Cougler Blom is a self-employed facilitator and consultant with a background in coordinating programs, workshops and events in the nonprofit, education and public sectors. A natural convener and organizer, she has planned events both large and small in multiple settings. Beth recently spent a number of years as Volunteer Victoria’s Manager of Training & Outreach, where she coordinated and led workshops and other events for nonprofit sector employees and volunteers. Beth is currently an Instructional Designer at Royal Roads University. She has a Master’s degree in Education with a focus in Adult Education as well as certificates in volunteer management and intercultural studies.
Dave Davies, C.M.A.
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.
Tammy grew up on a farm in Alberta, Canada and brings a down to earth, entrepreneurial and hopeful attitude to her teaching, coaching and consulting. Having been the only one in her large extended family of hundreds to complete a PhD, she encourages and challenges people to transcend whatever limitations they may think they have. Tammy has lived in many cities in Canada, the US and the UK, but now calls Victoria, Canada home, and is committed to living a balanced and sustainable life with her husband and business partner, Dave Whittington.
Together, Tammy and Dave run Calliope Learning, a consulting company that specializes in leadership development and coaching. They are proud to be a part of the growing high tech sector on Vancouver Island and are working with several exciting clients to help them be the best they can be. They also have clients in other sectors and provide team development, executive coaching, customized 360 performance reviews, action research, and the application of distance and online technologies to workplace learning. Tammy has been an associate faculty member at Royal Roads University since 1997 and she teaches in the MA, MBA, and Executive Leadership programs.
Tammy loves living in Victoria and enjoys the local food, wine, festivals, sporting events and amazing recreational activities. In the summer you can find Tammy riding her bike or walking and in the winter you'll find her watching the local pro hockey team the Salmon Kings. Travel has been a consistent theme in Tammy's life and she spends a lot of time on airplanes visiting friends and family in Alberta and the UK, as well as more exotic locales around the world.
Wendy Dobbie brings over 15 years experience teaching in ASL and is is the only certified ASL instructor on Vancouver Island. She is excited to be teaching this new computer course because as a deaf person, she knows how challenging it can be to learn computer skills from traditional courses or manuals. She will share her computer expertise from both the home user and professional work perspectives.
Ross Dunn has been a successful search engine optimization (SEO) specialist for 12 years and co-hosts a popular weekly Internet radio show on WebmasterRadio.FM
Christine Forster’s travel and studies in Argentina, Spain and Ecuador allow her to infuse her Spanish language classes with the richness of the culture of Spain and Latin America. An experienced and engaging teacher, and an aficionado of Latin American music, Christine has taught Spanish at UBC and is currently a sessional instructor in the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at UVIC. She holds a BA and an MA in Spanish from UBC and brings her unique teaching style to Camosun.
Tina Fraser is a well-known, successful organic farmer who has been active in the local organic farming community for many years. Tina shares her experience gained with students in our organic gardening courses.
Joel Friesen is a talented and experienced web designer, working since 2000 exclusively in print and web design. He has studied design academically, developing his skills under his mentor, Canadian comic book illustrator Ken Steacy. Joel assisted Ken on projects for creative development companies such as Lucas Film and Marvel Comics. He received much acclaim for his large-scale interactive design projects which were the focus of interviews with the Toronto Star, the Globe and Mail, CBC Television and TVOntario.
Joel is a proponent of web standardization and was an inaugural member of Victoria's first Web Standards group. Currently Joel works in the UVic Web Initiatives department, and is proud to offer courses in web design at Camosun College.
"I wouldn't hesitate to take another course with Joel Friesen." - JC
Nicola Furlong survives the travails of genre writing by playing hockey, gardening and eating chocolate. The author of eight mystery novels and one mystery writing primer, Nicola is a shameless self-promoter, an electronic publisher, produces book trailers and is the co-creator of a new multimedia storytelling platform called a Quillr. Her first Quillr, a controversial suspense thriller, may be experienced online. She blogs about writing and publishing at and has adapted two of her novels to screenplays; both were optioned for television.
Steve Gitzel is a Certified Irrigation Designer in both Residential and Commercial levels with the IIABC as well as a Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor. Steve owns a successful local irrigation company and has been in the business for over 30 years. Steve shares his knowledge and experience in lawn sprinkler installation and maintenance.
After earning his Masters degree in English in 1988, David Godkin (formerly David Kosub) set out on a lucrative career as a freelance writer, working in areas as diverse as medicine, law, science, travel, food, business and engineering. Winner of the Canadian Science Writers Association 2003 Science in Society Journalism Award, he has also taught English at Toronto’s Seneca College and for the Government of British Columbia. Website: www.davidgodkin.com
Alisa Gordaneer has worked as a professional writer and editor for more than 15 years, and has widely published her poetry, essays, creative non-fiction and fiction in anthologies, journals and newspapers in Canada, the United States and abroad. The former editor of Monday Magazine, she has helped numerous writers hone their skills through one-on-one and group critiques, editing sessions and workshops. The author of two non-fiction career guides and three chapbooks, she is currently polishing a novel and a collection of poetry. She holds an MA in Canadian literature and is a member of the League of Canadian Poets, the Federation of BC Writers, and the Professional Editors' Association of Vancouver Island. A regular columnist for Boulevard Magazine, she is also co-founder of Emdash Publishing, a small literary press.
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.
Carole Gosse joined Camosun College in 1999 as the Co-op Coordinator for the Hotel and Restaurant Management program. She is currently the Program Leader and instructor in the BBA degree, majoring in Human Resource Management & Leadership, the Advanced Human Resource Management diploma and also teaches part-time in Leadership Development Program.
Prior to Camosun College, Carole spent 13 years as Director of Human Resources for Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. A career highlight was in 1991 when Carole was the opening Director of Human Resources for the Fairmont Waterfront hotel. In this capacity, she helped create a team of dynamic individuals who established a culture of service excellence through positive employee relations and participative management techniques. Carole's leadership and HR practices included a focus on strategic recruitment planning, training and development of hospitality leaders while building a culture of service excellence with employees.
Carole has a Masters degree in Leadership and Training (MA), a Bachelor degree of Arts in Communications and Psychology (BA) and she is also a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) through BC's Human Resources Association.
Jane Grant has an extensive background in healthcare and education, with over 25 years experience in leadership, transitions, and transformational learning. She is a certified coach with a BSN from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Leadership and Training (MALT) from Royal Roads University.
Jane is a member of the Associate Faculty team at Royal Roads University in the leadership program, and adjunct faculty at University of Victoria and Camosun College for nursing and leadership development. Her company is a coaching and facilitation firm based in Victoria, B.C. that supports individuals and organizations develop work life balance through leadership and healthy workplaces. Jane brings energy, passion and commitment to her practice and classroom and believes coaching is the ideal adjunct to leadership, team development and the creation of healthy workplaces.
Daniel Griffin is the author of the short story collection Stopping for Strangers (Vehicule 2011). His short fiction has been published in magazines and journals across North America. His stories have been short-listed for the CBC Literary Award, have twice appeared in the Journey Prize Anthology, and are collected in the 2008 edition of Coming Attractions. Daniel has lived in Guatemala, New Zealand, the UK, France, Germany and the US, and now lives in Victoria with his wife, three daughters and cat.
Ken Guenter MEd.
Ken is an instructor in Camosun College's Fine Furniture Program where he teaches design, furniture history and joinery. He also runs a studio furniture shop called "Of the Woods Furniture" where he has designed and built furniture for clients all over North America. Ken completed his apprenticeship in Benchwork-Joinery in 1980, his Bachelor of Arts degree from U-Vic in 1993 and a Master of Education degree in 2006 in which the teaching of design was his major focus.
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.
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.
Imtehaze Heerah BEng (Hons.), MASc
Imtehaze holds a BEng (Hons.) degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Mauritius and a MASc degree in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto, with specialization in Robotics & Automation. Prior to joining the College, Imtehaze worked as a consultant for several companies in Mauritius and has been a research associate at the University of Toronto and the University of Victoria. He currently teaches a wide variety of courses in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Camosun with a focus on Design, Manufacturing and Automation. Imtehaze has also published several technical papers and contributed to a textbook about Manufacturing.
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, 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 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 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.
Trina Holt has a passion for the positive side of psychology and for teaching. She has trained over 800 managers throughout the province in performance management, has taught adults for eight years, been a lay-counsellor and facilitator for four years, and holds a master’s degree in social psychology research. She specializes in face-to-face and computer-mediated communication, and also in the area of stress and coping. Trina’s unique interests and skill-sets are all brought to bear in her workshops using positive psychology, where she bridges academic, corporate, and personal worlds.
Ken Holland teaches in Camosun's Electrical Apprenticeship Program and is certified by the Electrical Safety Branch to teach the Electrical Code Advanced course for electrician upgrading.
Hortensia was born in Acapulco, Mexico. She has travelled extensively in Europe, South America and the Caribbean and has lived in Spain, Venezuela, Colombia, Barbados, Czechoslovakia and Brazil. Now settled in Canada, Hortensia has been teaching Spanish for Vancouver Island University (formerly Malaspina University College) and the Nanaimo and Cowichan School districts for many years. A recipient of the Governor General's Award for her contributions to Multiculturalism and Human Rights, Hortensia brings a unique and exciting perspective to Camosun's language programs!
Ray is a retired Heavy Duty/ Commercial Transport Mechanic who loves his trades with a passion. He taught at Camosun for 24 years and has a background in training that covers the logging, mining and construction trades. Ray really enjoys teaching his classes and his specialty is the air brake courses. He loves to help people improve and fine tune their skills.
Heather Hughes has over 26 years experience in Organizational Development and Human Resource Management. She is dedicated to helping organizations become the best they can be, through the development of highly effective executives, teams and individuals who then go on to contribute their best.
As a Human Resource Professional Heather draws upon her experience from working in private, public and not-for-profit organizations in Canada, U.K. and U.S.A. Heather understands what it takes to make organizations flourish. Her competency-based leadership development has led to some outstanding results, in both union and non-union environments. Heather has worked alongside some of the "best in the business" in Canada, the USA and UK.
R.N., 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.
Mary Alice Johnson
Mary Alice Johnson is a successful organic farmer who is active in the local organic farming community and an international public speaker on sustainable living. Mary Alice shares her experience in our organic farming and gardening courses.
Bill Johnston has been teaching for 20 years and joined Camosun College as a CE instructor in 2003. Bill creates a fun atmosphere in his class. He enjoys meeting new students and watching them learn knowing that he was a beginner, too.
Bill is the Operations Support Manager for Campus Security Services at the University of Victoria where he provides network administration and database development. He is a graduate of Camosun's Access Data Management Certificate program. Bill is an active member of the local theatre community. He is the past President and Art Director of Four Seasons Musical Theatre and has sat on the Boards of the Victoria Operatic Society and Oak Bay Community Theater. He is the co-founder of a local Dinner Theatre. He designed and built the database used by the company.
"Bill was excellent. He made a tricky subject clear. Bill is a natural teacher. I was dreading learning about databases - but after Bill's class I feel comfortable with tackling Access and perhaps even excited about it." P.M.
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.
Glenn Jones is certified in natural gas vehicle installation and an automotive technician with over 30 years experience.
Thomas Jones, MBA, has enjoyed teaching computer courses 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 teenage sons and has lived in Victoria for 30 years.
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.
Dawn Kardos BA, CPM
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, is in the process of obtaining her Certified Human Resource Professional Designation (CHRP) and a degree in Accounting. Dawn brings to her students and classroom over sixteen years of practical industry 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) for the Canadian Payroll Association. As a SME Dawn reviews curriculum material and serves on various committees.
Randy Kennett has over fifteen years of leadership, business, and human resources experiences working for international companies and as an entrepreneur. Randy is currently a Senior Advisor with Edge Learning, Director with Hone Consulting, and an Instructor with three post secondary institutions across BC. Randy has been recognized as a developer of people and team potential, and his experience has involved delivering leadership and team training programs, advisory services, and coaching to diverse client groups and employees from Canada, United States, and internationally. In addition to providing facilitation services for programs at universities and colleges, as well as clients that include non-profit, government, and businesses, Randy presents workshops as part of the British Columbia Human Resources Management Association professional development program, and volunteers as an adult workshop facilitator with the YMCA and Junior Achievements.
Along with his unstoppable energy, warm and approachable personal style and passion for teaching and life in general, Mahesh brings to the classroom over a decade of global corporate finance, financial management, management consulting and teaching experience with PricewaterhouseCoopers, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Imperial College London. He has a strong track record of exceeding profitability and cost reduction targets, and implementing shareholder value and wealth creation strategies.
Mahesh is a noted public speaker on the subject of Fine Wine Investment and Portfolio Diversification. In his spare time, he authored the book Wine Investment for Portfolio Diversification – How Collecting Fine Wines Can Yield Greater Returns than Stocks and Bonds which won the 2006 Gourmand World Media Award for the "Best Wine Education Book in the World". Mahesh is currently writing his second book Collecting Fine Wine and Fine Art for Pleasure and Investment.
Mahesh is a full-time faculty member and Finance program leader for Camosun College in the School of Business. He is a London, UK-trained Chartered Management Accountant and a former Management Consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelors Degree (Honours) in Accounting and Finance as well as an MBA (Finance Specialisation) and Diploma in Management from the Tanaka Business School, Imperial College London, UK.
Jodi Lang has 16 years practical experience as a Medical Laboratory Assistant in both the hospital and community laboratory services. She has been with LifeLabs (formerly MDS Metro Laboratories) since 1992. Jodi has been involved with Camosun's Medical Laboratory Assistant Program since 2002.
The author of over two dozen books for children and young adults, Julie Lawson is renowned for taking moments in history and weaving them into compelling works of fiction. Her books have received critical acclaim and numerous nominations and awards, including the Sheila A. Egoff Award for White Jade Tiger and the Hackmatack Children’s Choice Award for No Safe Harbour. Her latest book, a finalist for Ontario's Silver Birch Award, is Ghosts of the Titanic. Julie has toured for Canadian Children’s Book Week, conducted writing workshops, taught courses on writing children’s literature, and presented at schools, libraries and conferences throughout Canada and the U.S. Website: julielawson.ca.
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.
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.
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.
Rod Lidstone is a Program Leader and an instructor in Camosun's Plumbing and Pipefitting Department and holds a Class A gas license. Rod is an approved instructor for the Hot Water Heating Association's program for plumbers and cross connection controls.
Marlee is a qualified FoodSafe instructor certified by the FoodSafe Council and has experience teaching advanced FoodSafe to kitchen managers and chefs.
Eliot Lowey, M.A. A.B.S
Eliot Lowey is an instructor in the Leadership Development Certificate Program and specialized in Personal Leadership and Teambuilding. He is known for his animated style, his sense of humor and his commitment to helping others learn. He received his Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, City University, Seattle, Washington in 1994. He is the Director of Cascadia, People and Business Consultation, founded in 1996, in Victoria, British Columbia.
Providing organizational consulting, curriculum development and counselling services to clients. Eliot instructs and consults in the areas of leadership development, effective teams, organizational culture transformation and violence prevention in the workplace. He has developed six train-the-trainer programs that are utilized by the Department of National Defence, the Province of British Columbia and First Nations Communities.
Ross Lyle is certified by AutoDesk as a qualified instructor to teach all levels of AutoCAD programs. Ross brings his many years of teaching in Camosun's Mechanical Engineering Technology program and practical experience in CAD/CAM applications.
Maurice McFadden, C.I.P.
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.
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.
Nancy McPhee, CRC, MA, (Leadership)
Nancy McPhee is a facilitator, instructor and coach. As a leader of learning, Nancy invites people to explore their own motivation in relationships and the impact behaviour has on each party. Her practical and common sense approach makes learning fun and rewarding. Her career focus is to assist people in the creation of productive, rewarding interpersonal relationships. Nancy is also associate faculty with the Centre for Conflict Resolution at the Justice Institute of BC. Clients include the private, non-profit and public sectors.
As a boy, I started digging up Victorian-era bottle dumps on the margins of mud flats on Tsehum Harbour, North Saanich, starting beneath my parents' home and moving out from there. I have been uncovering, salvaging, and interpreting the past ever since.
I worked as an archaeologist, studied mediaeval and modern European history at St. Andrews University and Canadian history and historical geography at the universities of Victoria and British Columbia.
I have a special interest in British Columbia and have written six books on BC history and biography. Two of them, Trading Beyond the Mountains (1997) and Island Timber (2000) won the Lieutenant-Governor's Prize, and Island Timber was also short-listed for the Haig-Brown prize. My most recent book, Home Truths: Highlights from BC History was published in October 2012 by Harbour Publishing.
I teach writing workshops at arts and writers' festivals, the University of British Columbia Writing Centre, and Camosun College. I am Associate Editor and Book Reviews Editor at the journal BC Studies. My website is rsmackie.com .
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 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 W. Martens, Ph.D.
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.
Mary Martin teaches in the Leadership Development program area. Mary is an organization development consultant who brings a diverse range of experience to her current business. Regardless of the topic at hand, her underlying purpose is to work in partnership with leaders to achieve productivity through the human potential of their organizations. She has a particular interest in women in leadership and has designed many programs with and for women.
Mary has had her own consulting practice for 9 years and has a wide range of clients mainly in the not-for-profit and public sectors. Having formerly been a manager in that environment herself, she brings real understanding of the dilemmas faced by leaders in these challenging times.
Dedicated to continuous personal and professional learning, Mary is an active contributor to her profession and her community. In 1996 she was the recipient of a YWCA Woman of Distinction award in the category of Education and Communication and in 2004 was nominated for a Teaching Excellence Award at Royal Roads University.
Rick Mawle taught in Camosun's Plumbing and Pipefitting department. He is an approved instructor for Cross Connection Controls for backflow prevention testing.
Anne Megan Berg
Anne graduated in 1988 from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science. She has worked for the Vancouver Island Health Authority since 1990, mainly in the Core Lab and Transfusion Labs. Her current position is Safety and Education Technologist. Anne enjoys helping prepare students for their practicum. She also likes to hear their feedback after they have been out in the hospital environment. She teaches Safety and Infection Control as well as Medical Terminology. Safety and Infection Control is extremely relevant to the life of a Medical Lab Assistant and she tries her best to prepare them for what they will see in the laboratory. Anne has instructed for Camosun College since 2000.
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.
Sheila Munro is the author of the best-selling memoir Lives of Mothers and Daughters: Growing Up with Alice Munro, published in Canada in 2001 and the US in 2008. An English graduate who has worked as a teacher, editor, and reviewer for over twenty years, she is passionate about the written word. Sheila likes to create an inviting, interactive classroom environment in which students can discover the power of their own stories.
Angela Kemna (Ndakwe)
Angela has worked in a wide range of office and clinics as a medical office assistant for over 20 years. This allows her to bring a great wealth of practical skills and knowledge to create an interesting and stimulating classroom. Angela has taught for the last 3 years and is a dedicated instructor who strives to provide quality and excellent instruction to all of her students.
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, B.Ed.
Barbara Newton combines teaching with over 20 years varied entrepreneurial experience. Barbara brings real world experience in manufacturing, wholesaling, retailing, importing, exporting and trade show attendance to this practical course.
Tia Niedjalski RN, BScN.
Tia received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (with distinction) from the University of Victoria. She has a passion for health care and teaching and has taught for Camosun since 2008. She brings a wealth of knowledge into the classroom combined with a supportive, clear style for her students. Tia’s passion for health care started over ten years ago when she worked as a medical office assistant, which led her to the Camosun Hospital Unit Clerk program and subsequently to pursue her nursing degree though Camosun and UVIC. Currently, Tia is working as a Public Health Nurse and is teaching Prenatal, Pharmacology (unit clerk program) and Medical Terminology.
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 is an instructor in Camosun's Culinary Arts Program. He is a graduate of Ecole Hoteliere Des Pyrenees in France and has over 20 years experience in some of the finest establishments of France, England and Canada.
Micheline has over 23 years of experience in the hospitality industry particularly in the restaurant and hotel business. Her experience in the industry is very broad from small fine dining establishment to high volume restaurants, full service hotels, bistro/bakery and catering special events. Micheline has worked at all levels from the kitchen, waitress, manager, F&B general manager to being an owner/operator. She has also worked at many well-known restaurants such as Il Giardino, The William Tell, Bishop's, Le Crocodile, The Teahouse, C, and hotels such as Hotel Vancouver, The Wedgewood and Ramada. She was an instructor at King George International College teaching the Hotel Management Diploma program in Vancouver. At the present time, she teaches the bartender training certificate course at Camosun College.
Capt. 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.
M.A. in Kinesiology, B.Ed. in Physical Education, Certified Medical Exercise Specialist, Sifu (teacher in Hung Fut Kung Fu)
Doug Panton has been teaching for eight years in post secondary, secondary and elementary schools. In addition to his teaching, Doug's many years of experience as a practicing exercise professional, family counselor, outward bound instructor and basketball coach are enhanced by his post-graduate work on the effects of Kung Fu on fall prevention and quality of life in seniors. He brings great passion, commitment and enthusiasm to his teaching at Camosun.
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.
Philip Parker, B.A.Sc, P. Eng
Phil Parker is a Professional Engineer and graduate of UBC with over 10 years of progressive experience in facility planning, design, construction and management with experience in the application of materials science and engineering to assess and correct building envelope performance problems. Acknowledged as an accredited expert on matters of building design and quality control by BC's Supreme Court, Phil's work has also been recognized by his peers with awards from the City of Vancouver and the Consulting Engineers Association of BC.
Captain Jacqueline Randen MM
Jacqueline is a Transport Canada certified Master Mariner whose love for sailing began as a child. Jacqueline has worked as Master and Watchkeeping Officer on various vessels including Cruise Ships, Pilot Boats, Canadian Coast Guard Vessels, BC Ferries, and various Commercial Charter vessels worldwide. When not instructing, Jacqueline can be found judging classic boats at the Victoria Classic Boat Festival, or cruising the British Columbia coast in her own boat. Jacqueline has over 22 years experience instructing STCW required courses on board vessels, Industry Canada courses, and recreational boating courses.
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
Tammy’s focus is teaching graphic design, web development and the Adobe Creative Suite. Over the past 10 years Tammy has taught in the Continuing Education, Visual Arts and the Mechanical Engineering Departments at Camosun College.
An acknowledged world expert on the role of activity in combating childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes and an accomplished internationally competitive athlete, Dr. Peter Rehor has led the development of a cluster of new sport and wellness-related programs at the College. Dr. Rehor's leadership in sport, health and wellness spans three countries (Australia, the United States and Canada) and includes a number of years early in his career on Vancouver Island as Coordinator of Health and Physical Education & Outdoor Education at School District #71 in Courtenay, BC.
Mark Reuten operates Nomad Boatbuilding., specializing in the construction and restoration of small wooden boats. Mark got his start in boatbuilding during an earlier career as a commercial artist and industrial designer when he started building canoes and kayaks for his own use. He went to study traditional wooden boatbuilding full time, graduating from the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding OM 1996. Mark has been building boats ever since, and participated in the construction of the 130' Grand Banks schooner Pacific Grace, whose home port is Victoria and has made several trips to the Eastern Arctic, working with Inuit elders to re-introduce traditional skin-on-frame kayak-building skills to the community in Nunavut.
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 favorite 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
Laura Ritonja, MD, CCFP, CoE
Laura Ritonja is an experienced family physician with a longstanding interest in teaching, geriatrics and palliative care. She received her medical degree from Queen's University in 1996 and completed a Family Medicine residency in 1998 and a Care of the Elderly fellowship in 1999, through the University of Ottawa. Prior to moving to Victoria in 2001, she taught geriatrics to medical students and family medicine residents through the University of Ottawa. Patient education is also a regular part of her professional activity. She began her association with Camosun College in 2006 with the introduction of the Palliative Care course. She strives for an interactive, stimulating environment in her classes and enjoys sharing her enthusiasm with other adult learners.
Cam originated the Fine Furniture Program at Camosun College in 1987 after completing his Benchwork-Joinery Trades Qualification, and a Bachelor of Education degree in Industrial Education in 1980. The Fine Furniture Program has graduated over two hundred students in skills related to the design, construction, finishing and restoration of furniture. Cam was one of the founding members of the Vancouver Island Woodworker's Guild in 1982 and has published several articles in Fine Woodworking Magazine.
Tracy has a Bachelors of Arts (Maj. Business Administration-Maj. Economics) from S.F.U. as well as twenty 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 thirteen-year 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 over fifteen years ago.
“Making a difference in an individual’s level of performance and satisfaction in the workplace has become an ongoing source of personal motivation and a worthwhile endeavor for the last twenty years. I want to share my belief that current concepts in leadership thinking should be combined with being genuine and sincere in one’s actions. This combination has more direct impact in the workplace than any ‘technique’, script or 6-step process being marketed - and for all the right reasons.
My ultimate goal is to educate, motivate and inspire learners to confidently apply what they have learned in order to make significant and positive impact in their personal and professional lives.”
“Clear, concise and extremely personable instructor. A valuable experience.”
Terry Seed is an instructor in Camosun College's Culinary Arts Program. He is a qualified FoodSafe instructor and classically-trained chef whose recipes have been widely published in Canadian periodicals and cookbooks.
Charles began teaching the Web Design Certificate program at Camosun College in June 2001. He has written and developed much of the program curriculum, which is constantly evolving.
He likes meeting new people and learning new ideas. In his words, "Teaching challenges me to keep ahead of the curve in my field of work and I meet some pretty nice people." He likes to challenge the student, and give them chance to challenge him. Charles likes to keep things informal but focused in class.
Charles has been self employed since 2000 with his own web design and application development company. He is a graduate of Camosun's Business Administration (Finance) Program. When away from the computer, Charles enjoys mountain biking and being away from the computer.
"Charles is enthusiastic and very effectively connects real word skills to the full resource of the software applications. He is very encouraging to students. Good connection between skills needed and concepts for the work world." A.F.
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.
Caleb Small, BSc, ISp
Caleb has over thirty years experience in the Information Technology industry as instructor, consultant, systems analyst and software developer. He has specialized in Oracle Database technology for the last 12 years working for Oracle Corporation and many other industry clients. He brings a valuable combination of real-world experience and teaching skill to the classroom.
Mike Sroka has been a commercial photographer in Canada and the United States for more than 25 years. His work has appeared in more than 40 major publications and he has produced photographic images for more than 200 national and international clients including: Harley-Davidson, Miller Brewing, Diet Pepsi, Cadillac, S.C. Johnson, Firestone, and Mariott Hotels. He was the Manager of Photographic Services for the National Safety Council in Chicago, is a published author, and was an official photographer for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds. He was also a senior photography instructor at the Alberta College of Art and Design and taught at the University of Calgary. In 2008, he was a featured speaker at the "Frame by Frame" Photo Forum.
A Foundation for the Arts grant recipient, his fine-art work has appeared in various galleries and is found in several private and corporate collections. Work from his public exhibition "West/Southwest", featuring First Nations subjects, was the basis for the Siksika Blackfoot Bicentennial Project and used for the cover of the book, "The Unconquered Hearts". His coffee table book, "Snowbirds: Behind The Scenes With Canada's Air Demonstration Team", is an in-depth, behind the scenes look at Canada's military aerobatic team.
Visit Mike’s website at www.mikesroka.com
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.
Joan Thornborrow Steacy grew up in southern Ontario, and is a graduate of Sheridan College, The Ontario College of Art & Design, and The University of Victoria. She is a visual artist who has worked in a variety of disciplines, including sculpture, traditional illustration, and digital imaging. She is the author/illustrator of So, That's That!, a biography of her father, and Aurora Borealice, the first in a series of autobio/graphic novels, which had its debut at the Toronto Comic Art Festival in 2011. She has taught visual storytelling in Victoria and Toronto, and is currently working on her second graphic novel. Visit Joan’s website: www.joansteacy.blogspot.com.
Ken Steacy decided at age eleven to become a professional comic book writer/artist, a dream he realized in 1974. Since then, he has worked in the industry as author, artist, art director, editor, and publisher, chronicling the exploits of Spider-Man, Harry Potter, and the Star Wars gang, to name but a few. In addition to creating his own intellectual property, he has also collaborated with other writers, including Harlan Ellison, Isaac Asimov, and Douglas Coupland. The recipient of an Eisner and an Inkpot award, Ken was inducted into the Joe Shuster Awards Hall of Fame in 2009, a lifetime achievement award honouring Canadian comic book creators for their contributions to the industry. Visit Ken’s website: www.kensteacy.blogspot.com.
Bridey Stirling, RN, BScN, MPH, PhD
Dr. Stirling has been a Registered Nurse for 12 years. Prior to her qualification as an RN, she worked as an LPN. Bridey is an Epidemiologist, focusing primarily on cancer and HIV prevention. She has practiced internationally in countries such as Kenya, Malawi and India. She assisted with large-scale immunization programs in rural areas outside of Lilongwe, traveling with the nurses of the Lutheran Ambulance Service. Bridey is currently an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.
Jim Stratford is a certified Level A Welder, and Level 2 Welding Inspector. He is also certified as a Welding instructor, holds an Inter Provincial Red Seal in welding, and has over 20 years experience in the welding and fabricating trade.
Mitch Stringer is a freelance photographer situated in Victoria, BC. Mitch has been photographing commercial, art reproduction, landscape, wedding & 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, 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.
Paul Syme teaches in Camosun's Automotive Mechanic Technician Program, has over 25 years experience in the mechanical trade and teaching all levels of students.
Dave is a Transport Canada certified marine captain and an Industry Canada certified radio communications instructor and examiner. His experience comes from years at sea as both a radio officer and bridge watchkeeping officer. When not instructing he is usually in command of vessels on the BC coast or the Caribbean. Before moving to the merchant marine he completed 27 years in the Canadian Navy as a communications specialist.
Betty-Ann has had her own consulting business for the past 14 years. After an extensive career with IBM Canada Ltd. in a variety of positions she has developed and delivered training programs for business owners and entrepreneurs. Additionally Betty-Ann worked as a Sr. Consulting Manager for the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and has facilitated courses for over 600 business start-ups, coached corporate executives and even spent a number of years marketing saltwater fishing resorts. An engaging and enthusiastic instructor, Betty-Ann is well versed in all aspects of business development, but her passion comes from learning and sharing!
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.
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 has spent 6 years promoting the French hospitality industry abroad, mostly in Germany, Holland, Belgium and French Polynesia. 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. Having previously gained Canadian education experience as a French assistant at Camosun College Humanities department, he is now happy to share his enthusiasm about French language and culture.
Jo Volek, B.A., M.A.
Jo has been teaching a variety of business courses in post-secondary schools since 1995, ranging from business communication and organizational behaviour to financial accounting and statistics. Jo taught Simply Accounting software and its application to business practices for several years. With a Bachelor’s degree in Management, a Master’s degree in Leadership and Training, and a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education, she brings a strong background of business content and extensive experience as a teacher.
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 the Interprovincial Joinery Trades Qualification. Dave also has a Bachelor of Education from UBC. Currently he runs two woodworking businesses: Offcut Designs, where, in partnership with artist Jan Buehler, Dave creates custom art furniture, and David Western Lovespoons where he carves Welsh lovespoons to commission order.
Robert J. Wiersema is an independent bookseller, a reviewer who contributes regularly to a multitude of newspapers, and the best-selling author of two novels: Before I Wake and Bedtime Story. Before I Wake was awarded the Benjamin Franklin Prize for Fiction. His 2009 novella, The World More Full of Weeping was shortlisted for the Prix Aurora. He lives in Victoria, British Columbia.
Cheryl has more than 25 years of combined experience in the fields of real estate, banking, and financial management and as a small business owner. Committed to life–long learning, she understands the importance of making well–educated decisions and has made it a priority to help others achieve their real estate goals by way of sound knowledge and advice. Cheryl’s career as a real estate agent has earned her industry awards each year and she also helps new realtors get started by serving as a coach/mentor.
After a few years of presenting First Time Home Buyer Seminars, Cheryl began to take note of a number of women who aspired to own a home but needed help to overcome their fears of going it alone. Realizing this group was being underserved; she created a series of educational resources designed to coach single women to success in their endeavours of purchasing a home. Along with a Mortgage Broker, Financial Planner and Lawyer, Cheryl is pleased to now be offering this course at Camosun College. She has created an opportunity for women to ask questions and get honest answers from four professional women who understand the issues and concerns.
Cheryl has lived all across Canada, and is proud to call Victoria home, along with her husband and 3 children. As a way to give something back to the community, she has set up a student bursary at Camosun and is pleased to donate the instructors’ portion of the course fee to it.
Dawn Winterburn RN, BScN has been a registered nurse for 14 years. Prior to her qualification as a RN, she worked as an RCA. Dawn has enjoyed a diverse career as a nurse. She has practiced in Canada and the U.S and in such varied areas as medical/surgical, intensive-care, coronary care, operating room and as a Nurse Manager of care home. Currently Dawn is working in the community as a home care nurse, and teaches nursing at Camosun College.
Nick is a Camosun College alumni, having graduated from the Medical Laboratory Assistant Program in 2002. After working at Royal Jubilee Hospital for 3 years Nick enrolled in the biochemistry/microbiology program at UVic and is nearly finished his B.Sc. Currently teaching the same program he graduated from, he brings 7 years experience in the field and strives to teach in a light casual atmosphere.
Clarke is an experienced Communications and Marketing Executive, Graphic Designer, and Web Developer specializing in assisting businesses with developing creative ideas to enhance their marketing objectives and strategies with an emphasis on New Media and Social Media Marketing.
Congratulations! CGSA Superintendent of the Year (2012) – Brian Youell
Brian Youell wears many hats: Term Instructor, Co-Chair of the Golf Management Diploma program Advisory Committee, Master Superintendent at the Uplands Golf Club and most recently, awarded the title of CGSA Superintendent of the Year (2012).
Brian’s career in the turfgrass and golf course management profession spans 34 years, the majority of which has been at Uplands Golf Course, where he became Superintendent in 1994.
Brian has previously been named Superintendent of the Year in BC, has a Master Superintendent accreditation from the CGSA and is Audubon certified. He has hosted several Canadian Tour events and mentored many young turfgrass professionals.
Brian’s reputation as a leader, innovator, mentor, public speaker and a gentleman is well known in the industry. He is also recognized as a dedicated husband and father and a contributor to his professional associations.
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”.
Last updated: May 16, 2013 11:24 am