I follow Malcolm Knowles' adult learning principles, where learning is student-centred, goal-oriented and relevant to the learner's needs. The curriculum is a partnership between the learner and the tutor.
The learner's life experiences and knowledge are integrated into the curricula to ensure practical and relevant language acquisition. To ensure optimum language retention, and make classes more fun, I apply visual, auditory and kinesthetic approaches to learning. I adapt my teaching to the learner's needs and preferences.
My human resource background, my volunteer work with immigrant professionals, and my own job search all make me an excellent tutor to help those who are aiming to improve their careers, apply for jobs or draft resumes.
I will work with each student to set practical learning goals and collaboratively deliver enjoyable, effective
I am a Senior Human Resource expert who is on an academic sabbatical to pursue my EMBA.
My education includes:
EMBA, Telfer School of Management (June 2019)
Honours BA in French and English literature and linguistics (York University)
Teaching English as a Second Language Instructor Course (Metro Toronto School Board)
Post-Graduate Diploma, Human Resource Management (Seneca College)
The travel fee is negotiable based on the challenges of getting to one's home (bad bus routes etc). I rely on my bike and walking so would prefer teaching in my home which is very centrally located.
Ottawa Job Match Network Advisory Committee Member 2014-present
LASI Worldskills, Ottawa, (Volunteer)
• Part of a leadership team with other business representatives in Ottawa who provide input on realigning the provincially-funded Job Match Network Program with its new mandate as outlined by the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration- to fulfil its enhanced mandate to better meet the needs of employers as well as maximize employment outcomes for newcomers to Ottawa. One aspect is curricula.
• Previous roles entailed: presenter at conferences on employment sharing knowledge on how to apply for government jobs, how to network, and explaining the landscape of the public service
Language Coach 2010-2014
LASI Worldskills, Ottawa (volunteer)
• Taught pronunciation to a variety of clients from various ethnicities, ensuring customized teaching for different language challenges
• Conducted interview simulations with clients, providing feedback on language and Canadian cultural norms in the workplace.
English as a Second Language Teacher Experience
English as a Second Language Teacher June-Sept. 1994
The Richmond School of Commerce, Toronto
• Developed ESL program and curriculum (life skills to job-search techniques) including assessment of language skills and learning needs, consulted with program director and other language schools for sharing of best practices
• Chose resources for the program, and managed a small budget.
• Developed learning and assessment tools, evaluating their effectiveness over time, and creating improvements as needed
English as a Second Language Teacher Summer 1993
International Student Services, Toronto
• Taught Latin American students reading and writing, culminating in the drafting of a school newspaper
• Taught Japanese students pronunciation and took them on field trips to practice their communication skills
English as a Second Language Teacher May to August 1990
Ministère de la sécurité publique, St. Foy Québec
• Taught public servants (executives and officers) in individual and small group settings
• Curricula focused on dealing with clients, chairing meetings, and reading briefing notes
Public Service Human Resource Manager/Senior Advisor Experience
Academic Sabbatical Dec. 2017-present
Executive MBA, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Senior Strategic Advisor, HR Oct. 2014 to Dec. 2017
Manager, HR Planning and Performance Measurement Dec. 2011- Sept. 2014
Manager, Learning Strategies and Policies Nov. 2007- Dec. 2011
• Managed the development and implementation of policies and strategies related to Learning in Transport Canada (TC). This included leading consultations, negotiating, developing partnerships, and providing strategic advice to senior management on department wide learning issues and strategies to meet departmental needs and/or resolve contentious issues
• Drafted a learning roadmap outlining learning needs for different management communities using the 70-20-10 approach to learning.
Learning and Organizational Development Advisor Nov. 2006-Nov. 2007
Agriculture and Agri-food Canada, Ottawa
• Provided strategic advice leading to rejuvenating AAFC’s Managers’ Community Network and identified learning needs.
• Conducted research, analysis and provided advice to resolve sensitive issues regarding education leave allowances. In response, advised senior management of the need to revise our Education Leave program. Then developed a revised Education Leave policy, evaluation criteria and governance structure for approvals.
• Recipient of an Agriculture employee award for demonstrating initiative by: drafting effective briefing materials for senior management; providing sound program and communications advice to my director; and in developing strategies and products to support the approval and implementation of AAFC’s Core Learning Program (CLP)
• Facilitated workshops on job search techniques, and a Diversity Round table for agricultural and manufacturing sector stakeholders to understand their needs and any barriers that they may have encountered.
Learning Advisor Sept. 2004 – Dec. 2004
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa
• Best practices research in support of a new Core Learning program entailing: research on various components of the Management Accountability Framework (MAF), the Treasury Board Continuous Learning policy, and linking this with AAFC’s learning programs, policy and CBM program for my director to present to ADMs
• Contributions to development of AAFC’s Employee Performance Management Program (EPMP) including: a user guide for managers and employees; learning needs-assessment; fact sheets, and best practices research
• Drafting of new Employee Performance Management policy (part of a team of three)
• Participated in a risk assessment exercise for Learning and Development program objectives
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