About Cultural IQ
According to the Cultural Intelligence Center, CULTURAL INTELLIGENCE (CQ) is a globally recognized way of assessing and improving effectiveness in culturally diverse situations. It’s rooted in rigorous, academic research conducted across more than 100 countries.
A glimpse into the validity of CQ:
Cultural Intelligence(CQ) provides a model for diagnosing and responding to intercultural situations. One’s CQ can be enhanced and improved through a variety of learning methods.
Just a few organizations around the world who have benefited from CQ training
Chief Cultural Officer and Founder of Cultural Bridges Inc.
Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator
Malvina Rapko was born in Kishinev, Moldova and came to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan as an infant. Over the years, she has lived abroad and done some extensive traveling, but Saskatoon has always remained her home.
Malvina has a Bachelors of Arts Degree in International Studies and has been working and volunteering in the international field for over twenty years. She has completed both the Cultural Intelligence Level 1 and 2 certification programs as well as the Cultural Intelligence Unconscious Bias certification program.
She has a broad knowledge of the cultural challenges in international education and newcomer settlement. She worked as the recruitment manager and homestay coordinator at the Saskatoon International High School Program, as well as a newcomer settlement worker with the Saskatoon Open Door Society and has served many years as a member and former board member of World University Services of Canada.
Chief Education Officer and Cultural Liason
Kelly Rapko was born in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. Now residing in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, he has lived or worked on five different continents. Kelly has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Studies and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CERTESL) from the University of Saskatchewan. He has been teaching for thirteen years.
In addition to working for Cultural Bridges, he teaches Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) in both a local high school and at Saskatchewan Polytechnic.
Besides helping newcomers get comfortable with English, Kelly enjoys sports, travel, music and spending time with his beautiful wife and two children.
He has also worked for numerous settlement and ESL/EAL agencies such as The Global Gathering Place, Glory (Korean) Learning Center, Saskatchewan Intercultural Association and the Ukrainian Canadian Congress.
We offer a number of cultural workshops to suite a variety of needs. Our workshops are designed to help you start from the beginning or build upon current programs. These workshops have been developed for educational institutions, corporations, individuals, government agencies and nonprofits.
The CQ workshop gave me the necessary tools to support students in a culturally appropriate way.
I also now know what my strengths are and areas that need improvement. The workshop was dynamic, engaging and extremely informative and I can’t wait to use my skills in both my professional and personal life.M
Malvina has facilitated a CQ session and presented at one of our workshops for homestay staff.
She has tremendous knowledge and, most importantly, great enthusiasm for the fields of intercultural communication and international education. Her dedication really shows in her presentations. <3