Chief Cultural Officer and Founder of Cultural Bridges Inc.
Certified Cultural Intelligence Facilitator
My passion for Cultural Bridges began long ago. For as long as I can remember I have been attracted to culture, global citizenship and travel. I strongly believe that it is important to learn about different cultures and to share your own culture with others. I want to be the cultural bridge that brings people together in an authentic environment where real experiences are created.
I came to Canada as a refugee with my parents. The people of Saskatoon welcomed us and helped us realize that Saskatchewan was the perfect place for us to begin again. That sentiment has continued to this day. In my opinion, to be from Saskatchewan is to be truly Canadian: friendly, welcoming and we know how to have fun, even in the winter. Without a doubt, Saskatchewan was the obvious choice as my company’s first destination for international travellers. Come check out my home, Saskatoon, and other fantastic places all over Saskatchewan. You’re always welcome.
Chief Education Officer and Cultural Liason
Having worked or lived on five different continents, I understand the value of language acquisition. In order to function at a high level, whether for business or pleasure, it is extremely beneficial to have the right tools to communicate in social environments. This is called Functional English. To be highly successful, English students should seek to succeed in the four main areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing.
As a professional instructor for thirteen years, I know that English must be taught in a culturally authentic, meaningful way. Therefore, students must learn to be equally as proficient in non-verbal communication as they would be in instructional English. Facial expressions, body movements and posture, gestures, eye contact, touch, space and voice are just as important! Attending a local summer camp will give you a fantastic way to improve your functional English.
I’m looking forward to meeting you and attending one of my FUNctional English classes!