TEAL Charitable Foundation Board of Directors

“Promoting the teaching and learning of English as an additional language”

The TEAL Charitable Foundation (TCF) was established by BC TEAL in 1986 and is registered as a charitable organization with Revenue Canada. TCF’s charitable status enables it to engage in fundraising activities to support its mandate. The Foundation supports the teaching and learning of English as an additional language by presenting eleven annual awards and scholarships, valued at $35,500, each year. The TEAL Charitable Foundation’s awards and scholarships are funded through the interest accrued from the TCF endowment which is administrated by the Vancouver Foundation.

Interested in joining the TCF Board or one of the committees? Please read the Terms of Reference for the Board Position or Committee that you are interested in and then contact us at tcf@bcteal.org.

Chair,

Director: Communications
Laura Blumenthal

Laura has been an ELT professional, as a teacher of both English language learners and teachers, since 1988. She retired from Douglas College in September 2021. She has been on the TCF board once before, and was on the BC TEAL board on and off for many years. .Her new role on the TCF board is as Chair

Vice-Chair,

Director: Fundraising
[currently vacant]

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Treasurer


Carol May

Carol has been involved with TEAL and the TEAL Charitable Foundation for over 30 years. She is now retired and proudly serving on the TCF Board as Secretary/Treasurer.

Director: Awards
Jennifer Pearson Terell

Jennifer has really enjoyed her many years in the field of English language instruction. She has served as President of BC TEAL, TESL Canada, TCF Chair as well as a International Project Manager and Senior Coordinator for TESOL Programs at Vancouver Community College.

Past Chair
Michael Galli

Michael Galli is respected for his lifelong advocacy and commitment to our profession. As TEAL’s President (2007-2012), Michael’s leadership led to a strong and vibrant period of growth and outreach for TEAL. Michael has a long history of organizing and fundraising for the TCF Refugee Award and the Taiga Galli Memorial Refugee Award. Michael is a TESL Canada Lifetime Member.

Member at Large
Azza Sedky

Azza Sedky has been on both the BC TEAL board and the TEAL Charitable Foundation board many a time and for years on end where she filled the positions of Treasurer and Member at Large. She has been on the TCF as a Member at Large for the last three years. Azza is a retired ESL and Communication instructor. She has worked at the ELI at UBC, the Pacific Training Institute, and Capilano University.

Secretary
Tom Jensen

Tom Jensen has been involved in ESL for over thirty years through teaching, administering, presenting and curriculum developing. He is the author of the three-part series English Around the World, published by Natania Press. He has taught K – 12+ in Korea, Mexico, Japan, Colombia, the US and Canada. He uses his experience to mentor new teachers as well as re-invigorate more experienced ones. He is the Academic Director or ELS Language Centers, Vancouver. When not at work, he can be found either with his dog on the seawall or in his kitchen making creative messes.

Member at Large
[currently vacant]

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