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BC TEAL Honourary Lifetime Contributors

Through our Honourary Lifetime Contributor Award, BC TEAL seeks to recognize professionals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of English as an Additional Language.

Lifetime Contributors are individuals who have been members in good standing with BC TEAL for over 10 years and who have set a positive example for other members as well as the students that have been served by their contributions.

Nominations Procedure

Nominations for Lifetime Contributors occur every 2 years and selection is announced at the Annual General Meeting (AGM). A Call for Nominations, including requirements for nomination submissions, is issued in the BC TEAL Newsletter or sent via email to the BC TEAL Membership prior to the Annual Conference and AGM. Any BC TEAL member may nominate an individual to become an Honourary Lifetime Contributor.

Submissions are reviewed and a nominee is selected by the BC TEAL Executive Board of Directors. A plaque is awarded to the recipient along with a letter from the President of BC TEAL. Recipients of the Lifetime Contributor Award are published in the TEAL Newsletter following the AGM.

If you would like to nominate a colleague to become an Honourary Lifetime Contributor, please complete the online nominations form.

Recent Award Recipients:

Michael Galli, 2017
Shawna Williams, 2017
Eilidh Singh, 2015
Robin Russell, 2012

Current Lifetime Contributors

The following Lifetime Contributors of BC TEAL are honoured for their numerous and invaluable contributions to the ESL profession in British Columbia and farther afield.

Naomi Katz

Naomi Katz taught for a number of years in the 1960s and 1970s in community centres and in the basement of Sexsmith School. She also chaired two important committees entitled Directions ESL and Citizenship BC. These committees held different functions which included providing educational programs and raising funds.

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Carol May

Carol May began working for TEAL as its first Executive Assistant, starting in January 1985. She worked for TEAL for twelve years before becoming TESL Canada’s Executive Director in January 1997. Carol was awarded a TEAL Lifetime Membership in April 1997 “in recognition and appreciation for long term support and service to TEAL”. She was [...]

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Jennifer Pearson Terell

Jennifer Pearson Terell has been actively involved in teaching English to speakers of other language as a teacher, teacher trainer and administrator since 1973. She served as Senior Program Coordinator for the TESOL Programs at Vancouver Community College and taught internationally in Malaysia, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, and Africa. Jennifer has served on the BC [...]

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Robin Russell (2012)

Robin Russell has been a faculty employee at Kwantlen Polytechnic University  for 28 years, including 6 years at Douglas College/Kwantlen College.   In that time, she has made significant contributions to the ESL profession  and has distinguished herself as a dedicated, and passionate advocate for her students, her colleagues and her profession. Career Highlights Robin has [...]

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Maureen Sawkins

Maureen served as Secretary, President and Past President 1974 to 1979. During this time, she started up the TEAL Occasional Papers, compiling the first two editions. Exciting contributions were made in affiliating with TESOL, starting TEAL’s affiliates (Kitimat) and the TEAL Scholarship in 1975, drawing up the new Constitution in 1977, and the steering and [...]

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Mary Selman

Mary worked in the field in a variety of roles from 1975 to 1992. She served as teacher, program coordinator, consultant for the Ministry, teacher trainer, materials developer and private consultant. She also developed a course and led a program in Indonesia. In retirement she has done some private teaching on Bowen Island

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