Eilidh Singh has been an active BC TEAL member since joining our association over 20 years ago when she relocated to Vancouver. From 2001-2005 she served on the board of the TEAL Charitable Foundation, helping to promote and adjudicate awards, scholarships, and bursaries for distribution in the EAL community. Following that, in 2015, Eilidh was herself a recipient of the TCF’s Pat Wakefield Scholarship, which she used to attend the IATEFL conference in the U.K.
Since 2002, Eilidh has also been BC TEAL’s go-to graphic designer for the majority of BC TEAL’s conference posters: 31 to date! She designed all but three of our annual conference posters, 18 posters for the regional conferences and TEAL sessions, she crafted posters for the 2002 TESL Canada conference and the 2011 Tri-TESOL conference.
Eilidh has sat on several conference committees and her face is surely among the crowd of attendees at the annual event, not only as a participant but more than often as a presenter, with topics including oral assessment, blogging, PD, and academic English support for UBC students. Last year she was a PechaKucha-jin for the first ever PechaKucha session at a BC TEAL conference. Those who were in attendance remember that Eilidh’s presentation had everyone in peals of laughter and up on their feet to give a standing ovation.
Professionally, Eilidh has worn many hats in the EAL world. She has worked in both private and public institutions and has been an instructor, teacher trainer, examiner, program manager, language coach, and is currently head instructor of Education Technology and AES Coordinator at the ELI at UBC. She continues to upgrade her training, whether via degrees and certificates (she obtained her M.Ed . in TESL in 2009 and a Graduate Certificate in Online Education in 2006) or participation in various PD workshops, attending and presenting at local and international conferences, moderating online forums for international events, reading recent publications, mastering new learning technologies, and having an active Twitter presence.
You would think that Eilidh keeps herself so immersed in her career that she has no time for fun, but amid such an impressive CV, Eilidh certainly knows how to have work/life balance. She has made lifelong friends with colleagues at all her places of employment. She is an inspiration, not only to her friends, but to everyone in the BC TEAL community.