TCF Award and Scholarship Winners

TCF Award and Scholarship Winners

TCF Award Winners

Emily Salja Wins the 2019 Settlement Language Resource Award

Emily Salja wins the 2019 Settlement Language Resource Award, with a value of $3000. Emily will use her award for her project ‘LGBTQ+ Resources for Newcomers to Canada’. She plans to produce a 2-3 hour workshop introducing Canadian laws and expectations around LGBTQ+ individuals and communities to newcomers to Canada. The workshop will focus on how newcomers can practically engage with others without assuming gender or relationship status. Resources will be developed primarily for CLB 4 learners but will also include notes that can be adapted for CLB 3-6 learners and for online instruction. Resources will be available on the Tutela website ( and will include downloadable PDF document handouts, a slide presentation, and a PDF manual for teachers.

Dalmar Gures Wins the 2019 TCF Refugee Award

Dalmar Gures wins the 2019 TCF Refugee Award, valued at $3000. Dalmar was born in Ethiopia and grew up in Kenya.  Dalmar lived with her mother, two brothers and two sisters in Kakuma Refugee Camp for eight years. At the camp, her mother would sleep outside to guard and protect her children because in Kenya girls are extremely vulnerable. In 2015, Dalmar and her family arrived in Canada. Dalmar describes it as “a dream coming true moment for me”. This year, Dalmar graduates from David Thompson Secondary in Vancouver. She plans to use her award to study for an Early Childhood Education Diploma. Her vision for the future is  “that everyone will have an equal right to education.”

Lava Mohamad Wins the 2019 TCF Refugee Award

Lava Mohamad wins this year’s TCF Refugee Award, valued at $3000. Lava was born in Syria in 1999. Lava and her family escaped from Syria by travelling to Kurdistan in Iraq. In 2017, with the help of the North Lonsdale United Church, Lava’s family arrived in Canada. Lava will use her award to continue her post-secondary studies in science and eventually achieve her dream of becoming a doctor. Lava writes, “The main reason for choosing medicine is that I care about others and I want to help every single person especially if their lives are in danger.”

Nouraldin Abu Ali Wins the 2019 Taiga Galli Refugee Award

Nouraldin Abu Ali wins the 2019 Taiga Galli Refugee Award, valued at $3000. Nouraldin was born in Iraq. In 2008, Nouraldin’s parents went to Syria to escape the war in Iraq. From Syria, the family fled to Cyprus in a “small, broken boat.” After four years of living in Cyprus as illegal immigrants, Nouraldin’s family was forced to relocate to Indonesia where they registered as refugees with the UNHCR. Finally, in 2017, Nouraldin’s family came to Canada as government-sponsored refugees. After graduation from Byrne Creek Community School in Burnaby, Nouraldin  plans to use his award to go to BCIT to become a mechanic. Nouraldin writes, “I want to try my best to be a good citizen and be a useful person in my new country of Canada.”

Hadil Al Fares Wins the 2019 Taiga Galli Refugee Award

Hadil Al Fares wins the 2019 Taiga Galli Refugee Award, valued at $3000. Hadil was born in Syria. In 2013 Hadil’s family fled to Jordan to escape the war. Hadil writes, “I was scared of everything, I lost so many people I loved including my cousins, my uncle and my grandparents.” Life was very difficult in Jordan. In January 2016, the Al Fares family was accepted as government-sponsored refugees by Canada. Hadil writes, “We are so grateful to the country that welcomed us.” After graduation from Sir Charles Tupper Secondary School in Vancouver, Hadil will use her award to attend university to begin her studies in the Faculty of Science. Hadil writes, “A post-secondary education will help me achieve my goal to be a doctor so I can help people in my community. In addition, I will create a positive influence to young girls who immigrated to Canada.”

Tai-Jiun Lin Wins 2019 David Lam / BC TEAL ELL Scholarship

Tai-Jiun (Terry) Lin wins the 2019 David Lam / BC TEAL ELL Scholarship, valued at $3000. Terry immigrated to Canada from Taiwan in 2016. He attends Terry Fox Secondary School in Port Coquitlam where he is recognized as not only an outstanding student but also as an athlete, artist and committed volunteer. His many achievements include top honors in math and chemistry, first place in the Terry Fox Spoken Word Festival, and second place provincially in the Odyssey of the Mind. After graduation, Terry will begin his studies in the science faculty at UBC. Terry’s dream for the future is to devote himself to the study of prosthetic technology. Terry writes that he is inspired by  Terry Fox’s quote, “I want to try the impossible to show it can be done.”

Pramod Sah Awarded the Mary Ashworth Scholarship

Pramod Sah has won this year’s Mary Ashworth Scholarship, valued at $1000. Pramod will use the scholarship to travel to the 2019 TESOL International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia where he will present a paper related to his graduate studies titled Translanguaging in English-Medium Instruction (EMI) Classrooms in Nepal as well as Neoliberal Language Policy as Cultural Reproduction. Pramod will share his research at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and/or write an article for the BC TEAL Journal.

BC TEAL Conference Committee Awarded a Project Funding Award

The 2019 BC TEAL Conference Committee has been awarded a Project Funding Award, valued at $2500, to support the cost of providing three internationally recognized keynote speakers for the 2019 BC TEAL Conference. This annual conference attracts over 350 English language professionals and features two full days of professional development featuring presentations, workshops, panel discussions, networking events, and publishers’ displays, as well as three outstanding international plenary speakers.

Daniel Marc Jones Wins the Nan Poliakoff Memorial Award

Daniel Marc Jones has been awarded the Nan Poliakoff Memorial Award, valued at $750. Daniel Marc will use his award to develop innovative English language learning materials and to conduct research related to game-based language teaching (GBLT). His goal is to examine the challenges of implementing game-based learning and to find new and innovative ways to use GBLT in English language classrooms. Daniel Marc will present a workshop at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference.

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society Wins a Project Funding Award

Pacific Immigrant Resources Society (PIRS) has been awarded a Project Funding Award, valued at $2500, for their project, EAL for Newcomer Parents. PIRS will use the award to further develop their EAL for Newcomer Parents curriculum. They will also offer the curriculum and guide to settlement service agencies, neighbourhood houses, and community-based EAL programs that teach parenting in a Canadian context. The curriculum will focus on English language and intercultural competencies for parents and caregivers at a language level of CLB 3-4 or higher. The goal is to enable parents and caregivers to feel more engaged and to have better access to their children’s schools and community. The curriculum, guide, and teaching/learning resources will be available on the BC TEAL and PIRS websites. A workshop providing an overview of the project will be presented at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference.

Andrea Solnes and Diana Jeffries Win the Health Education Award

Andrea Solnes and Diana Jeffries have been awarded this year’s Health Education Award, valued at $4000, for their project, Refugee Men’s Health: Guided Pilot and Workshops for EAL Instructors and Facilitators. The project will address the needs of refugee men and their barriers to physical and mental wellness. The pair will also prepare and present workshops to support EAL instructors and facilitators to help and support refugee men to achieve better physical and mental health and improve their overall sense of well-being. The results of this project will be shared at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and in the BC TEAL Journal.

Julie Schiller-Birch Wins the TEAL/TESOL Award

Julie Schiller-Birch has won the BC TEAL/TESOL Award, valued at $1000. Julie is an instructor and teacher trainer in the English Language Department at Okanagan College, and recently co-chaired the BC TEAL Regional Conference in Kelowna. Julie will use her award to attend the 2019 BC TEAL Conference in an effort to enhance her personal professional development and growth as an EAL and TESL educator. Julie will share her professional development experience with her colleagues at Okanagan College and write an article for the BC TEAL Newsletter.

Calisto Mudzingwa Wins the Pat Wakefield Scholarship

Calisto Mudzingwa has been awarded this year’s Pat Wakefield Scholarship, valued at $3000. Calisto will use his award to conduct research that compares the Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program with the Australian Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP). He has posed two research questions: What are the similarities and differences between the LINC program in Canada and the AMEP in Australia? and What can those involved with the LINC and the AMEP programs, such as government departments, service providers, and researchers learn from each other? It is hoped that this research will inspire cross-pollination of ideas between the relevant government departments in Canada and Australia. Calisto will share his research findings at the 2019 BC TEAL Conference and submit an article to the BC TEAL Journal.