Board of Directors
Ijeoma Chuku – President Ijeoma’s background degree is in Microbiology and she began her professional career as an Environmental Scientist. She has over twenty years of international experience in Environment, Health and Safety, with emphasis in Environmental Management. Over the years Ijeoma has performed extensive work in Policy and Legislation, and also Communications and Public Awareness. Her work involved, inter alia, setting new environmental standards for operations in the oil and gas industry, and advising government officials on workplace health and safety issues. Ijeoma is a Certified Environmental Professional.
Throughout her career, Ijeoma has consistently developed and pursued her interest in service to the Church and her community, especially in the non-profit sector. She is a graduate of Bible College, has served as a high school tutor, and continues to show this love for reaching out and helping others. In the past few years Ijeoma has acquired further education in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), Counselling Skills, Children’s Ministry, and Fundraising. All of these have enhanced her skills for volunteer work in the Church and the community.
Ijeoma is a strong Christian woman who speaks several languages, has lived in a number of different cultures, and has the ability to articulate her experience with wisdom and clarity. We thank the Lord for her energy, enthusiasm, and commitment to Cooperative ESL Ministries.
James Edel – Vice President James is currently an ESL Instructor at Columbia College and a Youth Leader in his church. He holds a BRE (Ambrose) and an MA TESOL (Trinity Western), and has TESL Canada Accreditation. He has taught in China, Japan, and Vancouver, as well as Calgary. James and his family (super wife, Yvonne, and their two great kids Naomi and Joshua) enjoy hosting homestay students from Japan. One of James’s core values is his belief in “friendships between cultures”. His ESL/ELL related interests include accent reduction and literacy for foundational learners. He also volunteers at the New Canadian Friendship Centre, teaching pronunciation.
Dale Fisher – Secretary began her teaching career in Toronto, teaching high school history. In 1982 she moved to Calgary and became involved with St. James Church. There she was inspired to consider ESL. For 14 years she taught at Chinook Learning Centre working with young adults (19-24 years) and adults in the LINC program. After 18 years of teaching, I retired from the LINC program, but continue to work with immigrants at our St. James ESL group. For Dale, ESL is an essential Church outreach. “God has sent the mission field to us, and He has sent people who want to learn our language and our culture,” she explains. “We have this wonderful opportunity to make friends and to present the Gospel by word and acts of friendship.”
Amber Wylie-Moerman – Director MA in Global Studies, TTESOL. Amber has been working in the field of ELT (English Language Teaching) for the past fifteen years. In that time, she has had many exciting and unique opportunities to teach English and train teachers in a variety of contexts and countries including Canada, Japan, Mexico, Bolivia, China, Mongolia, and the DPRK. She recently returned from Lebanon where she was teaching English to Syrian refugees. Amber has worked as an assistant professor of TESOL at Providence University College in Manitoba and Trinity Western University in British Columbia, she is a certified CLBPT (Canadian Language Benchmarks Placement Test) assessor, and more recently has been involved in curriculum and materials development. What motivates her the most in her work is seeing teachers grow and develop a deeper confidence and passion in their roles in the field of language teaching.
Communications & Marketing Coordinator – Janelle Baldwin is a graphic artist/web designer with extensive experience in the industry. She graduated from SAIT in 1993 and has designed advertising and promotional materials for most of her career. She has experience with business, creative, and copy writing. Her volunteer work has included projects for the Calgary Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Covenant Ministry House, PATH Society, Humanitarian Aid Response Teams (HART), Haiti ARISE Ministries, InScribe and Cross Pointe Family Church.