Sandy, having a deep call to work with non-profits focused on children in impoverished countries, was offered an opportunity to work with a charity helping children in Myanmar, India, Philippines and Kenya. Together with his wife Janelle and their three children, they felt God calling them to join this charity and move from Calgary to Kelowna. Later, in 2018, Sandy joined Cooperative ESL Ministries. As the fourth Christ-focused business/non-profit he has worked for over the past 18 years, Sandy is always amazed at how God uses our gifts and talents to further His Kingdom around the world.
Growing up across the USA and having friends from all cultures, Darlene learned to love internationals and newcomers at an early age. Later as an adult, she trained as an ESL teacher and enjoyed helping her students not only learn English, but adapt to a new culture. She has taught students from all parts of the world, in all levels of English. Attending a Spanish-speaking church for many years, Darlene and her husband were immersed in both the language and culture of people from Latin America and Mexico. Currently, Darlene serves as a volunteer at Centre Street Church’s New Canadian Friendship Centre, leading an ESL Knitting/Crochet class with students from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds.
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Most evenings you’ll find Ashley relaxing on a walk with her Bernese mountain dog, Roarie, out for coffee with a friend or dreaming up schedules and detail options for future events. Her passion for planning can be traced back to her childhood. As a little girl she often came up with elaborate plans to ensure hangouts with her best friend were properly arranged within their moms’ busy schedules.
At 18, she started an intensive theatre arts program at Rocky Mountain College and discovered a new talent and love for stage management. While developing a career in office administration and project management, it became obvious that her love for events, as well as a talent for organization and execution could be used to create a dream career—event coordinating.
Combine these skills with her heart for missions, working with CESLM seemed like a great fit! Ashley, having grown up travelling to third world countries and living in South Africa for three years, understands the massive transition of adapting to a new culture.
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