Lynda is an Intake Counselor for the ELT Program at Skills for Change. She has an impressive education, including a doctorate degree from l’Université de Montréal.
Lynda was born in Toronto, and when she was only a year old, she moved with her family to a farmhouse in the countryside north of Belleville. Out in the rural Ontario countryside, she attended one of the very last historic two-room schoolhouses in Canada.
Lynda has a long history of teaching and helping others. She started as an academic tutor while she was pursuing her undergraduate studies.
One of her first teaching positions was at an elementary school teaching French for Kindergarten to grade four classes in the small town of Eganville, Ontario.
Soon after that, Lynda went back to school to earn her Ph.D. in Montreal. After successfully completing her doctorate, she went on to become a professor at the University of Windsor and Nipissing University where she taught French.
In April of 2009, Lynda left the teaching world and began her work with Skills for Change as a Language Assessor.
“I feel that I have had a lot of advantages and blessings in my life,” says Lynda, in her typical, serious tone.
“One of these blessings was being born in Canada, and I want to make sure that all newcomers are able to take advantage of the benefits of living in Canada. I have been a teacher, an assessor, and an intake counsellor – the common thread through my life is that I want to be able to help others.”
There’s no arguing that Lynda has a history of helping others through her work. Everyone who knows her knows she’s an excellent teacher and mentor.
In her spare time, Lynda practices martial arts and has earned her second-degree black belt. She’s a true sweetheart, and that black belt means she’ll definitely have your back!
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