Anne-Marie Edgar is the Executive Director for Make A Change Canada. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she is responsible for the overall management of Make A Change Canada's programs and the effective administration of the organization. Anne-Marie has been with Make A Change Canada since January 2007, with her prior role as Financial Manager for the organization. Anne-Marie's educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master in Business Administration. With over 20 years' experience working with persons living with a disability, Anne-Marie has a strong understanding and regard for those facing certain challenges in life. Having worked previously as an instructional designer, as the owner-operator of a construction business, and as a management consultant, Anne-Marie brings specific and pertinent expertise to Make A Change Canada. While working in the IT field Anne-Marie developed online training, conducted training sessions, and managed courseware development teams. Clients included the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army, Transport Canada, BNR, TRW, Workers' Compensation Board of BC, and Sprint. Outside of work hours you will find Anne-Marie enjoying gardening and furthering her knowledge through reading, lifelong learning, and watching documentary films.
Kelsey was born and raised in Campbell River, British Columbia, and has recently relocated to Nelson, BC. Beginning her academic career studying Biology at the University of British Columbia, she became drawn towards the social sciences and switched her major to Political Science. In her final year, Kelsey worked as the editor of the UBC Journal of Political Studies. Her love of working with others and developing personal connections has pushed her to gain professional experience in mentorship, childcare program development, and customer service. Kelsey is a certified yoga instructor and currently teaches therapeutic yoga classes at Shanti Yoga Studio in Nelson, BC. She is passionate about social equality and empowering individuals to break through social barriers. In her spare time you can find Kelsey in a body of water, on top of a mountain, or sipping a cappuccino at Oso Negro Cafe.
George Papazian is a New Media Creative and a specialist in the interplay of business, technology, and the arts. As an educator, he has either taught, developed curriculum, or played a role in developing the Digital Media programs of some of Canada’s top new media institutions at colleges and universities including Emily Carr University of Art and Design, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and the Art Institute. George's students have gone on to win design awards, and work for companies such as Yahoo!, Electronic Arts (FIFA Project), Zynga, and Blast Radius. On the business and development side, he is the Creative Lead and Project Lead of OptoMedia & Web Technologies, a Vancouver based online digital agency, where he leads a compact, talented team in simultaneous web projects and online campaigns.
Remote Educational Facilitator
Colin has worked in the tech sector for over 25 years and has a host of certificates and diplomas to his name in the following areas: computer programming, information technology and management, and web design and optimization. New to the position of remote educational facilitator, Colin has worked previously with Make A Change Canada in the roles of web programmer, peer tutor, and teaching assistant. Colin also owns Keane Computing Solutions, which specializes in web development and web programming. With a passion for sharing his wealth of experience and knowledge with others, and the empathy and understanding he applies in his role, Colin complements our guiding principles in providing individualized and caring service to students. Colin resides in Surrey, British Columbia, and when he isn’t deep into problem-solving or teaching new skills, he enjoys playing chess, waterskiing, and sailing. With his great sense of humour, don’t be surprised if you hear Colin crack a joke or two.