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.
Kristina joins Make A Change Canada with extensive experience in coordinating online programs to students across Canada and internationally using web-based learning technology. She has also worked in post-secondary educational accommodations and advising, administration of provincial and federal student disability grants, and direct client care as a healthcare professional. Kristina holds a Bachelor of Health Science degree from Thompson Rivers University, a Certificate in Online Learning and Course Development from Algonquin College, and is currently working towards her Master of Education. With a passion for online learning, Kristina has seen the positive impact and outcomes accessible learning has provided to so many individuals. Among the many rewards that come with working in the educational sector, one of Kristina's favourite aspects is having the opportunity to encourage students in achieving their goals. Kristina was born and raised in Nelson, British Columbia, and currently resides in Victoria, the provincial capital. In her spare time she enjoys running, watching nature documentaries, and taking her dog on outdoor adventures.
Instructional Team Lead
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.
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.