Anne-Marie Edgar is the executive director for Make A Change Canada and has been with the organization since 2007. Reporting to the Board of Directors, she is responsible for the overall management of our programs and the effective administration of the organization. With a Master in Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Anne-Marie has led the organization through the development and implementation of two strategic plans. Her professional background includes working directly with people living with disabilities, leading and completing several large instructional design projects, and overseeing and operating several businesses. With prior experience owning and operating a construction firm and as a management consultant, Anne-Marie knows first-hand the challenges in establishing a viable business. Anne-Marie has in-depth experience in workshop facilitation and the employment services sector. While working in the information technology 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. Anne-Marie calls Nelson, British Columbia, home. In her down time she enjoys weight training, skiing, and attending live performances locally and in neighbouring communities. Family pets to Anne-Marie and her son are Stormy and Snowy, their two cuddly guinea pigs.
Online Community and Content Coordinator
Rory is the guru behind the scenes at Make A Change Canada, who keeps our web content up to date and online events running seamlessly. Rory graduated, with honours, from the Selkirk College Independent Digital Film Program in 2010. She has several years’ experience working in the film industry as a camera operator for live production and video editor for promotional videos and documentaries. Rory continued her education in 2015 and obtained her Office Administration Certification through distance learning. She has since used her combined love for technology and practical office skills in several industries including marketing, travel, legal, and communications. Rory was born and raised in rural Nakusp, British Columbia, but lived Toronto, Ontario, for three years where she interned at a nonprofit, assisting with online community programming, and then moved on to work in experiential marketing at a fast-paced downtown firm. A Kootenay girl at heart, Rory returned to the mountains last year to be closer to her family. As an avid ice hockey player, Rory has played and refereed recreational and competitive hockey for the last 20 years. This has taken her across Canada and even overseas to compete. As a self-proclaimed wanderer, in less active times you can find Rory cooking up a storm, snapping photos, and enjoying all that nature has to offer.
Instructional Team Lead
George is a user experience (UX) focused programmer who has been teaching open source web technologies for over 20 years. In addition to his role as instructional team lead at Make A Change Canada, George also teaches second year undergraduate courses at Emily Carr University (ECU) in Vancouver, British Columbia, and holds the position of faculty lead of the Interaction Design Essentials Certificate Program, also at ECU. George's students have gone on to win design awards and work for companies such as Yahoo!, Electronic Arts (FIFA Project), Microsoft, and Amazon. Always looking to stay relevant in the ever-evolving field of web technologies, George runs his own UX design practice, Opto Media & Web Technologies, a company specializing in building intuitive web interfaces. Students at Make A Change Canada benefit from George’s professional experience in the technology sector, along with his focus on providing quality instruction and guidance. George has travelled far and wide to many corners of the world where he has enjoyed sipping a coffee in Lviv, Ukraine, delivering coding workshops in Yerevan, Armenia, and finding his way out of a labyrinth of heat soaked ruins in Pafos, Cyprus. Closer to home, George can be found partaking in the odd anthropological observation on the humans of Vancouver or riding his bike from point A to point B.
Colin is the newest member of our educational team, joining Make A Change Canada as an instructor in 2017. Prior to this, Colin worked with us as a programmer and peer tutor. Colin resides in Surrey, British Columbia, and has worked in the tech sector for over 25 years. His educational credentials include several certificates and diplomas spanning the following areas: computer programming, information technology and management, and web design and optimization. Colin also owns Keane Computing Solutions, a tech firm specializing in web development and web programming and is known for building “massive” websites. Students appreciate the wealth of knowledge and practical experience Colin brings to his role and his focus on the success of students needing assistance and support. Colin exemplifies our guiding principles through the dedicated service he provides to students in our programs. When he isn’t deep into problem solving or teaching students new skills, Colin enjoys travelling and especially going on cruises. With his great sense of humour, don’t be surprised if you hear Colin crack a joke or two.