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FEBRUARY 3, 2017, Burnaby B.C.


This panel and forum was about celebrating and supporting students with multi languages; celebrating the vitality and cultural benefits of language diversity at BCIT and also discussing how best to support multi language students at BCIT.

Materials and contributions were captured in the Loop [BCIT employees only].


  • Bonnie Johnston, IDC Learning and Teaching Centre: l2l Initiative
  • Tom Roemer, VP Academic & International: The Value of Diversity
  • Andrea Matthews, Program Head, Professional English Language Development (PELD) & International Student Entry Plus (ISEP): Student Language Development
  • Katherine Golder, Instructor, Communication Department & Craig Cowan, Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology AD: a long term model for Language Development tutorials within full-time programs
  • Student Perspective / Jake Zhu, student in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology

ASL interpretation provided. Missed the event? Check out the video.


BCIT Burnaby, Town Square A/B
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby B.C. V5G 3H2

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Fri. Feb. 3, 2017 12:30PM to 2:00PM

2017-02-03 12:30:00 2017-02-03 14:00:00 America/Vancouver Language & Diversity BCIT Burnaby, Town Square A/B BCIT


Shannon Kelly


Shannon joined BCIT in 2002 as an instructor in Communication and became a Program Head for PTS in 2004. Shannon has experience working in industry as well as a doctorate from the University of Waterloo, specializing in technical communication.
Shannon’s first love is teaching and she specifically chose BCIT due to its polytechnic nature. Her passion for teaching is matched by her interest in research. Shannon’s areas of research include teaching excellence, technology in the classroom, Humanities in the professions, and Sustainability.

Shannon is an FSA Co-Tech Rep for her department and has been informally involved with the FSA on many issues over the years. Shannon’s focus is for the FSA to keep the priorities and wellbeing of all our members in the forefront at all times and to support our members as effectively and strategically as possible.

Zaa Joseph


Zaa has been an advisor in the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Aboriginal Services department since 2008. He is also a committee member of BCIT’s Aboriginal Advisory Committee responsible for the Aboriginal Strategic Plan (2010-present). Alongside his role as Director-at-large with the FSA, he volunteers on the Royal Roads University-Indigenous Education Steering Committee board. He holds a BA from Capilano University and recently completed his Master of Arts in Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. His thesis discusses how First Nations students succeeded and graduated from BCIT technology programs. Zaa attended general meetings with the FSA regularly and was excited to have the opportunity to join the board and bring forward ideas on culture, diversity and student perspectives.

Kyla Epstein

Project Manager

Kyla joined the FSA in 2013 in the newly created position of Member Engagement Officer. Building on her degree in Political Science and International Development Kyla has worked for social justice in both Canada and Guatemala. With almost two decades of experience in non-profit administration, governance, fundraising, engagement and communications, Kyla is an active volunteer having served on many boards including Check Your Head, PEDAL, Kiwassa St. David’s Preschool, Rising Star Co-op, and Next Up. She currently sits on the executive for the PAC at her son’s school, is a Director with the BC Library Trustees Association (BCLTA), and is serving as the Chair of Vancouver Public Library. In 2017 Kyla was selected to attend the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

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