Our instructional team and supervising staff at the Edmonton Hispanic Bilingual Association, consists of people who have lived or are entrenched in the Hispanic world, and are committed to carry out our organizational’s mission statement.
They include: volunteers, teachers, coordinators, students, colleagues, fans, dozens of people with links to the cultural, social and teaching midst in the Hispanic world.
Treasurer: Imelda Dykstra
*This section will be updated shortly for the 2019 Term*
Darcy Morrisette who has taken Spanish lessons at the EHBA now communicates in it with family at home. Professionally acquainted with new technologies, he first volunteered in 2012 and joined our administration, and now manages our website and he will be helping with on-line registration.
Our teachers are either native speakers or have a professional command of the language. Whatever their varied origins (Colombia, Nicaragua, Mexico, Spain, Cuba and others), all have had previous teaching experience. Their cultural, diversity and the variety of their accents enriches our students experience as they move on from one level to the next. All our instructional staff hold academic degrees in diverse areas, teaching diplomas, or are M.A or Ph.D. candidates.
Volunteers collaborate regularly with our association in administrative tasks, support for events and meetings, weekly attendance at breaks, periods of enrollment support, among other examples of their invaluable and indispensable help for the smooth running of our organization.
Graciela Suelt and Juan Espinaco are two of the original founding members of the EHBA in 1981.
Graciela Suelt (originally from Colombia) had been responsible for public relations, running dynamic social and cultural activities of our organization during the past few years. Graciela Suelt has since moved on to pursue other interests.
Juan Espinaco (originally from Spain) is another founding member, who holds of B.A., B.Ed., M.A degrees in Canada, introduced in 2012 a new curriculum, textbooks and program methodology. He has many years of professional experience under his belt teaching at diverse levels: college, high school, and was at the helm of EHBA since the inception of our programs. In 2012-13 he played a leading role in our administration. Juan has since retired.
Carlos Velazquez – Former President of EHBA
Fabiola Muñoz – Former President of EHBA from 2015 to summer 2017. Born in Mexico City, studied English Language and Literature at National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), worked as an assistant professor at the Foreign Language Learning Centre (CELE, UNAM) for their English department. She taught ESL and was a professor of literature, teaching at the High School level, for the Ministry of Public Education (SEP) in their Continuing Education department for 10 years. In Edmonton, she has been the CEO of Alberta Ironcraft for the last 7 years and she taught Spanish for Edmonton Hispanic Bilingual Association between 2010 and 2017.