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At the Centre with Jody Gilbert

  • At the Centre with Jody Gilbert

At the Centre is an ongoing blog series that features faculty and staff at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement (CEIIA).

Jody Gilbert is a Program Coordinator for the Part-Time, Regional, and LINC Home Study programs at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

What do you like most about your job?

Working with talented, fun people who share a genuine desire to support each other and the learners we serve. There is a strong culture of collegiality and positivity in our workplace, which makes it a great place to spend my days and a few evenings each week. I also enjoy the variety of programs and the interesting characteristics of each. It’s truly impressive that we are able to offer language training to a learner in Cayley through LINC Homestudy, or a face to face LINC class for learners in Banff. 

What’s one thing that you’ve learned since working here?

No matter how big the challenge or change may seem, things will always work out, somehow!

What do you value most about your colleagues?

Their friendliness, positive outlook, and willingness to go out of their way to help each other. I see this every day in the part-time area and throughout the CEIIA. We have a lot of courses in part-time and our faculty do excellent work in both the classroom and on the administrative side, which keeps the programs running smoothly.

Who is an educator that has impacted your life?

There are a few. My first mentor in TESL, Judy Hasinoff, has had the biggest influence on my career so far. She always had new challenges for me and no matter how busy things were, she was always available to offer snippets of advice and encouragement.  

What are three traits that are important in your role?

An open mind, a proclivity for answering questions, and the ability to juggle multiple priorities without losing sight of any.

Can you describe an aha moment you have experienced in your role?

Hard to pick just one as there are so many, especially when I started work at Bow Valley College. A valuable aha moment came early on when I realized that I could depend on a lot of support and help from the coordinating team, especially around staffing and scheduling. I came from a small EAP program with four instructors so moving to Bow Valley College was a big adjustment.  

What do you want to learn this year?

I’m working on a few projects involving technology. I’m learning a lot about the development process and I hope to learn approaches for making the best use of our current educational technology to increase learner access and optimize the learning experience.

What is your favourite book?

I enjoy reading survival stories, especially mountaineering. One of my favourites is “Touching the Void” by Joe Simpson.

Name one thing about yourself that most people don’t know.

I used to throw pots and hope to again someday.  

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