Our Team

Board of Directors

Iwona Gniadek


Greg Reader


Mike Livingstone


Stephanie Olson


Cathy Dowd



Irina Volchok

Irina Volchok

Executive Director

Passionate about: Learning and Teaching

Teaching and Learning Philosophy: Critical and Logical Thinking

Languages: English, Russian

Quote to live by: “Start before you’re ready”. “Failing to plan is planning to fail”.

Elena Yemelyanova

Elena Yemelyanova

Settlement Services Coordinator

Passionate About: Life

Languages: English

Quote to live by: “Ad Astra”

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/elenayemelyanova/

Yini Song

Yini Song

Lead e-Facilitator/ LINC Home Study Coordinator

Passionate About: Traveling, ESL teaching

Currently learning about: I am learning and cooking new recipes. Also, I am working on a course named “How to Teach Grammar”.

Quote to live by: It always seems impossible until it’s done.—Nelson Mandela

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yini-song-863688110/

Pei-Jean Toews

Pei-Jean Toews

Learner Registration and Website Assistant

Passionate About: Art, Yoga, Cooking and Online Learning

Currently learning: Online Creativity Course, Yoga and Canadian Outdoor Activities

Languages: English, Mandarin and Taiwanese

Quote to live by: “Life is an adventure”

Blaine Roberts

Blaine Roberts

e-Facilitator/LINC Home Study Instructor

I work for English Online and Winnipeg Technical College with some of the most amazing people from around the world, who have come to Canada to create a new home for themselves. I received my B.A in English from the University of Winnipeg in 2008 and my CTESL certificate from the University of Manitoba in 2009. My first English teaching job was in Mexico, where I stayed for one year. My goals this year are to become a more effective teacher and to become fluent in Spanish.

Passionate About: My family, running, teaching English (the greatest job in the world!), and studying Spanish

I am currently reading: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “Family First”

My quote to live by: “Never give up! Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Website: aroundmanitobawithblaine.wordpress.com

Iryna Shuplyetsova

Iryna Shuplyetsova


Passionate about: Teaching & Learning English; Communications & Linguistics; Crossing Cultures; Multiculturalism, History, Culture & Social Justice.

Currently learning about: IELTS standards & tips.

Quote to live by: “Your labor is not in vain.”

Website: http://irynashuplyetsova.blogspot.com/

LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/Iryna-shuplyetsova-684929137

Nastashya Wall

Nastashya Wall


Passionate about: helping my students become confident in their English abilities!

Currently learning about: how to box!

Quote to live by: “I am seeking, I am striving, I am in it with all my heart.” Vincent Van Gogh

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nastashya-wall-04959256/

Mounira Ajenkar

Mounira Ajenkar

Intake Assistant

Passionate about: Continuous learning about technology and teaching.

Currently learning about: upgrading my technology skills.


LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mounira-ajenkar-23a168195/

Pam Elalfy

Pam (Pakinam) Elalfy

e-Volunteer Coordinator

Passionate About: my family, traveling, and learning about different cultures.

Languages: English, Arabic, and a little bit of French

Currently learning about the latest EAP teaching trends and how to engage young/adult ESL learners in the online environment

Quote to live by: “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.” Swami Sivananda

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pam-pakinam-elalfy-8431032a/

Cyrlin Loza

Cyrlin Loza

Content Writer/Curator

Passionate about: Words, online learning, current events, trends, literature, art, and life.

Currently learning about: Canadian pop culture and art, hockey, SEO, and cooking edible and healthy food.

Languages: English, Tagalog, re-learning Spanish, learning French

Quote to live by: “We hold tremendous power when we choose to see opportunity in whatever circumstances we face.”

Twitter: @wysiwyg_888 | Website: lenloza.wix.com/resume

Karen Gabriella Loeb

Karen Gabriella Loeb

LINC Home Study Instructor

Passionate About: Language (learning and teaching), Literature, Arts, Culture

Quote to live by: “If you’re always trying to be normal, you’ll never know how amazing you can be.” Maya Angelou

Stephanie Jill Hart

Stephanie Jill Hart

LINC Home Study Instructor

Passionate About: fostering kittens and cats for the Winnipeg Humane Society

Currently learning: Spanish

Quote to live by: “If something is really important to you and the answer is no, ask again.” If the answer still comes back no, nothing is lost, but at least the possibility of a “yes” exists now. I can think of at least 3 significant events where asking again made all the difference, for me and 2 of my students.