Staff & Teachers
Anthony Bertrand, Executive Director
Anthony BERTRAND first came in Edmonton in 2005 as a wildlife biologist! (Ressearch assistant and administrative assistant at the University of Alberta). Passionate with linguistics and always keen to promote intercultural exchanges between Francophones and anglophones, he became executive director at Alliance française of Edmonton in May 2010. Managing the French language school or running the cultural center, you’ll meet him at the Café-croissant, game nights, conferences – or in his office to answer any of your questions!
Marie Fougy-Houël, Course Director and Instructor
Gratuated in a master degree of French as a foreign language, and after several experiences in France and Europe, Marie decided to continue her professional adventure on the other side of the pond. Coming from Lisieux in France, she has been teaching at the Alliance since September 2015 and she is also the Course Director. Her mission is to manage the pedagogic area, to guarantee the class quality, to supervise and coordinate the teaching team, to implement new projects to improve our School, and various other missions. Passionate and dynamic teacher, she orientates her courses towards interaction and discovery of French culture, through various supports and specialized teaching, such as games, song, simulations, etc. in an attractive and motivating atmosphere. Her passions? Horseback riding, zumba, yoga, sewing, jewelry-making, discovering and sharing cultures, reading, watching movies, cooking and seize the moment with cheerfulness!
Laurence Peyre, Communication Officer & Cultural Coordinator
Born and raised in France, Laurence arrived in Canada in late 2016 and joined the French Alliance few months later, in 2017. Her mission is to promote our various activities and to organize all our events. Therefore, she is your contact person for any questions about our cultural program, and you will surely meet her at any of our event. Dynamic and adventurous, she has a strong taste for new horizons, so she often lived outside of her country (Scotland, Switzerland, Quebec…) and backpaked even further (Australia, Indonesia…) !
Julie de Coster, Administrative Assistant
Julie started working at the Alliance Française in February 2017, she comes from Nice, France. She travelled and worked in New Zealand and Australia before settling down in Edmonton. She has a passion for outdoors -especially climbing and hiking- and for performing arts like theatre and contemporary dance. She studied Education and Communication. At the Alliance Française, she is in charge of managing registrations, keeping the website up-to-date and giving out information. She is your first contact when you call us and will happily help you.
Charu Inder Mohan, Instructor
Holding a bachelor‘s degree in Education and Science, Charu started teaching in India as a primary school teacher in Dehli and New Dehli, then in 2004 she turns towards teaching French and English. Afterwards, she joined the French Alliance in Delhi in 2008 and validated a university degree in French as a Foreign Language at the University of Rouen in France. Teacher at the French Alliance of Edmonton since 2009, Charu will attract you with her remarkable energy and will teach you French in a friendly and effective manner.
Nelly Abou Chakra, Instructor
Nelly started to teach French as a Foreign Language in Lebanon in the Arts and Culture School, and the Universal College of Aley Lebanon for various levels. She then received a certificate of language development at the cultural center of Beirut in 2001. Teacher at the French Alliance in Edmonton since 2009, Nelly knows how to motivate and captivate students and above all she will adapt to your specific language needs, whatever your level.
Renée Bouchard, Instructor
Renée started at the Alliance Française as a DELF examiner. She worked a lot with federal employee’s French training. Renée now teaches both children and adults of all levels as well as private classes! She comes from Québec and she is also an actress, a real one, not only to make her classes more lively!
Marion Villemagne, Instructor
Marion is from Saint Etienne and arrived in Canada in September 2016 after spending several years abroad where she taught French to a very diverse range of students: from public schools to private schools, universities and Alliance française in Europe, Oceania and Northern America. Marion holds a master’s degree in linguistics with a specialization in FLE (French as a foreign language). She is now teaching French to children and adults at the Alliance française of Edmonton. Marion enjoys travelling and experiencing life the local way from England to Australia, New Zealand and the USA. She is looking forward to meeting you at the Alliance Française of Edmonton!
Ranée Wickramasekera, Instructor
Ranée has been passionately teaching French, English and Drama for over half a century. She holds a masters degree for French as a Foreign Language, is an examiner for DELF and she started to teach at the Alliance Française of Edmonton in October 2016. She followed her fire for langues and obtained a masters degree in Linguistics. Already being trilingual, she is now learning Spanish. Applying her love for the dramatic art, her last production was the musical “Notre Dame de Paris”, performed by her high schools students, which was a resounding success. At least, the Republic of France honoured Ranée as Chevalier in l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques for having promoted the language and the culture of France in Sri Lanka for over 50 years.
Birgitta Fishwick, Instructor
Birgitta has taught French in Nova Scotia, Alberta and West Africa. She enjoys travelling and has taught English in China. She has an M.A. in French (with specialization in teaching) and has been teaching at the Alliance française of Edmonton since September, 2017.
Julia Maadini, Communication and Event coordinator Intern
Julia studies Arts and Cultural Management in Dijon. She has joined our team in February for 6 months to improve her knowledge. She works with Laurence to offer you captivating events and cultural meetings as enjoyable as possible. Enthusiastic reader, naturally curious and playing sport during her spare time, she looks forward to discovering the life in Edmonton.
Sybille Camblan, Instructor Intern
Sybille is currently studying for her Master’s degree in French as a Foreign Language in Strasbourg, France. She will be teaching at the Alliance Française of Edmonton as an intern. She has been teaching in a primary school in Britain and therefore has been able to immerse herself into the British culture and cannot wait to do the same here in Canada. When teaching, this young professional loves to use games to motivate her students. During her free-time, Sybille loves to exercise and to discover new horizons through gastronomy, culture and travels. So if you are interested by those topics, do not hesitate to come and chat a bit about that with her.
Loane Peinado, Instructor Intern
New intern on Alliance Française and a French as foreign language student in the University of Montpellier, Loane has come all the way from Southern France. Aside her studies, she had worked in a few associations and public schools teaching French to adults and children. She is a huge fan of bicycle and music, if you encounter her on bicycle paths, she would be humming, discovering Edmonton.