Staff & Teachers

Anthony Bertrand, Executive Director

AnthonyAnthony 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

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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.

Claude Roberto, Instructor

She arrived in Alberta in 1977. Claude Roberto is passionate about teaching French and about Francophone culture. She loves helping students to learn French. Her best advice is to communicate : “the most important is to practice” and also to have fun in French so that learning French becomes a pleasure. Claude is also teaching the art of French cuisine in our workshops.

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

RenéeRenée 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

raneeRanée 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.

Lorelei KARKOWSKI, Communication and cultural coordination Intern

Lorelei is native of Paris area and moved several times in France (Ardèche, Normandy, Burgundy). Her taste of journey might comes from her past. She arrived at the Alliance Française of Edmonton early august 2017 for her end-of-studies internship in communication and cultural planning events. Graduated of an English degree at Orleans’ university, she was able to live and travel several months in the USA between 2015 and 2017 but also in Europe : England, Italy, Switzerland, Czech Republic… She likes traveling, discovering and sharing cultures, music, dance, movies.