A dynamic team!
Anne-Carole Dimier, Executive Director
Anne-Carole arrived at the Alliance Française of Edmonton in mid-winter 2019 after working as head of the Alliance Française of Mutsamudu in the Comoros. Before that she worked in Beijing, China, first as a teacher and then as an education coordinator. In 2020, she became our new Executive Director. She likes working abroad as it allows her to continuously discover plenty of people and foreign cultures. In addition to all this, Anne-Carole is a Kizomba dance instructor.
Damema Blanchet, Class Director and French Instructor
Born and raised near Paris, Damema has a degree to teach French as a foreign language. She taught in Peru, France and Barbados before arriving in Canada in January 2018. At the Alliance Française, she teaches general French and specialized courses such as conversation or pronunciation. She is also the class director since 2020. She loves to know other people’s opinions on all sorts of topics from movies to literature, fashion or the news. She also enjoys yoga, Indian food or traveling around the world.
Juliette Desmonts, Programs Coordinator
Travel addict, Juliette first arrived in Edmonton in 2017 as an exchange student at the University of Alberta. She joined the Alliance Française in February 2020 as an events and communication assistant. Coming from Nantes, France, she graduated her Master degree in International Public Relations. She loves going to the movies, on hikes and taking photos. She is now Programs Coordinator, taking care of cultural and social events, as well as communication. You can meet her at our social meetups every month!
Meriem Bouafia, Class Coordinator and administration
Meriem comes from the city of Kenitra, Morocco. She studied in France to become an Engineer in Economics. In 2019, Meriem moved to Edmonton and started working for the French Theater company, L’UniThéâtre. She likes to cook and sew, she’s usually more into Mediterranean cuisine but recently started to get into Asiatic dishes! Meriem joined the Alliance française of Edmonton in February 2021 and will take care of all class-related matters, as well as general administration.
Charlotte Delouche, Class Coordinator and French Instructor
Charlotte was born in France, where she studied how to teach French as a Second Language (University of Angers). She then taught FSL at the university in Angers and Paris. She is also specialized in French literature. She arrived in Edmonton in August 2018 and taught FSL at the University of Alberta. In late Spring 2019 she started working at the Alliance française of Edmonton as a French instructor and class coordinator. Charlotte really enjoys learning languages, in fact she is currently learning Farsi! She loves cheese… with a glass of good wine!
Renée Bouchard, French 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!
Charu Inder Mohan, French 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.
Emma Pasquini, French Instructor
Emma is from Toulon, Southern France. She graduated a Master to teach “French as a foreign language”. Before coming to Canada, she had been teaching French to adult refugees for two years. She also taught literacy classes. Emma decided to move to Canada with the help of the French foreign volunteering program by the CIEP. She has been a teacher at the University of Alberta and at the Alliance française since 2018. Emma will always make sure her classes are fun, she is happy to share her positive attitude with her students!
Patrick Novella, French Instructor
Patrick was born in Ivory Coast. He studied at l’Ecole Normale Supérieure of Abidjan where he got his diploma of French Teacher. He then taught French literature and grammar at the Lycée Classique (high school) of Abidjan for 10 years. He taught French as a second language at the University Center for French Studies (CUEF) for 19 years. In Edmonton he has taught French at the Campus Saint-Jean and at the military base. He really enjoys helping his students understand the subtelty of French language. During his days off he loves spending time with his grandchildren (he has three!) and doing volunteering int he different francophone organizations of Edmonton. He is also an active member of the Saint Thomas d’Aquin parish (a francophone parish).
Forough Sadatian, French Instructor
Forough was born in Iran where she graduated a Bachelor in French Literature and a Master in French Didactics. She is currently enrolled in a second Master’s degree at the Campus Saint-Jean in Education Sciences. She joined the Alliance française in September 2019. She has been teaching French as a foreign language for almost ten years in various institutions and francophone schools. She likes photography, travels and cooking.
Claude Heppelle, French Instructor
From Saskatchewan, Claude joined the team in September 2020. He used to work for the government and is now studying at the Campus Saint-Jean to become an elementary school teacher. He gives classes part time to children at the Alliance française and also to adults. Claude is fond of choirs, he sang in one for about ten years (until 2020) the Chant’Amis, francophone choir in Edmonton. He is also very interested in what’s going on in the world and likes to volunteer for meaningful organizations (French, youth, seniors).
Nelly Abou Chakra, French 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 is. She loves hiking in the Rockies and reading, which is just another way of evading the city.
Jean-Luc N’docho, French Instructor
Jean-Luc was born in Ivory Coast, where he graduated with a Bachelor in Education and a Bachelor in Marketing. He was a teacher there for several years, before moving to Edmonton in 2016. He is a student at the University of Alberta to pursue his passion for education sciences. He also speaks German. Jean-Luc likes to play soccer and go for a run, he has a passion for travels and spicy food!
Alan Leber, French Instructor
Alan Leber grew up in Québec and after finishing Cégep he moved to Edmonton to pursue his studies in Education with a major in French and a minor in Social Studies at the University of Alberta. He loves languages. As a matter of fact, he is currently trilingual, speaking French, English and Spanish fluently. During his free time, he enjoys reading much about politics, economics, religion and philosophy.
Cynthia Ivoula, French Instructor
Cynthia was born in France and grew up on the island of Réunion. After working for 10 years with young children and as an animator, she discovered a passion for teaching. She is currently a research assistant at the Campus Saint-Jean, while also pursuing a degree in Education Sciences. Cynthia joined the Alliance française team in September 2020. She loves travelling, photography, yoga and hiking.
Jolyane Jung, Class Coordinator and administration (2020-2021)
Jolyane joined our team in September 2020. She is from Québec and has been living in Edmonton since 2014.She also taught English in China in 2018. She loves travelling and learning new languages. She was the one helping you find all information about our French classes and registration. Jolyane is currently on a maternity leave but she will be back!
Julie de Coster, Programs Coordinator (2017-2020)
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 was in charge of managing the cultural program and relationship with students. Julie is currently on a maternity leave for a year, but you might catch her at some of our events!
Claire Flament, French Instructor intern 2020
Currently finishing a Master’s degree in FLE (French as a foreign language) in Arras (Northern France), teaching French was a case of love at first sight for her. Her schooling path was unusual, starting with a diploma in Management, then a degree in Optical, it’s when she started teaching that she uncovered her true self, quite a revelation. Sharing her culture through the French language is a personal enrichment. Teaching French as a foreign language allows to share and receive, it’s a continuous cultural exchange. She’s happy she got the opportunity to teach at the Alliance française of Edmonton!
Anthony Bertrand, Executive Director (2010 – 2020)
Anthony BERTRAND first came in Edmonton in 2005 as a wildlife biologist! (Research 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. You can still catch him at the Café-croissant, game nights, conferences – or at the Farmers Market with his business “Crêpes La Grenouille” !
Ranee Wickramasekera, French Instructor
Ranee was born in Sri Lanka and taught French there for many years, in private classes and then at the Alliance française of Colombo and at the Lyceum International School. She also taught English, Litterature and Drama. On August 29, 2011, the Academic Palms were bestowed on Ranee, for her contribution to the French culture and language. She then moved to Canada in 2013 and joined the Alliance française of Edmonton in 2015. She also taught French at the Campus Saint Jean. Ranee loves theatre and Tai Chi, and she really enjoys travelling!
Gwladys Jousselme, French Instructor
Gwladys is from France, she also speaks English and Russian. She joined our team in September 2018 for one session before giving birth to her third child ! She was back in May 2019 and taught conversation and interaction classes!
Marie-Eve Bernier, French Instructor
Marie-Eve is from Quebec. She has a bachelor degree in teaching French in secondary schools from Sherbooke University and worked as a French teacher and pedagogical coordinator for children with special needs at François Delaplace Junior highschool in Waterville, Québec. For her hobbies, Marie-Eve enjoys reading books, going to movies, hiking and travelling. She moved to Edmonton and joined our team in September 2019.
Chloé Ferrier, French Instructor intern 2019
Chloe is the intern specialised in FLE (Français langué étrangère) in charge of providing French classes to our dear attendees. She studied English litterature, civilisation and linguistic at the university of Montpellier, where she is about to finish her master degree in French as a foreign language. Half-British, she has recently lived in Australia and has a true passion for moving around the globe.
Richard Blais, Events and Communication Intern 2019
Richard is enrolled in an international Master degree with a focus on culture. He studies at the Palacky University in Czech Republic and at the Rijksuniveristeit in Holland. He joined the team in August 2019, working on the cultural and social events, and communication. He’ll be happy to talk with you at one of our events! Richard likes everything cultural: watching movies, reading books, going to exhibitions. He loves a good discussion around a nice dinner, and enjoy grabbing a beer, coffee or a glass of wine with his friends !