Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CIES Family Tree - Melissa Mckinnon

Melissa is originally is from Sussex, New Brunswick, a farming community of few thousand people. She moved to Calgary and began working with CIES. in March of 2013. After initially working as Senior Coordinator she has since become the Manager of ESL/Volunteer Programs and is very passionate about helping others. Her education background and her time volunteering in Uganda armed her with the skills to greatly contribute to the CIES.

Melissa is responsible for organizing and coordinating the Drop-In ESL program and Literacy classes, assisting teachers and recruiting and scheduling volunteers. She loves the student interaction and in 2016 would like to focus more on recruiting volunteers, updating our drop in curriculum and possibly opening a new class. Volunteer recruitment is ongoing, as is keeping resources up to date. She is also nearly ready to launch our annual free income tax clinic that we offer every March.

Melissa sees the Calgary Immigrant Educational Society being very important to the city of Calgary as it assists many individuals on a daily basis with obtaining an education in whatever it may be they are studying. By extension, she sees the Society as making Calgary a better place to live for all Calgarians.

Any questions regarding volunteering or drop in classes can always be directed to Melissa, a key member of the CIES Family.

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