Introducing SIETAR BC Board - Emma Bourassa
Emma graduated from UVic with a Bachelor of Education Career and Personal Planning and a Masters of Education in Curriculum studies. Her research for her M.Ed involved becoming an international student to better understand the experiences of both the learner and educator. Other research continued to explore intercultural communication. She completed the Intercultural Communication Studies Certificate at UBC and is a Qualified Administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI).
Emma Bourassa has been involved with international education since 1997. She has been an educator in intercultural communication for the last 15 years, focusing on the learner and educator experience of intercultural interactions. She taught English as a Second Language in Japan for 2 years, and recently retired from teaching ESL and TESL (Teaching ESL post degree certificate program) at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops on the unceded territory of the Secwepemc people. She has gone on to consult in various contexts.
Besides a curiosity in culture, and a love of travel, Emma also loves to be outside and spends a lot of that time kayaking, walking and cross country skiing.