Claire Adamson is a Graduate Architect from Waterloo, Ontario and registered in Quebec from 1985 to 1992. She has experience in many architectural offices in Toronto and Montreal, specializing mainly in renovation and renovated her own house from 1978 to 1986. She has been a tour guide for Heritage Montreal since 1978 and was President of the Shaughnessy Village Association in 1985, 2016, and 2017. She is a resident member of Table Interaction Peter-McGill and president of Montreal World Federalists.
Irene Angelico is an acclaimed film director, producer and writer. She is the recipient of numerous inter- national awards for directing and producing, as well as a Gemini for best writing in a documentary.Dark Lullabies was included in The Fifty Greatest Documentaries of all Times at the prestigious international Salute to the Documentary. Other docs include, Entre Solitude, The Cola Conquest, Black Coffee, Unbreakable Minds, Vendetta Song, Canadaville, USA and Inside the Great Magazines.
Deanna Barwick-Wall spent many years in academia - teaching, researching and writing before satisfying a long-time desire to study law. At age 55, she entered Osgoode Hall Law School where she thrived. After graduating, she worked in NYC doing legal research in refugee and immigration law. Had she begun law at an earlier stage of her life, she would have pursued a career as a criminal defense lawyer - an area of law she finds fascinating. Being the mother of three sons is her proudest accomplishment. Since retirement she has participated in watercolour and photography exhibitions in Montreal and volunteers at the Westmount Public Library.
Neil Cameron, a graduate of Queen’s and McGill with an M.A. in history, has an interesting and varied academic background. He has taught history at John Abbott and Concordia for many years. His travels, writing and book reviewing, financial analyses, as well as his foray into provincial politics have figured widely in his career. He gives many interesting adult education courses and public lectures.
Claire Cayer studied art at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and took private lessons in oil painting and drawing. After a career in sales and management, she devoted herself entirely, for the last 20 years, to painting and teaching, with great joy and passion. She has been teaching oil and acrylic painting at E.N.C.O.R.E. for 12 years, more specifically, landscapes, cities, still life, animals and abstracts. She has had many solo and group exhibitions. She is appreciated and trusted by her students for her ability to respect and adapt to the artistic personality of each individual.
Francis X. Charet has a PhD in Psychology and Religion and has taught at a number of universities including McGill and University of Ottawa and has lectured widely. He is currently a faculty member at Goddard College in Vermont and the Coordinator of the Consciousness Studies concentration in the graduate program that integrates psychology, neuroscience and the humanities. He has been a favoured and long-time lecturer at E.N.C.O.R.E.
Amrita Choudhury was born and brought up in India and studied at the world renowned Santiniketan (the abode of Peace) founded by the poet Tagore. Amrita also has a degree in Anthropology and has worked for various museums and cultural institutions. As a choreographer, dancer, and dance therapist, she has taught Indian culture, history, the arts and politics in various schools and universities in Canada, Europe, India and South America. Amrita's passion is to present India in an authentic way and journey into the "heart" of Indian culture.
Donna Davidson has been teaching and promoting Montreal Theatre at E.N.C.O.R.E. for more than 20 years. She holds a B.A. and Drama Teacher's Certificate from Concordia University and has taught high school English and Creative Drama, ESL at McGill, and cultural courses at the McGill School for the Gifted. She has traveled very extensively and owns a small import business - mainly decorative objects and gifts from Asia and now has an internet store. In addition, she served on the board of Playwrights Workshop Montreal.
John Felvinci came to Canada after the 1956 Hungarian revolution. He studied at McGill and received a doctorate in nuclear physics. Following a career in teaching and research, both in New York and Montreal, he is now retired and free to pursue his hobby of history - in particular Europe from 1870 to 1945, and his love of classical music. He lectures at McGill (MCLL) and various other venues.
Ellen Green is a Montreal editor and writer and has been teaching Creative Writing at Concordia continuing education since 2000. She has worked both as a contributing writer and editor and has written two novels – “A Few Simple Truths” (fantasy novel) and a recently completed novel for young adults.
Deanne Hall-Habeeb spent 30 years in Bahrain teaching art to high school and elementary students as well as developing her own practice. Now in Montreal, she teaches at Royal Vale School as well as E.N.C.O.R.E. She holds a BA in Art and Art Education. Deanne has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in USA, Bahrain and Turkey. In Quebec, she has had many solo exhibitions and has also given workshops on her fabric collage techniques. She has taught various media such as etchings, woodcuts, pen and ink, and pencil drawings as well as oil painting, watercolour and fabric collage.
Bruce Horne is a Life Master and an accredited teacher and bridge director of the American Contract Bridge League that covers all of USA, Canada and Mexico. He has been playing bridge for over 20 years and has taught many groups throughout Montreal.
Cynthia Jones received her BFA in Theatre, designing costume for many plays and ballets. Attended Parson's School of Fashion Design and worked in the fashion industry until returning to school for her Masters in Arts Administration/Fashion History from New York University. While working on a Ph.D., she taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology in their Masters' program for Fashion History. She has actively pursued her passion for fashion history and design throughout her life.
Jocelyne Kwok-Choon is a certified Line Dancing Instructor at the Bronze Level. She gives lessons in many centres in Montreal for both young people and seniors' groups. She is a member of Association Unidanseand Danse en Ligne du Quebec. Her students enjoy their dancing experience and as a result have an increase in flexibility, muscular strength and coordination.
Daniel Martel is a freelance producer and editor of special events, weddings and corporate high-definition video. He works on his projects with, among other things, techniques taken and learned from the many different styles of moviemaking. His passion for cinema began when he was a youngster watching movies with his father and it developed into a hobby and then a life-long career. He believes wholeheartedly that movies offer the opportunity of making a profound difference in people’s lives in a positive entertaining way.
Shizuyo Okada has a BA Hon. & M.T.S. with 500 hour-level designation as a Certified Yoga Teacher and Master Level Meditation Teacher. She is an advocate of transformation yoga and meditation. Highly versatile in her experience with different types of practices, Shizuyo believes in teaching the style and approach to yoga that is most suitable for the needs and aims of the individual or the group. She is also the regional director of Yoga Alliance International for North, Central, and South America.
Liz Perrin has been facilitating digital courses and workshops in and around Montreal for 10 years. She works with a variety of learners, in groups and one-on-one. She holds a BA in Linguistics and Education. She also teaches ESL, is a freelance desktop publisher and editor.
Gilbert Starosta is a Life Master and an accredited teacher and bridge director of the American Contract Bridge League that covers all of U.S.A, Canada and Mexico. He has been playing bridge for almost 20 years.
George Wall is a musician, teacher and lecturer from Montreal with degrees in music and education. As a professional jazz guitarist, his group plays regularly throughout the city. He has a special affinity for the work of contemporary composers but also has a love of opera and the classical repertoire. He gives lectures on topics relating to music and literature in seniors’ residences, libraries and schools.
Colin Young has over 20 years of study in Chinese Martial Arts: Tai-Chi, Kung Fu and Chi-Kung. He has studied at Concordia University and in China. As well as teaching at ENCORE, Master Colin Young, has developed many partnerships and contracts in Montreal with hospitals, senior residences, rehabilitation centres and the Montreal recreation department. Over the years, he has built up a strong reputation not only with his knowledge, but with his unique way of teaching Tai Chi and Chi Kung, his creativity and his "joie de vivre".
Montreal Tour Leaders: Claire Adamson, Myriam Cloutier, Vivien Freedman, Diane Gagné, Harvey Levinson, and Ruth Rigby.