Dr. Gail Thornton, PhD - Associate Dean

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As Associate Dean, Gail provides co-leadership and strategic direction to the CAFE while overseeing academic quality assurance within program development, review and renewal, and curriculum development. Gail is committed to ensuring that program quality processes effectively support the college as well as internal and external quality assurance audits.


Lisa Kerr - Administrative Assistant

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Lisa has been with Durham College as an Administrative Assistant since 1998 and began work at the C.A.F.E. in 2003. She has years of successful experience in the administration and communication fields, with extensive experience in customer service, computer and office technology. She has in-depth knowledge and technical skills acquired from using a variety of different computer software solutions, including MS Office and Adobe.

One of Lisa's many passions working in the C.A.F.E. includes helping faculty and their students to succeed!

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Andrea Murray - Administrative Assistant

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Andrea has been with Durham College as an Administrative Assistant in the CAFE since 2017. She has proven years of success in both customer service and project management fields.

As a CAFE team member, Andrea provides support to the Quality Assurance team with program development, program review and change, and all other Durham College quality assurance processes.

Andrea has a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University.

Briar Jamieson

Briar Jamieson - Manager, Academic Quality & Program Development

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Briar Jamieson has project managed and delivered online learning programs for the past nine years. Combining her skills in human resources and public education, Briar built Manitoba's first e-learning program for newcomers learning ESL. She launched Canada's first online conference for ESL educators. Working alongside technology, multimedia and curriculum specialists, Briar enjoys bringing courses to development in both online and blended formats, and refining delivery through iterative feedback. Prior to joining Durham College, Briar ran an e-learning consultancy building client’s capacity to develop online strategies. She holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

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Anna Natoli- Manager, Educational and Curriculum Development

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Anna has been a member of the administrative team at Durham College since June 2017. She brings years of experience in teaching and learning in post-secondary education in addition to her most recent experience in the college sector supporting program development and program quality processes. As a team member of the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, her area of responsibility is the suite of professional development and educational opportunities for faculty at Durham College.

Anna is a graduate of Durham College holding a diploma in Business Administration: Production and Operations Management and more recently a certificate in Teaching and Training Adults. Her pursuit of higher education led to the completion of a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Master of Philosophy (Humanities) with a focus on the sociology of education and feminist and anti-racist pedagogy.


Tanya Wakelin - Manager, eLearning

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Tanya has her Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education from Queens University, and Certificate in Effective Management and her Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM). Tanya taught in the classroom from a short while before deciding her passion was in eLearning and managing cross-functional collaborative projects. She spent seven years at a private eLearning company, where she had senior oversight of the development of educational courseware and regulatory and service quality initiatives. Her eLearning courses were developed and accredited by regulatory bodies such as Transport Canada and the U.S.C.G. During her tenure, she developed her career across various departments and projects, including Customer service, quality control, business development, regulatory management and the launch of numerous successful digital projects, such as the launch of a proprietary LMS/CRM. In August 2016, Tanya joined Durham College as eLearning Manager where she manages the development of online courses and learning objects for the college’s academic schools as well as faculty support for DC Connect and educational technology. If she’s not at work, she’s reading cheesy chick-lit and drink tea or hanging out with her husband, son and dog Winston (a 125 pound bullador!).

Jonelle Arendoque, Multimedia Developer

Jonelle Arendoque - Multimedia Specialist

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As a DC alumnus and graduate of the Multimedia Design program from the School of Media, Art, and Design in 2004, Jonelle has worked for a variety of companies throughout her career, bringing years of multi-industry and award-winning experience to the team. She has held various senior, lead, and even management roles with companies in course development, online advertising, software development, fitness, retail and education.

In May 2016, Jonelle joined Durham College as a Multimedia Specialist and, as part of the eLearning team in the CAFE, works with faculty and staff to create a variety of multimedia assets - including graphics, learning objects, simulations and video - used in courses, digital communications, workshops and CAFE events.

In her spare time, Jonelle stays active by practicing and teaching yoga, participating in pilates, crossfit, and cardio kickboxing. She also enjoys cooking, baking, and eating all her creations! Jonelle lives in Whitby with her husband, Ryan, and their fur kids, Blaze and Tyson - a mini rex rabbit and a blue Boston terrier. Being quite the foodie, Jonelle says, “I never turn down food,” and is often on the hunt for snacks. Keep this in mind if you need her help!

Erin Banit, Multimedia Developer

Erin Banit - Multimedia Specialist

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Erin has a background in multimedia design and has worked at Durham College since 2003. As part of the eLearning team in the CAFE, she develops a variety of eLearning resources, with has a focus on video. Erin also supports faculty to create their own multimedia resources and enjoys finding creative multimedia solutions to assist with student learning and engagement. She has experience working on a variety of project types, in varying roles such as coordinator, project lead, consultant and developer. Erin also brings an online and face-to-face teaching perspective to her role, through part-time teaching experience in two academic schools.


Visal Chea - Learning Technologies Specialist

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Visal has a Bachelor in Software Engineering and has his Masters in Computer Science. He loves to learn new languages and technology. Visal has been working at Durham College for a few years, he started at the I.T service desk before coming into a dual role at both the C.A.F.E and Corporate Training Services. He was also a part-time instructor in our School of Business and I.T. He now shares his passion with Corporate Training Services and the C.A.F.E team working as a Developer/System Administrator for the Ontario Life License Qualification Program (LLQP) Testing project and a Learning Technologies Specialist to help support and bring classroom learning online in a fun and interactive way.


Brett Clayton - Learning Technologies Specialist

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Brett has a background in education, illustration, and design. As both a student and teacher in learning communities over the past decade he has, through experience and practice, developed a broad range of expertise with respect to technology in the classroom. His primary responsibility is providing consulting, advice, and support to faculty on the use of instructional technologies as part of the learning experience.


Dr. Ann Gagné - Curriculum and Instructional Consultant

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Ann has worked in post-secondary education in Ontario since 2004. As a team member in the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment, Ann’s responsibilities include providing support to faculty and administrators in the development and revision of curriculum such as, evaluating course learning outcomes and program learning outcomes. She also provides support in instructional design for e-learning, ensuring accessible, inclusive, and engaging curriculum for learners using strategies and methodologies that promote effective content delivery. Her practice is guided by constructivist learning principles, the Quality Matters framework, and Bloom’s Taxonomy.

Ann has a Doctorate in Victorian Literature (English) from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Arts in English from York University, and an Honours Bachelors of Science in Physical Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Toronto. She researches the intersection of sensory studies and pedagogy, specifically how classroom architecture informs an ethical inclusive pedagogical model.

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Tom Honey - Facilitator

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Daias Jose - Data Analyst

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Bernard Leroux - Educational Developer, Indigenous Learning

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Michelle Majeed - Curriculum and Instructional Consultant

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Michelle has worked in post-secondary education in Canada and the USA since 2006. She has held curriculum development and instructional consultant positions in the Centre for Teaching Support and Innovation (CTSI) at the University of Toronto and in the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan. She worked as a Curriculum Development Consultant and Subject Matter Expert with the Addictions and Mental Health graduate certificate program at Humber College. In these positions, Michelle collaborated with faculty and graduate student instructors to develop courses and classroom strategies to support student success. She has published pedagogical research on the role of office hours in student engagement and presented at a number of conferences on strategies to develop and sustain supportive learning environments and engagement with mental health and addiction education in the classroom. Michelle is a member of the Society of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) and is TESOL certified.

Michelle has held Course Instructor positions at the University of California Berkeley, University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), Trent University, Lakehead University, Humber College, and University of Guelph-Humber in the fields of geography, equity studies, justice studies, health sciences, public health, and addictions and mental health. She continues to teach at the University of Toronto, St George and Scarborough campuses. As a Curriculum and Instructional Consultant in the Centre for Academic and Faculty Enrichment (CAFE), Michelle provides support to faculty and staff in the development and revision of curriculum.

Michelle holds an Honours BA with Distinction in Peace & Conflict Studies from the University of Toronto and a Masters of Arts with Distinction in Migration Studies from the University of Sussex and has completed the Immigration Practitioners Certificate, with High Honours, from Seneca College. Michelle is currently ABD in the Collaborative Program in Ethnic, Immigration, and Pluralism Studies at the Munk School of Global Affairs through the Department of Geography and Planning at the University of Toronto. Prior to starting her PhD research, Michelle held a number of research, advocacy, and community development positions within the addiction and mental health sector in Toronto.

Tyler Perras, Multimedia Specialist

Tyler Perras - Multimedia Specialist

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As a member of the eLearning development team, Tyler acts as a resource for staff, faculty, and administration by developing multimedia assets and online resources, as well as supports the use of technology in teaching at DC. He holds an Advanced Diploma in Multimedia Design as well as a certificate in Website Creation and Design, both obtained through Durham College.

Tyler previously worked as part of the marketing department as a Graphic and Web Designer at an emerging market investment company. He helped to improve digital media strategy by updating / designing web pages, filming / editing video and animation, producing graphic content for web and print, creating and sending newsletters, and aiding in advancing social marketing objectives.

Tyler aims to design and develop original multimedia assets to support technological solutions to teaching challenges.

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Joanne Spicer - Global Learning Facilitator

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