Ottawa English for Immigrants was started in 1999 as an English Professionalization program offered by Chinook Solutions Management Consultants. This component of our ‘business efficiency program’ was offered to large and small companies west of Manitoba. At that time we were located in the city of Red Deer in Alberta.
By 2012 the ‘in-person component’ had grown, so we moved into dedicated premises. We gave ourselves a name, ‘ESL Red Deer’, and with two well-equipped classrooms we were able to extend our English as a Second Language Program to the general public. Soon, we were offering our language services both locally in-person and globally online.
In 2018 we moved again to a space with a larger classroom that enabled several students to participate in our classes and workshops at the same time.
In 2020, we moved to Ottawa, Canada’s capital. For the foreseeable future, with COVID restricting any in-person contact, we have migrated all of our tutoring, classes, and workshops online.
We wish all of our Red Deer students the very best and hope you take all of your English language successes with you as you continue your journey through life in Canada. If you’re ever in Ottawa, do look us up.
Angela Hobbs M.Ed.
Hi, like many of my students I came to Canada as an immigrant. I was a classic ‘fourth culture kid’ who had grown up in Tanzania, Kenya, Sweden, Germany, France, and England. Having completed my postgraduate studies in England, I was surprised at all the upgrading I had to do when I got here. Every step westwards, from Quebec to Alberta, and ultimately Ontario, was fraught with barriers!
I eventually left the public education system to become the backroom boffin in our family business (Strategy Consulting). There I spent some of my time researching, some of it teaching English, some of it walking the trails, some of it caring for my children, and some of it writing books.
My greatest passions are probably teaching, research, and writing. I’ve written three books and three ESL workbooks: