Meet Our Team

Nila GopaulNila Gopaul is the Editor and Manager of The Westcoast Reader.
Her background is in Communications, Education, Leadership and Management.

Nila holds two teaching certificates
and a Master’s Degree in Education (Curriculum Development and Instruction).

Currently, she is working on her doctorate degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at UBC.

Nila has taught at several post-secondary institutions in Canada.
In the U.S. she was a valued faculty member at Harvard University Institute for English Language Programs. Her international teaching and project management experience include contracts in Qatar, the UAE, Taiwan, China and Japan.

For over 10 years, Nila operated her own English language school and tutoring service. She enjoys volunteering at Collingwood Neighbourhood House’s Morning Star breakfast program and working closely with new immigrant students and their families.

Nila loves nature, travelling, film, listening to CBC radio and reading fiction.


Nancy Carson is our feature writer.
She is a retired B.C. teacher with 35 years experience at the elementary, secondary and college levels.
She has spent a total of three years
in volunteer positions in Western Kenya, East Africa. There she worked for organizations giving scholarships
to needy students.

In 2011 and 2012,  she spent four months in Kenya helping with Tembo-Kenya’s new program Read for the Top.
As well, she co-facilitated seminars on reading, writing and oral language strategies
for teachers of children whose third language is English.

In Canada, Nancy volunteers for seniors organizations and coaches ESL students.
She is Vice-President of Tembo-Kenya, a Canadian charitable organization which specializes in education and community projects.


Patti-Lea Ryan is the Assistant to the Editor of
The Westcoast Reader. Patti brings 25 years’ administrative experience in B.C. post secondary institutions to the team.
She runs the day-to-day operations of The Westcoast Reader.

She has a diploma in Children’s Literature.
However, she has always been a bit of a newshound.
Starting in grade eight, she would run home from school at lunch to watch Elwood Glover on CBC.

Patti’s favourite thing to do is to spend time with her children and two granddaughters. In the warmer months, you might find her outdoors,puttering around in her community garden plot or beachcombing for driftwood.
During the “rainy season”, she enjoys doing things that stretch
her creativity, such as card making and designing nature collages from items
she beach-combed during the summer.

Look for her occasional submissions in The Westcoast Reader and online.

anamariagheorghiuAna-Maria Gheorghiu is one of the founding members of the online edition of The Westcoast Reader. She was responsible for building and maintaining the present website, managing social media and event coverage, and contributing occasional content, among many other tasks.

Currently, Ana-Maria is working towards a degree in Public Administration, and she is still a collaborator of The Westcoast Reader. When she is not studying, Ana-Maria loves to read, write, and experiment in the kitchen.