Meet Our Team

IMGP0494 copyPatty Bossort is the new editor of The Westcoast Reader. Patty started teaching adults in 1980. She has taught literacy, adult basic education and English as a Second Language. She has taught in many beautiful places in BC, including Vancouver, Victoria and Nakusp. Last year, she taught Canadian and Mexican workers at Hastings Race Course in Vancouver.

Patty loves to help learners develop reading and writing skills. She also likes to garden, ride her bicycle and walk in the woods.

“I am excited to take over as editor. The Westcoast Reader is a wonderful resource. I’ve always recommended it to tutors, teachers and learners. Now I get the opportunity to help create it,” says Patty.


downloadNila Gopaul (on leave of absence) is the Editor and Publisher 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).

She 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 experience includes contracts in Qatar, the UAE, China and Japan.

For over 10 years, Nila operated her own English language school and tutoring service. She enjoyed working with high school students and adults and misses being in the classroom. She is a news and fitness junkie, loves travelling, CBC radio and reading books.


Patti-Lea-RyanPatti-Lea Ryan is the Assistant to the Editor of The Westcoast Reader. Patti brings 25 years’ administrative experience in British Columbia 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. What a geek!

Her favourite thing to do is to spend time with her children and granddaughter. In the warmer months, you might find her outdoors, puttering around in the garden. During the “rainy season”, she enjoys doing things that stretch her creativity, such as stamping and designing nature collages from items she beach-combed during summer. Look for her occasional submissions in The Westcoast Reader.


tjlpicTamara Lee is the Communications Specialist at The Westcoast Reader. Her work experience includes teaching ESL and publishing (editorial and marketing).

Her interests include writing, reading, travelling, and exploring anything to do with arts and culture.

Tamara also enjoys trying new things, and is always taking a course in one thing or another! She has tried her hand at photography (this photo is her favourite “self-portrait”), filmmaking, singing and learning piano. She loves languages and continues to work on her French studies.