Selkirk College, Attn: Leesa Dean
301 Frank Beinder Way, Castlegar BC, V1N 4L3, Canada
Originally from Cranbrook, BC, Leesa spent sixteen years working a vast array of jobs ranging from farm labourer to professor, in several Canadian provinces. In between jobs, she cycled across Canada and travelled to many countries. Although Leesa enjoyed her time away, she always knew that she would make the Kootenays her permanent home. Leesa is so pleased to be back in her home region, contributing to the creative, cultural and educational development of Selkirk's diverse student population.
Contributing to Learners & the Community
As a Creative Writing Instructor, Leesa’s dream is to help expand the vibrant arts community here in the Kootenays and to inspire everyone to integrate the creative arts into their daily lives and work. As a Business Writing Instructor, she strives to empower students by sharing her knowledge of how to rise to the top of any professional situation by using language effectively.
Why Leesa loves Selkirk College
After working in the largest city in Canada at a post-secondary institution with nearly 50,000 students, comparable to the entire population of the Kootenays, Leesa says, “it's nice to arrive in a place where so many faces are familiar. It has really made me feel like a part of the community even though I just arrived.”
Leesa’s Diverse Work Experience
- Worked for the Katimavik program for ten years, an alternative education program for Canadian youth aged 17 to 21.
- Taught ESL in Montreal, Toronto, and on farms in British Columbia and Ontario.
- Taught English at Humber College in Toronto prior to being hired at Selkirk.
- As a professional writer, her fiction, non-fiction, poetry and interviews have been published widely in Canadian magazines, journals, and on the web.
- Has designed and taught a variety of Creative Writing courses to youth and adults over the past three years.
- Is currently the Interviews Editor for the The Humber Literary Review
Outside of Work
Being a writer takes up most of Leesa’s free time, but she also enjoys backcountry camping, long distance cycling, spending time in the Yukon, floating on the Slocan River, befriending circus bear trainers in the deep south, cooking, and dreaming about living off the grid. She is also part of the planning committee for the annual Elephant Mountain Literary Festival in Nelson, BC.