Announcement: New Executive Director of TESL Ontario

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On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am honoured to announce the appointment of Allison Keown to the position of Executive Director of TESL Ontario beginning, January 18, 2021.

Many are familiar with Allison, as she spent ten years with TESL Ontario as Member Services Manager. She has developed bold strategies and expanded services and benefits programs to ensure more value is delivered to members like you. Allison played a key role in the TESL Ontario webinar series, TESL Blog, member and volunteer recognition programs and the ever growing social media communities.

Allison was selected following a thorough recruitment process which resulted in a field of exceptional candidates. Our board believes Allison's history with TESL Ontario, commitment to our members, innovative thinking and her skills and leadership qualities position her for success in bringing TESL Ontario into the future.

I would like to congratulate Allison on her new role and extend our deepest gratitude to Eva Csiszar for her leadership as Interim Executive Director since Renate Tilson's retirement in the fall.

Sharon Deng
Chair, Board of Directors

Dear TESL Ontario Members,

I’m excited and honoured to begin a new chapter with TESL Ontario in the role of Executive Director. It has been a privilege to serve the TESL Ontario membership for the past 10 years as Member Services Manager. I have enjoyed being a part of this extraordinary community, and as I transition into this new role one of my main priorities is to continue to foster and support the remarkable individuals who dedicate their careers to this profession.

I would like to recognize the tremendous effort put forth by the TESL Ontario staff and Board of Directors whose dedication and work has made this organization what it is today. Their collective skills and vision are unmatched and I appreciate their commitment to the success of the organization.

I look forward to working with the Board of Directors, staff, funding partners, volunteers and members to continue to advance the TESL profession and to guide the future of the organization.


Allison Keown
Executive Director
TESL Ontario