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Writing Support Faculty

Suzanne Schiller has enjoyed over 20 years of experience teaching writing & communication skills at the college level. Engaging with students as a writing tutor has been one of the most meaningful experiences of her career.

Her personal reading mainly focuses on natural healing, spirituality, and the politics of food & farming, but some of her favourite books are the ones she read with her kids as they were growing up:

  • Old Mali and the Boy by D. R. Sherman
  • The Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  • Big Red by Jim Kjelgaard
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney​

Writing Support Faculty

Ruthie Tilston grew up in Northern England and then lived in Amsterdam for five years before eventually moving to the Comox Valley. As a mature student, she gained a BA in Anthropology and an MA in Applied linguistics. Her love of languages and culture inspired her to become an ESL instructor, and she has enjoyed teaching in Mexico and Guatemala as well as here in Canada over the last 18 years. Ruthie appreciates everything that she learns from her students and enjoys the diversity of working with groups or individuals. Her all-time favourite novel is The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje with Fresh Water for Flowers by Valerie Perrin a serious contender for the position!