Sally Rehorick is a busy person. The trick to catching her for an interview is being in the same place at the same time.
Sally has spent much of her career as a university educator and researcher in the area of second language acquisition, educational models for learning languages, program evaluation, policy development and adult education. Her qualifications include degrees from Harvard University, the Université de Grenoble and the University of Alberta. She has been the lead researcher and director for several large-scale national and international projects in the area of official languages in education. She was the Director of the Second Language Research Institute of Canada and Professor of Second Language Education at the University of New Brunswick and has taught French at Harvard University, the University of New Brunswick, the University of Alberta and the University of Victoria, and English at Miyazaki International College (Japan). She was Editor of the Canadian Modern Language Review and of Comparative Culture (Journal of Miyazaki International College, Japan).
Sally’s experience includes acting as a world and Olympic level judge, referee and technical controller for figure skating. She has also had numerous leadership roles in high performance sport, including as Chef de mission for Canada at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games, as member of the Officials Assessment Commission for the International Skating Union (Olympic Winter Games 2006) and as Director of International Client Services and Official Languages (Translation Services) at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games. She is Director on the Board of Skate Canada and has served on the Boards of Directors of Special Olympics Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. She is a member of the Vancouver Advisory Group for the University of Alberta, advisor for the Crimson Compass Program at Harvard University and member of the International Women’s Forum.
Skating was the initial connection for Pj and Sally. They first met through Pj’s mother Grace Elliott, who was national level skating judge. Their love of words would be another link in the chain that connects them. In this podcast, there is something for the skating and language fans alike as it takes a fascinating journey from language acquisition to the challenges of being an official in today’s skating world. Pj says: don’t miss it.