Class Afloat Faculty Member: Marilyn Tourangeau

Posted on 10 August 2018 @ 4:15pm

Class Afloat Faculty Member: Marilyn Tourangeau

Introducing the 2018-2019 Class Afloat Faculty! Meet the team who will lead this year's class as they begin an unforgettable journey.

Marilyn Tourangeau, English 12, French 11/12 & Acadia Communications

Prior to joining Class Afloat, Marilyn was teaching English, Social Sciences and Physical Education at De La Salle, a French art school in downtown Ottawa. She was co-organizer of the outdoor education program which allowed students to discover activities such as canoeing, kayaking, white water canoeing, hiking, and biking as well as discovering survival techniques for the Canadian wilderness. She first discovered her love of the outdoors while camping as a child and now takes pride in introducing friends, family and students to the art. Over the last years, she has had the opportunity to drive from one Canadian coast to the other. While travelling, her favourite activities have been kayaking with whales and snorkelling with seals.

On the Gulden Leeuw, Marilyn will be teaching English, French and Communication courses. As a Franco-Ontarian, she is excited to share her culture and language with any student who is willing to learn. Be warned, she is unapologetic about her love of tacky French songs.


Question: What makes you most excited about teaching/working with Class Afloat?

Travelling the world and the one-on-one learning experiences are the obvious answers. However, when I travel, I am always in awe of nature, looking for mountains to hike, waterfalls to swim in, and animals to observe. I am most excited for the experiences we will have at sea. I can’t wait to look around and see nothing but water.

Question: What is your best advice for having a great adventure?

Take the time. I once sat on a rock for almost an hour without moving to observe puffins. A few hundred of them where flying around a nearby cliff and getting closer to our side of the coast. My patience was rewarded as more than 50 of them landed within a few meters to where I was sitting. Many people are quick to move on from one activity to the other while travelling. However, I would not have had this experience had I not taken the time to just sit and enjoy what was happening around me.

Question: What’s something you’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it?

Every time I was presented with an opportunity to travel for a year, study abroad, or teach abroad, I found an excuse not too. Three years ago I boarded my canoe with a co-worker who told me all about his own experience as a teacher on Class Afloat. Since then, this is what I’ve been meaning to try but just haven’t gotten around to it. It’s about time.

Question: Among your friends or family, what are you famous for?

I love cooking for my friends and family. I can spend hours in the kitchen coming up with the most delicious recipes. Food to me is love and culture. It’s my own form of therapy. If you can’t find me on the boat, I might just have snuck away to the kitchen.