JETAA Ottawa was founded in 1991 and is one of 52 JETAA chapters in 17 countries, which have over 60,000 members worldwide. We are alumni of the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme and our members, located in and around Ottawa, have participated in the JET Programme as an Assistant Language Teacher or a Coordinator for International Relations.
What we do:
We promote a deeper and stronger relations between Japan and Canada. Together with the Japanese embassy in Ottawa, we help promote the JET Programme, assist with JET application interviews and pre-departure orientation, and offer support and information to JET alumni.
President Brandon Wallace
Brandon Wallace was an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT) on the JET Programme, placed in Akashi city, Hyogo Prefecture, Japan from 2011 to 2013. He holds an M.A. in Philosophy from the New School for Social Research, NYC, with a particular interest in political philosophy. He has a passion for all things Japanese, including history, politics, language, and culture. He has passed the N3 level of the Japanese Language Proficiency Test (JLPT). He currently works as Cultural Assistant at the Embassy of Japan.
Vice-President Rob Lavoie
Secretary Anna Rayner-Grignon
Anna was an ALT for 5 years, 2010 – 2015, in Kumamoto and currently work for the Political Section in the Embassy of Japan. She enjoys reading, cooking, and very slowly preparing for the N1 JLPT. Having served as newsletter editor for the past few years, Anna has now taken on the Secretary role and looks forward to the new challenge.
Treasurer Erica Long
Erica Long was an ALT on the JET Programme in Ashikita, a small town of 20,000 in Kumamoto Prefecture, from 2006 to 2011. She is originally from B.C. but on returning to Canada she moved to another small city of 20,000 in Canada’s north, Yellowknife. Since moving to Ottawa in 2016 she has enjoyed the many opportunities to become involved with JETAA Ottawa and other Japan related groups in the city.
Event Coordinator Laurel Lavoie
Social Media Coordinator Mai Lihn Nyugen
Communications Tyler Bissonnette
Tyler Bissonnette was an ALT on the JET Programme Tamba City, Hyogo Prefecture from 2013 to 2017. During that time he worked for National AJET as the Block Representative of Hyogo, Kyoto, and Shiga and had the role of Representative Team Leader. He holds an Honours B.A. in Psychology with a minor in History from the University of Ottawa and worked for the Paper Selection Committee of the Embassy of Japan in Ottawa in late 2017/early 2018.
Translator Charles Dauphinais
Website and Newsletter Editor Anna Rayner-Grignon
Graphic Designer Nancy Abou-Chahine
Nancy Abou-Chahine participated in the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme as an ALT in Shima, Mie, for a full year (2015-2016). During that time, she was selected by the Japanese Prime Minister’s public relations office to represent Canada in a promotional video for the G7 Summit, which took place May 2016 in the Ise-Shima region. After returning to Canada, Nancy continues to maintain her relations with Japan by becoming JETAA’s executive graphic designer and designed the new logo for the association. She is also continuing her education as a Master of Science in Environmental Sustainability student at the University of Ottawa.