Renia Tyminski. Ph.D., is a multidisciplinarian and founder of a crosscultural education centre in Prince Edward County. For 20 years she has been offering customized educational experiences at Hallowell Gardens near Picton.
She has taught at two Ontario Universities, and since 1989 she has worked in newcomer and refugee settlement in the GTA. Independent research into the neuroscience of language learning has been part of her method and training approach since the 1990s.
As a founding member of the County Sustainability Group and Transition PEC, she's actively involved in training, consulting, and community.
Her social enterprise networks and connections include Shout Sister Choir, the Youth and Parents Association of Markham, Canadian Victory Gardens, and Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology at the University of Ottawa.
Dr. Franck Kouadio is a medical specialist from Côte d'Ivoire, currently working as a fellow in neonatology at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He speaks three languages thanks to his international work and study, and has run the Jerusalem Marathon.
As an established motivational coach, he is a dynamic speaker. His knowledge of neuroscience and body-based learning contributes to the transformative education approach used in Hallowell Gardens training.
Farhad Hazrati was born in Laghman Province, Afghanistan, and started judo training at 14 years of age. He has competed internationally in various weight categories in junior and senior championships. His last competition in Asian judo took place in Kuwait.
In 2002 he started a judo class for girls in Kabul, and went on to become the national coach for girls and boys. He was the coordinator for the international collaboration Judo for Peace, and the vice president of the national federation. In 2018 he started the Education Through Judo initiative of Women Leaders of Tomorrow.
Rihab Ibrahim has been part of the creative team for educational filmmaking since June 2019. For Canadian context background training, she has participated in an immersion weekend at Hallowell Gardens, a video demonstration of sound-based ESL training, and has contributed her insights into cultural training for Arabic speakers.
She is a participant in the Hallowell Gardens pilot project for curriculum building around the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals through transformative education methods.
Sébastien Clermont graduated from York University with a degree in film production. His work comprises short documentaries, animations and experimental films on subjects ranging from the war on drugs to mental health and shamanism. Sebastien's industry experience includes editing the feature film Bare Transit (2020) and videography/editing work for corporate and non-profit organizations, as well as freelance and travel filmmaking.
He has been collaborating with Renia Tyminski on film and photography projects for Hallowell Gardens education initiatives since 2018.
Qudsia Khalili has been a judoka for 6 years, and obtained her brown belt in 2020 at the national judo centre in Kabul. Through the English language tutoring program offered by Women Leaders of Tomorrow, Qudsia has been co-creating language training modules for Farsi speakers. Her interests include cycling, animals, and combining sound with video observations of city life.
Torin Sanders grew up in Prince Edward County, and knows a lot about trees and permaculture systems thinking. He’s a student of history and political science at Queen’s University. His knowledge and interests inform the valuable work he does in maintaining the naturalized landscape of Hallowell Gardens.