About the Team

Matthew Oostvogels - M.Ed., B.Ed., B.A. -Director and Trainer


After spending 6 years in the Canadian Forces, Matthew decided to pursue a career in teaching and received his Bachelor of Education and Masters in Education. He has spent 6 years in the K-12 classroom and is currently a college-level instructor. He participated in the Roméo Dallaire Child Soldier Initiative - Veteran Trainers to Eradicate the Use of Child Soldiers program in 2016. It was from this experience that Matthew noted the gap in  training and educating individuals and communities abroad - it needs to begin with the teachers.


Elizabeth England - CD, M.A., B.A.- Head of Planning


Elizabeth (Liz) England is a Consultant in International Peace and Development.  After 18 years of service she retired from the Canadian Armed Forces at the rank of Major, and worked with the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine.  She holds an MA in Human Security and Peace-building from Royal Roads University, and is in the University of Alberta Law JD class of 2022.


Jon McDougal - Logistics Coordinator


MCpl (Ret) Jon McDougal has spent over 11 years as a member of the Canadian Forces, including a tour of duty to Afghanistan.  He brings with him, experience in multiple avenues related to communications and organization. He is currently studying Social Psychology at the University of British Columbia and Queensland University.


Ashley Oostvogels- M.Ed., B.Ed., B.A. -Networking Specialist and Lead Researcher


As a doctoral student in the field of Educational Research, Ashley has spent time as a teacher in the K-12 system, a college-level instructor, and, currently, as a college administrator. She has seen, first-hand, the impact that education can have in shaping individuals, families and communities, and ultimately, in changing lives. 


Jasmine Light - M.Ed., B.Ed., B.A. -Curriculum Development Coordinator


Jasmine has a decade of experience teaching and administrating in the K-12 school system. She has traveled and delivered professional development sessions provincially and internationally. After receiving a Masters in Educational Leadership, she began instructing at a correctional center and is currently a college administrator. Jasmine thoroughly believes in the power of education to transform lives. 


Jodi Wilson - Communications Coordinator and Trainer