Shad TRU

Program Directors

Vanessa Wiseman, BA, BEd

French Immersion Teacher

Vanessa (she/her) began her journey with Shad in 2007 at McMaster, where she was a Shad herself. In 2015, Vanessa returned to Shad as a Teacher Fellow at the University of Saskatchewan, before taking on the role of Program Manager and eventually Assistant Program Director at the University of Saskatchewan between 2016 and 2019. In 2021, Vanessa did Shad online with Carleton University, before having the opportunity to experience Carleton’s in-person program in 2022. Vanessa is thrilled rejoin the Shad Thompson Rivers team this year!

Vanessa completed a Bachelor of Arts at Mount Allison University in 2012. From there, she completed a Bachelor of Education at St Francis Xavier University in 2014, where she was selected as a member of the President’s Circle of Young Alumni. Vanessa is now a French Immersion Teacher in Regina, Saskatchewan. Outside of teaching, Vanessa can be found directing musical theater, coaching her school’s junior badminton team, or leading youth leadership opportunities and school-based Truth and Reconciliation initiatives.

Bronwyn Roberts, TTP Dip, RAD RTS

Arts Educator

Bronwyn (she/her) is excited to be returning to Shad as Assistant Program Director at Thompson Rivers University. She began her journey with Shad in 2016 at the University of Saskatchewan and returned to the program as a Program assistant shortly after. She also worked alongside Shad UPEI as Program Manager in 2022. Bronwyn is currently based in Montreal and studies Art History at Concordia University. In 2021, she graduated from the Teacher Training Program at Canada’s National Ballet School and currently works as a dance educator for all ages in Montreal. Bronwyn is very passionate about the intersection between fine arts and academics and looks forward to bringing this perspective to the Shad program.