Many people, especially highly skilled professionals, don’t necessarily immigrate to Canada but come for a shorter period of time (even though some might eventually end up staying). They find themselves in-between two cultures and have the chance to look at both from a certain distance. We have asked them about the experience of living in the “True North” and of moving between two or more cultures.
Check back regularly as we will periodically add portraits of German expats in Canada.
Maren König is the new German Teacher Abroad in Winnipeg - one of about 2,000 teachers employed and sent by the German Central Agency for Schools Abroad (Zentralstelle für Auslandsschulwesen, ZfA). She will be teaching German as a second language to Winnipeg students for at least two years.
Mark Benkelmann is a pioneer at heart and one of his great challenges is to come up with different ways of how to provide good schooling. This mindset will serve him well as the new principal of the German International School in Toronto when it is up to him to give the directions of where the school will turn.
Johannes Debus is the German-born Music Director at the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto. After having worked at the Frankfurt Opera for 10 years, the 39-year-old from Speyer was offered the opportunity to conduct at the Canadian Opera Company in the fall of 2008. Only a few months later, in January 2009, he was appointed Music Director.