Elizabeth Marie Chambers (nee Zahorchak) began her education at TMS when the school was still led by founder Helma Trass. After grade 6 graduation, Elizabeth joined the Havergal College community and is a proud “Old Girl”. During her time at Havergal, Elizabeth achieved the Torch, Marguerite and Ivy awards, Bronze and Silver Levels of the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, and was the first student to be awarded the Extend the Torch Trophy for “extraordinary dedication to volunteering”. After completing an Honours B.A.: English Language and Literature at Wilfred Laurier University, Elizabeth went on to finish her B.Ed. at Western University. Elizabeth continued her education expanding her teaching qualifications to include: Primary, Junior, Intermediate, Senior, English, English as a Second Language, Religion, Special Education and Visual Arts, while teaching primarily High School English and English as a Second Language for 10 years. While teaching in South America the first year of her ten year teaching career, Elizabeth finished her Duke of Edinburgh requirements and received her Gold Level Award from HRH Prince Edward.
Elizabeth took a break from teaching when she and her husband became foster parents. This developed into a continued relationship with Community Living as they continue to care for a young man with special needs as part of their family. Elizabeth and her husband also have a young daughter who lights up the room when she enters, and a young son who has proven time and time again that Medically Fragile can also mean Superhero!
Elizabeth is active in the McMaster Children’s Hospital Community, including recently helping edit and give feedback on their newly published Tracheostomy guideline book, representing the Complex Care families at the opening of a new wing at the hospital, and is looking forward to being a part of two upcoming research projects, one of which is a joint venture between McMaster, CanChild and our affiliates in Australia.
Elizabeth joined the CAIS team in June 2017 and thrilled to be working with such an amazing group of individuals. Education and self-improvement are her passion, which ensures that her role as Professional Learning Coordinator at CAIS is a true pleasure.