Empowerment. Engagement. Authenticity.

Welcome to The Kristy Corner

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Hi, I'm Kristy Kassie. I am an English and ESL Instructor, published creative writer and private tutor originally from Trinidad and Tobago. I now live in Vancouver, Canada. My passion is working with people to meet their educational and professional goals.

I believe in:

Until March 2020, I taught face-to-face in small and medium-sized classrooms in New Westminster, Burnaby, Surrey and Richmond. Currently, my classes are on Zoom, What's App and Messenger.

Morning, afternoon and evening classes available. Contact me to set up a schedule.

English as a Second Language Instructor and Tutor

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Do you want to speak English better? Let me help you.

Corporate Trainer - Strategies for Productive, Accurate Communication in English (SPACE)

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Give your employees SPACE to:

High School Tutor (Grades 11 and 12)

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Reading and writing gets harder in Grade 11 and 12. Let me help you in:

Private Training Institutions Branch (PTI) Accreditation

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You want to start an academy or training school that grants Canadian certificates and diplomas. Let me help you with the accreditation process:

Low Vision Consultant for the Performing Arts

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Make public events and live theatre productions accessible for people who are blind or partially-sighted by including someone with lived experience in your planning process:

Published Creative Writer

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Although I have been an award-winning creative writer since the age of nine, I only gave getting published serious thought in 2016. My first story was published in January 2017, followed by several more that same year. This success motivated me to self-publish my first memoir in November 2017. I am currently working on a second memoir, a murder mystery and a collection of Trinidadian folk tales. Find links to my published work below:

Latest Projects

Pearl of Woodbrook, Public Reading - May 11, 2024

I attended two rounds of Marilyn Norry's My Mother's Story workshop in 2022 and 2023. After much research, I wrote an abridged version of my grandmother's life story. On May 11, 2024, Marilyn invited me to read the story live at a pre-Mother's Day event in Delta, BC.

Read Pearl of Woodbrook: Glamour, Grit and Grief

Listen to the live reading

Access Radio Interview - On Lived Experience of Disability and Taking Care of My Mental Health - March 13, 2024

Thank you Amy Amantea for inviting me to share my lived experience about disability, teaching, mental health, chronic medical conditions, semi-accessible staycations and the privilege of having a technical genius for a partner. Is it weird that I couldn't hear my own voice even as I was doing this Access Radio interview?

Listen to my interview here.

Kristy stands supported by her walker with the ocean and sand of English Bay, Vancouver behind her

Published Creative Writer

Pearl of Woodbrook: Glamour, Grit and Grief (Abridged) - May 14, 2023

In 2022, I participated in a virtual My Mother's Story writing workshop facilitated by Marilyn Norry, a Vancouver actor, writer and story editor. Under her guidance, I developed a timeline of my grandmother's life that motivated me to research more about her and the history of my homeland, Trinidad and Tobago. After a second round of the workshop in April 2023, I completed an abridged version called Pearl of Woodbrook: Glamour, Grit and Grief. Listen to a live reading or read the story.

Author Interview on Access Radio - August 24, 2022

Host of Access Radio, Amy Amantea, and I discuss the rise and fall of first love, the writing process and much more. Listen to Kristy Kassie's interview on Access Radio.

Personal Projects

Your Eyes, My Vision on VocalEye #AlmostLive - February 1, 2023

Along with my #YourEyesMyVision facilitator, Donnabelle, I was thrilled to share my rock painting journey with members of the blind and partially-sighted community. Check out Your Eyes, My Vision on AlmostLive.

Article in the New Westminster Record - August 31, 2022

So flattered that the New Westminster Record contacted me about my #YourEyesMyVision project. The piece is a little sappy for my liking but I'm happy this project received some media attention. I think it's extra cool that Shawn, my boyfriend who is completely blind, snapped the photos included in the article. Read the article. #KristyKassieRocks #SunflowersForUkraine

Corporate Trainer

Golden Boy Foods - February 8-December 10, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with 29 talented and ambitious adults, from 13 countries, at Golden Boy Foods in Burnaby, BC. Students in my first two groups met with me over Zoom for 1 hour a day, Monday to Friday. As the word spread that English class was fun and not scary, and as managers started to notice improvement in communication and morale, more students were added to my schedule. At the height of the program, I had 18 students in a 40-hour week. I learned so much about food production and packaging, maintenance and sanitation, quality assurance and standard operating procedures. My students learned pronunciation tricks, grammar and spelling patterns and how small attitude changes could improve teamwork. On May 14, 2022, I was so proud to celebrate these amazing individuals in person at a graduation party at the Inn at the Quay in New Westminster. I also visited Golden Boy Foods in-person on two occasions to acknowledge the expertise of each person I taught.

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Low Vision Consultant for the Performing Arts

Modern Biology at 2022 Indian Summer Festival - July 10, 2022

Modern Biology is an experience tailor-made for people who are blind or partially-sighted. I read the event description and knew I wanted to attend. The staff at Indian Summer Festival made me feel so welcome!

Kristy, Shawn and Annika stand with Indian Summer Festival co-founder Siresh Rao and festival Community Development Director, Laura June with leafy trees and the ocean in the background.

Preview of Modern Biology

Review of Modern Biology

Review: Morag, You're a Long Time Deid - June 9, 2022

When accessibility is implemented from the start, everyone feels welcome. Read my Review of Morag, You're a Long Time Deid.

Kristy after the debut performance, wearing a rose-gold and black velvet tunic and posing with fairy lights in the background.

2022 pUsH Festival Reviews

I am excited to be involved with the pUsH Festival as their Low Vision Consultant for the third year in a row. I hope that people with vision loss will take the opportunity to check out the variety of low-vision friendly content being offered both live and virtually this year.

As You Like It - February 4, 2022

Kristy sits in a darkened theatre with rows of filled seats around her. She wears a white mask and beige sweater.

Vox. In Fold. - January 23, 2022

Review: Vox. In Fold.

Kristy sits in a chair against a wall of a sound studio while Shawn lies on the floor. They both wear masks, winter jackets and jeans.

Published Creative Writer

Realwheels Playwriting Circle - December 5, 2020

In the fall of 2020, I dabbled in the art of playwriting. It was definitely a different mindset for my creative writer brain! It was also surreal and empowering to hear a virtual reading of the scene I created, performed by actors living with disability. Imagine my amazement when I attended a live performance of Hey Viola! in 2023 and recognized the lead actress as one of the performers in my virtual scene! Just had to grab a photo together. Listen to a scene from Committed in Vengeance.

Kristy and Krystle in the lobby of Gateway Theatre

Quick Links

Reviews of Described Theatre and Events

Reviews of Described Theatre and Events

The Kristy Corner Handouts

ESL Instructor Experience

Educational Administrator Experience

Accessible Media Portfolio

Kristy Wins 2009 BC TEAL Writing Contest

A Piece of Kristy's Story

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