Irv Gerling


Irv Gerling, Retired Teacher/Administrator

Meet Irv

Irv is a retired teacher/administrator living in Drumheller, AB with his wife Corinne.  After graduating from the University of Alberta with a BSc in Chemistry and a post graduate Certificate in Education, he began his thirty-five year career in Education beginning with two years teaching in Tanzania, East Africa, on a CUSO (originally Canadian University Services Overseas) posting.

Returning to Canada, he taught at the Drumheller Composite High School, where he also met his future wife.  Along with teaching, Irv became very involved with the Alberta Teachers Association, both locally, (President & Teacher Welfare offices), and provincially, (Economic Consultant, Pension Consultant, Peer Arbitration, etc.)  In 1990, Irv and Corinne took positions teaching for two years in an international school in Barranquilla, Colombia, SA.  Shortly after their return to Drumheller, he became the Principal at the Drumheller Outreach School, an alternative program for students with varied educational needs.

At retirement, he became the Health & Safety Officer for the GH School Division, a program he developed and administered for five years.  When Corinne retired, they were invited to work for an international school system based in London.  Corinne returned to the classroom for three more years (in an International Baccalaureate program in Montenegro, part of the former Yugoslavia), while Irv was employed as a consultant, developing policy and administrative procedures for schools in Europe and South America, a position he held for five years.

With respect to AFGL, both Corinne and Irv have been fortunate to work with the Founder, (Mama) Rita Balachandran for quite a number of years.  They are currently planning their fourth trip to Our Lady of Grace Home & School in Marimba, Kenya.  Corinne has been working with students and teachers, providing instructional support, teaching materials and program delivery.  Irv has worked more on the administrative side of both the school & home, assisting Rita in developing policy and procedures, labour contracts, staffing, etc., and ensuring adherence to Kenyan laws.