Our Team

We pride ourselves in teaching the Italian language and culture to children, youth and adults for over 30 years. All our teachers are highly qualified and experienced. They make use of the latest teaching materials. In both children’s and adults’ classes, they will ensure not only that students learn the language, but that they have loads of fun while doing it.



Domenico Sorace

I was born and raised in the beautiful region of Calabria, known as the Pearl of the Mediterranean.  After graduating from the University of Messina in 1977 with a degree in Mathematics, I taught in a middle and high school first in Bergamo and then in Lecco.  In 1979, I moved to Vancouver.  Soon after, I started to teach Italian as a second language to children, teenagers and adults.  At present, I work for the Italian Cultural Centre , Vancouver School Board and Langara College.  I enjoy teaching Italian and sharing with my students the beauty of Italy, its language, and culture.



Betta De Cillis

I was born and raised in Genova, Italy.  I hold a University degree in Sports Science. In Italy I worked in the physical and motor skill development field. In 2004 I moved to the States with my husband and my two children. Relocated to Canada, in 2010, I started to work at the ICC. I teach to children from toddlers to teens. In the last three years at the Centre I have been coordinating the children’s theater group.



Sara Fera

I was born in Naples but I raised in the nearby town of Caserta, Italy. I hold a Master Degree in Social and Territorial Policies at the University of Federico II of Naples. I specialized with a thesis studying migration flows of Italian graduates in the United States of America. To complete my studies, I lived and studied in the USA for three years. During this period, I had the opportunity to start teaching Italian at the University of Tennessee. In August 2018 I moved to Vancouver, Canada and I began teaching at the Italian Cultural Centre. I love teaching Italian language, but also sharing my culture. What I particularly like about teaching is the opportunity to meet students from many countries around the world and come into contact with various cultures.


Elena CaselliElena

I was born in Rome, Italy and graduated with honors from the University of Naples “L’Orientale” with a degree in International and Diplomatic Science. I hold a PhD in Modern and Contemporary History and I have worked in the field of education for the past 10 years. In 2014, my family and I relocated to Vancouver, Canada and I began teaching at the Italian Cultural Centre. I also have a Master in Teaching Foreign Languages and Cultures: Methods and Techniques.  I am proud of my  culture and love to share my language and upbringing with my students. I firmly believe in the importance of promoting Italian heritage all over the world.