Our Team

The Writing Centre provides free writing support to Tyndale University College and Seminary students. Our friendly, knowledgeable tutors are here to help you at any stage of an assignment and offer suggestions to strengthen your writing.

If you are interested in becoming a Writing Centre tutor, please contact the Academic Excellence Director, Lina Balsamo at lbalsamo@tyndale.ca for further details.

Lina Balsamo, Academic Excellence Director

Favourite Quote:
"Run mad as often as you choose, but do not faint." - Jane Austen

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The question mark. My inquisitive personality delights in making discoveries, and I believe that one of the best ways to learn is simply by asking questions. Would you agree?

Writing Centre Tutors (2013 - 2014):
Elza Manukian

Program: BA Human Services Social Work (Psychology Minor)

Favourite Quote:

On Creation and the Fall: "They wanted, as we say, to 'call the souls their own.' But that means to live a lie, for our souls are not, in fact, our own.  They wanted some corner in the universe of which they could say to God, 'This is our business, not yours.' But there is no such corner.  They wanted to be nouns, but they were, and eternally must be, mere adjectives."  - C.S. Lewis (The Problem of Pain)

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
I love the question mark for how bold it is, and I am grateful that I have the freedom to use it as often as I choose.  The Bible is filled with question marks, which is interesting - because the Book that has all the answers is also, I believe, telling us that the best way to get to the truth is to ask questions.  I love placing questions into any sort of text, because it challenges and forces the reader to think about what is being said.  Am I right?

Matthew Knox

Program: MDiv Pastoral Studies

Favourite Quote:
"Are the things you're living for worth Christ dying for?"
- Leonard Ravenhill

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The period. Why, you may ask? I must admit, there are more exciting punctuation marks. However, the period is essential to the English language and highly underrated. For these reasons I feel it deserves its place of recognition.

Robert Koch

Program: BA Honours English (Philosophy minor)

Favourite Quote: “In reading great literature I become a thousand men and yet remain myself.” - C.S. Lewis

Favourite Punctuation Mark: The Oxford or serial comma, because it stands as one of the most persecuted marks in the punctuation world. Constantly threatened by those who trust in lonesome conjunctions and ambiguous context, the Oxford comma is often forgotten and receives little praise for its contribution to the English sentence list.

Amy Francis

Program: Master of Theological Studies

Favourite Quote: “I am of the opinion that my life belongs to the community, and as long as I live, it is my privilege to do for it whatever I can. I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work, the more I live.” - George Bernard Shaw

Favourite Punctuation Mark: Personally, I favour the dash. The dash, when used effectively, will add punch and personality to any piece of writing. It reflects both the rhythmic quality of human speech and the disjointed nature of human thought.

Jeremy Dawson

Program: BA Honours Philosophy and Biblical Studies and Theology

Favourite Quote: "Error never shows itself in its naked reality, in order not to be discovered. On the contrary, it dresses elegantly, so that the unwary may be led to believe that it is more truthful than truth itself." - Irenaeus of Lyons

Favourite Punctuation Mark: The quotation mark. Isaac Newton is credited with writing, "If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants." Newton seized the idea that we are indebted to our intellectual forebears for our accomplishments. In this way, the quotation mark brings the breadth of human research and insight into our fingertips, and dares us to do better.

Roxy Koch

Program: Philosophy

Favourite Quote:
“He (God) wants them to learn to walk and must therefore take away His hand; and if only the will to walk is really there, He is pleased even with their stumbles.” - C.S. Lewis (The Screwtape Letters)

Favourite Punctuation Mark:
The period.  It finishes every thought with composure, each time bringing a subtle sense of hope and progress in the reminder that it will, one day, also finish the very last sentence of your assignment.