Hannah Olney

Hannah Olney

Instructor in Linguistics

Hannah has been at CanIL since Summer 2014, when she took her very first linguistics courses here. She quickly fell in love with both linguistics and her husband, Rick, who was also a student at CanIL. They were married in 2016 and are planning to work overseas with Wycliffe Canada in the Democratic Republic of Congo in a few years. For now she and Rick are both teaching at CanIL, and Hannah is also finishing writing her thesis for the Master of Arts in Linguistics.

Hannah is currently teaching LING 330 Phonological Analysis, which was her favorite class from her first summer here! She has had a number of teaching and tutoring jobs in the past, and she has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from her undergrad, both of which are helpful for teaching this particular class. She is enjoying this opportunity to develop her teaching skills and to spend more time in the amazing CanIL community.

Hannah and Rick are looking forward to the work that God is calling them to in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), but in the meantime there is nowhere else they would rather be than CanIL. They have a vision to see the church grow in strength and health all over the world (and particularly in DRC), through every community having access to the Word of God in their own language. CanIL plays such an important role in the lives of students who come from all over the world and are preparing to work towards this vision in every nation!

Fun Facts: Hannah grew up in Vermont, and is a 5th or 6th generation Vermonter on her dad’s side. She lived there until she moved to Canada in 2014. She is passionate about maple syrup (yes, Vermont maple syrup is better than Canadian maple syrup), Cabot cheddar cheese, and Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. If you ask, she’ll tell you that Vermont is definitely the most beautiful state and you should visit sometime 🙂


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