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The Delmar Difference

Delmar College has been inspiring and training professionals since 1950!

Honoured to be recognized as the most respected name in post secondary for Cosmetology, with the largest alumni network in Alberta, we truly value the lasting relationships we have built.

Owned and operated by Dan and Carla Cavanagh, both of whom have their Bachelor of Education Degrees from the University of Alberta, as well as hold Masters Degrees in Educational Administration and Curriculum Development.

Our Instructors are professional Hairdressers, Barbers, Estheticians, Platform Artists, Medi- Spa and Salon Owners.
Leaders that understand the value of project based learning, encouraging you to think critically and creatively!

We are also registered under the Private Vocational Training Act and are members of the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) as well as the Alberta Association of Career Colleges (AACS).

Let us share our passion for learning, and help you become the career professional you have always dreamt of!

Learn about our Rock Star staff Members

Tara Byrne
Tara Byrne
Director of Delmar College (Calgary Campus)

I graduated from Delmar College in 1993 and completed my Business Diploma from Mount Royal in 1994. In 1998, I rented a chair and worked for myself which was an AMAZING experience! In 2002, I moved to London, England! In 9 years there, I was Assistant Manager and Head of Training & Development for a group of salons. I took courses at Vidal Sassoon, Toni & Guy, Beverly Cobella, Wella UK, achieved my Assessor’s Award and Preparing to Teach in Life-Long Learning. I returned to Calgary in 2011 and in 2012 became the Director of Delmar College. Being able to affect change in our industry starts at the education level and I am proud to have come full circle!

Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson
Educator (Calgary Campus)

As a 2nd generation hairstylist, my passion for hair and beauty started very young and I graduated from Marvel College a year after graduating high school.

25+ years in the industry has gifted me with many opportunities: attended Advanced Cutting with Aveda Institute (their first-ever class), worked behind the chair, styled hair for photoshoots and events like Western Canada Fashion Week, travelled worldwide for education, lead hairstylist for the World Championship of Performing Arts in Los Angeles for 6 consecutive years (a highlight).  My role as Educator at Delmar allows me to pass on my passion to see a new generation grow!

Leslie De León
Leslie De León
Client Services (Calgary Campus)

Hi, my name is Leslie and I currently manage Client Services at the Delmar Hair Campus and previously Esthetics campus. With over 10 years of customer-driven experience, including 7 years of hairstyling background based from Vancouver, I love the fast-paced environment at Delmar Hair Campus! I ensure all clients are welcomed, taken care of, given sound information, assist with bookings – administrative duties and give ongoing support to all other channels of the college. 

One thing I love is food and trying new recipes-major foodie over here! 😄  
Things I can’t live without: Lip gloss, hair tie, Vivier Tinted Spf 

Lena Omarzay
Lena Omarzay
Clinical Esthetics Instructor (Calgary Campus)

 My favourite anti-aging secret is to wear your SPF daily and to get on a great medical grade skin care routine, but my TRUE secret is to wear your ponytails so tight that it’s impossible to move any muscle on your face… well at least that’s what works for me. #RBF 

Outside of Delmar, I love spending time with family, especially with my son Farhan; he is the silliest, smartest, funniest, and most kind little boy on the planet.  

Cindy Brown
Cindy Brown
Client Services (Calgary Esthetics Campus)

Whether in person or on the phone you will be greeted with a kind and friendly personality. People often tell me that my laughter is contagious, I love to laugh. Favorite Treatments: Facials, Massage, Hot Stone, and Pedicures.

Likes: Family, my Havanese dog, Tucker, our Grandchildren, sweet & salty snacks. Dislikes: Unkind people. Outside of work I love candle making, crocheting, going for walks in nature with my husband and Tucker and family BBQ’s.

Chelsea Schneider
Chelsea Schneider
Educator (Calgary Campus)

Being a Red Seal stylist for over 27 years, this industry has given me so many opportunities to wear different hats. I am an artist, I’ve been a business owner, I’ve travelled the world, and become an educator.  I have competed nationally and I love continuing education! My favorites include:  Goldwell Scholar Program, Wella Master Color, Joico, Farouk Systems, Masters of Balayage, La Bioesthetique, Sassoon Cutting and Sally Rogerson Cutting.  I love passing down skills that include knowing the rules, then teaching how to artistically break them. I love to evolve with the industry and teach my students to do the same.

Chantal Imeson
Clinical Instructor (Calgary Campus)

Hey guys I’m Chantel. I am a clinical Instructor here at Delmar.  I graduated from here a few years back (they can’t get rid of me) and yes, they have tried!  I have taken all the courses that our Esthetics and Wellness Campus offers specializing in skin and nails.

I’m a mom of three and I am currently looking for a new home for my teenager (just kidding-kind of). I love animals more than people and naps. Country music, camping and the outdoors makes me happy and the only thing in this world I dislike is blue cheese. EW! 

Britta Siemens
Britta Siemens
Educator (Calgary Campus)

As a Red Seal stylist for 12 years, I managed two successful barbershops and work with community theater (15 productions, nominated for CAT awards 3 times).  My love for theory gets students excited about learning and understanding how it relates to the hands-on experience.  I am empathetic and patient, meeting students at their level and helping them grow.  I love a challenge and encourage students to step out of their comfort zone. I love continuing education, notably the American Crew Master Cutting and La Biosthetique Master Colourist programs. The apprenticeship class is a fast-paced environment keeping me and students engaged!

Alison Confrey
Alison Confrey
Director of Admissions (Calgary Campus)

As Director of Admissions, I am the first person you will meet when starting your journey into hairstyling and barbering. Being a licensed stylist and barber for over 25 years (in both Europe and Canada), I understand what it takes to succeed in this industry. My first role at Delmar was as an instructor and I was instrumental in the creation of our Barber program. Being in Admissions for the last 5 years, it excites me every day when I meet people starting their journey. Seeing our graduates spreading their wings and soaring in this creative, wonderful, crazy industry is amazing!!

Maricel Bermudez
Maricel Bermudez
Educator/Creative Director (Calgary Campus)

I am the Creative Director and the Social Media Coordinator (Calgary Campus). With 22 years in the industry, I have established myself as an authority in the field of color. I hold a Masters in Loreal Professional Color and am the Lead Instructor for our Labiosthetique Advanced Color Program. Additionally, I pride myself as a master stylist with a background in Sassoon and Anh Co Trans-Curated Cutting Systems. My passion for the world of fashion and design extends beyond hair, as I also dabble in the art of jewelry design.  My vision is to inspire our students to have the passion I have for our industry!

Tammy Tait
Tammy Tait
Educator (Calgary Campus)

As a licensed stylist for over 20 years, my love of continuing education has lead to me taking many courses over the years including cutting, coloring, barbering, master extensions and many more. I was lucky to be able to participate in many Bridal Fantasy Runway shows as well as TV appearances educating about wigs and hairpieces. This love of education fueled my passion to become an Educator and I love being able to affect change in our industry through educating a new generation of stylists! Sharing my knowledge and watching students progress and grow is very rewarding and every day, every class is different! I can’t wait to see you in my class!

Cheryl Reid
Cheryl Reid
Client Services (Calgary Hair Campus)

My love for the beauty industry started in high school and my passion for hair and people has led to a very rewarding 25+ year career in the industry! Moving forward into Guest Services still allows me to work directly with people, engaging in great conversations and directing them to success with their hair needs.  I love meeting new people and when I am not at Delmar (Calgary Campus), you can find me in Guest Services at my local salon.  I’ll always be the first smiling face you meet!

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