Steve Cann - District Principal
Steve Cann joined the International Student Program in August 2017 after working for 15 years in the Okanagan for School District No. 22 (Vernon) and School District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) as a teacher, ELL/ESL teacher, International Programs Coordinator and school administrator.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia (B.Ed, 2000) and the University of Calgary (M.Ed, 2006, BPE, 1997), Steve brings a love of learning and a desire to create positive school climates to his work. Steve's experience working with international students as an ELL/ESL teacher and school administrator will ensure that our International students are taken care of and have a fantastic learning experience. Steve played professional volleyball for three seasons, living in France, Germany and Switzerland. He is committed to helping International students have as positive an experience living abroad as he did. Steve is very excited about working in a District where he can get to know all of the International students personally. He looks forward to building upon the excellent program and culture that has been created in the Okanagan Skaha School District.
As the Principal of the International Student Program, Steve is both passionate and committed to providing students from around the globe with an exceptional opportunity to live and study in the amazing Okanagan Skaha School District.
Lois Leonard - Administrative Assistant
It is a pleasure to welcome Lois to the International Program. Lois brings a strong background in business and education to her role.
Lois moved to sunny Penticton in 1993 with her family to operate a retail store as the financial/human resources officer. After her children grew up, she found herself wanting to put her administrative skills to use in the educational field. Working for a private school as their administrative assistant started her journey. She joined the School District in 2017 as the District Receptionist and moved onto become the Education Secretary.
Her love of people, joy of learning, organizational skills, and integrity will complement the International Student Program.
Lois enjoys hiking the local trails, paddle boarding, enjoying the beaches in the summer, and taking in the events of the Okanagan Valley.
Gina Rogers - Homestay Coordinator
Gina relocated to the sunny Okanagan a few years ago with her husband Gord. Gina worked for the Vancouver and Coquitlam School Districts before continuing her career with SD67.
Her many years in the educational industry were spent working with adult learners and newcomers to Canada. During her time in Coquitlam, Gina returned to post-secondary where she obtained her Career Development Practitioner Diploma which allowed her to become a career counsellor at Riverside Secondary for high school students in Port Coquitlam until relocating to Penticton. Gina helped many high school students with plans for their future, whether it be attending post-secondary, starting a trade school or directly entering the work force. She brings a wealth of information to complement our International Homestay Program.
Gina and her husband are proud parents of 2 lovely young ladies – their eldest daughter is now a community coordinator for the Special Olympics of BC, and their youngest daughter is a 2 time Olympian in the sport of gymnastics. Both girls have recently graduated from university and one lives in Vancouver, and the other in Calgary.
Gina has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals and live their dreams. She and her family frequently enjoy the South Okanagan summers together in their home, on their boat, and at the surrounding wineries!