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.
Kathy Levesque - Administrative Assistant
It is a pleasure to have Kathy as a team member with the International Student Program since November 2014. Kathy brings 18+ years of School District experience to the position of Administrative Assistant. She has worked in clerical / administrative positions at every school level from elementary to secondary, as well as the Distance Education Program and the School Board Office. Prior to joining School District No. 67, Kathy was employed with the City of Penticton in various administrative positions for 14 years. Her exceptional organizational and time management skills, along with her strong work ethic and friendly demeanour, make her the perfect fit on the International Student Program team.
Kathy is passionate about the outdoors and is an avid cyclist, hiker, skier and general outdoor enthusiast. She has also been highly involved in volleyball and soccer as a player, coach and parent. Between raising her family and managing their own vineyard, Kathy has an outstanding perspective of what the Okanagan area has to offer.
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!
Nathan Rock - Homestay Coordinator
Nathan and his family moved from the Lower Mainland to Penticton in 2016 to enjoy what the Okanagan has to offer, from ski season to beach season and so much more. Nathan's background includes a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and over twenty years of experience in social services. Most recently, Nathan ran an organization in Vancouver dedicated to improving the lives of young people and he was directly responsible for developing a clinical treatment program in schools to mitigate some of the challenges and/or experiences young people can face. Nathan is committed to making his mark in his new role as well, understanding the reciprocal significance of the homestay program. Having lived abroad in his earlier years (Korea), Nathan truly admires the courage of the students who come to reside in Penticton and he is committed to supporting the experience for both the students and the homestay families.