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.
Brenda Kotzian - Homestay and Activities Coordinator
Brenda is retired from Canada Border Services, where she was a Customs and Immigration Officer for over 31 years. This background, coupled with her 14+ years of experience as a host mother in the School District's homestay program, provides her with the essential tools to perform her current position with expertise and confidence.
Brenda brings energy, humour and enthusiasm to the International Student Program. She has competed in two Ironman Canada competitions and is an avid cyclist and sports enthusiast. She finds time in her busy schedule to support numerous fundraisers for Cancer Research and kids programs, while also enjoying gardening, camping, travel, reading, cooking, riding horses and all outdoor summer and winter sports.
Brenda's love for, and understanding of, young people makes her the perfect Homestay Coordinator. She is very committed to the program and has a passion for making the student / homestay family experience the very best it can be.
Gina Rogers - Homestay Coordinator
Gina is relatively new to the Okanagan, and has come to us from Penticton Secondary School in April/2017. Her many years on the West Coast of British Columbia were spent working with adult learners and newcomers to Canada with the Coquitlam School District. During this time in Coquitlam, Gina returned to post-secondary where she obtained her Career Development Practitioner Diploma which allowed her to become a career resource facilitator 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 at trade school or directly entering the work force. She brings a wealth of information to compliment our International Homestay Program.
Gina and her husband are proud parents of two national team athletes - their eldest daughter is now a head coach for a synchronized swimming club, and their youngest daughter is an internationally competitive gymnast on Team Canada. Both girls have recently graduated from university. Gina has a passion for helping young people achieve their goals and live their dreams. She and her husband enjoy the South Okanagan summers on their boat, in their new home and visiting the surrounding wineries!