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The International Program Team:
International Program Manager
Sheri Wakefield always puts students first and has been working in the International Education program for the Gulf Island School District for the past eighteen years. As Program Manager she is responsible for the program administration, and student enrolment, reporting, programming, and advisement.
She also works closely with the homestay relationship managers, as well as the program marketing and student recruitment consultant. Sheri is a Certified Executive Coach and recently earned a Masters of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration of International Communication and Business from Royal Roads University.
Lyall Ruehlen has been involved with the International Program since 2004. He has played an integral role as the school based Administrator and recently been responsible for developing student and teacher exchanges with China.
Lyall works with other educators to gain from their experiences and expertise in order to strengthen this top notch International Program. Lyall enjoys time with his family on their boat cruising the waters of the Gulf Islands and has a deep passion for coaching basketball.
Senior Consultant: Marketing and Recruitment
According to Rob Moore, “teamwork and collaboration are at the core of every successful endeavour and Gulf Islands International embodies this critical guiding principle”. His driving force is to utilize empathic strategies and win-win constructs.
This helps the Gulf Islands International Program align human resources in creating optimal learning and care environments on behalf of our students. As a formal instructional leader K-12 for over 30 years Rob’s commitment is delivering optimal programs and optimal supports for all students and their parents.
International Program Counsellor
Nia Williams is a counsellor working with The Gulf Islands International Program. She received a Bachelor in Education from University of Victoria and a Masters in Leadership and Counselling from San Diego State University. Nia loves the West Coast lifestyle and particularly enjoys the wilderness with her family.
She has worked with School District 64 for over fifteen years, and greatly appreciates working in such a vibrant, welcoming learning community. Nia values the curricular and social growth that develops in International students, as they experience new adventures and create new friendships while studying abroad in Canada.
English for Language Learners Instructor
Roland Kerr currently teaches the ELL classes and provides support for ELL and International students at Gulf Islands Secondary School. Originally trained as a secondary teacher in English Language Arts and Social Studies, he also has a background in Philosophy and has training in teaching English as a foreign language.
Aside from a fascination with language, he is passionate about digital media and enjoys teaching Yearbook and Media Arts classes. Roland, along with two Gulf Islands students, recently visited China as part of a three District partnership with schools in Guangdong Province and the Chancheng Education Board.
Homestay: Relationship Manager Support
Mary joined CHN as Relationship Manager in 2017. After graduating from Simon Fraser University she spent a decade working in Switzerland in both educational and multinational corporate settings.
She enjoys learning languages, travelling and spending time with friends and family. Mary looks forward to supporting the Salt Spring Island community.