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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.
International Student Support Teacher
Nikita was once a student at GISS and is now proud to be a member of the GISS faculty. She received a Bachelor in Education from the University of Victoria and a Masters in Education from the University of British Columbia. She teaches Physical & Health Education (PE), Science, ELL and Leadership.
Her varied teaching responsibilities are aligned with her aim to find balance in life ~ an endeavour she hopes to inspire within her students. In her role as Support Teacher for the International Program, Nikita enjoys organizing and chaperoning field trips to Vancouver, Victoria, Duncan, Whistler, Tofino and Seattle. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog, travelling and spending quality time with her family.
Relationship Manager/Homestay Coordinator
She understands the intricacies involved in ensuring a positive relationship between student and host and the lasting impact that a successful homestay has for everyone. Chantal looks forward to welcoming our international students to Salt Spring Island and supporting them throughout their homestay experience.
Pauline (Lina) Martens
International Student Program Assistant
She helps students with their medical needs and with Nikita to organize trips and activities for our students. Lina keeps the program organized!
In addition to working within the school district, Lina also runs an organic farm and plant nursery. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking and walking her dog.