International Education Office
Welcome to the New Westminster School District Education Program. We are a multilingual, experienced team located on-site in New Westminster Secondary School. We are here to assist you! Each one of us has lived outside of Canada and understands the joys and challenges students encounter in a new environment. Students are welcome to drop by even just to say hello. Our door is always open. Together we say, “Welcome to New Westminster!”
International Education Program Office Members
Beginning as an instructor in Japan where he lived for seven years Trevor has spent his whole career involved in international education. He became a member of the international program in New Westminster in 2003 where he has held the positions of Homestay Manager and Marketing-Assistant General Manager. Trevor credits the energy and optimism that youth from around the world bring to our schools and community for his passion for international education. Trevor is originally from Saskatchewan but has called British Columbia home since 1998.
Marketing Manager-Student Support
From Vancouver, Sara has grown up on the Coast of British Columbia and calls New Westminster home. Sara’s first experience with International Education was at the age of 15 when she moved to Japan to attend high school and live with a local host family. It was an experience that forever changed her life and sparked a passion for building connections around the world. Her time in Japan inspired her to complete a degree in Pacific & Asian Studies at the University of Victoria. As the Marketing Manager, Sara supports our partners in Europe, North & South America as well as exploring new market opportunities. “I understand how important this program is for each student and their families and I feel so fortunate to be a part of each student’s experience here, in our program.”
Financial Manager-Student Support
Yiwen grew up in China and studied in Beijing and Vancouver. Once an international student himself, he understands the joys and challenges that students face in a new environment. He earned his CMA/MBA at the Sauder School of Business, is a professional accountant, and has made Greater Vancouver his home since 2002. Yiwen welcomes all students to New Westminster and is available to answer any concerns from Mandarin and Cantonese students and parents. Yiwen enjoys how our international students enrich our school community with their wide variety of cultures and languages.
Homestay Manager-Student Support (After Hours Emergency Contact: 604.356.4980)
Eva worked as an International Education Homestay Coordinator in Central Okanagan Public Schools for over 5 years before joining our program in New Westminster. Before that, she studied at the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom. Eva has firsthand experience and understanding of the life of a student studying and living abroad. Eva uses this experience when assisting international students through their cultural adjustment stage. With her knowledge, experience and warm heart Eva supports our students together with our host families.
Naomi has worked for both public and independent school systems. She’s had an exciting career working with international students. She was born and raised in Korea but has lived in Canada for the last 25 years. In her spare time, Naomi loves to cook, travel, and ride her bike with family and friends. She highly encourages international students to be involved in community activities and volunteer work. Come and say hi! She would love to get to know you.