International Education

Meet the team

We have a full range of staff dedicated to making your experience at Okanagan College the best possible. The Student Services team is here to help with everything from education advising to immigration. Education Advisors are available to assist international students plan their academic program, choose courses to meet their educational goals, register for ESL and academic courses and learn about course requirements for transferring to other universities. Cultural Liaisons are there to assist with all aspects of studying in Canada. Our Cultural Liaisons are native speakers of many different languages.

General inquiries

Have questions? Contact the International staff through these main e-mail contacts based on your needs:

Book an appointment with an Immigration Advisor, Education Advisor, or Cultural Liaison

Administration Team

  • Director, International Education
  • Executive Assistant

Marketing Team

  • Recruitment
  • Business Development

Cultural Liaisons

  • Answer questions
  • Discuss concerns
  • Create connections

Student Services Team

  • Student Settlement and Support
  • Education Advising
  • Immigration

Administration Team

Gordon Shuster

Director, International Education
Office: Centre For Learning 118
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4543
Gordon Shuster International Director

Leanne Foster

Executive Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4502
Leanne Foster Executive Assistant to the International Director

Marketing Team

Jade Bethune

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - Malaysia, Middle East, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore, South Korea
Office: Centre For Learning 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4251
Jade Bethune, Marketing Recruitment Specialist

Sakura Hirata

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - Japan, Africa, and Jamaica
Office: Centre For Learning 119
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4508
International - Sakura Hirata

Louis Hu

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau
Office: Centre For Learning 111
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4866
International Department Marketing Recruitment Specialist Louis Hu

Melanie Wasilenkoff

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Office: Centre For Learning 116
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4947
Melanie Wasilenkoff International Marketing Recruitment Specialist

Petya Whelan

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - Mexico, South America, USA and Europe
Office: Centre For Learning 121
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4246
International - Petya Whelan

Education Advisors

Paul Zeng

International Education Advising
Office: Centre For Learning 113
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4282
Educational Advising - Paul Zeng

Student Services

Sora Chang

International Student Liaison
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4482

Skye Chataway

International Student Settlement
Office: Centre For Learning 120
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4670

AR Mistry

Immigration Advisor
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4914

Nayoung Kim

Retention Officer
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4583
Nayoung Kim - International Education

Geri Nishi

Division Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4240
Geri Nishi International Division Assistant Fall trees in the background

Karen Tessier

Division Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4503

Cultural Liaisons

Mia Salmon

Cultural Liaison - September to April
Office: Main Building C307
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-307-8850 ext. 2271
International - Mia Salmon

Wakana Takai

Cultural Liaison
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443
International Department staff member Wakana Takai

Kiran Arora

Cultural Liaison - September to April
Office: Ashnola Building 142B
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-460-2960
International Department staff member Kiran Arora