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:

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

Russel Boris

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

Leanne Foster

Executive Assistant
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4502

Marketing Team

Gordon Shuster

Manager, International Recruitment and Countries to South East Asia, Middle East and Korea
Office: Centre For Learning 116
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443 ext. 4251

Petya Whelan

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - Mexico, South America, Africa, USA and Europe
Office: Centre For Learning 115
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443 ext. 4246
International - Petya Whelan

Sakura Hirata

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - Japan and Jamaica
Office: Centre For Learning 110
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

Jade Bethune

Marketing Recruitment Specialist - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka
Office: Centre For Learning 119
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443 ext. 4947
Jade Bethune, Marketing Recruitment Specialist - India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka

Education Advisors

Heather Thomson

International Education Advising
Office: Centre For Learning 114
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-762-5445 ext. 4906

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: 250-862-5443 ext. 4482

Skye Chataway

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

Antriksh Mistry

Immigration Advisor
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443 ext. 4914

Amir .

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

Geraldine Nishi

Division Assistants
Office: Centre For Learning 110
Campus: Kelowna
Phone: 250-862-5443 ext. 4240

Karen Tessier

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

Cultural Liaisons

Wakana Takai

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

Mia Salmon

Cultural Liaison - September to April
Office: Main Building A300
Campus: Vernon
Phone: 250-307-8850
International - Mia Salmon

Kiran Arora

Cultural Liaison - September to April
Office: Ashnola Building 117
Campus: Penticton
Phone: 250-460-2960
International Department staff member Kiran Arora