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Meet the team

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At Camosun International, we work together to welcome students and partners from around the world. We also bring our expertise to successfully complete international projects and training programs, both locally and overseas. Our team comes from 13 countries and speaks a combined 18 languages. Many of us have relocated from our home countries to live in Canada, some of us are born-and-raised Canadians, and all of us have chosen Victoria as our home.

Camosun International Team
Christiaan Bernard

Christiaan Bernard Director

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Camosun! I’ve recently come to Camosun from Douglas College where I was responsible for managing the Marketing and Recruitment of more than 2000 international students from over 77 countries. I have more than 20 years of experience in business development, branding, innovation, strategic planning, and leadership. My career includes previous roles within the Education Management Corporation, Vancouver Island University, and the City of Iwatsuki (Japan). I graduated from the University of Victoria with a BA in Social Sciences, and am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Leadership at Royal Roads University.

Diana Shields

Diana Shields Associate Director

Hello and welcome. My name is Diana Shields and my ancestors are from Ireland, Wales and Ukraine. I have been living and working here, in Victoria, on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ people since July 2012. I feel privileged and honoured to be able to experience this beautiful land and wonderful territory on a daily basis.

I completed a Bachelor of General Studies at Simon Fraser University and a MA in Integrated Studies at Athabasca University. During the early years of my BGS, I lived in France as a fille au pair for a year. After I completed my degree, I taught ESL in South Korea for just over two years. Upon my return to Canada, I worked with an ESL College in Vancouver and then in Toronto. I transitioned into post-secondary administration and strategic enrolment management in Alberta after this. Working with our international partners and supporting students through their transitions to our college, helping them become aware of and access the various services available to them within Camosun and our larger community, is a passion of mine.

I am very happy and excited to be working at Camosun International and look forward to meeting you. Enjoy your time here and be sure to stay connected with us!

Marie Abbott

Marie Abbott International Counsellor

Hello! My name is Marie, and I feel privileged to work with international students at Camosun College as a counsellor. My story begins in Whitehorse, Yukon, where I was born and raised. At 16, I moved away from home to attend Pearson College, an international school outside Victoria, where I lived and studied with 200 students from 100 different countries for two years. I am fortunate to have friends to visit around the world! My travels have taken me to Latin America, Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa. I have lived in Victoria, on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories since the Summer of 2015. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria. As a counsellor, I am dedicated to providing a confidential and supportive place where you can discuss academic, career, personal and/or cultural concerns as you navigate your international student experience.

Gulcan Barclay

Gulcan Barclay International Student Advisor

I grew up on the Mediterranean in southwest Turkey, surrounded by people from many countries and backgrounds. I was fascinated by their colourful cultural differences and always wanted to know more about them. This curiosity led me to learn English and French, while my love for education allowed me to obtain a BA in Public Administration and a Master's in Educational Leadership. I started my career as a Study Abroad Advisor in Istanbul and I am very happy to be part of the Camosun International family. I am an advocate of lifelong learning and international education. I also firmly believe that with support and dedication, students of any age and background can successfully reach their educational goals. It is an honour to be a part of your journey at Camosun!

Manuela Blankenhorn

Manuela Blankenhorn Assistant to the Director

I grew up in Germany where I graduated from university with a Degree in International Business Administration. Having studied and worked in Spain, Peru and Canada and travelled extensively in Europe, North, Central and South America as well as Asia, I have developed a passion for cultural diversity and languages. I am fluent in German, English and Spanish and somewhat conversant in French. I believe that living in and learning about another culture is one of the most enriching and challenging experiences one can have. Enjoy!

Helena Cui

Helena Cui International Student Experience Advisor

Everybody likes to smile, and I like to make people smile. My story began in the small town of Longjing in northeastern China. My family is of Korean decent, so I am fluent in both Korean and Mandarin. Growing up, I studied traditional Korean dance for over ten years. I obtained a News Media Degree and was a reporter/anchor in television news, then worked in marketing in Beijing before moving to Canada in 2007. While working in Victoria, I met my husband and we bought a home. Our daughter Myla was born in 2012, and once again I gained a new outlook on life. There is so much in life to experience, and I love being part of the incredible energy – the “meeting of waters” – at Camosun. I want to learn about everybody, where you came from and where you’re going, and what makes you smile.

Eva (Xiaoping) Du

Eva Du International Admissions Officer

I was born and raised in China, and my hometown is near Korea. I came to Canada after I graduated from high school. I hold a Bachelor of Economics degree from the University of Victoria. I have been living in Canada for almost seven years. I came here to have a different experience and become more independent. I am so glad that I came to Victoria and now work at Camosun International. I love to meet and talk to people with different cultural backgrounds and I am looking forward to helping international students.

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Laura Ensor International Student Experience Advisor

Originally from the island, I am a graduate of Camosun who has travelled and lived overseas.  Because of my overseas experiences, I fully understand the joys and challenges faced by people who are living in a new culture. I speak English as well as Japanese and also have a keen interest in other languages.  The best part of my work at Camosun is connecting with people from all over the world!  Welcome!  

Gloria Guevara

Gloria Guevara International Student Advisor

I was born in El Salvador and moved to Canada with my family when I was young. I am fluent in Spanish and would like to learn a third language at some point in my life. I have had the pleasure to visit multiple destinations in Canada, US and Mexico, Colombia and look forward to future destinations including a return trip to El Salvador. I have had the pleasure to meet many international learners over more than 13 year of experience in both private and public sector of international education. I enjoy interacting with new and current students at many levels of admission. We welcome you to stop by our offices at both campuses and find out what opportunities lie ahead for you at Camosun!

Brian Herron

Brian Herron International Counsellor

I completed a B.Ed. at the University of British Columbia, followed by an M.Ed. in counselling psychology at Simon Fraser University. I have over 10 years of counselling experience working with international students and other students from around the world at the secondary and college levels. I have particular interest and experience helping students with cultural transitions. Other areas of training and experience include conflict resolution and helping students develop leadership and helping skills that are validating to themselves and their peers. Helping students with personal, cultural, educational and career planning issues is very rewarding in my role as an international student counsellor.

Graham Knipfel

Graham Knipfel Manager, Global Consulting and Partnerships

I had the privilege of living in Kenya as a post-graduate intern in 2007 and have been involved in international business development and project management ever since. At Camosun, I oversee our onshore customized programs, offshore projects and international contract training. I am a strong proponent of technical and vocational education as it contributes to global prosperity and sustainable economic development. My project management experience spans the globe, where I have worked with clients in sectors including construction, oil and gas, mining, tourism, health, sports, education and renewable energy. I am delighted to discuss how Camosun’s unique expertise can meet the needs of your organization. I am originally from the Kootenay region of British Columbia where I developed a passion for the outdoors, music, and a good laugh!

Niya Liu

Niya Liu Pathways Specialist, Global Consulting and Partnerships

I graduated from Beijing Normal University with a BA. I was a high school teacher in Beijing and then I participated in a one-year intercultural exchange program, AFS, in the United States before moving to Canada. It has been my privilege to be part of the Camosun International family in different roles, including Admissions Officer and Academic Adviser. I am very excited to start a new adventure with the Global Consulting and Partnerships team as Pathway Specialist. My experiences of living, working and studying in different cultures allow me to understand and appreciate the anticipation and excitement of visiting a new country. Every day I am inspired by having the opportunity to meet and work with our partners and discuss how Camosun’s expertise meets their needs!

Noriko Matsuo

Noriko Matsuo Operations Assistant

I worked as a secretary and a part-time music reviewer in Japan before coming to Canada to learn English. While studying in Victoria, I fell in love with the city and decided to move to Canada permanently. I always loved music, movies, art, and pop culture, but since I moved to Canada, I’ve become more interested in the outdoors and adventure! Having studying ESL and Business Administration at Camosun, I know what it’s like to be an international student. I’d love to share my experience and knowledge with all of you!

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Sumie Morison International Admissions Officer

Growing up in Japan, traveling overseas, and being involved in Camosun’s Peer Connections volunteer program during my studies in Business have enhanced my cultural sensitivity and appreciation of diversity. Since I was once an international student, I can relate to and understand the challenges of studying and living in a foreign country. I enjoy meeting with people from all over the world!

Coco Nakabayashi

Coco Nakabayashi International Student Experience Advisor

I am a graduate from the Visual Arts program at Camosun. I came to Victoria in January 2012 and immediately fell in love with this beautiful city. I am fortunate to live in such an amazing place with stunning scenery and friendly people. I was born and grew up in Tokyo, Japan. When I was growing up, I always wanted to see the world outside of my own country and meet people from different cultures. After high school, I moved to Oregon and graduated from the Portland State University with a BFA. I worked as a graphic designer in Tokyo for many years, creating various communication tools in multiple languages. I am very excited to be working here at the Camosun International, and feel privileged to be in a position where I can assist students from around the world. I look forward to meeting you!

Audrey Navello

Audrey Navello International Student Experience Advisor

I was born and raised in Provence, in the south of France. When I graduated from my master’s degree in Marketing and Management, with a specialty in professional sports, I followed my dream of working on professional tennis tournaments and travelling the world. I soon realized that career was not for me and I decided to take another path. I started working in tourism, and spent my winters in ski resorts and my summers in the Mediterranean, surrounded by French students. I’ve also worked and lived in Crete, Greece; Mallorca, on the Balearic Islands; and Bodrum, Turkey, where I felt at home from the moment I arrived. In between, I also lived in the Netherlands, the Dutch Caribbean, and Australia. I started working at Camosun College in 2016 and I couldn’t be happier, since this position gives me the great joy to connect daily with students from everywhere in the world.

Luzia Pinto

Luzia Pinto International Student Experience Advisor

I was born and raised in Brazil, though my parents and family are originally from Portugal. I am fluent in English and Portuguese, and I would like to learn a third language. I received my bachelor’s degree in International Relations while I was living in Brazil and during that period I had the opportunity to study abroad as an exchange student. Throughout my life I have been fortunate enough to travel to many places which has enabled me to learn about various cultures. I came to Canada to perfect my English and fell in love with Victoria. During my time as an international student at Camosun College I met many helpful instructors, advisors and staff members, and now it is my turn to help the next generation of eager learners!

May Rashidi

May Rashidi International Admissions Officer

I was born and raised in Saudi Arabia; however, my parents are from Iran. Therefore, I had the privilege to learn and speak both languages (Arabic, Persian) fluently since my childhood. I have completed my bachelor's degree in Computer Science. After that, I had the opportunity to live in Qatar for some years and worked as an elementary school teacher. I believe that I was very lucky when I took the most critical decision and moved to Canada. I like the new environment and the kind people here; furthermore, this island (Vancouver Island) is a really beautiful and calming place to live in. I am really passionate, excited and fortunate to be working in Camosun International since I get to meet new people from all over the world every day. I look forward to helping the students in taking the first significant steps in their future career path.

Gabriella Sandor

Gabriella Sandor International Student Experience Advisor

I have a BA in Hispanic Studies from the University of Victoria, and have worked for two years at Student Travel Schools and completed a high school year abroad program. I have travelled extensively throughout Europe and Canada, and am fluent in English and Hungarian, conversant in Spanish, French, and Italian. I aim to bring an empathetic, cultural perspective to international student services with my Hungarian background and multiple languages. My door is always open to international students.

Anna Stein

Anna Stein International Counsellor

I was born on Musqueam territory and have spent most of my life as a grateful visitor on the beautiful Lkwungen and W̱SÁNEĆ territories. I love the diversity of the lands around us, the rich colours of the forests and the mountains, the sea, the animal life and green growth everywhere! I completed a B. Ed. specializing in teaching Drama and French and hold a Master's degree in Counselling Psychology. I have a strong background working with many forms of trauma and greatly value the learning I have gained from my time living, studying and working in places as diverse as Mali, France, Switzerland, Hawaii, Quebec and Guatemala. My travels have taken me through West Africa, Thailand, Europe and the United States. After personally living in several home stay families in other countries, I also had the privilege for many years of hosting over 25 international students in our home. My passion for counselling stems from a deep curiosity and desire to collaborate with others in building health, wellness, and ultimately peace within our communities. It is an honour to work through academic, career, personal, or cultural challenges with international students here at Camosun.

Diana Shields

Sushil Seli Regional Manager for India, South and West Asia

I am a mechanical engineer by training who worked in the Indian automobile industry for several years before getting into international education. I support our partners and prospective students from India and the sub-continent to apply to Camosun for a variety of programs. In the process I get to work with a fantastic team at Camosun International. I have been to Victoria several times in the past few years and am convinced that Camosun is a great place to study and work for. Besides English, I am conversant in Hindi, Punjabi and Kashmiri.

Louise Thauvette

Louise Thauvette Housing Coordinator

I am French-Canadian and I grew up in Toronto before moving out west. I have a Bachelor's degree in Social Work and I worked in various community social service organizations. I have worked in the area of housing with international students for many years. I am fortunate enough to have explored much of our beautiful Canada, and I have traveled to various countries in Asia and Europe. I love meeting people from all over the world, learning about different cultures and especially tasting various foods. I look forward to helping students have a wonderful experience living in Victoria.

Vivian Trinh

Vivian Trinh International Experience Facilitator

My first international education experience was in university where I participated in an exchange program in Guadalajara, Mexico. This inspired me to continue exploring and learning from the world. I have since taught English in South Korea, volunteered in the Bolivian Amazon, and enjoyed some incredible adventures in Latin America, the Middle East, Western Europe, and Southeast Asia. I am a first-generation Vietnamese, born and raised in Edmonton, and I moved to Victoria in 2013. While international travel is still high on my list of favourite things to do, living in Victoria has provided me with the opportunity to adventure locally; on weekends, I am usually exploring the island, preferably with my tent and a roaring campfire.

Stepan Uladaev

Stepan Uladaev International Admissions Officer

I came to Canada from Russia where I was born and raised. I’m from the small town called Ulan-Ude and my nationality is Buryat, a small nation in the Siberian part of Russia. Since our home is in Russia and we are an Asian nation, we have an interesting mix of European and Asian traditions. I have a degree in Management Studies from a Russian university and I completed Camosun College’s Post-Degree Diploma in Business Administration, Marketing. I know from experience how it is to study at Camosun. I’m a very active, communicative person and I love to speak with different people from all over the world. I’ve travelled to very contrasting and interesting countries in Asia, Europe, and North America, and I want to travel more. I feel that I work in one of the best colleges in Canada with one of the best teams.

Ian Warrender

Ian J.A. Warrender TVET Specialist, Global Consulting and Partnerships

I am grateful and humbled to be living here on the beautiful west coast of British Columbia. My varied career spans the shipbuilding, construction, environmental wastewater treatment and forest products industries as an electrician, technologist, supervisor, engineer/designer, and most recently as a post-secondary vocational educator. An electrician by trade, I also have an Electronics Engineering Technologist Diploma in Instrumentation (BCIT), a BC Provincial Instructor Diploma, and a Master’s Degree in Education (Simon Fraser University). Over the past 13 years I have been a full-time vocational instructor in the Electrical department at Camosun College, most recently as Department Chair. I have also been fortunate to have played integral roles in Camosun’s Education for Employment projects through CICan (Colleges and Institutes Canada) and Global Affairs Canada (formerly DFATD) in Tanzania and Mozambique, in addition to capacity-building projects for vocational institutes in the Turkana region of Kenya and in Egypt. My roles in these projects range from teacher training via the Instructional Skills Workshops, creating effective and relevant lesson plans, curriculum design and development, institutional capacity-building through labour market and socio-economic research, the development and strengthening on industry/stakeholder liaisons, workshops in competency-based education training and technical training on new equipment.

Yully Woon

Yully Woon International Student Experience Advisor

I was born and raised in a small city in Malaysia. I studied at Camosun in 2003 as an international student and completed a diploma in Community, Family and Child studies. I hold a TESL certificate and a degree in Linguistics from University of Victoria. I am very fortunate to live in Victoria and have explored quite a bit of the island and across Canada. It is a privilege to work at the Camosun International office to meet all the people from all over the world. I am passionate about learning new things especially when it comes to language and cooking. Both of them are very important elements to get to know a culture. You are more than welcome to talk to me if you are interested in my experience of being an international student.

Daniel Zeldin

Daniel Zeldin Latin America Liaison

Born and raised in Toronto, I started traveling the world at a very young age, and haven’t really stopped since! After deciding to move to Victoria to go to university, I immediately fell in love with the west coast. I first studied Spanish and Latin American literature at the University of Victoria, and later completed a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver. In addition to Canada, I’ve lived, studied, worked, volunteered, and researched in different parts of Latin America, Europe and the Middle East, with a number of different non-profit organizations and educational institutions. I speak English and Spanish fluently, and am conversant in French, Portuguese, and German. I strongly believe that a good education will change your life, and am proud to be carrying this message along with the Camosun banner to students and partners across Latin America from my current home base in Guadalajara, Mexico!

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