About Us - Our Staff

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

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Karen Klein

Director

Karen has worked in international education her entire career and is passionate about public education, language learning and global citizenship. She grew up in New Westminster and spent 10 years learning at McBride Elementary and New Westminster Secondary. She attended UBC, lived and worked abroad, has travelled extensively throughout 6 of 7 continents and returned to her Alma Mater in 2011 to lead the International Program.

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Trevor Gee

Assistant General Manager

Trevor lived in Japan for seven years where he worked as a high school English teacher in Aichi Prefecture. Trevor can assist students in Japanese and is the lead team member for helping our Japanese students, visiting Japan to meet with parents and to attend marketing events. Besides Japan, Trevor visits other countries such as Vietnam, China and Mexico. Trevor grew up in Saskatchewan but has called British Columbia home since 1998.

Sara Dick

Homestay Manager – After Hours Emergency 604-356-4980

Sara Dick is the Homestay Manager for long and short-term programs. Sara’s has first-hand experience in international education.  At age 15, she lived with host families while attending high school in Japan. Upon return to Canada she completed a degree in Pacific and Asian Studies from the University of Victoria. Sara has seen and lived the rewards and challenges of living in another culture and can relate to students wanting to make the best memories possible here in New Westminster.

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Yiwen Zhang

Finance and Student Support Manager

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.

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Naomi Park

Secretary – Interpreter

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.

Highlights at New Westminster School District 40

Return t o School Plan

The New Westminster School District has been preparing for students to safely return to school from next Monday, January 10th.  Please see the message from Superintendent Hachlaf explaining the measures taken for students to return to school.  Please click "more" to be able to click on the message. more

Extension of Winter Break

The return of in-person learning will be delayed until January 10th to allow for enhanced safety measures.  Please see the message from Superintendent Hachlaf for complete details. Please click "more" to be able to acces the link. more

Winter Vacation Office Hours

The International Education Office will be open 9:00 to 2:00 Monday, December 20th to Thursday, December 23rd. The office will be closed from Friday, December 24th and reopen with the return to school on Tuesday, January 4th.  for student emergencies only please call 604.356.4980 or What's App at 604.802.7001. For all other inquiries please contact the international office at 604.517.6285 or email to iep@sd40.bc.ca. We wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday season and all the best for 2022. more

Online Application Status

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Our online application is currently unavailable. You may apply using the PDF paper application form.

Please contact iepsd40.bc.ca if you have any questions.