Kanadaplus supports international students in British Columbia. We consult with parents/guardians directly and represent them locally, while working in close partnership with school boards. We also advise students and young adults about English language programs and ensure students are placed in suitable homestays or other accommodation. We are available to high school students and their parents, university students and young adults during their stay in Canada.
Saskia spent many years in South Africa, Germany and England before moving to Canada in 2004. Her children have attended high school in the Canadian school system and are now studying at different universities in Canada and Europe. For seven years Saskia worked as a teacher in Vancouver, and gained thorough knowledge of the educational system, both from the inside and out: as a teacher, student monitor of international students, and as a mother. The motivation to found Kanadaplus in 2012 stems from her desire to support international students with all their questions throughout their stay, while at the same time communicating closely with their parents/guardians at home. She aims to facilitate an altogether positive experience for students and their families in Canada.
Dominique was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, moving to Vancouver as a teenager. She has a diploma in Hotel Management and Tourism from BCIT, and worked for many years in the hospitality industry. Married with 2 children, Dominique was involved in every stage of their education, volunteering at their elementary school, and serving as the Volunteer Coordinator at their middle school, a role that had her liaising between students, parents, teachers and administrators. Dominique is a detail-oriented person who enjoys helping students get the most out of their educational and extracurricular activities.
Liesl de Beer
Liesl was born in South Africa and qualified as a psychologist before moving to Canada in 2000, when she and her husband started a family. She has been very active in the education of her children, volunteering at their schools and facilitating their different activities. She has also taught English to English Language Learners, provided academic tutoring to students in need of additional academic support, and worked with students dealing with depression and anxiety. Liesl acts as student monitor for Kanadaplus when needed and takes on any tasks necessary to facilitate a pleasant stay for our students.
As Saskia’s husband, Werner has been supporting Kanadaplus Student Services from the start and helps mainly with the accounting and anything to do with computers. He has been meeting many of the students during visits to their districts or if they come to Bowen Island. And he is always happy to help!