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Laura Castillo

Helping the CIC Community

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All the way from the City of Medellin in Colombia, Vanessa Restrepo recounts her growth from coming to Canada at the age of 19 to working hard to get to where she is today as the Security Supervisor at Columbia International College. In April of 2006, Vanessa came to Canada and was greatly impacted but notes that it was all…

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The Joy in Cooking For Others

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The internationally recognized and award-winning chef, Steven Khor is Columbia International College’s Executive Chef.  For six years Steven has managed the dietary needs of students at Columbia International College.  With CIC being so diverse, Steven understands the magnitude in planning the menus and ensuring that the meals served are nutritional, delicious and well-balanced for the students of CIC. Steven found…

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A Journey Across the World

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When Pauline Olthof-Youn went to teacher’s college at Niagara University over 20 years ago, she would have never imagined she would have such a cultured and a rich adventure in teaching.  Pauline is not only the English Teacher at Columbia International College but is also a published writer on Teaching Kids News website.  Pauline reflects on her teaching career for…

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A Top Graduate Building a Community of Inclusivity at CIC

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All the way from China, Jackie Zhan came to Columbia International College in 2018 and made great efforts to be involved in the CIC community.  He involved himself in bringing students together by motivating his peers, engaging quieter students and creating an inclusive environment with his positive attitude.  During his extensive participation in extra-curricular activities, Jackie also excelled academically.  With…

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A Blossoming Future

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As the Manager of Admissions at CIC, Marina Rosas is responsible for ensuring that student’s admission requirements and questions are all properly mannered and answered.  With thousands of applications every year, Marina is a leader in ensuring her team is prepared in receiving applications and providing the proper tools and information to students and their families to transition to CIC…

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Jazzing up the CIC Community

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One of the main focuses of music education is to encourage students to build relationships by providing them experiences to share with others.  As a music teacher, James Lawlis understands this concept as he’s been teaching his students self-discipline, dedication, teamwork and self-confidence for 16 years. James Lawlis’ musical journey began in London, Ontario where he lived there for the…

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Intelligence, Hard Work and Luck

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Laura Arias Fernandez smiles brightly when asked if she’s decided where she’s going after Columbia International College.  With her love for computer science and physics she says, “I’m going to the University of Minnesota for Computer Engineering.” Laura came from Spain three years ago to pursue her education abroad in Canada.  She looked into schools and found that CIC had…

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