Meet Our Staff


Donna Merry, Acting Director of International Education

Donna has worked at Northern Lights College since 2008, as a Continuing Education Coordinator, then Campus Administrator; before joining the International Education Department in 2017. Donna is passionate about working and learning with diverse cultures and supporting students to thrive in their new communities. She loves to travel, and has lived and worked in Turkey, Korea and Australia. Donna has a teaching degree in English and Fine Art from the University of Victoria and Master of Education from University of British Columbia.

Outside of work, you’ll often find Donna on the trails around Tumbler Ridge, hiking, biking, snowshoeing or skiing, with the family dog and friends.

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Pamela Den Ouden

Pamela den Ouden, Instructor (BA (Eng.), MA, TESL Certificate)

Pamela has worked at Northern Lights College since 1993 on the Fort St. John Campus. Besides teaching English as a Second Language, she has taught Women’s Studies and many English writing and literature courses in the university transfer program.

Pamela has an Interdisciplinary (English and History) Master’s degree from the University of Northern British Columbia and a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language from the University of Saskatchewan. She enjoys reading and is very interested in astronomy. On clear nights, she heads out with binoculars and telescope to view the wonders of the northern sky.

“I make my classes interactive, so students can experience the language in as many ways as possible. Having fun is also an important part of learning.”

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Michael Temple, Instructor (M.Ed., BA (Hons), TESL Certificate)

Michael has been teaching EFL/ESL since 1991. He taught for eight years in Taiwan before returning to his hometown of Fort St. John to continue his career in the International Education Department of Northern Lights College.

Michael speaks Mandarin Chinese, and enjoys learning about other languages and cultures. He also likes to promote humour in his classes when possible.

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Cleo Baker, Program and Student Support Clerk

Cleo has been with the College since 2007 in a variety of positions on the Fort St. John Campus. She enjoys working with the international students to promote student engagement activities, and outside of the college is an avid horse enthusiast. Prior to working at the College, Cleo has worked in many different occupations - on ranches, in Western stores, in her own business, and many more. She enjoys the students very much.

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Kazuko Maxwell, Program and Student Support Clerk

Kazuko grew up in Japan and first came to Northern Lights College as an ESL student in 2002. She moved to Fort St. John in 2006 and completed the Applied Business Technology program at NLC, with an Administrative Assistant Certificate and a Financial Assistant Certificate. She has been working at NLC since 2008, first in the Human Development, Education, and Care Department.

In 2013 she moved to the International Education department. Kazuko enjoys traveling abroad to experience other cultures and their foods.

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Josie (Mengmeng) Jiang, MEd., MA, Coordinator of International Education

Josie was born and grew up in a beautiful coastal city in the southeast part of China—Xiamen. She moved to the Peace Region from Victoria and joined Northern Lights College in April 2016. She loves Northern Lights College and enjoys her job very much. She likes travelling around the world and has an “international” heart towards the people she meet and the experiences she has in different cultures. She achieved her first Master’s degree in Education, specified in ESL Teaching from Queensland University of Technology in Australia, and did her second Master’s in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University in Victoria, Canada. She has taught Chinese Mandarin and English in China, Australia and Canada and has worked with international students from all over the world.

After she moved to Canada, she became passionate about all outdoor sports, such as skiing, hiking and bike riding, even though she is not good at any of them! Being outside is her favourite thing to do in her free time.
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    Yuka Yamada, BBA, BA, International Student Advisor

Yuka joined this wonderful team of International Education in July 2016. She grew up in Kanagawa, Japan and completed her first Bachelor’s degree in Arts, English and Communications at Kanda University of International Studies. During her studies in Japan, she was selected to study in Canada as an exchange student for a year. She fell in love with the beauty of nature and kindness of its people, soon she decided to move back to Sault Ste. Marie, ON and completed Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. She has been working with international students and colleagues from all over the world and involved with organizing multicultural events as a part of post-secondary institutions, businesses and local non-for-profit organizations. 

She loves to learn about different cultures, and hopes to visit as many countries as possible. Feel free to drop by her office to share your culture and suggest any workshops/events you’d like to see on campus!

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Evelyn Hutchings, Program Support Clerk 

Born on the east coast of Canada, Evelyn moved to England for many years and travelled extensively throughout Europe. Her main love in life is her family, travelling abroad and quiet times while camping and exploring beautiful northern BC.

Evelyn has been with Northern Lights College since 2014. She started in the Workforce Training Department where she worked as a clerk and assisted the Instructors to ensure all courses ran smoothly and on time. Now working in the International Department as the Program Support Clerk, she assists both her co-workers and international students with all their needs at the college. Evelyn is a great team player and keeps everything in check for everyone!

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    Kayla Helget, Admissions Clerk 

Born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta, Kayla moved to the small town of Fort Nelson, British Columbia. She then enrolled in Northern Lights College and completed her Applied Business Technology in 2012. Kayla then worked as a Administrative Assistant for Chalo School within the Fort Nelson First Nations community. She really loved working behind the scenes helping everything run smoothly within the school and seeing everyone’s love and passion for education and all their students, eventually finding this love for herself. Working within the International Education department is opening up a whole new area to explore and Kayla is beyond excited!  When Kayla is not hard at work she enjoys any opportunity to get creative as well as spending time with her energetic family.

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