Delta's Director of International Programs

Ms. Karen Symonds

Director of International Education - Admissions, Custodian, Operations


Cell: 604 396 6862 | Tel: 604 952 5372

In Canada, we say Happy New Year on January 1st.  In some other countries, New Year happens in January or February based on the lunar and/or local calendars.  Spring time for many represents yet another round of ‘news’ with the coming of Spring and, in some countries, the start of a new school year.
For me, September has always felt like the New Year.  As a student, it was always an exciting new start, with untarnished school supplies, new clothes and sneakers and a curiosity about my new teachers.  As a teacher, I experienced the same excitement, and would start the new school year with new goals on how to be a better educator and how to better teach and connect with my students. These were the New Year’s resolutions that really mattered!
It is still the same.  Last year, we had 123 International students graduate from Delta schools from 12 different countries.  These students collected well over $200 000 in scholarships and have been accepted to dozens of schools including University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, Capilano College, Simon Fraser University, BCIT, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, University of Toronto, University of Waterloo, McGill, Queens, UC Berkley, Thompson Rivers University, Western and the University of Sydney among others.  We wish all of them the best as they embark on new adventures and a new and exciting phase of their lives.  I look forward to them staying in touch and letting me know what wonderful things they are going to do with their lives.
And for us, in the coming weeks, we look forward to welcoming over 500 NEW international students just starting their international adventure as well as almost 300 returning students.  A HUGE welcome to them all.
We are committed to making this a fantastic year for our program and our students – Happy New Year!