Support Staff - Purcell Collegiate School


Meet our incredible support staff team! They may not be classroom teachers but they are definitely still educators. They take the lead after school and on the weekend, supporting our students to maximize their boarding experience by engaging extra-curricular learning and growth opportunities including but not limited to the u.prep@pcs suite of programs. They also provide the care and support necessary to ensure the health and wellness of our students coupled with the energy, enthusiasm, and life experience required to mentor and guide them.


BA, University of Calgary

Yvonne Ethier

Boarding Coordinator

Yvonne (also known as Ivana) was born in Prague and educated in Canada. She has an international relations background focused on effective communication within education and the community. Yvonne is passionate about cultures and languages as she has lived and worked teaching English for more than 5 years in Taiwan & South Korea.

Upon returning to Canada, Yvonne taught for 10 years as an ESL instructor at the college level in addition to instructing and preparing students for the IELTS exam. Yvonne enjoys meeting new people, supporting students and families of PCS and answering questions or inquiries about boarding life at PCS. Outside of the boarding environment Yvonne enjoys the outdoors and can often be found cycling to and from many places on her bicycle.


Michelle Nex

Boarding Assistant

Michelle first became involved with international education 18 years ago when she hosted her first student as a homestay for the Rocky Mountain International Student Program (RMISP).

Since then, she’s welcomed students from around the world into her home every including students from Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Chile, Mexico, Germany, Norway, Thailand, and Denmark.  She has also worked as Casual Homestay Coordinator for RMISP helping to support staff  and students at program events, chaperone trips, and perform other related duties.

She continues to host students and finds it very fulfilling, knowing that she is helping to support students to grow and succeed in expanding their horizons and reaching their goals.  Michelle believes that in hosting students from around the world, it fosters compassion and understanding across multicultural barriers and makes the world smaller and her family larger, one student at a time.

Michelle is honoured to be joining the exceptional team at Purcell Collegiate and is excited and looking forward to meeting the students.