Kelowna Preschool | Les Petits Oursons | Staff


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Hélène Revesz, Director

Hélène Revesz is the director at Les Petits Oursons preschool. Her passion in the early years began at a very young age. She started as a gymnastics coach and swim instructor. Her interest grew from there as she continued to work with children. She graduated with honours from Vancouver Career College as an Early Childhood Educator. She is very thankful to have been raised in a bilingual family near Montreal so she can share her knowledge of the French language. She has many years experience in the early years as a mother, daycare provider and preschool teacher.

Les Petits Oursons preschool Kelowna Prématernelle staff Francine

Francine Portelance, Early Childhood Educator

Born in Montreal, QC, Francine’s first language is French and speaks English fluently. Kelowna has been her home since 1980. She has worked as an instructor for Potters Addict teaching children and adults in Fine Arts and Pottery for 9 years. Francine began working with our preschool in September 2007, and is licensed in Early Childhood Education with Educacentre College in Vancouver.

Francine’s favourite things to teach in French are Visual Arts, such as storytelling, dance, yoga, drawing, painting, singing, crafts and puppets! She truly enjoys teaching young ones and says they keep her alert and young!

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Elisabeth Duerden, Assistant to the ECE

Elisabeth brings the experience of living and working in the French language from four continents: Africa, Europe, Asia and North America! She was born in Burkina Faso and raised in Burundi. The family returned to France, and upon graduating from high school, she attended one of Paris’ secretarial schools before taking an administrative position with Hilton International.

Upon immigrating to Quebec, she worked again in administration, this time with the HIV/AIDS related non-profit, Les Enfants de Bethanie in Montreal. When her Anglophone husband moved to South Korea, Elisabeth again showed her resourcefulness and creativity by serving first as the Public Relations Liaison for l’Association des Francophones de Coree and was responsible of its journal, Le Petit Echotier. She was also an on-call assistant for the Lycee Français de Seoul. After a decade in South Korea, she spent 2 years in France and worked in the bilingual l’Ermitage International School as an assistant teacher in Kindergarden.

Finally home in Canada, Elisabeth joined Les Petits Oursons and is currently helping the ECE.