Our Programs

Everest English School


CanWES is currently sole provider for the operation of the Everest English School in Sanitar, Nepal

Greater Victoria


CanWES provides scholarships to students graduating from high schools in the greater Victoria region. To date, CanWES has provided over fifteen thousand dollars to students who have helped to support their peers in Nepal.

CanWES Fundraising


Mother's Day Hanging Baskets

Our annual Mother's Day Hanging Basket fundraiser takes place every spring. We begin pre-selling hanging baskets in February, and await they arrive just in time for Mother's Day in early May.  

Please contact Troy Harris at:

tharris@sd62.bc.ca for more information, or to place an order.

2020 Hanging Basket Order: due March 13


CanWES Classic Golf Tournament

Our biggest fundraiser is our annual CanWES Classic Charity Golf Tournament. We host this event at the Olympic View Golf Course in June. The day includes 9 holes of golf, cart, dinner, silent auction tables, live cake auction, and more.Please contact Troy Harris at:


for more information, or to sign up for this exciting event.

If Golf isn't your thing, please join us for the dinner only option.


Three Bands and a Bar

Our newest fundraising event is held on a Saturday evening in the fall at Royal Bay Secondary School. At this event, we showcase local bands and musical artists. Our music social event includes a no host bar, food, a silent auction table, and the fantastic sounds of great local bands. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door. Doors will open at 6:30pm.

Please contact Troy Harris at:

 tharris@sd62.bc.ca for more information, or to get tickets for this event.

2019 Event: Saturday, November 30, 2019 7:00pm-11:30pm

Confirmed Bands: Basin Boys, Straw Dogs, Taylor France Band 

Want to help?

Are you a teacher or administrator in a public or private school? Looking for educational fundraising ideas for your students? Look no further! CanWES has a history of providing opportunities for Western Schools to take part in an invaluable experience helping students in impoverished areas of the world. To date, schools across Canada have been involved in supporting the Everest English School through fundraising ideas created by students. Schools that continually support CanWES and EES include Royal Bay Secondary School, Dunsmuir Middle School, St. Patrick’s Elementary School, Belmont Secondary School, and Ècole John Stubbs Memorial. Join the “students helping students” concept and contact Troy Harris with your idea at tharris@sd62.bc.ca or call 250.661.3226.

CanWES Youth Support

Royal Bay Secondary School


Royal Bay Secondary School students have raised over $15,000 for the Canadian World Education Society and the Everest English School in Sanitar, Nepal since the opening of the school in 2015. The youth movement toward understanding and assisting in quality education for all, is a tribute to the tremendous human beings that we are fortunate enough to teach on a daily basis.

Belmont Secondary School



Belmont Secondary School has been hosting an annual event known as "Indie Night" since 2011. At this event, student bands, dancers, and solo artists perform their craft and delight the audience with their tremendous talent.

St. Patrick's Elementary School



St. Patrick's Elementary School students and staff have been hosting an event that focuses on students helping students. It's a night where the leadership students look after their younger peers in the school while parents get the night off to enjoy some quality parent time.

Dunsmuir Middle School


Over the years, DMS has had numerous groups including Athletic Leadership and Grade 6 and 7 classes donate to the CanWES Cause.

'Ecole John Stubbs Memorial


Over the years, John Stubbs has held numerous fundraisers to support the CanWES cause. CanWES thanks the students and staff of 'Ecole John Stubbs for their effort toward providing access to education for impoverished youth in Nepal.

Children's Garden School


Students at Children's Garden School in Toronto have hosted a variety of fundraisers including pancake breakfasts and bake sales to support CanWES and students of the Everest English School.

Additional Support

CanWES Family

The Canadian World Education Society is fortunate enough to be connected to amazing human beings who care about our planet, our environment, and the people who call our world "home".

DoTerra Healing Hands

One of our newest connections comes through the DoTerra Oils organization. Their "Healing Hands" program has been instrumental in helping to support CanWES with their goal to construct additional washrooms for the ever growing Everest English School. CanWES graciously thanks DoTerra for their efforts with the Canadian World Education Society and elsewhere.


RBC and their amazing Westshore Town Centre branch staff have been helping support the CanWES family for years, through their "day of service" as well as event sponsorship at our annual Golf Tournament. CanWES could not have achieved much of their initiative over the past few years without the incredible support of our RBC friends.

Students of the Everest English School in Sanitar, Nepal pose for a photo at the end of the day.
Introducing the CanWES

Board of Directors


– Founder and Executive Director

Born and raised in Victoria, Troy graduated from UVic in 1996 with a Bachelor of Education. After teaching in Victoria for ten years, he decided he wanted to have an impact globally as well as locally. In August of 2007, Troy founded the Canadian World Education Society (CanWES) in an attempt to provide educational opportunities for young people in impoverished nations. Troy is currently teaching at Royal Bay Secondary School in Sooke School district. As well as teaching, Troy enjoys being a father, playing and coaching soccer, filmmaking, and photography. 


- External Communications Director

Kevin is a graduate from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education. He has since earned his Masters degree in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Kevin has spent much of his teaching career involving himself in extracurricular sports, coaching both Basketball and Football. He is married and has two boys. Kevin is pleased to have been a part of CanWES since it began in 2007. 


Bruce graduated from the University of Victoria’s Commerce program where he studied International Business. He also attended Santa Rosa Jr. College in California where he played soccer on the varsity team. Bruce works for RBC Dominion Securities where he helps individuals, families, corporations and foundations achieve their financial goals. Bruce spends his spare time enjoying the outdoors including playing soccer and coaching his son’s youth soccer team in Victoria. 


Jacqui graduated with a Bachelor of Education from the University of Victoria in 1996, and she has been teaching for the past nineteen years. She began her career in Fort St. James, British Columbia before returning to Victoria in 2001. She takes advantage of the beautiful west coast climate – running, hiking and spending outdoor time with her husband and two children. Jacqui has been involved with CanWES since it’s inception, and as a dedicated teacher, she is extremely proud to be helping CanWES in providing quality education to the students at the Everest English School in Sanitar, Nepal. 


Studying under the Faculty of Biochemistry and Microbiology at the University of Victoria Rachael will soon graduate with a bachelor of science with honours. She plans to continue her undergraduate research endeavours into graduate school and hopes to make a lasting contribution to the field of biomedical research. When she isn't in the lab, Rachael enjoys skiing, camping and is a competitive horseback rider. Rachael has been volunteering her time with CanWES since 2012. She believes a quality education opens the doors to opportunity no matter where you are in the world. 


- Secretary

Melissa graduated from Belmont Secondary School in Victoria where, as a student, she had the opportunity to travel into Sanitar, Nepal and work at the Everest English School. After high school she joined the CanWES Board of Directors and completed a degree in nursing. She currently enjoys nursing, traveling, and fundraising for CanWES.


Emily graduated from Royal Bay Secondary School in June of 2016. She is furthering her education with the aspiration of becoming a teacher. After recently completing two years of study at Camosun College she is continuing her studies at the University of Victoria. Emily enjoys dance, she was a member of the Dance Academy throughout her high school career, being trained in a variety of genres and continues to take dance lessons in the Westshore. Emily enjoyed volunteering with CanWES for several years before coming on as a full-time board member. She is extremely passionate about the CanWES vision and looks forward to her future with the organization. 

Help the

Everest English School

If you're interested in supporting the Canadian World Education Society through action, join the board of directors.

We are always looking for energetic board members looking to make a difference both locally and globally. The Everest English School needs your help!

Contact Troy Harris (tharris@sd62.bc.ca or 1.250.661.3226) for more information on becoming a CanWES BOD.