Welcome New Teaching Staff

St. Charles Catholic School is pleased to welcome Mr. Justin Vechina, Mrs. Carrie Gel and Ms. Candace Hawkins to our teaching staff for the 2015-16 academic year.

JustinMr. Vechina will be teaching Phys Ed Grades 3-5 and Outdoor Ed for the Middle Years Enrichment classes.

I was born and raised in a Catholic family here in Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a child I attended St. Anthony of Padua church, where I attended catechism and mass with my family every Sunday. I completed by Bachelor of Physical Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2013, graduating on the Dean’s Honor List. I also received my Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Manitoba in 2015. In my free time I enjoy traveling, playing recreational sports and doing all types of outdoor activities. I am looking forward to working at St. Charles Catholic School in the fall.  ~ Justin Vechina



Mrs. Gel will be replacing Mrs. Froystad while she is on maternity leave.

Greetings! My name is Carrie Gel and I am so excited to be teaching the grade 5 class next year. For the past 4 years I have been a grade 5 teacher and before that I have taught grades 7 and 8 for several years. I have a beautiful family, Ashlynn (6) and Kaitlynn (4), who add so much joy and laughter in my life. Together we have a passion for camping and playing games as a family.  I am looking forward to becoming part of the St. Charles family. ~ Ms. Gel



CandaMs. Hawkins will be replacing Mrs. Milne while she is on maternity leave.

My name is Candace Hawkins and I am a mother, daughter, sister, granddaughter, aunty and friend. I was born and raised in Winnipeg. I have two brothers and 2 sisters. I am a current graduate of the University of Winnipeg and look forward to learning and growing at SCCS while implementing new and refreshing lessons and activities within the Social Studies teachings. I have a 13 year old son named Easton and a 1 year old Shorkie named Rosco. Along with my fiancé Dave, we enjoy quality family time together spending much of it outdoors, riding bikes, walks, camping, fishing and sometimes just listening to music while we enjoy all of nature’s wonderful gifts. I am thrilled to be a part of and to teach at SCCS and look forward to growing, learning and inspiring students to be the best that they can be. ~ Ms. Hawkins