I will be honest, I am young; just shy of 30. Education, however, has always filled me with a sense of purpose and joy. I love my job. I love to teach and I love that it allows me to learn something every single day. Though I am a professional educator of only five years, my breadth of experience is vast. From working in traditional childcare centres, to a non-profit centre for children with exceptionalities, to private nannying, to Kindergarten, and now virtual! I truly am grateful for having been able to dabble in all areas of childcare in such a short period.
I am one of two French RECEs in my district who have been working virtually since the beginning of the pandemic. I have already begun connecting with colleagues past and present who know I would be a great fit for a role on Council. I have taken on many leadership roles and have facilitated remote learning tutorials for colleagues over the holidays. Too often I have heard that the College of ECEs is NOT doing enough and, I admit, I have felt that way myself. But I want to effectuate change in the profession, to give the RECEs in my community a voice, and for them to feel heard. I want to collaborate and learn from those who've been in the field forever, and share all that I have learned - especially during and post-pandemic. Everything I do, I do because I care about the children of the future and the village raising them.
My 20-year career as an Early Childhood Educator includes professional experience as front-line staff in a variety of childcare settings; developing programs in collaboration with families and community partners in Ontario Early Years Centres; training emergent curriculum across Canada; and supervision of a childcare centre and EarlyON programs.
My extensive volunteer commitments have included serving on Boards of Directors for local and provincial family resource centres, community playgroups, a co-op nursery school, and currently as Chair of the Board for First Adventure Child Development Centre. In 2012, I began working at Loyalist College where I am able to share my knowledge, skills and passion for the ECE profession with students in the Early Childhood Education distance program.
The inception of the College of ECE’s in 2009 brought about legislative change and recognition for Early Childhood Educators. Since that time, the professional standards for RECEs have grown and positive recognition within the field has expanded. As an active and engaged RECE, I feel my professional experiences will allow me to bring a unique perspective to the College Council. As a Council member, I plan to uphold these standards and contribute to the work that is being done by the College and to support the continued growth and awareness of this vital profession.
As a lifelong learner, I hope that my participation on Council will expand my own knowledge and understanding of this profession so that I can better serve and support current and future ECEs, children, families and programs within my community.
I have made the decision to put my name forward for a second term of sitting on Council for the College of Early Childhood Educators because I am a proud Registered Early Childhood Educator and believe that I have much to offer in this role.
My involvement in a variety of early childhood settings, where RECEs are employed and support children and families, has provided me with a broad perspective of the value of RECEs in the child and family services system.
The past three years have taught me how important a regulatory body is to protect the public trust while our RECE members perform an important and valuable role taking care of and supporting our youngest citizens.
I want to continue to advance and promote the role of the RECE throughout our educational, health and social service sectors. RECEs have specialized knowledge to share and contribute, and ensure that young children have access to high-quality education and services.
Collaboration and collaborative practice have been a hallmark of my professional career and I commit to demonstrating this as an elected member of the CECE Council.
The well-being and holistic development of children is one of the most important things we can do as a society to be kind, to be just and to ensure that all our citizens reach their optimal potential.
I commit to being a listening ear to RECEs and a contributing voice to support the continued development of our important sector.
I always feel grateful and blessed for being an Early Childhood Educator. I have been an educator my entire life. I am passionate about both teaching and learning, which can only happen through new challenges. I know that this position will help me grow and add to my extensive knowledge as an ECE.
As an individual from a different culture and religion who has emigrated to Canada, I am passionate about helping children who are immigrants themselves or from other cultures and religions to thrive in our Canadian communities. Should I be elected to Council, I can use my knowledge and experiences to add to and improve the goal of inclusive diversity in the field of early childhood education. With the growth of immigration in Canada, we need to continually improve our approach in helping children from diverse backgrounds transition and thrive in their daily life.
I am very grateful to have been nominated and am excited, if elected, to serve on the Council of the College of Early Childhood Educators. Having served on the Complaints Committee as a non-elected member for three years, I ask for your support to continue to serve the College of Early Childhood Educators as an elected member of Council.
Throughout my 27-year career as an Early Childhood Educator, I have taken on numerous progressive roles that have allowed me to build a well-rounded knowledge of this fantastic field. It began as a supply staff member, classroom lead, then a centre supervisor. I then began supporting Early Childhood Educators educating children, and am now teaching future Early Childhood Educators at St. Lawrence College.
Throughout my 27-year career, I have actively supported the profession. I wish to continue to support the field by serving the College of Early Childhood Educators as an elected member of the council.
The field of Early Childhood Education has grown and evolved in recent years. I believe that this evolution will continue, and I would be honoured to have the opportunity to be a part of that growth and work with others to exact some positive influence in the change to come.
I, Natalie Kyo Chan, feel that I am qualified to be a Council member of the College of Early Childhood Educators. With my business background and several experiences in organizations, I am able to understand the logistics and process of any organization. I would like to serve and protect the public interest with regulating the profession of early childhood education by utilizing my keen observation skills and problem-solving skills to support the areas of improvement. In addition to my identity of being a Deaf and Hard of Hearing person, I believe that every individual, regardless of their abilities, deserves equal opportunities and a sense of belonging. I can provide ways to support individuals of all abilities. For example, mentorship is detrimental to any individual who requires support on their journey to become a better educator or person. I would like to provide concrete ways to help make this easily accessible for all members of the College of Early Childhood Educators.
I hold an Infant and Early Childhood Education/diploma from Mothercraft Canada and an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science Early Childhood from University of Guelph-Humber. I have been in the practice of Early learning for 36 years having been an educator in the classroom, an Assistant supervisor and Program Supervisor. I am presently a Quality and Contract Compliance Advisor (QA) with the Regional Municipality of Durham Early Learning Team. In my numerous roles, I have supported educators to develop and define systemic goals for continuous learning and improvement with regard to child development and early childhood education and care; recognizing children as individuals and respecting their unique qualities and abilities through individualized connections to 'How Does Learning Happen'; appreciating the valuable information parents/primary caregivers possess and incorporating it into interactions with families and children through consistent collaboration with them; and providing play-based child-centered curricula which incorporates research and current pedagogy into program philosophy and practice.
The collaborative approach to early learning in Durham is the aspect of being a QA which motivates me the most. Delivering workshops, Communities of Practice Sessions, conducting consultation visits and networking with early learning settings provides opportunities for meaningful connections with educators throughout the Region. I truly believe early learning professionals are essential contributors to healthy societies.
As an Early Childhood educator in good standing, I value the title and responsibility to adhere to the best practices set out by the college as well as based on my lived experiences with working with many families.
I see our role as ECE's evolving and I would like to stay current and abreast to all the changes that are being made as well as be a part of the future changes. I see my role as a part time facilitator in Early Childhood Education as one that should be preparing our future educators with the tools to be responsive, respectful and inclusive with every child and family they will interact with. My goal is to prepare them for a career that will build meaningful relationships with each and every child and that they see each child as full of potential.
Being able to sit on the council committee will support me in my life long learning goals as well as provide me with knowledge to share with other educators on how best to complete their CPL's, best practices and how to best support each other.
I would like to run for Council to contribute to the well-being of the Early Childhood Educators. I emigrated from Bangladesh, where bureaucrats of childhood education were busy with so-called priority for childhood education issues that have been neglected at every step. When I came to Canada, I found a new path where I can gain knowledge of child development and policies for childhood education. Since my immigration to Canada, I have engaged in works and activities related to childcare and education, as well as social welfare. I have worked with First Nations children in Regina, SK, at First Year Learning Center, and in Toronto working with different age groups in different child care settings with McLor, to working as Lunchroom Supervisor with special needs children. During this time, I faced many challenges but my determination to work hard and my experiences in overcoming challenges helped me in negative critical situations. At the time of my studies at Mothercraft College, I learned a lot about policies and theories about child and social welfare. The fact is, when I began working in the field with my educational background, I found some policies and interventions could be developed for the well-being of children and also for the childhood educators. The networking opportunity with the leaders of College of Ontario can be a right place to work for all the educators and child development. On behalf of the educators, I want to serve the educators, their rights and help to develop their professional area.
The field of Early Childhood Education has continued to evolve. We are professionals who are recognized and respected for the incredible work that we do. The College of Early Childhood Educators plays an integral part in setting standards for our educators and in guiding us with the strongest ethics. I have been in the field for over 20 years, both as an educator and in a leadership capacity. I believe that I would be an effective Council member because I am a positive leader who is passionate about the field of Early Childhood Education. I am committed to ensuring that our field is held to the highest standard. I am organized, a creative thinker and I have a common-sense philosophy that has guided my career. I have worked with some outstanding mentors over the years, and I am thrilled that I get to mentor the leaders of the future as part of my current role. I have a passion for working with children who have exceptionalities. My goal is to help educators see the benefits of being proactive through mindful planning, reflecting and reaching out for learning opportunities to support their work with children and families. I am honoured to be considered as a candidate for Council. This is OUR College and I believe it is important that Early Childhood Educators get involved and make a difference. If elected I promise to do just that.
For the last year and a half, I have committed a lot of time to self-growth and self-reflection which has made me a better pedagogical leader. I believe running for Council will continue to help me dig deeper into my learning journey and continue to help me inspire the educators around me. I am so fortunate in the fact that I get to work so closely alongside about 30 educators. I enjoy hearing and looking into other perspectives to add to the knowledge I already have. I truly believe as educators, we never stop learning; we learn so much from one another, the children and their families. I am thankful for this even being an opportunity.