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District 5 – Toronto Region

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Aliya Amin
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Aliya Amin
Present Position: Program Support ECE
Place of Employment: Victoria Village Childrens Services

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice: Advise on program support particularly for children with needs
Self-Identification (if any): I am a Canadian-born Guyanese Muslim woman.

 

Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
(2 years) Early Education Leadership Program Harvard University 2021 Certificate in Early Education Leadership
Early Childhood Education Centennial College 2015 Diploma in ECE
Bachelor of Arts York University 2013 BA

 

Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
ECE/Program Support ECE Victoria Village Children Services 2015-Present

 

Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Event Coordinator Volunteer Islamic Institute of Toronto 2013-Present
Tutor for Children (Own) 2017-2021

 

Candidate Statement
I believe I should be chosen as a council member because of my education history, classroom experience and my knowledge of provincial and municipal policy. I also strongly believe I have a unique perspective that can contribute to the team. I work well with others and also am able to carry my own duties as necessary. I manage time well in between work and professional learning and can commit my full efforts to this team. As a person of colour wearing a religious headscarf, I was initially hesitant to pursue education as a career. Previous experiences contributed to my anxieties about what others would think of trusting me with their children. While studying for my ECE Diploma I was excited to start my coop experience and even more excited to see that there are many in the profession that look like me. When I learned that we  had a professional governing body supporting us I did my research and was proud to see inclusivity and land acknowledgement featured prominently. I diligently signed up for and rewatched several workshops and continuing education seminars held by the college in addition to assisting coworkers with their CPLs. To think that someone of my Caribbean background and Muslim beliefs could affect positive change with other council members is an incredible opportunity that I knew I had to try to achieve! I thank you all for your kind consideration.

 

Mitra Azadmehr
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Mitra Azadmehr
Present Position: RECE
Place of Employment:

 

City of Toronto

 

Area of Practice: Licensed Early Learning and Child Care Centre

 

Self-Identification (if any): Southwest Asian
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Education Seneca College 2000 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate Statement
Being on Council would be a way for me to give back to the profession that I felt proud to be part of for over twenty years. Over the years, I have gained valuable knowledge in the field of early childhood education. However, I know that there are more to learn specially in the area of leadership and legislation, something that I am extremely passionate about as it would allow me to contribute to our community of early educators to self-regulate the profession in the public interest. As a member of this professional community, I would be honoured to help establishing professional standards and uphold regulatory mandates of the college in my best ability. As a member of the council, I conduct myself with integrity and commitment, and I intend to work hard and free from bias to represent the interest of all. If elected, I look forward to work with the members of the Council and other individuals from different fields to fulfil the mandates of the Council.

 

Sincerely

Mitra Azadmehr

Katherine (Katie) Begley
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Katherine (Katie) Begley
Present Position: Professor
Place of Employment:

 

University of Guelph/Guelph – Humber

Toronto

Area of Practice:

 

Post Secondary Education/ Training
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Development Psychology in Education University of Toronto (OISE) 2011 Master’s of Education in Developmental Psychology
Early Childhood Studies University of Guelph / Guelph – Humber 2008 Bachelor of Applied Science
Early Childhood Education Humber College 2008 Humber College
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Member AECEO Current Member
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Volunteer Coordinator (Volunteer Position) S.H.I.F.T (Local Community Homeless Shelter) Sept 2021-current
Candidate Statement
Backed by my 10+ years of experience as a RECE, I am running for council to bring my knowledge and experiences to serve and protect the public interest.

 

I have been a sessional professor for 10+ years at the University of Guelph-Humber and Humber College; which is the current position I hold. Additionally, I have also taught at Seneca College and Durham College. I have sat on a review panel for the College of Early Childhood Educators in October 2016 to provide insight on the most recent Code of Ethics.

 

Throughout my work experiences, I have engaged in educating students within the classroom on topics such as professional issues, curriculum, leadership, inclusion; as well as, engaging in field practicum teaching. My extensive field practicum experiences (10+ years) have provided me with the opportunity to work and visit with numerous RECE’s, early learning and child care centres across the GTA.  Throughout these experiences I have gained invaluable knowledge and perspective about early learning across the GTA as well as circumstances that existing RECE’s and new graduates face.

 

I aim to use this knowledge to serve the public as well as contribute to professional standards and continued professional learning for RECE’s

 

I appreciate your vote!

Jessica Christian
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Jessica Christian
Present Position: Site Manager – Bayview Gardens Childcare Centre
Place of Employment

 

 

Graydon Hall Nursery Schools

North York, ON

Area of Practice: Licensed Childcare Centre
Self-Identification (if any): South Asian-Indian by birth, have lived and worked with children in Canada for more than a decade.
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Bachelor of Applied Science in Chid Studies University of Humber Guelph 2021 Honors- Bachelor degree
Early Childhood Education Humber College 2021 Diploma
Early Childhood Education Mohawk College 2014 Diploma
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Volunteer Dr. Angela Fountain and Associates May 2021 to present
Volunteer -events and writer Compassion Canada June 2021 to present
Independent fundraising Holland bloorview kids rehabilitation hospital Nov 2018 to present
 
Candidate Statement
Serving as a council member, I strive to not only be able to expand the ways I can support the community but also give back to the profession by upholding the standards and regulatory requirements. Mahatma Gandhi once said, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” I believe that my passion to make a difference in the life of children and families and the experiences that I have had along the way will provide a unique perspective and voice for many educators that are new to Canada and/or the field and are facing challenges to find the harmony between transferring their cultural experiences and learning new ones.

With gratitude and appreciation,

Jessica C, RECE

Nicola Clarke
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Nicola Clarke
Present Position: Founder
Place of Employment:

 

The Nikki Clarke Network

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Training/Workshops/Speaking engagements
Self-Identification (if any): I am a Black woman. I am also the immediate Past President of the Ontario Black History Society.
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Education Sheridan College 1997 Early Childhood Education
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Instructor and Field Supervisor of Early Childhood Education Sheridan College 1999-2009
Instructor and Field Supervisor of Early Childhood Education Humber College 2003-2006
Preschool Program Supervisor Brampton Neighborhood Services 2000-2001
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Preschool Program Supervisor Malton Neighborhood Services 2001-2002
President Ontario Black History Society 2015 to 2017
Advisory Council Member Human Trafficking Advisory Council of Peel 2018 to present
Candidate Statement
It would be an honor to serve as a council member. I have been advocating for the profession for over 25 years in a number of roles of involvement. I feel with my experience, expertise and wisdom as seen through the lens of a Black Canadian woman, I would be a great asset towards advancing diversity in policymaking in the field.

Patricia Doyle
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Patricia Doyle
Present Position: Assistant Manager
Place of Employment:

 

CMAS

Toronto, ON

 

Area of Practice:

 

Care for newcomer children
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
ECE Supervisor Series Humber College 1998 Certificate
Early Childhood Education Sheridan College 1985 Diploma
Children: Our Challenge Sheridan College 1978 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Council Member College of Early Childhood Educators 2019-2022
Non-council member College of Early Childhood Educators  2016-2019
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Client services Furniture Bank 2016-2020
Volunteer driver/mover Shelter Movers 2016-2018
Board of Directors Lakeshore Community Child Care Centre 1998-2002
Candidate Statement
With the experience I have gained both sitting as a member of the council and having participated as a non-council member, I know that the work of the College is vital to upholding the professionalism of those who work so diligently in the field. I believe my experience and perspective, which spans a variety of childcare-related fields, would be a true benefit to the College. I have not only worked in both profit and not-for-profit licensed childcare environments, but for the last 20 years, my focus has been developing and monitoring the standards of childcare for immigrant and refugee children across Canada. With this breadth of experience, I know and appreciate the value that we, as educators, bring.

 

Working in an organization that serves over 5,000 immigrant children each day, I have seen the challenges faced by RECEs and families. I believe wholeheartedly in the role of the college to protect the public interest and uphold the professionalism of the field.

 

As someone committed to quality early childhood education for all, I would love to bring my experience and perspective to our College.

Irene Egerszegi
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Irene Egerszegi
Present Position: DECE
Place of Employment:

 

TDSB

Scarborough, ON

Area of Practice: DECE kindergarten
Self-Identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Registered aba therapist Geneva 2021 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Owner Learning coach 2007-present
Author Self employed 2007- present
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Tutor Private 2007- present
Candidate Statement
I am interested in running for counsel because I totally believe in the ece profession as being a vital part of education. I would like to assist in making sure members are involved and not alone in their supportive roles.

Kathryn Firth
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Kathryn Firth
Present Position: Executive Director
Place of Employment:

 

Studio 123 Early Learning Centre

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Building Relationships with children and families

Behavioural Guidance

Diversity Inclusion

Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Third year Direct Entry ECS Bachelor of Arts Ryerson University Still studying  
Part time ECE Certification George Brown College 2020 Early Childhood Educator
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Member Planning Committee for Supervisor’s Network 2021- present
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate Statement
As a fairly new Executive Director at Studio 123 Early Learning Centre, I feel I make an excellent candidate for the Council. Since entering my new position, I have made it my mission to include diversification in programming, curriculum and daily strategies. In the past 6 months, I have integrated increased Indigenous materials including books and artwork. I ordered materials from Goodminds.com a First Nations owned and operated Children’s bookstore in Brantford, ON. I have lead my staff to focus on inclusion, diversification and celebration of culture. For Black History month, we ordered a large selection of books written and illustrated by Black authors. Each educator chose an age-appropriate selection to add to our ever-growing library. Teaching all-inclusive love and acceptance is a huge passion of my teaching. I think I have a lot to bring to the table of the Council. Although I am new to the College and to my position, I bring lots of leadership experience and a plethora of new and exciting ideas.

Thank you, sincerely.

Kathryn Firth

CeCil Kim
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: CeCil Kim
Present Position: RECE, Instructor, Designate Supervisor
Place of Employment:

 

 

George Brown College

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Non-Profit Child Care

Post Secondary Education

Self-Identification (if any): I am a persons of colour from East Asia
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Higher Education Central Michigan University 2022 MA
Early Childhood Education George Brown College 2012 Diploma
Political Science University of Ottawa 2007 BSSc
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Member AECEO Current
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Attendee, Facilitator Various workshops on Anti-Bias, Anti-Racist Curriculum 2019-current
Attendee Various workshops on Trauma and Resiliency 2021-current
Candidate Statement
I have been with the Council for the past three years and I have experienced the importance of the College’s roles and responsibilities for the sector: for educators, the public, children, and the profession.

My experience in various roles as a frontline educator to an instructor equipping future educators to a leadership role in the sector will help bring unique and diverse perspectives to the Council. In addition, my current work with trauma-informed and Anti-Bias and Anti-Racism curriculum will also bring an essential lens to the Council: a lens that is critical as our sector moves forward.

Mark Francisco
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Mark Francisco
Present Position: Early Childhood Education/Social Service Worker
Place of Employment:

 

York Region District School Board/Toronto Catholic District School Board

North York, ON

 

Area of Practice:

 

Home Childcare, Best Start, Special Needs Resourcing, Training, Research, Home Childcare.
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Social Service Workers Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology 2008 Diploma
Child Psychology Stratford Career Institute

 

2002 Diploma
Early Childhood Education Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology 2001 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Catechism Teacher for Grade 2 Archdiocese of Toronto – St Paschal Baylon 2015
Professional ECE The Association of Early Childhood Education 2018
Child Abuse Prevention Program Facilitator Making a Difference 2020
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Community Consultant TWCC Toronto Community Engagement and Consulting 2008
Facilitator Assistant Bloorview MacMillan Children Services 2002
Facilitator Assistant Giant Steps 2018
Candidate Statement
From a active preschool teacher to a aspiring JK/SK Teacher…To challenge myself and develop professional / personal goals during the pandemic is paramount like empowering yourself in wanting to teach, believe in yourself, confident in your abilities, and understanding self. By being part, of a male council/staff/colleague in the College of ECE, it is a remarkable position to advocate and reflect diversity, equality, multi-culturalism, anti- racial, and anti-oppressive framework. In turn, developing a sense to council in a multi-cultural society. To be aware of the Standards of Practice, Code of Ethics that is presented to all members of the College of ECE. As a struggling Male ECE professional and a passion to learn and be coachable throughout my career as a male ECE. I have learned specific methodology and explored particular subjects/issues in the classroom program or daycare settings. I had began this journey in ECE since 1995 at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. In terms of experience, it has been a challenge in either a elementary, secondary, day programs, daycares of after school programs. It shaped me to practice my core values, beliefs, respect, and trust. Especially, being a member of the College of ECE. I will try this opportunity to plan for, observe, engage with, and support the council. And children’s play and learning. I will communicate and work respectfully with children, parents, and other professionals. As a committed council member I can document interactions with children, parents, and other professionals clearly.

 

Branka Milin-Campbell
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Branka Milin-Campbell
Present Position: Director
Place of Employment:

 

 

Brock Early Learning Centre

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Child Care Administration
Self-Identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
ECE George Brown College 1994 ECE
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Member AECEO From 2001
Member Umbrella Child Care Services From 2001
Member Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care From 1990
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Volunteer Big Sisters 1999-2006
Board Member- President BEST English Language Services 2010-2017
Board Member Caring for Kids 2004-2009
Candidate Statement
I feel that my long term experience in the field as well as being a witness to the many changes in the sector over the years can be a valued asset to the College.

Especially with the proposed affordable child care initiative coming in on the horizon, those of us who facilitated the start of FDK have valuable insight into preparations and discussions that should be had.

 

 

Tiffany Shawn Bien
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Tiffany Shawn Bien
Present Position: Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education and Childcare Supervisor
Place of Employment:

 

 

Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre

Toronto, ON

 

Area of Practice:

 

Licensed Childcare Centre
Self-Identification (if any): I am Jewish and I work in a Centre that is based on Jewish (yet universal) values. We follow The Sheva Early Learning Framework that was developed by the Sheva Centre: Innovation in Early Childhood Jewish Education and Engagement. My centre is one of many across North America through the JCC Association.
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Administration Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology 2006 Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Early Childhood Education Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology 2001 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Assistant Director of Early Childhood Education Miles Nadal JCC July 2020-Current
Childcare Centre Supervisor Miles Nadal JCC Dec 2018-Current
Vice Principal, Family Co-ordinator & Quality Assurance Director Inventiveminds Kidz Academy August 2018-November 2018
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
RECE Advisor College of Early Childhood Educators Nov 12, 2021- current
Candidate Statement
I am applying to be a Council member as I feel that my background and passion to support other educators would be a great asset to the Council. I was selected as an RECE Advisor but I would like to do more.

 

I have over 20 years’ experience in the Early Childhood sector. This includes being a classroom educator, quality assurance supervisor, and centre supervisor. I have a strong understanding of the CCEYA, HDLH? AQI, and other regulations.

 

RECE’s need to be seen as competent and capable. As RECE’s we must adhere to the Code of Standards of Practice in order to be entrusted with the designation of Registered Early Childhood Educator.

 

I feel that as an educator, particularly one whose role is to mentor, lead and guide others, it is so important especially now, that our voices are heard and I am driven to support this.

 

I believe that we need the recognition from our communities and government. Several years ago, Chrystia Freeland, Martha Friendly and Carolyn Ferns visited the JCC. I was privileged to sit at the round table representing our Early Childhood department at the Miles Nadal JCC, participating in a discussion about the state of early childhood education and making childcare more financially accessible for families.

 

This is a great leadership opportunity for me. I believe that I have the experience and knowledge to support other educators and be an integral part of the council.

 

Thank you for this opportunity.

Kathleen Valerio
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Kathleen Valerio
Present Position: RECE
Place of Employment:

 

Tiny Explorer

Toronto, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Play base, Reggio
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Leadership Sheridan College 2018 Degree
Early Childhood Education Sheridan College 2015 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
RECE Advisor College of Early Childhood Educators Nov.-Present
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate Statement
To be running for Council, would be an special experience to share with fellow RECEs and in my community. I feel that many people do not understand what RECE do in the community- we are the foundation that build children to become who they are in the future. I advocate for pay, inclusiveness, I advocate for fairness, the rights of the child, and most importantly I advocate for affordable childcare. I’m passionate about helping families that need support and to give them resources so that they are able to contribute in their community. I’m passionate to help students in ECE programs to navigate different avenues and to be open to many possibilities of not only becoming an Educator but a facilitator or advisor. In addition, I enjoy and love learning and if elected, this will definitely be a journey to remember.

District 7 –  Hamilton/Niagara Region

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Chevelle Bernard
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Chevelle Bernard
Present Position: Early Childhood Educator
Place of Employment:

 

YMCA of Niagara

Welland, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Child Care
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Bachelor of Early Childhood Education Brock University 2017 Degree
Early Childhood Education Niagara College 2012 Diploma
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
RECE Advisors College of Early Childhood Educators November 2021-present
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate Statement
I  am  wanting  to  run  for  council  because  I  have  a  strong  passion  for  this  career  path.  I  have  chosen  to  be  dedicated  in  my  field  of  work for  many  years  and  want  to  be  an additional  voice  for  my  district.  I  feel  that  I  am  qualified  for  the  position  in  many  ways. I  have  always remained  current  within  practice,  I  am  involved  whenever  possible  within my  work  organization  and  I  have  the  commitment  to  do  the best  job  possible.  This  would  be  a  great  addition  to  my  portfolio  as  I  take  pride  in  adding  experiences whenever  possible.  I  will  have  no hesitations  to  speak  up  for  my  colleagues  and  will  continue  to  support  the  college  in  all  of  it’s  areas.  I  cannot  wait  to  get  started!

Kim Cole
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Kim Cole
Present Position: Executive Director
Place of Employment:

 

A Child’s World Family Child Care Services of Niagara

Welland, ON

 

Area of Practice:

 

Licensed Child Care
Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Education – Administration Niagara College 1999 Early Childhood Education – Administration
Early Childhood Education Niagara College 1986 Early Childhood Education
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Chair / Past Chair Niagara Child Care Sector 2011 – Present
Member / Certification Association of Early Childhood Educators Ontario 2006
Participant Continuous Professional Learning Program Leadership Pilot Project 2013-2014
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Board Chair Early Childhood Community Development Centre 2014-Present
Board Member / Vice President Port Colborne – Wainfleet Chamber of Commerce 2015-Present
Board Member Executive Director Forum of South Niagara 2015-Present
Candidate Statement
I have worked in the Early Childhood Education field for over 35 years and am currently a proud Registered Early Childhood Educator. I have had the opportunity to work with many educators, children and families in a variety of settings. I have worked in the playroom, been a Supervisor, a Program Coordinator, Human Resources Coordinator, Mentor, and am currently the Executive Director of A Child’s World Family Child Care Services of Niagara. Along with my Administration team, we currently operate 20 child care locations. I have been involved with the College of ECE’s in a few different capacities since 2013. I believe in learning each and every day from others and being involved in the early year’s community.  Being on Council the past 3 years has has been an extremely rewarding experience professionally and personally.  It has assisted me to learn more about leadership, reflection, engagement, diversity, ethics and so much more.  I am interested in running again for Council in District 7.   It is my belief that as I continue to learn, and share what I have learned from others, I will enrich the lives of those who I meet daily. I believe in the College of Early Childhood Educators and have always supported its purpose and mandate.

Tara Freeman
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Tara Freeman
Present Position: Supervisor
Place of Employment:

 

Lucky Day Nursery

Hamilton, ON

Area of Practice:

 

Hamilton Early Years Quality Project

Supervisors Professional Learning Community

Leadership and Supervision Community of Practice

Pedagogical Leadership Learning Community

Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Education Fanshawe College 2004 Early Childhood Education Diploma -President’s Honor Roll
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Head Teacher Central Daycare – Hamilton ON 2004-2009
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
Member of ASCY Affiliated Services for Children and Youth (ASCY) 2004-Present
RECE College of Early Childhood Educators 2008-Present
Candidate Statement
I am committed to high quality child childcare, and have spent my career championing for children advocating for educators here in the Hamilton community. I strive to provide an environment that is meaningful, and engaging, as well as a happier, healthier workplace for the educators I mentor. My core values guides the work I do, and the decisions I make, keeping me focused on my quality journey towards inclusive, transparent, high-quality childcare, and supporting families various need. I believe I would be an asset to council, I have extensive experience as an RECE, in an ever-changing childcare society, with a working knowledge of current challenges, needs, and success. I’m an active participant in many communities of practice here in Hamilton, modeling dedication and leadership in my community while co-learning. My commitment towards quality childcare is visible through my years of dedicated relationships with families, community agencies and mentorship of educators. I strive to create a supportive nurturing, environment, for educators, children, as well as myself. Fostering these attributes encourages myself and others to be knowledgeable, reflective and resourceful. I will continue to model these practices, contributing to an environment of belonging within council. I have shared goals of professionalism, transparency, integrity, inclusion and leadership. I view educators and children alike, as capable individuals who bring their own abilities and strengths to each task at hand. I believe I can be a valuable addition to the team, given the opportunity and encouragement. Thank you for this opportunity.

Samia Javed
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Samia Javed
Present Position: DECE
Place of Employment:

 

Hamilton Wentworth District School Board

Hamilton, ON

 

Area of Practice:

 

Full Day Kindergarten
Self-Identification (if any): Person of Colour
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Masters of Professional Education Western University 2022 Masters
Early Childhood Education (Intensive) Diploma Mohawk College 2011 Diploma
Post Graduate Certificate in Education University of Sunderland, U.K. 2009 Certificate
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
I am a person of colour, muslim woman and naturalized Canadian. I have been working as an ECE in Ontario for the last 12 years and an educator for over 18 years. Currently I work as a DECE in a FDK program. It is indeed a privilege to be part of a self-regulatory body and have professional status. The college’s mandate of protecting the public interest by setting standards, developing competencies and skills, and creating programs that expand ECE professionalism and knowledge is not only what I fell passionately about as an early years instructor but is also at the heart of my masters research. The growth and development of the early years profession is interdependent, interconnected and complementary to ECE leadership and regulation of the profession. I would like to research, contribute, and amplify this relationship.

 

 

Olivia O’Reilly
Candidate’s Biographical Summary
Candidate’s Full Name: Olivia O’Reilly
Present Position: Childcare Center Supervisor
Place of Employment:

 

YMCA of Niagara

St. Catharines, ON

 

Self-identification (if any):  
Education (ECE program/other relevant post-secondary qualifications)
Program Educational Institution Year of Graduation Degree, Diploma
Early Childhood Educator Fanshawe College 2020 ECE
Childhood education D’Youville College 2010 Masters in Childhood Education
Participation in Early Childhood Education Organizations (e.g., associations, interest groups related to Early Childhood Education)
Position Association/Organization Dates
Childcare center Supervisor YMCA of Niagara 2017-present
Parent Participant Niagara Catholic Parent Involvement Committee 2021-Present
Parent Participant Goal/Parent Engagement Subcommittee-NCPIC 2021-present
Other Community Involvement
Position Association/Organization Dates
     
Candidate Statement
I work  as  a  childcare  center  supervisor  for  a  reputable  organization  such  as  the  YMCA of  Niagara  and  have  two  small  children  in  the school  system.  I  strive  to  create  and foster  a  positive  and  caring  environment  based  on  the  four  foundations  of  ECE.  My  pedagogical methodologies  take  into  consideration  how  children  develop  through  and  with  various  learning  opportunities  that  are  set  up  for  them.  I encourage  my  staff  to program  plan  based  on  concepts  that  children  learn  naturally  and  develop  their  skills  when  they  are  supported and  treated  as  individuals.  I  would  like  to  contribute  my  ECE skills  and  other  knowledge  to  benefit  my  educational  community.  I  may not  have  years  of  experience  as  an  ECE  but  I  thrive  on  challenging  myself  to  continue  to  learn  and  grow  daily.