Manager: Kim Letiec
I have been in the ECE field since 1989. I graduated from the ECE program in 1989 and moved to Kelowna from Newfoundland in 1992. In 2006 I completed the Infant/Toddler program at Okanagan College in Kelowna. I've also completed various other workshops such as Sleep Facts for Child Care Professionals, Food Safe, First Aid, and Facilitating Staff Skill Development. Over the years, I have worked with children ranging from 6 months to 11 years. I have been employed at the University Children's Learning Centre since 1996 and supervised the Infant/Toddler program for 10 years. Currently I am the manager of the daycare. I am very passionate and committed to working with children. It is a real joy and very rewarding to watch their growth and development on a daily basis.
Co-Supervisor: Kerri Lang
I received my ECE from Okanagan College in 1995 and have been in childcare since then. I took a break from working outside the home from 2006-2014 to raise my two daughters. During that time, I cared for children in my home for a period of a year and a half. I worked for UBCO daycare from 2003- May 2006 and started working again in the Infant/Toddler Program in December 2014. I enjoy being there for all of the children's firsts, watching them accomplish tasks and seeing their proud looks on their faces. I like being able to teach them new things and provide them with new experiences. In September 2018, I moved over to the 3-5 Program and am now the supervisor of the 3-5 Program.
Co-Supervisor: Elyse Manning
I graduated in 2010 from Columbia Bible College in 2010 with my ECE diploma with training for Infant/Toddler and Special Needs. I have been working in the childcare field since then; beginning in a smaller centre in Chilliwack and then as a sub both at the University Children's Learning Centre and another multi-age centre here in Kelowna. The opportunity for a full-time permanent position arise here in 2011 and I became a caregiver in the 3-5 Program. I enjoy exploring concepts and experiences with the children. I'm always fascinated by their sense of wonder, their ability to soak in knowledge and the way each of their personalities plays a part in the dynamic of the group.
My name is Lauren Buck and I am proud to say I am the newest member of the University Children's Learning Centre family. In 2016 I received my Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate and have worked in a daycare since. Although I am new to the field I have spent years as a girl helping and later as a leader with Girl Guides of Canada. I have also spent two summers working at Penticton and District Society for Community Living with both the adults and children with developmental issues. I graduated earlier this year of 2017 from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Anthropology and a minor in English. With my recent graduation behind me I look forward to building a career as well as many friendships with the children, parents, and staff at this beautiful facility. When I first started my degree my aim was to become an elementary school teacher. Although that is not where I am now I could not be happier. It has always been a passion and brought me joy playing, teaching, and watching the children discover the world around them.
I joined the University Children's Learning Centre in October of 2019 as part of the 3-5 team. I have worked as an ECE assistant for over 10 years and recently went back to school. I will complete my full ECE certificate by the Spring of 2020! My passion for Early Childhood Education arose from a desire to support children as they develop and learn through play. I look forward to 2020, the expansion and deeper connections to this amazing team and community.
Supervisor: Brenda Florko (on Maternity Leave)
I have been working for the University Children's Learning Centre since 2004, but have been around children most of my life. Since I was 11 years old, my family welcomed foster children of various ages into our home, thus inspiring me to focus my career on creating safe environments for children to learn and grow. I completed my Early Childhood Education with an Infant/Toddler specialty in 2004. I have my First Aid, Food Safe, and have taken a variety of workshops to enhance my knowledge of child development such as Healthy Interactions and Ages and Stages. I am the Supervisor of the Infant/Toddler program and I enjoy coming to work every day and creating a warm and caring place for the children to grow in all the aspects of their development.
I took my Early Childhood Education and Supported Childcare at Okanagan College in Kelowna in 2002. I did my Infant/Toddler through Northern Lights College. I have been working in the ECE field since 2003. The first year I subbed at a variety of centres and have been at the University Children's Learning Centre since 2004. I have taken a variety of workshops over the years to help develop my knowledge of children's development. I enjoy working with the children and being able to see them develop new skills every day and being part of helping them to achieve those skills.
Alex O'Sullivan (Standing in as Supervisor)
I have been working at the University Children's Learning Centre since the Fall of 2013. I started as a Support Staff and shortly after became a caregiver in the Infant/Toddler Program. I received my Assistant License in 2012 and completed my first year of ECE at Okanagan College and have since completed my ECE diploma and Infant/Toddler designation. I love working with children and find so much joy in watching and aiding in their development as well as creating a unique bond with each child. It is a very fulfilling career.
Teasha John (on Maternity Leave)
I graduated from Sprott Shaw College in August 2018 and recieved my Early Childhood Education Certificate. This is my first job in the field and I started at the University Children's Learning Centre in September 2018. I enjoy helping children explore and discover the world around them. I love how each day is different and new to the children, they are all so creative and curious. We do something unique each day. I believe working with children is an extremely rewarding career.
I recieved my Early Childhood Assistant certificate in December 2014 and began working as a casual staff at the town daycare in Beaumont, Alberta. I spent most of my time in the Infant and Toddler rooms until August 2017 when I decided to move to Kelowna to complete my schooling. I graduated from Okanagan College in June 2019 with my ECE Diploma with training for Special Needs and Infant/Toddler and was given the opportunity to begin working as a caregiver at UCLC. I have taken a variety of workshops since 2014, including: The Foundations of Early Brain Development, Ages and Stages, Do Bugs Need Drugs, Circle of Security and Emergency First Aid. It is my passion to work with the I/T age and I find it extremely rewarding to be able to come into work and aid in each child's daily growth and see the look on their faces when they experience something new or are able to accomplish something they have been working towards.
I have been in the child care field for approximately 28 years. I took my first ECE course in the Williams Lake College and it was the first time it was offered to us through Kamloops college in 1988-1989. I worked in a preschool for 14 years, then moved to Summerland and worked in a daycare for 9 1/2 years. We then moved to Kelowna and that's when I started to work at the University Children's Learning Society in late 2014. I have been involved in both the 3-5 Program and the Infant/Toddler Program when needed. Everything about children's early years I find a joy to be around. They teach me new things all the time and I thank all the families tor allowing me to be a part of all the children's lives. I have that joy of meeting their journey into new challenging experiences.