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.
Supervisor: Diana Forbes
I started working in the field of childcare 10 years ago. I worked mainly with children with disabilities and worked as an Autism Interventionist. Through that I learned many educational techniques and studied autism and its spectrum. I worked closely with the families and helped to implement daily schedules and goals for them. Four years ago I started working in the ECE field. With my Human Service Worker courses (which include Psychology and Human Development) as an educational background, I came to enjoy the playful and entertaining life in the daycare setting. Since joining this field of work, I have taken my Food Safe, First Aid, Dual Diagnosis training, Dealing with Children with Difficult Behaviors, Autism Intervention, Health, Safety and Nutrition courses, and Behavioral Intervention courses through Douglas College. I have been working at the daycare since 2009 and now I am the supervisor of the 3-5 program. The part I enjoy the most about this field is the bond you form with the children and their families and the enjoyment on their faces when they arrive at daycare. I enjoy the programming aspect of this job and seeing the positive outcomes of growth in them.
Elyse Manning (on Maternity Leave)
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 Ashley Henderson and I am the newest member in the 3-5 Program at the University Children's Learning Centre. I've recently moved back to BC from Alberta after spending 3 years there. I graduated from Lakeland College and received my ECE diploma as well as training in Special Needs and Infant/Toddler in 2016. I've been in childcare for about 4 years and have always enjoyed working with children. I started working at the University Children's Learning Centre in January 2018 and I've loved every second and can't wait for more to come. Children have a natural wonder and curiosity when it comes to every day life and their infectious zest for learning new things makes it a joy to work with them. I love being able to see the children grow and develop into their own unique beings. It is such a rewarding job.
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 moved from Ontario in February 2017 and have been in childcare for 25 years. I received my ECE from Algonquin College in Pembroke Ontario. The last 14 years has been within the school system in Ontario working with children with special needs. I was at the same school for the whole 14 years. This gave me the opportunity to watch the children grow from Kindergarten to graduation and on to high school.
I am the newest team member at University Children's Learning Centre, working with the 3-5 year team. I am hoping to have the same opportunity at this daycare and watch these little ones grow and move onto Kindergarten. For me the best part of childcare is the smiles on the faces of the children as they learn new skills and show them to their peers.
Supervisor: Brenda Florko
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.
I have been working at the University Children's Learning Centre since the Fall of 2013 and this is my first job in the field. 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. This summer (2015) I have started online classes with Northern Lights College to complete my full certificate. I love working with children and find so much joy in watching and aiding int their development as well as creating a unique bond with each child. It is a very fulfilling career.
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.
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.