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Meet The ECEBC Board Of Directors

The ECEBC has a Board of Directors, elected by the membership, who:

  • Are volunteers.
  • Perform their activities without any remuneration.
  • Determine what the ECEBC exists to do – its direction.
  • Provide governance for the ECEBC by overseeing the management of the property and affairs of the ECEBC.

Meet the 2019 to 2020 Board Of Directors. Learn more about each board member below.

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Violet Jessen

Violet Jessen

Chair, North Vancouver

Violet Jessen is an instructor in the Capilano University Early Childhood Care and Education Degree Program. Her recent interests include curriculum experimentation and studio practices in teacher education. She received an MEd with a specialization in ECE from the University of Victoria. Violet is a guide for the ECEBC Ethics Training program, a founding member of the North Shore Early Childhood Conference: To Learn, To Wonder and has a deep commitment to moving ECE professionalism forward.

Ward Nakata

Ward Nakata

Richmond

Ward Nakata has been on the Board of Directors for the since 2014 and is the ECEBC Branch Liaison for the Vancouver and North Shore area. Ward is currently employed at UBC Childcare Services as the Senior Supervisor of their Infant Centre. He holds a diploma in ECE and I/T as well as his R.I.E level one training. He was involved ECEBC's Leadership Initiative ( Cohort 4 ) and has stepped into a larger role in supporting Early Childhood Educators in many ways. Ward travels around the province facilitating workshops, speaking at conferences and institutions, consultations, and mentoring other educators. You can read some of his articles in ECEBC's own Journals!

Dawn Way

Dawn Way

Kelowna

Dawn Way graduated in 1998 from TRU and holds BC certifications an Early Childhood Educator, a BA with a major in English and a minor in cultural Anthropology. She recently obtained her Advanced Specialty Certificate in Community Care Facilities Licensing through the Justice Institute of BC. Dawn has worked in the field in a variety of roles, spending many wonderful years as a front line ECE celebrating each child's unique and wonderful spirit. She has served on the board since 2015 says her highlights are when she is able to meet members and help plan conference and / or Branch Retreats.

Lynne Reside

Lynne Reside

Victoria

Lynne Reside is the Branch Liaison for Port Alberni, Tofino and Comox in her capacity as an ECEBC Board Member. She served as chair/co-chair of ECEBC North Okanagan Branch for 24 years and is currently co-chair of ECEBC South Island branch. An ECE for 34 years, Lynne majored in psychology and Fine Arts at York University, and completed her ECE and post basic training. She worked in Montessori Preschool, in home child care, and as an executive director of a large non-profit child care society in Vernon, and for Success by 6/Children First in the Okanagan and Cowichan Valley. She received the Ruth Kovacs Literacy award (2015) and the Kay Britton Mentor award (2016) she is a proud mother, grandmother, and lifelong advocate for women's and children's rights.

Jacky Hughes

Jacky Hughes

Vancouver

Jacky Hughes is currently the Manager of Child Services at Britannia Community Services Centre and has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 22 years. She holds an ECE and SN License to Practice and recently completed a Non-Profit Management Certificate from SFU.  Jacky has presented at ECE conferences in New Zealand, China, and at home in Vancouver on the topics of leadership, core values, and pedagogical approaches. In 2018 Jacky was awarded the ECEBC Kay Britton Mentor Award and was a participant of the 2013/14 ECEBC Leadership Initiative.

Glenda Burrows

Glenda Burrows

North Vancouver

Glenda Burrows is an Early Childhood Educator and ECEBC member for 30 years Glenda has managed several child care programs, CCRR programs prior to becoming a Licensing Officer for Northern, Interior and Vancouver Coastal Health now supervising the Licensing team in North Vancouver.  Glenda has worked with indigenous communities, Ministry of Health for the regulation rewrite and has served as an ECEBC Board Director 6 years. Glenda is currently Chair of the Governance Committee.

Rahima Rajabali

Rahima Rajabali

North Vancouver

Rahima Rajabali is involved in 2 sectors: Communications and Early Childhood Education. As a Producer in communication environments, she has produced National and International campaigns. A sabbatical in East Africa inspired her to acquire her ECE with a certification in International Development. As an ECE, she has taught throughout the Northshore. Rahima currently directs production for a communications firm and develops curriculum for Early Learners. Through communication and connectivity, Rahima advocates for Early Childhood Educators and their impact on Human Development.

Danielle Davis

Danielle Davis

Victoria

Danielle Davis has been a practicing Early Childhood Educator for 23 years. She is a co-creator of the Images of Learning Project, an exhibit and website that emerged out of being a participant of the ECEBC Leadership Initiative. Danielle has travelled within BC with the exhibit delivering professional development opportunities for educators. This work solidified for her how thoughtful, intelligent and resourceful educators are and the connections she made with ECE’s is why she decided to join the board of ECEBC. Currently Danielle resides in Victoria where she is a term instructor on the Faculty of Early Learning and Care at Camosun College and is pursuing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Management at Royal Roads University.

Cari Rawling

Cari Rawling

Quesnel

Cari Rawling is an Early Childhood Educator and works as a StrongStart Educator and Program Coordinator for the Quesnel CCRR. As an active member of ECEBC she is part of her local ECEBC branch, a partner of the Learning Stories Media Project and has served on the provincial board for the past two years. Currently Cari is part of the Thompson River University Peer Mentor project as a Facilitator and is enjoying the connection it has brought to ECE’s in her community. She volunteers in many community events for children and families and is devoted to learning and supporting families of children with Autism and who are deaf or hard of hearing.

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