Christina Dicks is the Program Administrator with the Alberni Valley Childcare Society and has worked in the early learning and care field for 15 years. She holds and ECE, SN and It License to Practice, and her passion lies in infant and toddler care. Christina sits on the Alberni Valley Children and Youth Network table. As an active member of ECEBC, Christina has been Co-Chair of the Port Alberni Branch for many years and was part of the Branch Restructuring Advisory Committee.
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 2020 to 2021 Board Of Directors. Learn more about each board member below. Contact email@example.com to connect with a board member
Chair, Port Alberni
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.
Cindy Page is a program co-chair and an instructor at Northern Lights College, in the ECEC Diploma program. An Early Childhood Educator, Cindy has worked as a licensing officer, CCRR consultant and in licensed family and group child care settings. She holds a master’s degree in Learning and Technology from Royal Roads University, sits on the Learning Outside Together Steering Committee and is intensely interested in seeking opportunities to deliver ECEC through a Work Integrated Learning model. Cindy has been a member of ECEBC since 2000 and was the recipient of the Gayle Davies award in 2019. She is grateful to join ECEBC Board at such an exciting time in the history of child care in our province and country.
Dawn Westlands has worked for over a decade as the coordinator of Eagles Nest Aboriginal Head Start Preschool with the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society. She is a passionate educator who strives to support others through her work on national advisory councils, by nurturing students and staff at Eagles Nest and in her previous work as an Instructor at Native Education College. Dawn is deeply committed to working on the frontline with children and families in the East Vancouver neighborhood where she grew up and uses her strong voice to strengthen the work of ECEs supporting vulnerable communities. Dawn is inspired by the teachings of the Indigenous Knowledge Keepers she has worked with throughout her career and is grateful for the opportunities she has to work alongside them.
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.
Julie Spencer has been the Executive Director of a non-profit childcare organization in the Alberni Valley for the past 30 years. As a graduate from the Selkirk College ECE Program (1987) she holds her basic ECE, Special Needs and Infant and Toddler Diploma. Bringing with her a wealth of knowledge and experience, Julie is a passionate and active advocate at community, regional and provincial levels. Believing all children and families have a right to access affordable quality childcare she knows that together we create a strong and vibrant voice for the many families who access and need programs and services for their children. Julie serves as past chair for her local ECEBC Branch, is a past participant with ECEBC Leadership Initiative, is a member of the Kiwanis Hilton Children’s Centre Board of Directors and is Chair of the PacificCare Family Enrichment Society Board of Directors.
Katherine is the Director of Student Spaces for the Capilano Students' Union. Over the past decade, she has supported the student executives and board of directors to ensure post-secondary student voices and needs are heard on campus by university representatives and at all levels of government.
Katherine holds a bachelor’s degree of Early Childhood Care and Education and endeavors to be a staunch advocate for ECE’s, children, and families by working towards removing barriers to education for new student educators and continuing conversations supporting educators during the transition to the new affordable childcare plan.
Katherine has assisted in the rewrite in the ECEBC Let's Talk about Touching program and Best Choices: The Ethical Journey.
Kathleen is a co-director of the ECPN and an instructor in the School of Education and Childhood Studies at Capilano University, located on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including Tsleil-Waututh, Squamish, shíshálh, Lil’Wat, and Musqueam Nations. As a researcher, early childhood educator, and instructor, Kathleen endeavors to reimagine and revitalize early childhood leadership as an ongoing practice of disruption to make space for alternative narratives of early childhood education.
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.
Veronica is a Professor of Early Childhood Education in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum at Western University. Previously, a Professor at the School of Child & Youth Care at the University of Victoria, Veronica now serves as Adjunct Professor. She is also Senior Fellow of NORRAG, co-director of the Pedagogist Network of Ontario, and co-director of the BC Early Childhood Pedagogies Network.
Her writing and research contribute to the Common Worlds Research Collective and the Early Childhood Pedagogies Collaboratory. Veronica’s SSHRC-funded research explores climate change pedagogies with children, and children’s relations with waste and materials in the global North and global South.
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