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.
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.
Chair, North Vancouvervjessen@capilanou.ca
Joan Gignac is the Executive Director of the Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC since 2008, and an Early Childhood Educator for 30 years. Since 1997 Joan’s commitment has been to Aboriginal Head Start and First Nation Head Start programs. Working frontline, to leading, and now training others promoting and supporting high quality service delivery for Indigenous communities in BC and Nationally.
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.
Robyn Curtis is the Manager of Integrated Learning at The Exploration Place Museum & Science Centre in Prince George, where she has managed licensed, award-winning STEAM-based preschool and school-aged programs since 2015. Robyn is currently working with the local Lheidli T’enneh First Nation to develop, build, and run a new childcare centre on the Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory. Robyn has worked with children since 2010 as an Educational Assistant for School District 57, and as a Responsible Adult in two after-school programs.
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 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 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 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 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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