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STAFF


Staff must be 19 years of age, and have at least 5 years' experience working in the field of childcare. All staff have valid BC First Aid certificates, have been provincially screened through the ministries Criminal Records review process. Most staff has taken various training courses and/or hold credentials in the fields of childcare and education.

3-5 all day care teacher

The teachers working in the field of Early Childhood Education, hold a License to Practice through the Province of British Columbia as well as more than five years experience working with young children.

0-3 Teachers must possess an Infant & Toddler ECE certificate.

Addtionally all staff are required to keep education current by attending courses yearly.

Special Needs

We specialize in special needs support and work closely with all ministries to get subsidies and qualified support for those children who need it.


Kim Dunn

Manager
Operations Manager

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I have many years of experience in the ECE field after earning my Early Childhood Education Diploma, specializing in infant/toddler and special needs. Over the years I have gained valuable experience and was given the opportunity to work with a variety of children of many ages in many different settings. This included Walt Disney World in Florida, several childcare centres in both Ontario and BC, resorts in Muskoka, Ontario, Girl Guide leader and volunteering through Big Sisters.

After completing the Business Program at Disney University I realized I really enjoyed the business side of how an operation works. I left the field for a few years to gain more experience in the business world. I worked in a sales and marketing position for a while but then ended up back in the world of ECE!

As a centre’s Manager’ I am able to have the best of both worlds – I still get to be with the kids and work on the business side as well.

I love getting to know all the new families coming into the centre.

Trelawny (Trey) Bell

Manager, School Age Programs, Daycamps, and Marketing

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Qualifications:

BB/A Acadia University
Public relations Certificate
Essentials of school age care certificate
Managing Challenging behaviors certificate
Emergency Preparedness Course
Standard First Aid Certificate

Why did you decide to work with children?

I have always had a positive connection with children, due to personal attributes such as empathy and patience. I enjoy seeing children’s mental growth, and helping them to make positive decisions which will affect their future selves.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The amazing staff team, opportunities for professional growth, and the freedom to program lots of new field trips and activity ideas for the kids.

Myra Verona

Program Coordinator, The Cottage Early Learning Centre

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Qualifications:

BSc. Education
Early Childhood Education Diploma
Infant-Toddler Certification ( ongoing)
First Aid Certification

What made you want to work with children?

I have in me the the joy to share a meaningful childhood experience. Seeing and sharing laughter , sad moments , challenging turns , discovering and exploring delights in a classroom setting give me fulfillment as an educator and an individual.

Best Thing about working at Bee Haven?

Everyone is warm, unique, and accepting - from children under my care, parents, colleagues and administrators :)!

Alicia Maciver

Program Coordinator, The Hive 3-5 Program

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Qualifications:

Early Childhood Care
First Aid
Emergency preparedness (course)

Why did you decide to work with children?

I love having the opportunity to daily watch children grow and discover the world around them; it is truly fascinating to me. Daily I get to laugh, play, investigate, create, explore and imagine. Children contently inspire me to dream bigger than I ever imagined.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The great Staff and families

Harriet Finlay

Program Coordinator, Brockton School Age Program

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Education/Qualifications/Certificates:

Bed Hons. Business Studies and Art with education degree
2 years’ experience as special needs assistance and art teacher
2 years’ experience as an art and ICT teacher in a special needs school
Emergency Preparedness in Childcare Centres

Why did I decide to work with children?

I love seeing children smiling when they have learnt something new or when they make a new friend. It’s so rewarding and I look forward to going to work every single day.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The caring and supportive staff and of course the amazing kids!

Jenni Churchill

Program Coordinator, The Cottage Toddler Program

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Qualifications:

Diploma, ECE/IT/Special Needs
11 years with children 18 months-5 years old.
1 year with children 5 months-2 years old.
First Aid Certified
Emergency Preparedness in Childcare Centres

Why did you decide to work with children?

When I was younger, I babysat a lot. I thought it was fun and really enjoyed it. Becoming an early childhood educator was an obvious career choice for me. Once I was educated in the field, I realized how important my role of educator and caregiver is. My focus is still on fun, but now I see and understand the learning, and developmental growth that happens at the same time.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The staff are fun and energetic, and the diversity of families that we get to meet and work with.

Steve Dumont

Program Coordinator, The Haven School Age Program

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Qualifications:

B.A. Psychology, SFU Burnaby
Behavioral Interventionist
Standard First Aid, CPR-C
CAFAS Certified Assessment Training
10 years’ experience working with children of all ages & abilities

Why did you decide to work with children?

I enjoy children’s passion for life and their joyous energy. I try to provide positive role modeling, and try to instill skills that children will find useful for the rest of their lives. I also love the feeling that I get when I know that I am positively affecting someone’s life.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The staff are super fun to work with! I can also act like a kid forever!

Varya Zueva

Program Coordinator, Dorothy Lynas 3-5 Program

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Qualifications:

Bachelor Degree in Business Administration
Diploma in Early Childhood Education
Emergency Child Care First Aid and CPR
Food Safety Certificate

Why did you decide to work with children?

My family of dedicated educators inspired me to enter into ECE field. I love working with young children because they teach me to look at the world through the lenses of curiosity and imagination.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best thing about working for Bee Haven is the atmosphere of family and belonging. I very much enjoy the tight community of parents, teachers and Bee Haven's friends.

Siobhan Heckmann

Siobhan Heckmann

Teacher, Brockton School Age Program

Experience & Qualifications:

Responsible Adult Certificate
First Aid Certified
7 hour early childhood conference and certificate
10 years babysitting

Why did you decide to work with children?

It’s not often that you get an opportunity to be a person responsible for how a developing person perceives the world. Helping them see how the world works, and teaching them how to achieve their dreams. It’s amazing how much an adult impacts you when you are a child, either positively, or negatively. I want to be one of those people who someone remembers as a positive influence in their life, someone who they know believes in them and supports them.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The amazing staff, the children and their families.

Val Rutherford

ECE Teacher, Bee Haven Early Years Programs

Qualifications:

I got my ECE diploma at Douglas College. I have done upgrading course at Capilano University and numerous workshops
First Aid Certified

Why did you decide to work with children?

I have always wanted to work with children. From as far back as I can remember I have enjoyed being around children. From babysitting to having my own 3 children and looking after friends kids children have always been a part of my life. I am very happy to be working at Bee Haven.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The staff are very welcoming, and the children included me in right from day 1.

Jasen Lee

Infant/ Toddler, ECE Teacher, The Cottage

Qualifications:

ECE Certificate & Diploma
I/T Certificate
First Aid Certificate
ECE & I/T License

Why did you decide to work with children?

Enjoy playing and supporting them to grow and mature into independent individuals

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

Many opportunities to give children different activities while supported by great families and staff

Cristiana Kaiser

Teacher, Mt. Olivet School Age Program

Qualifications:

B/A (SFU) Psychology with concentration in applied behavioural analysis.
Emergency Childcare First Aid Certificate.
Behaviour interventionist with family centred services group.
After school program tutor at the learning disabilities association.

Why did you decide to work with children?

My dedication to work with children and youth started in high school as a peer-to-peer tutor for a student diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome. Seeing the daily struggles and achievements this friend made in reaching milestones and being there as a guide fostered my interests in pursuing a career in this field. So far I have had the privilege of working with children and helping them reach their educational, social, and communicational goals.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The kids, the staff, and the nurturing environment that inspires me to be there every day!

Diana Gouge

Position: ECE Teacher, Dorothy Lynas 3-5 Program

Qualifications:

Early childhood education diploma
Current Standard First Aid CPR/AED Level C
Second Step: A Violence Prevention Curriculum
Kids have Stress Too! Preschool Program
4 years experience working with individuals with special needs
7 years experience working at residential summer camps

Why did you decide to work with children?

I enjoy being a part of every child’s growth and development and I feel that there is nothing more rewarding.  I thrive in their presence and find their energy and enthusiasm to be contagious.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best part about working at Bee Haven is having an amazing team providing endless support to one another.

Mehrnoosh Zamani (Nooshi)

Mehrnoosh Zamani (Nooshi)

Support/Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Programs

Qualifications:

Responsible Adult, Child Care Certificate
Standard First Aid Certificate
Occupational Therapy (in progress of being registered in B.C). Specialized in Pediatric
Has worked with children and special needs children for ten years in different settings
Food Safety Level 1

What made you want to work with children?

Supporting children to achieve their highest potential has been very rewarding! I believe that children learn best in a nurturing atmosphere where they feel free to be creative and express themselves.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

BEE HEAVEN is like a big home which provide a safe, caring and unhurried environment for both children and us.

Kristen Wong

Kristen Wong

Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Programs

Qualifications:

40+ hours volunteer work with children
5+ years babysitting
First Aid Certificate
Food Safe Certificate
Courses in Early Childhood Education

What made you want to work with children?

Working with children has always been a passion of mine. I love how energetic, playful and creative they can be. I also admire how curious they are about the world around them and how eager they are to learn.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The potential to grow and learn as well as expand my knowledge working with kids.

Caitlin Bilesky

Caitlin Bilesky

ECE Assistant, Bee Haven School Age Programs

Qualifications:

ECE Assistant licence
First aid certificate
Food safe certificate
Managing challenging behaviours certificate

What made you want to work with children?

I have always had a strong connection with children. I love how inquisitive and eager they are to try new things and accomplish new goals. I enjoy guiding and assisting children in their growth and development and I hope to make a positive impact on their lives.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best thing about working at Bee Haven is meeting all the incredible parents and their children. I also love how close all the staff are and how everyone makes you feel part of the center.

Alexandria (Alex) Gustafson

Alexandria (Alex) Gustafson

ECE Teacher, Bee Haven Hive 3-5 Centre

Qualifications:

Early Childhood Education full license
Emergency Childcare First Aid/CPR/AED Level B
Preschool Teacher/ Educator
6+ years’ experience taking care of children (infant to school age)

Why did you decide to work with children?

My whole life I have been interested in teaching and I knew that taking the educator course was what I wanted to do with my life. I enjoy seeing children thrive, develop and grow; and being part of their growth is one of the greatest rewards in my life.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best part about working at Bee Haven is being part of a supportive staff/team, and the amazing children and families that I get to see every day.

Keely Arychuk

Keely Arychuk

ECE Teacher, Bee Haven Hive 3-5 Centre

Qualifications:

Diploma in Early Learning and Childcare
First Aid Certified

What made you want to work with children?

Children fascinate me, they are smart and are capable of so much. They make me laugh and can find joy in the small things in life. I find it so rewarding to be that extra person in these children’s lives. Children teach me as much as I teach them.

Best thing about Bee Haven

I feel very welcomed by all the people that I have met. I am excited for all the connections and relationships that I will make.

Farnoosh Shams

Farnoosh Shams

Support Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Program

Qualifications:

Standard First Aid Certificate
Physiotherapy/occupational therapy assistant diploma
Occupational therapy (in process of being registered in BC). Specialized in Pediatric.

Why did you decide to work with children?

Seeing the faces of children and hearing their voices each time brings me a lot of joy. I feel honored to be part of the children’s lives and helping to shape the children’s formative years by appropriate support and being a positive role model.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven

Bee Haven is like a family. It’s easy to make real bonds with children and their families and colleagues.

Lori Janzen

Lori Janzen

Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Program

Qualifications:

Responsible Adult Certification
Child Care First Aid Certificate

Why did you decide to work with children?

Children live their lives in the moment – something most adults need to remember how to do! Kids have endless energy, honesty, enthusiasm, creativity, resilience, and help me to see things from a whole new perspective. I love having an influence in their lives and helping them to build character and self-esteem and achieve their full potential.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven

I love working with the fantastic staff, who love the kids as much as I do!

Kathleen Magee

Kathleen Magee

School Age Teacher, Bee Haven Childcare

Qualifications:

ECEA Early Childhood Educator Assistant License
Food Safe Level 1 Certificate
CPR Level C Certificate

What made you want to work with children?

I really love spending my time with young children as they are full of curiosity and creativity, which I love to see evolve and grow through curriculum activities, play and social experiences. I enjoy learning alongside children as they explore new concepts and materials that arise in their day-to-day lives.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven

The programs are well thought out and designed to fit the needs of all the children and educators in each program. The staff is also very warm and welcoming!

Kristen Rowe

Kristen Rowe

Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Program

Qualifications:

Emergency First Aid and CPR
Responsible Adult Certificate
Babysitting for 9 years

Why did you decide to work with children?

Working with children has always been a fun and rewarding experience. I plan on being a French immersion teacher in the future.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven

The great staff teams, and opportunities to plan fun things for the kids to do each day.

Samira Rasooly

Samira Rasooly

Teacher, Bee Haven School Age Program

Qualifications:

Standard First Aid Certificate
Responsible Adult Certificate

Why did you decide to work with children?

I really am interested in children, and find them kind and peaceful. I am interested in seeing their world.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven

Bee Haven has very positive energy and team work environment.

Allie Spooner

Allie Spooner

School Age Teacher, Bee Haven Childcare

Qualifications:

Early Childhood Educator Assistant License
Food Safe Certificate
First Aid Certificate
Currently completing Bachelor’s Degree in ECCE at Capilano University
9 Years’ experience babysitting and 1-year experience working at a childcare centre

What made you want to work with children?

Kids bring a refreshing sense of honesty, creativity, and wonder into my life. I love that each interaction with a child is a learning opportunity for the both of us. Working with the kids is overall an incredibly humbling and grounding experience and nothing is more rewarding to me than the feeling I have had even a minor positive impact in a child’s life.

Best thing about Bee Haven

The families and staff are very welcoming and friendly!

Carlos Ascencio

Carlos Ascencio

Bee Haven School Age Teacher

Qualifications:

Music Education Bachelor’s Degree
Emergency First Aid Certification
Classroom Soundscapes Workshop
Early Stimulation Philosophy Course
10 Years’ Experience Teaching Children of all ages

Why did you decide to work with children?

My mom has been a teacher for more than 15 years. I learned from her the importance of making children grow with values, care, and above all love.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

I feel at home here.

Lori Wyant

Lori Wyant

Bee Haven School Age Teacher

Qualifications:

ECE Certificate/License
POPARD (Provincial Outreach for Autistic and Related Disorders)
Community Care First Aid and Child CPR
5 Years’ Experience as an SEW (Special Education Worker)
Various Coursers Related to Special Needs

Why did you decide to work with children?

My Passion to work with children started as a teenager, babysitting for family, neighbors, and friends. I was never blessed with children of my own, but I love to be around these little children and they make me feel the same. Now I am blessed to be working/ interacting with 4 – 15 children on a daily basis and I am honored to be a part of each child’s growth and development in a healthy, positive manner. Not only do the children bring out the inner child in me, but their innocence, curiosity, laughter, and beaming smiles inspire and uplift me every day. Throughout my many years of working with children, I’ve seen bad behavior, bad choices being made, but I have never encountered a bad child, because in my eyes all children are good children.

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best part is of course the wonderful children I get to see and interact with every day, and my co-workers at Brockton who accepted me into their workplace in a very friendly welcoming manner. I also like how although the staff are spread out at different work sites, at the end of the day we are all on the same team, and I am honored and appreciative of being part of the Bee Haven team!

Melissa Toth

Melissa Toth

Bee Haven School Age Teacher

Qualifications:

Currently enrolled in Applied Behavioral Analysis
Standard First Aid Certification (CPR/AED Level C)
Psychology Courses in Child Development

Why did you decide to work with children?

I spent two years working as the Summer Reading Club Coordinator for the Sundre Municipal Library. This included preparing events for the entire summer ahead of time, purchasing supplies on a budget, and looking after groups of kids with ages ranging from 4-12 years old. It was a rewarding job with so many amazing experiences. I’ve also done a lot of volunteer work with young children, middle school kids, and teenagers, including leading my own teen book club and initiating an after-school reading program for kids age 6-12 to encourage out-of-school reading and establish a positive learning environment. I love working with kids because it's so much fun to see their creativity and how they interact with each other. They're so open about their opinions and I love getting to introduce them to new games and crafts and watch them explore. I've worked with kids a lot in the past and you never get the same experience twice; they always find a new way to surprise you!

Best thing about working at Bee Haven?

The best part of working at Bee Haven has definitely been the people I work with. They've been so kind and inclusive, and it makes coming to work that much better. They definitely make the experience as good as it's been

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