Our Staff

All of our staff has ECE Classification Levels from the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development. They are trained in First Aid and Child Abuse Protocol, have been screened by the Child Abuse Register and have had background and Vulnerable Sector checks. We are committed to continuing our education and learning about children, and keeping up to date on the latest research regarding children. We are supported by the department of early years with the quality improvement grant, which helps to enhance salaries and benefits for staff.  The staff of the Prospect Bay Children’s Centre has a history of longevity and dedication. All the staff is very active members of the community. We are committed to living a healthy life style because we believe that this is a positive influence on the children we work with.

 

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Staff Bios

Lynda has been the coordinator of the centre since it opened in 1988. She has a B.A. in English and Anthropology from Dalhousie as well as several courses in Child Study and psychology from Mount Saint Vincent University. Since 1985, Lynda has been teaching Music for Young Children. She also participated in Partnerships for Inclusion, the Ethics Journey and the Virtues Project. In 2008, Lynda completed the Management Development for Women Programme at MSVU/St. Mary’s. Also, in 2008, Lynda became the Maritime Director for the Canadian Association for Young Children. From 2010 to 2018, she was the National Treasurer for this organization. She has two children. 

Lynda has completed her full year Forest and Nature School Practitioner course.

"We are committed to living a healthy life style because we believe that this is a positive influence on the children we work with."

Vicki graduated from Acadia University with a BA in Sociology in 1979, and has an Early Childhood Education Equivalency from Mount Saint Vincent University. Vicki worked at Happy Tots Preschool and Nursery for ten years. She joined the Prospect Bay Children’s Centre in 1989. In 1991, Vicki was elected to the Halifax Regional School Board, chairing the board for seven years. She continued to work at the Prospect Bay Children’s Centre until 1997. In 1997, continuing her passion of working with children, she was the director of Shambhala Elementary School in Halifax for eighteen months. From 2000-2009, Vicki was the Director of Membership with Feed Nova Scotia. Vicki was also elected to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and ran politically. She returned to the Prospect Bay Children’s Centre in January 2010 as the Inclusion and Diversity Coordinator. In May 2011, Vicki received her Early Childhood Administrator’s Certificate at Mount Saint Vincent University. She was the Membership Services person for the Canadian Association for Young Children from 2011-2018. Vicki has two children.

Chris is new to Nova Scotia having come from Ontario in August of 2020.  He has been working with children in various roles since 2004 when he began assisting in instruction at Kawartha Martial Arts.  Chris earned his ECE Diploma in 2011 from Sir Sandford Fleming College. As an ECE Chris has had roles that range from Educator (in Toddler, Preschool and School Age programmes) to Site Supervisor and Programme Supervisor, looking after over 40 employees and 300 children.

Now at Prospect Bay Children's Centre Chris is putting those various skills to use my merging all the past experience together work in both the Preschool and School Age programmes while assisting with administration and programming.

 

Jessica (one of Vicki’s two children) started working at the centre in January 2011, in the preschool group. She has completed numerous courses in Early Childhood Education and loves workshops! She worked in the infant unit at Happy Tots Preschool and Nursery for four years.

Gail was born and raised in Halifax. At 21, she moved to Alberta where she lived for 24 years.   In 2013, Gail moved back to Halifax with her teenage daughter; she also has one son who is still living in Alberta attending college. Gail is a graduate of Nova Scotia Community College, and the University of Calgary. Although her background is in business, Gail started working with children in 2002, when her own children were young. She has worked with children from 3 years old to grade 6 inclusive. Gail has worked with many children with diverse abilities and most recently have worked with preschool age as a physical, speech and occupational therapist assistant. Gail is currently working with the Preschool children and school aged children, as well as working as support staff.

Mel and her family are long time residents of Whites Lake. Mel's son, now grown, attended Prospect Bay Children's Centre for many years, and now lives in Edmonton Alberta, working in the Oil Industry as a Rigger. Mel has devoted her adult life providing support, empowerment and devotion to adults with disabilities and young children with the Provincial Government, where she worked at Department of Education as coordinator of disability services to adults attending College and University. She then jointed Department of Community Services, providing guidance, support and expertise  to Early Childhood Education and Day Care Facilities. Mel has since retired after 30 years of service. She has her Classification approved by the province.

Camille, her husband Dave and three teenage children are long time residents of Hatchet Lake. Camille moved to Halifax from Newfoundland in 1990 after finishing a Community Recreation program at Cabot College. She continued her study of Recreation at Dalhousie University.  After completing her degree, she took a job with the HRM Recreation Department as Inclusion and Preschool Coordinator. In 1999, she took a job as an Accessibility Officer with Recreation Nova Scotia.  In 2001, Camille decided to be a stay at home Mom after the birth of her second child. Eleven years later, she decided to start working again and took a part time position as a Preschool teacher with the Prospect Road Community Centre. In addition to her work, Camille has been an active volunteer in the community and church. She loves working with children and supporting their growth mentally, physically, and spiritually.

 

Denise is our resident photographer and her artistic skills show in the portraits of all the children over their hooks in the centre.  

Lenssy can be found in our infant room and her gentle and nurturing disposition are a great fit as she looks after the babies. 

She considers it to be vital to work with children and be focused on inquiry and play-based learning. 

Lenssy has a degree in Psychology from the University of San Carlos de Guatemala, and a diploma in Early Childhood Education from Algonquin College in Ottawa.

 

Selena is the newest member of our team and has grown up in the community. She has recently graduated from high school with honours. She was an active member of girl guides for 10 years, in which she received the Canada Cord Award (receiving a grade 10 credit) for her involvement. She is caring, honest, and hardworking and has been interested in childcare for the past five years. She loves creating an environment where children of all ages feel accepted and special. Selena has a love of art and crafts, as well as animals and nature.

 

One of her favorite quotes by Robert Munsch is “where you are depends on how you get there”.

She believes that you cannot get anywhere in life without working hard and loving what you do. She is so happy to be working with the Prospect Bay Children’s Centre.

 

Sarah is a graduate of Acadia University with a degree in Community Development. C Community Development is and exciting field of study focused on developingfundamental skills and methodologies that will allow you to work face-to-face with communities and improve conditions for others.  Community Development develops leaders who make a difference to the people in our communities and who work for a healthy and just society, developing skills needed to improve quality of life for others to build active, healthy and sustainable communities.

She grew up in Southern Ontario, but spent her summers in Northern Ontari, fostering her love of the outdoors while canoeing, portaging, and living in cabins.  She has a passion for living and is always looking for creative ways to incorporate the outdoors into learning opportunities for children.

 

Mary Ann holds a B.A. in Organization Communications at the University of the Philippines. After a few years working in a publishing house, she realized she would not be happy in a corporate setting, so she decided to work with children, something she has always wanted to do. She trained in the Steiner/Waldorf pedagogy and taught middle school at Manila Waldorf School from 2006-2014. Mary Ann participated in teacher conferences and workshops on Steiner Education as an Art (from 0 to 14 years) in the Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, and Australia.

In 2015, her family moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked as a childcare educator in two centres run by the local council, and as a playgroup leader in a Steiner-inspired parent and toddler class for four years. She and her husband moved to Halifax last July and is very excited to be part of the staff in Prospect Bay Children’s Centre. Mary Ann has two daughters who live in Sydney, Australia, both of whom she homeschooled for a year before they entered first grade. She proudly claims that her daughters and her former students were the best teachers she has ever had.