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. A portion of our Early Childhood Enhancement Grant (5%) from the Department is used for workshops so that all staff can attend at least three workshops/conferences a year. 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.
"We are committed to living a healthy life style because we believe that this is a positive influence on the children we work with."
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.
Cathy has worked at our centre since February 2001. She has a TC4 Associate in Education from the Nova Scotia Teacher’s College, specializing in Physical Education. She has worked with children for over twenty years in various settings (urban and rural, and in British Columbia). She is the Coordinator for our School Aged Programme and the Physical Literacy Coordinator. Cathy has participated in the Partnerships for Inclusion, Ethics Journey and many conferences and workshops over the years. She has two children.
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.
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.
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.
Heather was born and raised in Ontario, but recently moved into the Prospect Bay area. Heather and her husband have three children, and are loving being part of the community. Over the years, she obtained a Bachelor of Christian School Education, Bachelor of Education, and School-Age classification for Child Care. Heather is passionate about teaching and learning with children, and helping them to grow to be the best versions of themselves. She is so excited to be joining the team at Prospect Bay Children's Centre, and getting to know all the wonderful children in our area.
Amy started working in the food industry at Exhibition Park, when she was 19. She has worked in many different areas, such as various canteens and the Harvest Room. She took a brief hiatus from her job at Exhibition Park when she had her two children, Marisa and William, but now works as part time supervisor at Exhibition Park. She has worked in several child care centres, both locally and in the city as the cook; she has her Orientation, Food Handling and Safely Course. Amy now works in the toddler group.
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.
Melanie 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 Entry Level Classification and is currently working on her Level 1 Classification.
Jeremy is a father of two incredible little humans, Children’s Author/Illustrator, Music in Healthcare Practitioner, ECMA winning (and multiple Nova Scotia Music Award nominated) children’s songwriter(The Little Ditties) and entertainer. With the open collaborative efforts of arts and healthcare communities like Arts Health Antigonish! - (AHA!), Nova Scotia Health Authority, Strait Regional School Board, and Schools Plus, Jeremy designed and ran an integrated curriculum, in-school music creativity and resilience program. This program included things from morning brain breaks and live full class songwriting collaborations with Pre K-6 classes, to customized single student and small group activities to foster and develop musical, creative and social skills. His work is inclusive of the needs of all students and aims to provide a safe, fun and interactive space for all children to express themselves through music and creativity. He now brings his heart and talents to Prospect Bay Children’s Centre! If you hear extra roars, quacks, or moos at home, Jeremy may be to blame.
Ashley is an honest, compassionate and open-minded being. Positive attitudes, diverse experiences, and reliable commitments are a few things that characterize her. It is hard to slow her down and she is often found exploring the outdoors, attending yoga or reading graphic novels. Working with people has always been her passion. Her experience ranges from daycare staff, group home caregiver, nanny, home visitor and acting director. She studied at Mount Royal University in Calgary, AB to obtain a Bachelor of Applied Child Studies as well as my ECE level 3 in both AB and NS. Since then, Ashley has studied mental health in infants, children and youth and continues to explore professional development opportunities as they arise. Her personal mission statement can be quoted from Ralph Waldo Emerson, stating, "Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.” Ashley is currently work in the Toddler room. She has been living in NS for three years and has recently moved to East Dover, NS with her partner and two pets, and are grateful and delighted that they are expecting their first child.