Our Staff

Our Executive Director
Joy Vanasse
Our Assistant Director
Amanda Brizard, RECE

Our Kitchen Staff
Eric (Head Food Preparer)
Albina (Assistant Food Preparer)

Pedagogical Leadership
Kate, in addition to leading the St. Ann School Age Program, provides pedagogical support to all of our programs across sites. Pedagogy is the method or practice of teaching and what the Pedagogical Lead’s role looks like at Mahmowenchike is very much someone who challenges our educators to be intentional and mindful in their curriculum planning and observing in-program. Kate supports in a variety of ways, including but not limited to, asking questions, supporting the planning process, helping educators be reflective, providing support in the creation of documentation and observation, and helping source resources for our programs.

Our Program Staff
In accordance with the Child Care & Early Years Act, Mahmowenchike is staffed by qualified Early Childhood Educators or those with equivalent training. Each staff member must also have up-to-date First Aid and CPR certification and valid Criminal Reference Check with Vulnerable Sector screening. Please note that our staff are also cross-trained wherever possible and you may see Supervisors or Kitchen staff in the program as Educators from time to time.

Redwood Avenue – St. Vincent school

Site Supervisor
Kate Pickett, RECE

Infant Program

Toddler Program
Christina, RECE
Hanh, RECE

Preschool Program
Paula, RECE
Tarandeep, RECE

School Age Program
Brandi, RECE

Georgina Avenue – St. Ann school

Assistant Director
Amanda Brizard, RECE

Toddler Program
Jackie, RECE

Preschool Program
Amanda D., RECE

School Age Program
Ashley B., RECE

Selkirk Street – St. Elizabeth school

Site Supervisor
Amanda Brizard, RECE

School Age Program
Laura (RECE)
Ashley T.

Supporting Staff
Caitlin B.

Student Placements
In addition to the regular staff of the centre, throughout the school year, Confederation College students who are studying Early Childhood Education are welcomed into our programs to complete their placements. This benefits not only the students and the staff, but the children, as students bring in a new perspective and new ideas for educational activities within the program.