Our Staff

Our Executive Director
Joy Vanasse, HBA Psychology

Our Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for Mahmowenchike Family Development Centre is comprised of volunteer members who are dedicated to the quality of care and education provided by Mahmowenchike’s staff. The Board meets monthly to discuss issues directly involving our two centres.

Our Kitchen Staff
Teresa Hill
Albina Derosa

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.

Redwood Avenue – St. Vincent school

Site Supervisor
Valerie Charlie, RECE

Infant Program
Ana Suarez, RECE
Erin Scott

Toddler Program
Julie G., RECE
Melanie Nguyen

Preschool Program
Brandi Ward, RECE
Rhiannon Roy

School Age Program
Taylor Armstrong, RECE

Georgina Avenue – St. Ann school

Site Supervisor
Amanda Brizard, RECE

Toddler Program
Laura Forneri, RECE
Robyn Fraser

Preschool Program
Kate Pickett, RECE
Cassidy Corness

School Age Program
Cassandra Sheedy

Supporting Staff
Brandon Donio
Chantelle Chretien
Justine Galarneau
Taylor Armstrong
Latisha Hardy
Debbie Hardy
Kat Mckenzie
Ashley Turkovic

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.