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 Board of Directors currently consists of:
President – Zahid Javed
Vice President – Amber Anthonissen
Treasurer – Michael Pelletier
Secretary – Jamilee Pelletier
Member – Amanda Holland
Member – Lynn Hall
Member – Angela Celeiro

Our Kitchen Staff
Teresa Hill (Head Food Preparer)
Albina Derosa (Assistant Food Preparer)

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
Rhiannon Roy

Infant Program
Ana Suarez, RECE
Taylor Armstrong, RECE

Toddler Program
Julie G., RECE
Melanie Nguyen

Preschool Program
Brandi Ward, RECE
Jaclyn Fraser, RECE

School Age Program
Chantelle Chretien

Georgina Avenue – St. Ann school

Site Supervisor
Amanda Brizard, RECE

Toddler Program
Melissa Skene, RECE
Ashley Turkovic

Preschool Program
Kate Pickett, RECE
Cassidy Corness

School Age Program
Laura Forneri, RECE

Supporting Staff
Justine Galarneau
Kadesha Small
Lyndsay Hunda
Alicia Olinski
Faith Hebert
Madison Myrefores
Jasmine Abbott
Kaya Butorac
Kaitlyn Pilotte
Rebecca Maw
Lisa Esquega
Sarah Blekkenhorst

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.