Brad West – Executive Director

Hi My Name is Brad.  I was Born in Regina, SK and grew up in Morinville, AB.  I have been married to my college sweetheart, Brenda, for 23 years.  We have 3 children – Andrea, Gabe and Justin.  We have 2 adorable grand daughters, Olivia and Maddi.  We also have two special boys that we are honorary grandparents to, Holdyn and Nathan.  We have 3 dogs, a Bassett Hound/Terrier cross named Rudy, a Pomeranian named Jake and a Pug named Charlie.  I started in the field at a non-profit Daycare in Regina 34 years ago when I was 18. And have been Executive Director with Glengarry since 2001.  I knew from a young age that I wanted to work with young children.  Planning to become a Teacher, I got my first job in childcare in 1984 and I was hooked.  I knew shortly after starting that I wanted to work in a non-profit centre and be in a Director position.  I’ve worked in all positions and with all age groups and now I do what I love best, ensuring that children are provided with a safe and nurturing environment to spend their days.  I am passionate about staff training and making sure that Early Childhood Educators have all the skills they need to effectively do their job.  In the past few years, I have begun working with parents by facilitating the Positive Discipline Parenting Program.  Seeing parents become stronger and more confident is an amazing thing!  I also do work for the Alberta Child Care Accreditation Program.  I complete site visits for child care programs that have applied for or are up for renewal of their Accreditation status.  Children’s curiosity never ceases to amaze me, I love watching them explore their environment and learn new things everyday.  The children of Glengarry make me smile and make my days brighter!

 

 

 

Colleen Piper – Program Supervisor

Hi my name is Colleen.  I was born and raised in Edmonton and have spent most of my life living here however have ventured to parts of northern Alberta as well as BC, but Edmonton will always be home.  I have 2 amazing kids who are my everything, 13 year old twins and a golden retriever Chloe who is my baby.  I have been in child care for almost 25 years and have spent all of those years here at Glengarry Child Care Society.  I have worked in all positions here.  Glengarry is my second home.  I love working with the children and the families of Glengarry. To be part of someone’s journey in life is very fulfilling. There is nothing better than a big hug or smile from a child that can make your day and turn your mood around.

Marg Fabbro – Lead Family Day Home Consultant

Hi my name is Marg.  I was born and raised on a farm in Northern Alberta with seven siblings. Running about in the open fields, making mud pies and climbing trees with m adventurous siblings.  I have 2 grown children – daughter Kristie and son Jeff with 4 adorable grandchildren whom I love dearly. I am the grandmother that is called “Nona”. We love having sleep overs, tea parties  ”drinking from real china cups”, making Mickey Mouse waffles, and just hanging out.  I have been in the field of childcare since 1975 – started by caring for my much younger siblings, then babysitting neighbor’s children. My high school field placement inspired me to go into Early Childhood Education.  I have been with Glengarry since Jan 2012.  I choose to work with children as I love being around “little people” and enjoy making a difference in their lives. They make me happy!

Kitchen

Stefan Herz – Cook

Jr. Infant Room – Currently Closed

 

Sr Infant Room

Jenny Martin – Room Lead

Hi my name is Jenny. I was born and raised in the Philippines.  We are 10 in our family including my father and mother. I have 2 brothers and 5 sisters. I and the second youngest in my family. My youngest sister lives with me here. I am happily married to my husband Bryan and blessed with 2 children, Melchie 13 and Shaia Renzo 10.  I am a licensed professional teacher in the Philippines. I taught private school for 2 years and public school for 6 years.  I got an opportunity to work in a daycare in Edmonton in 2012 and have been with Glengarry since April 2015.  I love to work with children as it gives me fulfillment every time I see their development and watch them grow.  

Shanaz Sharifi

Toddler Room

Joana Reitveld – Room Lead

Hi My name is Joana.  I was born and raised in the Philippines also known as the “Pearl of the Orient Seas”.  There are seven in my family, Teodoro my father, Mary my mother, 2 sisters,  2 brothers and I am the eldest. My family lives in Makati City (metro Manila). And now I have my own family in Canada. I am happily married to my husband Kevin, we have step son Jesse and a cat Zoey.  I was a teacher in the Philippines for almost 8 years in a private Catholic school where I was teaching preschool students in the Early childhood department . In 2012 I came to Canada and began my career in daycare. I have been with Glengarry Child Care Society since March of 2015.  I choose this line of work because I love working with children and all the exploring, learning and fun I get when I am with them.

Maricris Bonode

Hi my name is Maricris and I was born and raised in Manilia, Philippines.   I am 3rd among 4 siblings. My parents, eldest sister and youngest brother are living in the Philippines together with my 86 year old grandmother who has lived with us since we were born. We have close family ties and love doing many things together, one of our favorites being Karaoke . I have 3 wonderful nieces that bring huge joy to our family, we often converse through online chats to share and converse. I moved to Canada 4 years ago and recently was reunited with my husband when he came from the Philippines. We are looking forward to starting our own family.  While I was in the Philippines, I was a nurse and often encountered dealing with children. When I came to Canada I became a caregiver.  I have been with Glengarry Child Care Society for 1.6 years.  Working with children is so rewarding. I have great privilege receiving genuine smiles, affection and love from them everyday. I feel great fulfillment to be a part of each child’s crucial learning and development and help them build their character. Most of all, working with children is a continuous learning experience and it motivates me to be a better person.

Jr. Preschool Room

Lisa Iwaskow – Room Lead

    I’m Lisa! I was born and raised right here in Edmonton, Alberta. While Edmonton will always be my home, my adventurous spirit draws me to unfamiliar places and faces around the world for brief periods of time.  Everywhere I go fills me with a child like wonder, but nothing compares to being surrounded by my family and friends. I like to believe that I’ve been blessed with multiple variants of families.  I have a home family, a friend family, a work family, and a travel family. I have one older sister, multiple close friends who have stood by me for over a decade, colleagues who have watched me grow over the past six years in my career, and perfect strangers from all corners of the world who I’ve fused quick bonds with that will last a lifetime. Most importantly I have two incredibly supportive parents, who thanks to their patience, understanding, and generosity have helped in guiding me on this journey of what so far has been an abundantly fulfilling life.  Growing up I wanted to be a teacher. Any chance I had to mentor younger children through my school years, I eagerly jumped at. Being a part of other people’s journeys, helping with their goals, reaching their milestones, and celebrating their accomplishments lit a fire in me like nothing else. It was no surprise that when the time came to decide on post secondary education, I went for a program that geared toward teaching young children. In the spring of 2012, I became an ELCC graduate from Grant MacEwan.  While I was a student at Grant MacEwan, one of my first practicums was at Glengarry Childcare Society. They hired me as a student worker in the summer of 2011. Upon completion of my diploma, I was rehired as full time staff. Over the course of my six years employed with Glengarry, I have worked along side most of the staff you see here today, in each room respectively. In the spring of 2016, I resigned briefly for 5 months to embark on a trip to New Zealand. This is where I discovered my passion for travel and new experiences, but also, like Dorothy in the wizard of Oz said, “there’s no place like home”. 

 

Jennifer Mariona

 

Mona Elgammal
My name is Mona Elgammal. I was born and raised in Egypt. I am married, and I have 3 kids, 2 boys and a girl.  I have a bachelor degree in biology and chemistry .  In addition,  I have a diploma in toxicology and forensic chemistry. I worked as a medical laboratory technologist in my homeland.  I am working in the field of Early Childhood since I got my Child Development Assistant Certificate in September 2017.  I am working with GCCS on 11 december 2017.  I decided to work in the field of Early Childhood , because I have a passion for engaging and interacting with children since I delivered my three lovely kids.  I believe in the early years are the most important time in a child’s development . Every child has an individual and different way of learning , and the learning happens throughout the day and through different interactions.  I am excited to be a part of GCCS , and I am looking forward a wonderful year for me with all the staff , parents and guardians.

Sr. Preschool Room

Megan Dean – Room Lead

Hi my name is Megan.  I have lived most of my life in Edmonton however have spent some time in Taber AB and Kitchener ONT.  I come from a family of 5 children and I am the second youngest. I have 2 brothers, one older one younger and twin sisters who are older than me. I have 5 nieces and 7 nephews. I live with my husband Sean and our 3 children, Sean, Trinity and Lily.  I started my career in Early Child hood 8 years ago when I joined the staffing team of Glengarry Child Care Society.  I love the energy and imagination to explore and create that children find here at Glengarry. I love the relationships that we develop with the children in out care and cant await to see to see what they become and know that we helped mold them into the amazing people they are. I also enjoy the changes and watching as a child learns something new. I can truly say that I LOVE MY JOB

Tricia Wolkosky
I was born in raised in Edmonton, moved to Lloydminster for college and then back home to Edmonton.  I have an amazing husband and 2 great kids. Cyndi is 18 and Jess is 14. We are animal lovers and have 2 cats, a dog and a bearded dragon.  I have worked in Early Childhood off and on for the past twenty years. My education background is in the Rehabilitation field but I love working with children.  I have been working at GCCS for 4 months but it feels like I have been here forever! The children are great and the staff are amazing. This is my second family.  I enjoy working with children because I am able to be creative and to have fun. I love helping children learn and watching them grow is a wonderful experience.
Katie Wood
My name is Katie. I was born and raised in northwest England, and moved to Calgary in 2007. I was brought to Edmonton when I married my best friend in 2017. I have always had a passion for working with children because I love seeing the world through their eyes and observing children learn. I have worked in the Early Childhood field for eight years, and joined the GCCS family in January 2018. 

Out of School Care

Chantel Orr – Room Lead

Hi my name is Chantel.  I was born and raised in Edmonton and am one of 11 children. I live with my fiancé, our 2 children, 2 bearded dragons, our cat and many fish.  I have been babysitting and helping with siblings since I was 11 years old but graduated from ECE program almost 5 years ago. I have been with Glengarry since December 2014.  I choose to work with children for many reasons but it really boils down to the fact that kids are cooler that adults 😊

Robyn Barker

Hi my name is Robyn.  I was born in Edmonton, moved to Yellowknife as a baby and moved back before I was 3. I was raised in a very English family. I am the only Canadian in my family, other than my son. My parents were English, Irish, welsh who moved to Canada in 1971. My dad was an engineer. Was a Sr project Manager for Stantec before passing in 2010. My mum always involved in childcare and was the day home coordinator at Glengarry for quite a while before passing in 2012.  I now live in the family home I’ve been in since I was 3 with my boyfriend Jason, our son (8.5 months) and Jason’s two boys.(10 and 13).  I have been working in childcare full time since I was 18 with a few ventures in between. This includes owning my own security company. I have been on and off with the Glengarry Family for 14 years.  I have been back at Glengarry now for a few months…. However have been working for Glengarry on and off for many years.  I choose the field of childcare as I grew up around children with my mum always being in the field. Must have rubbed off on me!

Gabe West

Lael Miller

Hi My name is Lael and I was born in New Westminster BC and raised in Port Moody BC.  I have been with my husband for 25 years and we have 2 children and 2 grandchildren.  I’ve worked my whole professional life and have always had an interest in facilitating their learning even as a child. Professionally and officially I have been an ECE for 3.5 years. I have worked at Glengarry for those same 3.5 years! I am inspired by children for a number of reasons. Their joy and exuberance is contagious. They are honest and generally live in the world as their most authentic selves. They are teachers too, all on their own. They never, ever cease to amaze me from one day to the next with their capacity to love, to understand, to learn, to laugh and to follow their hearts and curiosities. I go home every day feeling well loved. Nothing beats that!

Tara Russell

Hi my name is Tara.  I was born in Medicine Hat, AB. However I was raised in the beautiful woodsy, Fort McMurray,AB.  I have 2 amazing and beautiful daughters and 1 intelligent, charismatic, loving, energetic grandson of 18 months!  My 22-year-old, Kirstin will be taking medical terminology starting in February 2018. My 14-year-old, Kira is currently in grade 9 and loves to fish. And my grandson is Kyler. A blessing!  I have been in the child care field since 2008. And worked for Glengarry Child Care off and on since 2008.  I believe I was always going to gravitate towards working with children growing up.  I enjoyed working with people in general, young and older.  As much as my current role is to do with how much I love to work with children, there are other important aspects involved in my career path.  It’s not just communicating and play well with the children that is a vital skill but also how I get to communicate with the people that are most important to that child.  As a child care educator, I learn skills which enables me to help children develop into happy, healthy little people .This brings me great satisfaction at the end of every day!

 

Jackie Campbell

Hi My name is Jackie.  I was born in raised in Edmonton and I am a single mom with 2 boys.  I have been in the child care field for 2 years, 2 of those have been spent at Glengarry Child Care Society.  Everyone has always told me I should work with children… So here I am

 

Float Staff

Brenda Smyth

Hi, My name is Brenda.  I was born and raised in rural North central Saskatchewan. Went to school in Bjorkdale, but got our mail in Archerwill.  My husband Mike and I have been married for 32 years and have  daughters, Meighan and Carly. Our cat is Zoey and is Mike’s boss.  I have worked in the childcare field for 20 years and have been with Glengarry Child Care for 17 years.  On of the reasons I initially started in child care wasw that I was interested in learning about children’s development. How could this change how I raised my children, compared to how my parents parented! 

 

Chloe Luken

Hi my Name is Chloe and I was born in Edmonton and raised in the small town of Fairview. My family consists of mom, who is a nurse, dad who is a welder/pipefitter and my twin sister who is a student at the U of A.  I have been in the field of Child care since I was in grade 10. I volunteered at a daycare as part of my work experience, got hired on for a summer job then continued to MacEwan university to complete my Level 3 in childcare.  I have been with Glengarry Child Care Society for almost 3 years.  I choose to work with children because it is one of the most rewarding jobs. I feel honored and privileged that I get to be part of the children’s growth and development.