Staff Profiles -
FCCS is lucky to have AMAZING staff! Read more about them below.
Wendy – Manager ECE/IT
I started working for FCCS in May 2014 but I've been working in the Early Childhood field for 28 years. Before FCCS I worked as the Community Action Program for Children Co-ordinator for the Elk Valley/South Country, and worked with families who needed support with their children. I also developed the Parent/Tot Funtimes program and started a licensed preschool program in Jaffray.
I’ve always enjoyed being around children, whether raising my own, babysitting others, or fostering for 28 years with my husband. I love seeing children happy, healthy, eager and thriving. It makes my heart happy to watch children grow and to know that I have been a small part in their lives.
Outside of work I like to spend time with family & friends. I enjoy most sports – playing & watching. I also like to relax with a good book.
Fun facts: I have 10 siblings. I completed 2 triathlons. I ride a Harley Fat Boy. My husband and I have a house in Maricopa Arizona.
Sam - ECE
I have been an Early Childhood Educator at the Fernie Childcare Centre since January 2010. I enjoy working with the infants and toddlers and watching them learn new things every day. I have lived in Fernie my entire life. I am married to my husband, Andrew and have three young kids Abbi, Sierra, and Zachary. In our spare time we enjoy going camping in the summer and being at the lake as much as possible.
Darlene – ECE
I have been working in the ECE field for 14 years and I started with FCCS in July 2015.
Like everyone in this field, we love kids, love watching them grow and change. I enjoy spending time with the kids, love seeing and taking part in their milestones, watching them touch paint for the first time :)
Outside of work I love playing volleyball and spending time with family and friends.
Fun Facts: I am a bad cook but a good baker. I have a 15 year old son that amazes me and a husband that I've been married to for like ever!! i have a dog named Jasper that isn't well behaved. I had my own daycare for 4 years.
Sage – ECE/IT
I started at FCCS in 2011 but I have been in the ECE field of work for 11 years. I've always loved working with children - my favourite is playing outdoors, singing and crafting. I love the curiosity of children and how they experience the world to learn and grow.
My hobbies outside of work are music, theatre, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, yoga, spinning and writing.
Fun Fact: I am in a band called Shred Kelly.
I have been working at Fernie Childcare Society since December 2015 and I enjoy having such a wide range of ages in the facility. Since I took my babysitters course when I was 14 I have always worked with children through casual babysitting, up at the Fernie Alpine Resort Daycare, and here! After high school I took a year off before going into nursing. The year off I cared for a local family full time, which brought out my natural abilities and joy for helping children make sense of the world and learn through positive development. Instead of going into nursing, I decided to study online for early childhood education, because isn’t it easier getting up in the morning to do something you love?
I am now an ECE assistant and working towards my Early Childhood Education Certificate on my spare time. When I am not studying or working I enjoy camping, hunting and other outside activities with my family. I look forward to the new year working at Fernie Childcare Society.
Ferrin - ECE Assistant
I started working at the Fernie Child Care Society in May 2016. I became an ECE Assistant because I've always wanted to work with children. I especially enjoy teaching children new information and working with them to solve their problems. I am currently enrolled in school to complete my ECE certificate.
I love reading, spending time outdoors and I collect butterflies!
Fun Fact: I have a Boston Terrier named Honey Bear.
Sarah - ECE /IT
I have been working in the ECE field on and off for four years. I started at FCCS in May 2016.
I first started working with children as a ski instructor and I found that I loved helping them to discover new, fun experiences. I love to foster curiosity and creativity in children.
Outside of work I like to ski, hike, bike, fish and practice yoga.
Slavka - ECE Assistant
My background in visual art led me to working with children through art workshops, and one-on-one classes, starting in 2006. I started at FCCS in June 2016.
I chose to work in this field because young children are hands-on, experiential learners and I love working and learning with them as I am manually-oriented by nature. Children never cease to teach me about the creative process. I am never bored with this enthusiastic and creative group of young artists!
My interests outside of work include illustrating stories, spending time with my niece and nephew, reading, gardening and biking.
Fun Fact: I illustrated three storybooks for young readers published in French and Spanish.
Tasha - ECE
I started at FCCS in December 2016 after working in the field of Early Childhood Education for 11 years. I find joy in helping children learn and experience new skills to make sense of the world around them. I work hard to create a positive and creative atmosphere for kids to learn and grow in, that makes them enjoy coming back :)
Some of my interests outside of work include travelling, photography, painting, snowboarding and rock hunting.
Fun Fact: I run a creative arts after-school program called Coal Mountain Creative!