INTUITIVE. RESPECTFUL. FUN.

OUR TEAM

All of our staff are qualified Early Childhood Educators who are passionate about childcare and education. Although it may look like our centre is just a lot of fun (and it is!) everything we do is related to learning. Children are constantly exploring, questioning and trying to make sense of their world and understand society. We love to include the community in our program and routines - this is reflected in our planning and we try to go on outings as often as possible. 

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE A 

B.A. Sociology

Certificate in Spanish

How long have you worked in THE ECE field?

4 years this November

 

When did you start at FCCS?

October 2017

 

Why did you choose this work?

Working with children is such a rewarding experience! I have had the privilege to watch so many of our kids grow and learn. It's quite amazing when a child shares their world with you through their stories and wonderment.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The people! It's great to come to work every day and work with such a wonderful team. The passion and enthusiasm make it a great environment to work in. 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Spending time with my family, singing, writing and playing music, painting, walks, biking, and cooking.

Erin Luna

Program Manager

Fun facts: I own the Elk Valley Pizza Shoppe! have lived in Mexico City, and am a Singer/Songwriter.

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE A

 

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

A couple of months

 

When did you start at FCCS?

March 2021

 

Why did you choose this work?

Impacting children’s lives is a super rewarding job. I love seeing what kids create and hearing the questions they ask. I believe we can learn as much from kids as they learn from us.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Seeing the creativity of kids minds. I love seeing kids learning new things and learning from them as much as they learn from me.

 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Knitting and hanging out with my pets 😊

Grace Gordon

ECE Assistant
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Qualifications/Education:

ECE A (ECE in progress and then IT)

 

How long have you worked in ECE field?

3.5 years.

 

When did you start at FCCS?

2017

 

Why did you choose this work?

I needed a change from commercial insurance and I've been interested in early childhood education ever since I graduated from high school.  

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

When the children show proof that they’ve learnt what you taught them. Like snow leopards, ABC’s in French, and the solar system!  

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Exploring my community of Baynes Lake, history and hiking, snowshoeing in the winter, mountain hiking in the summer. Spending any time with my husband, Lewis and the dogs Hunter and Ash.

Shelby Dominick

ECE Assistant

Fun fact: I love random fun facts, which actually comes in handy teaching 4-5 year olds and I love summertime the most!

Qualifications/Education:

ECE A 

B.A. Sociology

Certificate in Spanish

 

How long working in ECE field:

4 years this November

 

When did you start at FCCS?

October 2017

 

Why do you work in ECE (why do you choose this work)?

 

Working with children is such a rewarding experience! I have had the privilege to watch so many of our kids grow and learn. Its quite amazing when a child shares their world with you through their stories and wonderment.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The people! Its great to come to work everyday and work with such a wonderful team. The passion and enthusiasm make it a great environment to work in. 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Spending time with my family, singing, writing and playing music, painting, walks, biking, and cooking.

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE & years of experience working with children in many different settings.

 

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

2 years and counting.

 

When did you start at FCCS?

April 2019

 

Why did you choose this work?

I have always enjoyed working with children. As my knowledge grew, I realized how important the early years are and how much I wanted to be a part of it. To assist children in empowering themselves to be their best, true selves.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Seeing life through a child’s eyes. Learning from the children about patience, presence, and enjoying the little things. Watching the child light up as they learn something or figure something out for themselves. 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

I really enjoy hiking in the great outdoors with my dog Wilson. I love snuggling up with a good book especially on cold nights. I also enjoy gardening – slowly learning the ropes.

Jenny Turnbull

Early Childhood Educator
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Qualifications/Education:

ECE A (ECE certification completion Fall 2021)

Bachelor degree of Zoology

Masters' degree in Nature Conservation

 

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

October 2019

 

When did you start at FCCS?

October 2019

 

Why did you choose this work?

Early childhood is such an important stage in a child’s life. After having children of my own, I decided I wanted to help make a positive difference in the lives of young children, equipping them with the skills and capacity to learn and thrive.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Every day is a new adventure! The enthusiasm and energy of the children is contagious. I love watching and nurturing their innate curiosity for science and the natural world.

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Adventuring with my husband and two young boys. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing, yoga and running.

Corinne Hoetmer

ECE Assistant

Fun Facts: I taught ESL in South Korea to both children and adults, I worked as project coordinator for the South Rockies Grizzly Bear Project, and I spent 8 years studying, working, and travelling overseas.

Qualifications/Education:

ECE A 

B.A. Sociology

Certificate in Spanish

 

How long working in ECE field:

4 years this November

 

When did you start at FCCS?

October 2017

 

Why do you work in ECE (why do you choose this work)?

 

Working with children is such a rewarding experience! I have had the privilege to watch so many of our kids grow and learn. Its quite amazing when a child shares their world with you through their stories and wonderment.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

The people! Its great to come to work everyday and work with such a wonderful team. The passion and enthusiasm make it a great environment to work in. 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Spending time with my family, singing, writing and playing music, painting, walks, biking, and cooking.

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

I'm just starting my career but have provided child care for several families over the years.

When did you start at FCCS?

March 2021

Why did you choose this work?

After becoming a mother, I became fascinated by child development and realizing I was entirely ill-educated regarding the topic. I decided to further my education and enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program. With the current childcare situation in the Elk Valley, I knew my career choice would not only allow me to continually provide for my family, but also help alleviate the over burdened childcare system and ease the stresses for many families.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Establishing relationships with the children and getting to know all of their different personalities is truly remarkable. Being able to cater to their individual needs and facilitate their growth and development is endlessly fulfilling. Being able to positively impact children’s lives is a joy like no other.

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

My husband, son, and I take every opportunity to enjoy all the Elk Valley has to offer while making the most of every single day with our family and friends. Disc golfing, river floats, kayaking, bike-joring with our husky Mya, swimming, hiking, fishing, BBQs, backyard fires etc. We love it all!

Samantha Caravetta

Early Childhood Educator

Fun facts: I am originally from the East Coast, Newfoundland and grew up next to the Atlantic Ocean. And while I miss it terribly, the mountains make me feel at home!

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE IT, Special Needs 

 

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

7 years in June

 

When did you start at FCCS?

October 2019

 

Why did you choose this work?

I have always loved being around children whether its being an auntie, counselling a cabin of girls at summer camp or leading Sunday School/Nursery – I love it. When I realized I could do it as a career I was on board! There is something special about working with children, even on the crazy days! I wouldn’t trade it.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Building the relationships with the children in my program, and seeing them implement things I’ve helped teach them – even if it is as small as putting their lunch in the fridge. And of course, I love all the hugs and smiles and being called “Maree” “Malee” etc.

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Jigsaw puzzles, painting, playing my trumpet, adventuring with family, biking and snuggling my cats/taking them for walks.

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Qualifications/Education:

ECE IT, Special Needs

 

How long have you worked int he ECE field?

6 years

 

When did you start at FCCS?

September 2020

 

Why did you choose this work?

For as long as I can remember I’ve always wanted to make a positive impact in other people’s lives and within my community. Also growing up I was very engaged in my younger sisters life, as well as a consistent babysitter. I always felt so much joy when being with the children; their laughter, the way they view the world around them, their endless curiosity, and love they shared made me realize at a young age that I wanted to be apart of shaping children’s lives and helping them grow and develop along the way.

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I really enjoy walking into my classroom and being greeted with all the smiles and hugs from the children. I love creating relationships with not only the children but also their families. Also I love being able to adventure and explore with the children while watching them grow and develop. I love being a part of shaping these little lives. 

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Camping with friends, hiking all year long, reading books – romance novels, thrillers, personal development.

Jena Greaser

Qualifications/Education:

ECE A 

B.A. Psychology from The University of Connecticut

 

How long have you worked in the ECE field?

Various ECE employment in the USA

First direct early childhood care experience was working as a daycare assistant in 2008

 

When did you start at FCCS?

February 2019

 

Why did you choose this work?

I've always been fascinated with human development and brain psychology, so naturally I was drawn to the early childhood field. Early years experiences are very valuable and I am very passionate about helping foster positive growth for future generations. Being a part of young children's lives gives me purpose and meaning,

 

What do you enjoy most about your work?

Simply put, working with children makes me happy! I never go home without having laughed. There are many unique challenges, but that too is why I continue to work in the field. Although I may be titled as an educator, kids inspire me so much in meaningful ways.

 

What are your hobbies/interest outside of work?

Outdoor activities in the summer: mountain biking, hiking.

Outdoor activities in the winter: downhill skiing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing.

Playing guitar/singing, reading, writing, gardening, cooking, and learning about animals and nature.

Mallory Gordon

Early Childhood Educator

Fun Facts: I'm a proud Auntie of 11 nieces/nephews! I moved here from Ottawa after visiting my sister twice and falling in love with the mountains! I'm a huge Christmas fanatic!

Kelsey Meadows

Early Childhood Educator

Fun Facts: I was born and raised in Sparwood; I have a large loving family; I am the middle child; and I don’t believe pineapple belongs on pizza!

Jena Greaser

ECE Assistant

THE BOARD

Our Society is governed by a Board of Directors. Individuals elected to serve on the Board of Directors have a significant interest in furthering the mission and goals of FCCS and early childhood education in Fernie.

The Board is accountable to the members, staff, and parents at FCCS and shall fulfill the governance role for the society. Only the Board can establish governing policy to provide direction for the organization. To do this, it takes into account the mission, values, beliefs, guiding principles, and the objects under which FCCS was established.

The Board also focuses on strategic planning and considers how it can best achieve organizational goals while using resources wisely. The Board monitors the performance of the organization as a whole; they focus on the "bigger picture" of organizational achievement. 

We would like to extend our gratitude to our board members for making FCCS what it is today.

Karen Tse, Chair

Aidan Barnes, Vice Chair

Jennifer O'Donnell, Treasurer

Katie Young, Secretary

Lu Furber, Director

Cait Good, Director

Stephanie Aubin, Director

Melissa Fleischacker, Director