The GREATEST DEVELOPMENT is achieved during the first years of life. And therefore it is then that the greatest care should be taken -Maria Montessori
Jane has been a baby room educator as part of the BGC team since 2014. She was born and raised in the Philippines and has called Fort McMurray home since 2009. Jane has always had a passion for working with children, so it was only natural that she pursued an education and career in early childhood development. Her favourite part of being an educator is interacting and engaging in children’s play and helping them develop socially and emotionally. Jane loves the supportive, friendly atmosphere and professional development opportunities that BGC offers. In her spare time, Jane can be found cooking, gardening and spending time with her son and friends.
Despite being born and raised in the Philippines, Nelia considers Fort McMurray to be her home since she moved in 2006. Nelia is a Level 2 Certified Child Development Worker and has been a Program Educator at BGC for 13 years. Rendering care and nurturing children is her passion. Nelia values the opportunity for continuous learning and acquiring new knowledge and skills in how she approaches and provides care to children in her care. She believes every child is “a unique individual” and should be treated as such so that each child reaches their full potential.
Lorelvi grew up in the Philippines and made Fort McMurray home six years ago – she has spent three of those years as part of our team. Her favourite part of working at BGC is the supportive team, comfortable environment, and the relationships she has formed here. Lorelvi’s goal each day is to ensure the children in her care are safe, happy and all their physical, mental and emotional needs are met. Her patience, persistence and passion for children drive her to help each child reach new milestones. During her free time, you can find her reading or spending quality time with her family.
Lenie was born in the Philippines and attended a prestigious university where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education. In 2003, Lenie immigrated to Canada in pursuit of new opportunities that would better support her family. As a mentor to the children in her care, Lenie works hard to ensure that each child’s social, physical and emotional growth and development is nurtured. She is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of these “leaders of tomorrow” and enjoys being a part of the team at BGC that shares these same values.
Marilyn joined the BGC Fort McMurray team in 2017 as a Tiny Toes Daycare Educator. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education (which she earned in the Philippines) combined with a Level 3 Certification from Alberta Childcare Qualification, she has a solid background in early childhood education. Marilyn is team oriented, energetic and positive – all traits that enable her to get along well with her co-workers, parents and the children in her care. She enjoys organizing and leading activities that promote the social, physical, intellectual and emotional development of young children. Marilyn is passionate making sure children feel safe and happy under her care.
Most of Bridgette’s formal education was completed in Jamaica where she was trained in childcare and earned her first work experience at the Spanish Town Hospital in the paediatric ward looking after sick children. She is also certified as a childcare worker in early childhood development. Bridgette is persistent, kind, caring and patient with children – traits that make her successful at working with preschoolers. She thoroughly enjoys planning and supervising activities that create a clean, safe and healthy environment for the children in her care.
Nore is a Level 3 Educator with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education and more than 11 years of childcare experience. As a Program Assistant/Educator, she ensures the children at BGC are not only provided with a healthy and safe environment to learn and play, but provides a variety of opportunities that are fun, explore their adventurous sides, are education and support their development. Nore demonstrates genuine affection for the children in her care. And not only does she find her work rewarding, she takes great pride in celebrating the children’s accomplishments with them.
Eleanor received her Bachelor of Child and Youth Care from MacEwan University, she went to gain experience working with vulnerable youth in group homes, as a therapeutic behavioral assistant in a school setting and in recreational settings such as summer camps and youth drop-in centres. Eleanor believes she has as much to learn from the kids as they do from her and believes she continues to grow alongside them each day. She is compassionate, creative and has a keen eye for details. At BGC, Eleanor is engaged with planning and implementing ZAP and youth program that provide various opportunities to gain skills, develop confidence, make friends and have fun.
A biology major, Agnes has a a Bachelor of Science Degree from her home country of the Philippines, as well as an Early Learning and Child Care Certificate from Lakeland College. Agnes came to join the BGC team originally as part of her practicum where she worked a year in the toddler room and is now employed full-time. Most recently, Agnes was assigned to the infant room which she finds both challenging and fun. She enjoys teaching the infants in her room and finds great reward in watching them develop and grow.
Rosario was born and raised in the Philippines. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Education before becoming a secondary teacher in a public school for 20 years before moving to Canada. In 2015, Rosario received her certificate as a Level 3 Child Care Supervisor from Alberta Child Care Certification and joined the BGC family the same year. Rosario’s passion for working with kids in evident in every interaction she has with them – from the care she takes to keeping them happy in their daily lives and helping them build confidence. Through her many years of experience, Rosario has developed a practical and knowledgeable approach to assessing the needs and skills of the children in her care. In the seven years Rosario has been with BGC, she has had the opportunity to care for a variety of different age levels. Currently, she is caring for infants and is thoroughly enjoying the time she spends with them.
Warda was born and raised in Somali, but also lived UAE, Nairobi and Kenya before arriving in Canada. Upon moving to Fort McMurray, Warda was accepted into the Early Childhood Program at Keyano College and worked at Bethel Happy Day Care for her practicum before joining the BGC team.
In addition to her obvious enjoyment of teaching children, Warda thoroughly enjoys the interpersonal connections she experiences in her daily interactions with parents and her co-workers at BGC. Her team is very supportive of her continuing to learn and reaching her goals. Warda enjoys imparting that same support on the children she’s teaching – helping the children in her care achieve their goals through action planning, connection and providing them the resources to accomplish this. Warda’s friendly demeanor and hard-working attitude are a huge asset to our team!