Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre
Meet Our Board Members
Jas came to Prince George in 2005 to complete her Bachelor’s in Social Worker. After completing her schooling, she obtained employment at the University Hospital of Northern BC as a Registered Social Worker, working in palliative care, mental health and trauma. She has been working at the hospital for approx. 8 years, prior to this she has four years of work experience with high-risk youth. In Prince George, she has welcomed two beautiful children to her family and enjoys being with friends and family. Her relaxation time includes reading.
After searching for the right fit for childcare, she felt she was lucky to find the Caledonia Early Learning Centre where her two children attend. Her daughter is starting Kindergarten this year, but her son will continue to attend until he ages out.
- Jas Doucette
Hana Bullard came to Prince George in 2011 after living and working in several parts of British Columbia. After growing up and graduating from university in Victoria, she followed her dream job to Smithers, then Nanaimo, Victoria, and Enderby. A new job opportunity brought Hana to Prince George. She has a young family with two daughters. Working in real estate appraisal while pursuing her education, she loves spending whatever spare time she has with her daughters and family and can be found outside in her garden whenever the soil is warm. Hana’s oldest daughter came to the Caledonia Early Learning Centre when she was 2 1/2 years old.
– Hana Bullard
Jenn was born and raised in Prince George. She is a Registered Social Worker with Northern Health but worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for 10 years prior to becoming a Social Worker. Like many families, Jenn struggled to find affordable, quality childcare for her son who has special needs. In 2018 her son was warmly welcomed into Caledonia Early Care and Learning
– Jenifer Tkachuk
Symphony moved to Prince George in 2017 with my family after living in the Okanagan for 5 years. She is attending the College of New Caledonia as well as being a stay at home mom. She is working to give her daughter the best life she can. Her daughter is currently attending Caledonia Early Care and Learning Center. The security of knowing that she need not worry about her safety or wellbeing has been a catalyst to her ability to be successful. It’s important for her to do her part in supporting the daycare anyway that she can as quality childcare is so important to her
– Symphony Cook
Ashton was born is Prince George B.C but is a dual citizen with Australia. She grew up living in both countries at different times and ended up with a love of travel and an appreciation for different cultures. In recent years she lived in Australia where she had her daughter. When her daughter was 1 years old they moved to England for a short time and then settled back in Ashton’s hometown, Prince George.
When it was time to go back to work after having her daughter she quickly realized the importance of quality early childhood education. Ashton feels very fortunate to have her daughter attend Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre.
Ashton currently works in Accounting at a Financial Institution here in Prince George and is attending College of New Caledonia to further her career. Her passions include family, travel, education, and learning about other cultures and ways of life.
– Ashton Arnold
Erin moved to Prince George with her husband in 2012 after graduating from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Education degree. She works as a high school teacher in the school district, teaching math, science, social studies, or whatever she needs to. She is a mother to two children, one of whom is currently attending the Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre, and one who soon will be. Though she works with teenagers, she recognizes the importance of quality early childhood education.
– Erin Miller
Cheryl Emerson has a long history with the campus childcare program. Cheryl began her Early Childhood Education career as a student in the ECE program at CNC. Her first job was at CNC daycare when the daycare was housed in an old portable at the front of the College. In 1995, CNC with the help of government funding built a multi-aged child care facility. Cheryl worked in the Infant room during the ’90s then briefly returned to the three to five-year-old care room before she began her role as faculty in the ECE program at CNC. Cheryl currently works in the newly named Early Care and Learning Program (formerly known as the ECE) at the college.
– Cheryl Emerson
Christine fell in love with early childhood education over 25 years ago because she saw the impact that quality early care and learning environments could have on the lives of children and families. Now, an Early Childhood Care and Learning Instructor with the College of New Caledonia, Christine shares that passion and love for the profession with her Early Childhood Care and Learning students.
– Christine Jackson
Kathy originally came from the U.K. to Vancouver to become a nanny as she loved to travel. After meeting her husband in Vancouver, they moved to Prince George in 1994. Kathy has 3 stepdaughters and 2 sons. Kathy has been in the field of early childhood education for many years; she has worked in group 3-5 care, preschool, Strong Start and as an Outreach Consultant with Childcare Resource and Referral. Kathy has facilitated workshops for care providers and for parents. She believes that children learn through play, she believes in following the child’s lead when planning activities and encouraging them to question and wonder.
It is a concern of hers that children are not getting enough free play outside; therefore part of her philosophy is for children to spend lots of free play time outside learning with natural materials.
Kathy is excited to be working in conjunction with the Early Care and Early Learning department at the College of New Caledonia. She is pleased to give the students practical experience working with the children in our daycare. She believes that taking regular professional development keeps one fresh and up to date with the latest philosophies and research in child development.
– Kathy Reed