Board Notice

Call for nominations for the Emmanuel Board of Directors

Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre has been a keystone in the Waterloo community for more than 50 years. Our centre is a family and the history and values that connect us can be seen in every aspect of who we are — from our nurturing care to the strategic governance provided by our Board.

In 2019 Emmanuel will launch an ambitious, new strategic plan that outlines direction and focus for organizational growth in the years ahead. Employee engagement, fund development, program growth, and governance excellence are key priorities

Call for Nominations

Are you passionate about advancing learning through nature and growing bright futures in Waterloo Region? Nominations are now open for the Board of Directors at Emmanuel at Brighton Childcare Centre.

Four positions are available. Community members, parents (past, current, future), and friends of Emmanuel are encouraged to apply.

In alignment with our forthcoming strategic plan, we are seeking the following skills:

  • Passion for forest- and nature-based programming

  • Financial, including fundraising and fund development

  • Strategic relationship development

  • Human Resources

  • Communication

  • Legal

Please complete and submit your application form (PDF or Word) to Rebecca Pope, Chair of the Nominations Committee, by Tuesday November 5th, 2019. More information on the current Board membership can be found at

Emmanuel at Brighton Interim Leadership Plan Update

We would like to share the update that, as part of the Emmanuel at Brighton interim leadership plan, Kelly Birch-Baker, Director of Operations, has graciously agreed to cover portions of the Executive Director (ED) role on a temporary basis while formal recruitment for the new ED is completed. Kelly has been with Emmanuel 35 years and holds a deep understanding of the Centre’s core values. She will apply her years of expertise to ensure quality of care and business continuity, while supporting employees throughout the transition period.

Kelly’s expanded role will focus on leadership, board relations, policy management, human resource management, partnerships, funding and finance, administration, program management, operations, and compliance with relevant legislative requirements. Kelly will remain reachable at or through the office line: 519-886-3610. Please note that correspondence to will only be periodically monitored.

As a next step in the leadership transition, a recruitment committee is now being formed with representation from the Board of Directors (including current parents) and Emmanuel employees. This committee will work to articulate the strategic competencies and skills required for the ED role and propose a hiring process for Board approval. The committee will seek a candidate that can fulfill continued delivery of quality care, rooted in Emmanuel’s values, while also supporting innovative growth in alignment with the strategic plan. Applications from within Emmanuel as well as outside the Centre will be welcome. It is a priority for the Board that the hiring process is both fair and transparent. To this end, full details will be shared with all employees once finalized.

In closing, we want to extend our thanks to Kelly for her continued leadership and to all of the employees for their ongoing dedication. Your questions, comments and concerns on the transition process continue to be welcome to

Eve Nadler, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Emmanuel at Brighton

Notice of Leadership Transition at Emmanuel at Brighton

On Behalf of the Board of Directors, Emmanuel at Brighton announces the departure of Bonnie Zehr as Executive Director of Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre, effective July 18th, 2019. 

Throughout her years of service, Bonnie has given her whole heart to the children and families of Emmanuel. The organization has seen many successes during her tenure, including the creation of new classrooms, the expansion of outdoor and forest programming, and continued stability through an ever-changing legislative landscape.

The Board thanks Bonnie for her contributions in her many years as an educator and in her central role as Executive Director since 2006, and wishes her well in her next endeavours. 

In the coming months, we will work to realize the first steps of an ambitious new strategic plan that outlines direction and focus for organizational growth in the years ahead. We are hopeful and excited for the next chapter of Emmanuel at Brighton as we continue to support our children, families, and community. 

Acknowledging that changes such as these present both challenge and opportunity, over the next few weeks we will initiate the search process to hire a new Executive Director for Emmanuel at Brighton. During this transition period, our priority is to continue to deliver the highest quality of childcare with support from interim leadership and Emmanuel’s dedicated employees.


Eve Nadler, Chair, on behalf of the Board of Directors, Emmanuel at Brighton