About our Staff

Our Staff are highly committed to Emmanuel at Brighton Child Care Centre - many staff have been part of our community for over fifteen years and two staff had celebrated thirty years of service.

We strive for all of our full-time educators to obtain an Early Childhood Education (ECE) Diploma and register with the College of Early Childhood Educators (RECE).

We are licensed by the Ministry of Education as a Forest and Nature School Program. Two of our staff are Forest School Practitioners and five educators are Forest School Practitioners in training.


Our Centre offers meaningful opportunities for university, college and high school students looking to complete research projects, practicum, or gain experience in the field of Early Childhood Education.


Leadership Team:

Kelly Birch-Baker RECE, AECEO.C, Forest School Practitioner, Interim Executive Director

Bernice Eichorn RECE
Supervisor of Organizational Services

Eva May RECE, AECEO.C, Forest School Practitioner
Supervisor of Pedagogy

Office Administrator:
Linda Carder, SSWD
Jennifer Burns RECE

Alana Krause RECE, F.S.P. in Training
Carissa Budimlic RECE
Ruth Prentice RECE
Ellie Bruce RECE
Emilie Borghese RECE
Heather Forrest Porter RECE
Genesis Harris RECE, F.S.P. in Training
Jedeah Cohen ECE
Karuna Joshi RECE
Kristina Xayavaly RECE
Lindsey Hartung RECE, F.S.P. in Training
Lori Mar
Marcia O'Rafferty RECE
Michelle Bock RECE, F.S.P. in Training                                 
Pasa Cikota, RECE, F.S.P. in Training                                      
Karen Restrepo RECE
Shelley Secrett RECE
Sujatha Swaminanthan RECE
Twilla Gingras ECE

Kitchen Staff: 
Youn Ae Baek
Shannon Havens