Our Educators

Every Western Day Care Centre educator is committed to providing a stimulating, safe and secure environment with programs that are designed to meet the unique needs of children.  

All of our Educators are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators.  Each educator has provided a clear Vulnerable Sector Check and maintains current First Aid and CPR training.  Our educators are committed to lifelong learning and are involved in the Continuous Professional Learning program through the College of Early Childhood Educators

We are very proud of our low staff turnover rate with an average length of staff service of 12 years.

Currently 18 staff employed have 20 years and more of service with Western Day Care Centre.

Our Management Team

Executive Director

Lyndsey Barber

The Executive Director is responsible for the successful leadership and management of the Centre’s according with the philosophies, goals and objectives of the Western Day Care Centre, the Child Care and Early Years Act, Public Health Legislation and guidelines, recognized quality ECE practice, and other relevant legislation.

Program Managers

Brianne Walpole – 27 Emery Street West

Denise Kirkpatrick – 1848 Blue Heron Drive

The Program Manager of each location is actively responsible for ensuring Quality Early Childhood Education (ECE) caregiving at their operation site according with the philosophies, goals and objectives of the Western Day Care Centre and the Child Care and Early Years Act. The Program Manager will act as the Executive Director in her absence as required.

Business Manager

Meghan Parfitt

The Business Manager is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the financial affairs of the Centre. Questions regarding fees and payments should be directed to the Business Manager.

Board of Directors

The Corporation itself is governed by a board of 10-15 volunteer members, a majority of whom are parents and past parents.  The Board is the executive branch of the Centre and is responsible for such things as personnel, financial planning, parent policies, capital improvements, legal matters. Committees include the Finance, Fundraising, Human Resources and Operations Committees. The Executive Director, The Business Manager and the Program Managers all report to the Board. 

The Board is always pleased to hear from parents interested in participating as members.  If you are interested, please contact the Director. Board information is posted in the front entrance.



2022 – 2023

Valerie Massel* & Ashleigh Mould*, CO-CHAIRS

Ex-officio all Committees

Wojtek Podolan* – Vice Chair

Emily Jacques* – Secretary

Kate McKay* – Treasurer


Kate McKay*, Chair

Ashleigh Mould*

Valerie Massel*


Shannon Oke, Chair

Valerie Massel*

Ashleigh Mould*

Steven Campbell-Graham*


Rema El-Tawill*, Chair

Emily Jacques*      

Stacey McCarty*


Ashley Van Dam*

Bryan Letkemann*

Jessica Naujokaitis*

Executive Director

Lyndsey Barber

Program Managers

Brianne Walpole – Emery Street

Denise Kirkpatrick – Blue Heron

Updated April 24, 2023

* denotes parent in the Centre