Salimah is currently the Centre Manager at TOOSCS, since June 2016. She started in December 2011 and was initially hired to establish the Preschool program which has been a great service for the families in the neighbourhood. She has been working in the early childhood development and education field for over 20 years starting in her home country, Australia and then Tanzania and Canada. She graduated with a B.Ed in Early Childhood Education from Macquarie University and has an M.Ed in International Education from the University of Sydney. She has been an advocate for children for many years and strives to support their wellbeing, potential and overall development.
Her professional background also includes an adult educator, manager and curriculum writer, and she has been an education consultant for a few academic organizations. Salimah's focus is to create and maintain a community and she invites families to participate as members and share their feedback and ideas on the services TOOSCS provides.
Theresa was born in England and started her career with the East Sussex Careers Service placing high school graduates in their first work opportunities. Before immigrating to Canada she worked at her local District General Hospital as an Assistant Medical Staffing Officer, placing young doctors in local medical clinics and looking after the HR for doctors in the hospital.
After immigrating to Canada in 1993, she ran a psychologist's office for eleven years. After the doctor retired, she found a position managing a child care centre in Vancouver and moved into the world of non-profit childcare. She has been happily working in this field since 2004 and with TOOSCS since 2016 as the Bookkeeper/Administrator.
"The bond between our families and team is very strong and although I spend most of my time in the office, the connection to our parents and children makes the work day very rewarding. I look forward to being a part of the team for many years to come."
Zoey has been working at TOOSCS since 2015 as the Coordinator for both the Occasional Care Program and the Juniors Program. She is a licensed Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and an Infant Toddler Educator (IT). She has worked in a variety of settings including licensed preschools, all day group daycare and group toddler care. She also has a degree in Graphic Arts.
When she is not at work she enjoys spending her time hiking all year round, planning backpacking trips overseas and taking drumming classes with friends. Most recently, she has been having fun exploring local parks in the city with her new dog Charlie.
Stephanie has been working at TOOSCS since 2009 in the out of school, preschool and occasional care programs. She is currently the coordinator for the Achievers Program and an Early Childhood Education Assistant (ECEA) in the Occasional Care. She has recently returned part-time from maternity leave and is enjoying balancing work and time with her daughter. She has a BA in Psychology from UBC and has taken ECE courses at VCC and Capilano University. She loves working with children in a variety of activities, especially reading, crafts and cooking.
Marina was born in France and arrived in Canada two years ago. She has 5 years of experience working with children. Marina is currently working as the Coordinator for the Leaders Program.
Marina loves to share her unique cultural background by organizing games and learning in French, which children love. During her free time, she loves outdoor activities and sports. This is something she eagerly shares with children.
Celine was born in Congo and received her ECE diploma from Vancouver Community College. She has worked in the child care field for approximately 8 years. Since she graduated, she has worked with infants, toddlers, preschool and school age children. She is currently working in the Preschool and Juniors programs. In her spare time she enjoys playing soccer, hiking and hanging out with family and friends.
"Every day the children teach me new things. I thank all the families for allowing me to be a part of their children’s lives."
Hillary joined the team at TOOSCS in the summer 2020. She brings over 15 years of experience working in childcare. She is currently working in the Preschool and Achievers Programs.
Hillary found her love of working with children while working as a swim instructor/lifeguard and bike instructor in high school. She went on to study at the University of Western Ontario, majoring in Sociology. During her time as a nanny, in 2013, she decided to follow her passion and received her Early Childhood Education Assistant certification. Since then, she has worked in after school care programs and as an Education Assistant. In her spare time, she enjoys working on art projects and swimming, especially synchronized swimming.
Gina works in the Occasional Care and Juniors Program. She graduated from Philippine Christian University in the Philippines in 1990 with a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education. She is a single mom raising a daughter who attends Trafalgar Elementary. She started to work at TOOSCS in October 2017. In her spare time, she loves doing cross stitch and cooking.
"The work at TOOSCS is a blessing to me as I love working with children."
Helen was born and raised in the Philippines and acquired her Caregiving NCII certificate from Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. She also graduated from a program in Web Application Development at AMA Computer College. She has 2 years of work experience in preschool in the Philippines. Currently, she is enjoying her new found home here in Vancouver with her two daughters and husband. In her free time, she enjoys watching movies, cooking, reading and painting.
"I love being with children, playing, singing and building relationships with them. It is the reason I love my job. I treat each child as my own. To me, every child is unique in their own ways. Every child is a treasure. They need to feel loved and respected."
Born and raised in Quesnel, BC, Tessa spent a significant portion of her teen years babysitting, tutoring, and teaching introductory children's piano lessons. After graduating from Correlieu Secondary School in 2015, she began working towards her BA in English Literature at the University of Victoria. During this period, she accepted her first position as a Responsible Adult in the Infant and Toddler program at Babies to Big Kids Childcare, and gained additional experience working in their 3-5, School-Age, and Multi-Age programs as a substitute. Upon completing her degree in the spring of 2020, she moved back to the mainland and began working at TOOSCS with the Leaders group.
"I am an avid reader and writer with an appreciation for media criticism, science fiction, poetry, horror, and history in particular. I take an intersectional and inclusive approach to life, and my focus in childcare has always been to help create a safe, supportive, and enriching environment for children to grow, explore new interests, and foster both positive peer relationships and a positive sense of self. I aim to return to school to obtain my ECE certification in the near future, and I'm very excited to continue getting to know the Leaders and the entire TOOSCS community."
Rebekah is currently a full-time student studying psychology at UBC. She hopes to enter the health and education field after she graduates. She has always been keen on working with children because every day is full of surprises.
"Working with children for the past five years has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life. I feel that I have as much to learn from them as they do from me."