We are a small board, founded in 2017-2018, with an aim to provide opportunities for early childhood educators to come together, to think together, and to examine and collaborate on early childhood education practices.

We work with early childhood professionals in designing land-based, creative collaborative inquiry projects that focus on place and local ecologies in Greater Sudbury, Espanola, Manitoulin and North Bay, Ontario

Meet Our Board Members

Julie Kelly, Co-chair

Early Years Consultant, Rainbow District School Board

Sharon Speir, Co-chair

Former Assistant Director: Early Childhood

Iva McNair, Treasurer

Former Education Officer, Early Years Division, Ministry of Education

Lotje Hives, Secretary

Professional Learning Facilitator, Nipissing University, Schulich School of Education

Tracy Saarikowski

Executive Director, Discovery Early Learning & Care

Darlene Villeneuve

Special Education Teacher, Rainbow District School Board

Ramona Shawana

Early Learning Coordinator, Anishinabek Nation

Jennifer Rowe

Program Quality Coordinator, Children's Services, City of Sudbury


Celeste Oven – Lamonthe, Kindergarten Teacher

Kim Wilson, Kindergarten Teacher

Colleen Strange, Early Childhood Educator

Christine Adornado, Kindergarten Teacher, French Immersion

Artist in Residence

Sophie Anne Edwards

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