Christa O'Connor, RECE Executive Director

We are pleased to announce that Christa O'Connor, RECE has joined our CBCC team as the Executive Director!

With a Registered Early Childhood Education background, Christa's 20-year career in childcare began as an Early Childcare Educator providing childcare and education for children from infant to age 12 within the Waterloo region. She has held progressive supervisory roles and most recently 9 years in the role of Executive Director at a local non-profit learning childcare centre. She is known for being a strong leader who understands the value of family within the business of childcare. Christa is aware of the importance of continued education and training for both teachers and families and she strives to bring current and relevant information and trainings to the staff and families she serves. Christa is looking forward to getting to know all the staff and families at CBCC.

Christa is a transformational leader and passionate mentor, with an unwavering commitment to providing quality learning and childcare. Christa is a past recipient of the Region of Waterloo Childcare Network's "Educator Award of Excellence," award. She is actively involved within the community of childcare at large. She maintains current roles in advocacy groups with the Child Care Network for the Region of Waterloo and the Early Learning and Care Gala for childcare professionals. Christa knows first hand the importance of quality educators and the instrumental role they play in creating a quality program for children and families.

Please join us in welcoming Christa to Creative Beginnings Childcare Centre.

519-364-4915

christao@creativebeginningschildcare.ca

Amanda Vorstenbosch, RECE Site Supervisor

Hi my name is Amanda Vorstenbosch. I am the site supervisor for Creative Beginnings Child Care-Baden. I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program in 2010 and started my career at CBCC in January 2011. During my career at CBCC I have worked with all ages and even in the kitchen. I am excited to be taking on the new role of Supervisor! I have lived in Baden my entire life and currently with my spouse and two children. I enjoy playing sports and attending community events. I am often spotted at the local area, both coaching and watching different sporting activities. I look forward to getting to know all of the CBCC families!

Aimee Weber- Forest Glen Supervisor

Hi! My name is Aimee Weber and I am the Site Supervisor at the Forest Glen location. I also work out of the Baden Public School location doing administrative work. I was born and raised in New Hamburg, and for the past 4 years have been living with my boyfriend in a house of our own in New Hamburg. We have an English Mastiff (who is my whole world and life revolves around him...) named Gus who just turned three this fall! I graduated from Brock University with an Bachelor Degree in Child and Youth Studies with honours; as well as a Diploma with Distinction from Conestoga College in the Social Service Worker program. In my spare time, I enjoy spending as much of it as possible with my friends and family. We are lucky to spend a lot of time in Muskoka and the French River, regardless of the season, doing as many outdoor activities as possible. I have been with Creative Beginnings since May 2017, and have loved getting to know the children and families in the community - and I can't wait to meet more of you and continue to work with your family!

Melissa Ayres- Office Administrator

Hello! My name is Melissa. I am the Office Administrator for Creative Beginnings. I graduated from the ECE program at Conestoga College in 2010. I started working for Creative beginnings in 2012. Since graduating I have worked as an ECE in an Infant program and toddler program. I have also had roles as a Designate and a Supervisor. I am thrilled to be embarking on this new role with Creative Beginnings. I have a house in Stratford and spend a large majority of my time with close friends. I come from a strong British background and tend to be the class clown. Side note, class clowns are great for toddlers.

Brenda- Cook

Krista

Hello, my name is Krista and I work in the Preschool 2 program. I have been with Creative Beginnings since 2004. It is an honour to work hand in hand with young children and seeing them learn, grow, and thrive. I enjoy spending time with my family outdoors canoeing, portaging and back country camping.

Cheryl- Extended care

Crystal

Hi, I'm Crystal and I feel very lucky to work in the preschool room at our Baden location. I have been with Creative Beginnings for 7 years. I live in Kitchener with my dog Thor. I enjoy playing Volleyball and bowl Sunday nights in a league.

Kim

My name is Kim. I work in the afterschool program, as well as the toddler and preschool rooms. I have been with Creative Beginnings since April 2015. Before that I operated my own home childcare for 10 years. Working with children has always been my passion. I have a B.A in Psychology, and am currently working towards getting my E.C.E. degree from Conestoga College. I am married and have 3 beautiful children, as well as a dog named Taz. I enjoy camping with my family and friends, being at the beach, horseback riding, and I am an avid reader.

Holly

My name is Holly and I graduated from Conestoga College in 2013 from the ECE program. I recently bought a house with my significant other, and adopted an adorable eight year old tuxedo cat named Theo. In my spare time I like to decorate my house, especially during any holiday. I am excited to get to know the children and families at Creative Beginnings, and build strong relationships.

Lisa

My name is Lisa, and I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Fanshawe College in 2010. I have been working in the field ever since. I am a mother of 2 boys, and in my spare time I love to play baseball and spend time with my children. I am excited to be here at Creative Beginnings and look forward to getting to know the children and their families.

Nicole

Hi, my name is Nicole. I am very excited to be joining the Creative Beginnings team as of February 2016. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with family and friends, being in the outdoors and riding my horse Panda.

Nancy

My name is Nancy. I am a Registered ECE and have been working with children for 25 years. I have been with Creative Beginnings since February 2014. I just got married this past summer and have 4 awesome children – 2 boys and 2 girls. In my spare time, I like to go to my trailer, watch movies, read, and scrapbook!

Amy

My name is Amy and I have worked at Creative Beginnings for 16 years. I enjoy working with all children but my favorite age group to work with is toddlers. I live in New Hamburg with my husband, daughter, and three cats. We enjoy camping, hiking, biking, and canoeing.