The Buddings Staff
Talia Erickson, BA., BJH – Daycare Administrator/Owner
Talia Erickson has been living in Vancouver since 2007, inspired by the creativity of this gorgeous city. She holds a Combined Honours degree in Psychology and Journalism, and has put both to good use in her career in marketing and membership development, as well as website management. After years as a free lance consultant, with an eye open for entrepreneurial opportunities, she brought all her skills together to create Vancouver’s first flexible occasional childcare centre.
It may seem like a big jump, but a quick look through her bi-weekly newsletter, blog posts, and this website’s content, and you’ll see that her talent for clear communication transfers to childcare seamlessly. Being an accomplished grant writer, market researcher, and business case evaluator doesn’t hurt either.
She also handles the books, admissions, and general administration, and with over 100 hours of relevant childcare training, the hours she spends on the floor with the kids make her job the most fun she’s ever had.
Jayme Ross, ECE. – Daycare Manager and Toddler Specialist
Jayme Ross began working with toddlers as soon as she finished her Early Childhood Education specialization in Infants and Toddlers at Camosun College in 2011. She was hired straight out of her practicum placement to the toddler room at Our Children’s Centre in Victoria, and was there for two years, where she became the acting senior teacher.
She started at Buddings in 2013, and as of May 2014, we’re so happy to introduce her as the Daycare Manager.
As our resident Toddler Specialist, she leads the floor staff on toddler-specific concerns, around separation, anxiety, and tum tum tum… tantrums. Watch for her posts on the blog as she share some explanations and advice on many of the most baffling toddler behaviours.
She has lots of patience with this age group, and has fantastic natural consequence explanations for all their questions and ideas. That’s an essential talent for the inevitable, and unending “whys” we encounter in the run of a day!
Denet Albores, ECE. – Daycare Educator and Marketing Assistant
Denet Albores joins the Buddings team from sunny Mexico, where she shared her major passion for dancing with children. She has led children’s dance troupes, as well as participated with her own dance group for adults.
She completed her Bachelor’s of English Language Teaching and taught elementary school kids before her desire to travel and come to Canada brought her to Vancouver. Since her arrival in 2012, she completed her Early Childhood Educator and Assistant’s certificates at MTI College, where she also trained at UBC Childcare.
She also plays a role in the marketing for our centre, helping to plan our summer events and outreach, as well as keeping in touch with our partners.
Denet is a warm and wonderful teacher, with an unlimited patience, soft heart, and never-ending ideas for fun and engaging group activities. She’s clever and creative, and when she calls the kids for circle time, they come running to the room!
Jen Labelle, BA., BEd. – Preschoolers’ Program* Coordinator (“Big Kids’ Club”)
Jen Labelle comes to the Big Kids’ Club with lots of experience with the preschool age group, creating and teaching programs in BC and in 2006, in New Zealand! She has her Bachelor of Education, specializing in Early Childhood Education from UBC, and has developed a variety of programs for 3 – 5′s, including the “Little Chefs” healthy eating program and kitchen safety for the Kits Community Centre.
Teaching, no matter what the subject, is a big passion for Jen. She holds a Yoga Instructor’s Certificate, has taught guitar and ukulele lessons for children, and has even worked with adults and children with disabilities using adaptive ski equipment! The breadth of her experience and interests caught our eye as soon as we met her, and we’re so happy to have her at the helm of our Big Kids’ Club.
The kids get into a lot of adventures, and you can follow along with her posts on the blog.
Johanna Peters, BA., BEd. – Yo-yo Yoga with Johanna and Teacher on Call
Johanna Peters is thrilled to return to the Buddings team and we’re so happy to welcome her back! She first joined us in 2012, and quickly showed us how her connection-based teaching style could bring the kids together. She headed up our Preschoolers Program for over a year before stepping down to focus on her own yoga program for children.
Now, back by popular demand, she joins us on Friday mornings for our new feature “Yo-yo Yoga with Johanna.” She’s our number one sub, covering staff holidays, extreme mornings, and any other events and activities that require an extra pair of hands.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from UBC, and has piled tonnes of hours of training in Early Childhood Education on top – from “Understanding Anxiety in Young Children” to “New Approaches to Pre-School Literacy.”
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