Sarah is the executive director of Pender Island Child Care Society (PICCS) and the facility manager of Dragonfly Child Care and Family Resource Centre.
Sarah served PICCS as a board member for three and and a half years before being hired in 2016. She has been successful in receiving funding for new program delivery and played a role in creating the Family Forest Program. She has lived on Pender for fifteen years and is married with two children. Both her children thrived in Dragonfly Childcare and the funded family resource programs and have now transitioned to Pender Islands School. She is grateful to be a part of the Dragonfly team and to continue developing childcare and family resource programs.
Sarah also facilitates the Dad n' Me pancake breakfast program with her husband, Steve Wynn. She is trained in facilitating the Circle of Parenting Series and the Nobody's Perfect Parent Course.
Geneva was hired in 2013 and has been instrumental in Dragonfly's child care programming. She leads the children with thoughtful discussions and provides lot's of imaginative and exploratory play. Geneva chooses interesting monthly themes and opens up the children's curiousity and creativity. Geneva is naturally caring, respects each child's needs and is a wonderful role model.
Geneva has also been a huge asset in facilitating many of our Family Resource Programs. She has lead Herbs and Hikes for adolescents, Herbal Relations with adults and the Family Forest Program.
Geneva was recently trained as a facilitator for the Circle of Security Parenting Series and with great success co facilitatied this 8 week program with Sarah Conley in the winter of 2019.
Ulla became a member of the Dragonfly team in 2017. She brings with her over forty years of early childcare experience as an early childhood educator, special needs educator and infant/toddler educator. Ulla provides a nurturing and responsive relationship with each child and helps children express themselves by listening and acknowledging their feelings. Ulla plans wonderful activities with the children that encourages creativity, curiousity and independence. Ulla is light hearted and fun and contributes new ideas, songs and stories to the Dragonfly programming.
Kandice was hired in 2018 and brings with her over a decade of child care experience. Children are naturally drawn to her friendly and jovial personality. Kandice sees the world through a child's eyes and shows delight with each child as they explore the world around them. She provides many fresh ideas and perspectives to Dragonfly and enhances children's learning experiences in fun ways.
Kandice will be co facilitating the Family Forest Program with Geneva Jacobs. In this program they will connect with families and nature through exploratiory play at different locations on Pender Island.
Jennifer works behind the scenes on administrative matters, and her attention to detail and organizational skills keep our Society business running smoothly. She is instrumental in grant writing and maintaining our financial matters. She was previously a PICCS Board Member and Chairperson from 2008-2009.
Carole has been a cornerstone of the Dragonfly Centre for over 18 years. She was instrumental in developing our Child Care programming as well as establishing the extensive Family Resource Centre. She has taught many of Pender's children, bringing her dedication to children and their early development into all her programs. Carole continues to facilitate the well attended Parents and Babes drop in program as well as many important parenting education classes and youth courses.
Karen Parker was hired in 2018 to facilitate our drop in Healthy Opportunities for Preschoolers program (HOP). Karen transforms the school gym each week into a morning kid zone for parents and/or caregivers to play with their preschoolers. She plans and arranges tunnels, ball pits, obstacle courses, bean bag tosses, plasma cars and much, much more so everyone is is engaged and having fun. Karen is dedicated to Pender Island families and runs many programs for children and youth. She recognizes and understands child and youth development and keeps her programs fun and relatable.