Our Staff

Ann Silberman  |  Executive Director

I hold an ECE Diploma, Montessori Diploma, Preschool Diploma and Master Level courses in Early Childhood Administration and Management. I have worked in the ECE field for over 30 years, teaching Early Childhood Educators across BC and with non-profit Boards. Working with children and families is my life’s passion. My personal goal is to foster quality in all our BCC programs by creating, with my co-workers, an atmosphere of curiosity, a sense of wonder, and environments that engage all children. My values have been shaped by nature, travel and curiosity about the human mind.

Ella  |  After-School Club Coordinator

I had the unique and wonderful experience of getting to grow up on Bowen Island. I remember my days growing, learning, and playing at the BCC with nature as our ever present background. After spending four years at McGill University obtaining my B.A. in anthropology and psychology, I returned home to reconnect with those same qualities: play, nature, growth, and learning. On my way to pursuing a pathway to Education or Psychology, I haven't quite decided yet, it is an honour and a privilege to get to participate in the community of wonder and fun that BCC is so very good at creating.

When I'm not looking after Bowen's awesome children, I am likely at the beach, going for walks, skiing, or writing!

Sarah D.  |  After-School Club Coordinator

I have been delighted to be working in such an wonderful organization that is BCC, made all the more amazing that I get to do this here on beautiful Bowen Island! Having been in a Vancouver daycare center (from ages 5-11), I have so many fond memories and I often find myself emulating the spirit of the teachers I still miss. I really enjoy my job and look forward to doing it for a long time!

Johanne V.  |  Daycare Coordinator

I am originally from Quebec, and have been on the West Coast 20 years. I have a wonderful child, and I love being a Mom. I have been working and playing at Bowen Children’s Centre since 2007. One of my favorite parts of my job is playing outside with the children–a day without outside play is a waste of a day in my book!

Martina |  Daycare Coordinator

I grew up in North Vancouver and have been living on Bowen since 2015. I have a B.A. in History with a Linguistics minor from SFU. I am passionate about travel, having visited 35+ countries, and speak French, Spanish and Slovak. I am in my happy place in a forest and love that the children here have the opportunity to grow and learn surrounded by nature. Prior to the daycare, I was having fun at the After School Club and you may also have seen me at BICS as a supervisor. I am thrilled to be working with children on Bowen. Their curiosity, authenticity and playfulness are a joy and inspiration that I look forward to every day!

Noemie |  Daycare Coordinator

Born and raised in France, I came to work on Bowen in February 2009, originally to work for a year. I fell in love with this beautiful island community and ended up staying. Working through all the steps, I became a Canadian citizen in 2015. I am now studying to get my Early Childhood Education Diploma (ECEC) with Northern Lights College, and just started to work at BCC.  I am also a lucky mom of a 16 months old boy. We love to go for walks and spend time with friends.

Rachel P.  |  Daycare Coordinator

In 1999, I began my career working with high risk children. In 2003 I switched my focus to early childhood education, moved to Bowen in 2004 and completed my ECE in 2005. Though I’ve worked in a variety of childcare and education settings I’m most influenced by Reggio Emilia’s inquiry based approach to learning. I see children as competent explorers of the world around them and I enjoy my role both as a facilitator and co-learner in our daily explorations. When I’m not with the children at BCC I’m usually at the beach or outside with my own two young children.

Sherri L.  |  Daycare Coordinator

I have called Bowen home since I was young. I was so lucky to grow up in such a safe and enriching community. Bowen has grown alot since then but still remains the same great place, and I have been fortunate to bring up my own girls here. They both went to daycare and preschool years ago at the Children’s Centre and I never really left! I enjoy working with the children and the wonderful staff here, which together make for a fun and educational atmosphere!

Tracy M.  |  Family Place Coordinator

I have been working as an Early Childhood Educator on Bowen Island since 1999, initially in both daycare and preschool at BCC and then since 2006 as Coordinator for Family Place. I hold both an ECE Diploma and a Family Resource Program Certificate. I feel privileged to spend time with families in their early years of parenting and celebrate the individual and community strengths of families on Bowen.

Lesley G.  |  Family Place Coordinator

I have lived on Bowen for just over three years. I returned to the West Coast in 2012 after two decades in Europe and Asia. In my earlier life I participated in a range of alternative community initiatives including experiences as a childcare worker and the launch of an innovative schooling project for special needs children on Vancouver Island. I have an interest in holistic and complementary healing methods and hold a certificate as a Reiki practitioner. I have raised two sons and I have two grandchildren with whom I enjoy art, music and outdoor play.

Alison (Mia) I.  |  Infant-Toddler Carer

I am a Mum of 3 big kids–I started out working in early childhood education at the age of 18. First job? Bowen Island Family Place! I have the best job in the world, spending my days with amazing children and a wonderful staff team. I too am a graduate of Bowen Island Preschool—class of ’77!

Bailey J.  |  Infant-Toddler Carer

Born and raised on beautiful Bowen Island, I feel blessed to call this place home. We are surrounded by such a wonderful community which includes Bowen Children’s Centre and the wonderful families and educators that work together to care for the children of Bowen.

With a passion to support children, I graduated from the Early Childhood Education (ECCE) program at Capilano University with a diploma and infant - toddler certificate. While working with children I am eager to expose them to the outdoors and the immense amount of nature and culture that surrounds us through a pedagogy of the West Coast. Through my work I hope to create opportunities for the children to learn, explore, develop, and most importantly play with others.

Caroline

Caroline  |  Infant-Toddler Carer

I came to Canada in 1998 from France (Nice). My family (husband and son) moved to Bowen island in 2007. I have worked in early childhood education since 2002. I owned a family daycare in Quebec caring for children aged 12 months to 5 years old; my dedication and interest grew from there.  I obtained a Montessori preschool teacher diploma, an early childhood certificate (0 to 12 years old) in Montreal, QC., and later on my ECE in BC. I have worked in Montessori preschools since 2009, and in a Francophone preschool in downtown Vancouver, serving a very diverse population and various cultures. I am very open about the numerous approaches and expectations in education. In 2014, I received the “prize of excellence in early childhood education in BC” from The Francophone parents federation. I am very happy to join the team of BCC, and get to know children and parents.

Louise E.  |  Music Teacher

Louise was born with a guitar in her hands, a beautiful singing voice and love in her heart. Her musical background dates back to 1968 and her work with children to 1966. So with over 40 years experience in both careers, teaching music to young children seems like a no brainer and, yes, no one does it better!

Melina T.  |  Preschool Coordinator

I hold an Early Childhood Education diploma from Langara College and worked for several years in urban daycares before coming to Bowen Island with my family. I’ve taken a number of courses and workshops, in topics such as occupational therapy, music therapy, sex education for young children, Food Safety and Nutrition, speech development and Red Cross First Aid. As a bilingual teacher, I incorporate Spanish into the preschool curriculum. My love of nature and belief in the importance of being connected to the earth is something I continue to explore in the curriculum I develop with my students.

Sarah W.  |  Preschool Coordinator

Being a dance artist and yoga teacher, I find that children’s natural creativity resonates deeply with me. Being with children reminds me to be present in my own body…To slow down, to explore, to truly listen and most importantly, to PLAY! I feel blessed to learn alongside each child who comes through BCC. When not dancing, doing yoga or playing with my friends at BCC, I can be found exploring the woods and beaches of Bowen with my two beautiful boys.

Siobhan C.  |  Preschool Coordinator

I grew up on Bowen Island and attended the Preschool, where I met many of my longtime friends. I left Bowen for many years to travel and go to school, but returned when my daughters were preschool age and wished that they too could experience a quieter upbringing and this small community. I’ve been working with children for many years, the past 5 years at BCC. It’s the children on Bowen that always keep me coming back for more. Having our beautiful outside spaces and forests to explore with the children and see their wonder and to be able to learn with them excites me every day.

New Candidates Standing For Election

Alida Edwards

The house I grew up in had Bowen island as our view. Every time we visited Bowen I was convinced that life did not exist past the general store. During the summer months I worked at Doc’s and, during my last year there, I met my significant other in the pub upstairs. Fast forward 8 years later, I made the move to Bowen island where we are now raising our two boys.  I realise that not only does life exist past the general store, but also a community that welcomes everyone with open arms. The community here is such gem and I can’t imagine any other place to raise kids. Our youngest is currently in his last year at BCC and when he graduates it will be a bittersweet moment. BCC has played a huge role in both boys’ lives.

Before kids I worked in the hospitality industry helping my mom with events. After 5 years of event planning, I moved to the medical field where I split my time between the hospital and Doctor’s offices.

Dalal Al-Abdulrazzak

After searching for better place to raise our family, my husband and I moved to Bowen Island in the Summer of 2018 with our two young daughters: 3-year-old Isla and newborn baby Zadie. A major factor in our decision to move here was the safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment of the BCC. We have fallen in love with the island and it's tight-knit community and feel so grateful for the opportunity to raise our children in nature, surrounded by forest and sea. I am honoured to support the BCC in its mission to better the lives of families and young children in our community. In my professional life, I have a PhD in fisheries science from UBC and work in marine conservation.

Janina Elliott

I am originally from Southern Germany and came to Canada in early 2006 to pursue a Ph.D. in Geology at UBC. Within the first few months of having landed in beautiful British Columbia I met my husband who introduced me to his wonderful island home on our first date. From that moment on I had fallen both for Frazer and Bowen.

Being an avid lover of nature and having grown up in a small, family embracing community myself (my Dad was on the board of my Kindergarten), I couldn't imagine a better place to raise our family. Just like Frazer so many years ago, our son Kellan has the great fortune to attend the BCC; thus, I am thrilled to lend a helping hand in creating a rich & nurturing learning environment for all the children entrusted to the fantastic team here.

In my professional life, I work as a Geologist and am actively involved in mineral exploration worldwide as well as the development of 3D geological modelling software. Needless to say, I am a huge fan of rocks & fossils and happy to drop anything to talk about gems & dinosaurs at any time.

Our Board Members

Alison Luke

Having spent my childhood summers at a little log cabin on the edge of Hood Point, our recent move to Bowen is the latest chapter in my life-long love affair with this amazing island. With the enrolment of our two young children, Naia and Griffin, at BCC we feel incredibly lucky to have our little people learning and growing in such a nurturing, stimulating and enriching environment, and I am grateful for the opportunity to support BCC’s important role in the lives of Bowen families and the community more broadly.  In my off-island life, I am a policy lawyer with a masters degree in environmental sciences, resulting in an eclectic set of skills which I have put to use working for the government and other regulatory bodies. I also have experience developing environmental education programs for elementary schools across BC and abroad.

Andrea Layzell

Having spent summers on Bowen my entire life, we decided to make Bowen Island home six years ago. I have two young boys who currently attend both BCC preschool and daycare. I have a Bachelor of Education from UBC and a Masters of Environmental Education and Communication from Royal Roads University. With close to 10 years teaching experience, I have been very fortunate to be a part of the BICS teaching staff since 2010. I truly love learning and working with young people in this community.

Catherine Rolfsen

I’m a relatively new Bowen Islander, having moved here in 2015, shortly after the birth of my daughter Greta. My husband I have fallen in love with this island, for its natural beauty but mostly its community. Had we had the foresight, we would have moved here for BCC alone! I am so grateful to have a safe, stimulating and loving space for my daughter to spend much of her week, and I’m committed to helping BCC remain a lynchpin of this island.

I work as a producer with CBC Radio in Vancouver, and spend every spare minute I can outside, with my daughter, husband, and tiny dog, Sola.

David McCullum

BCC is vitally important to the children, families, and community of Bowen Island. Emily and I have been involved with the Centre since our adult children were enthusiastically enrolled in both preschool and daycare—beginning way back when everything happened in the United Church hall. We helped with the building and finishing of the current building (I framed some of the windows in Ann’s office!), and have long been committed to the Centre’s mission and values.

I am happy to help support this vital community resource, and am currently the Chair of the BCC Board of Directors.

Molly Chan-Heyes

My husband and I moved to Bowen Island in 2013 with our then 3-year-old daughter and newborn son. From our first visit to BCC, we knew that we had struck gold in the world of early years education and care. BCC has played a significant role in our families’ lives ever since. Before motherhood, I worked in energy trading for a number of years. These days, most of my time is dedicated to raising my children. I also own and operate a ski travel business out of my home.

Ruhee Chandra

Bowen has been our home since my husband and I fell in love with the island when we first visited two summers ago. We have a two year old daughter who we hope will be joining BCC for the next few years.

I have a degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University and am in the process of getting a CPA designation. I was co-founder at a successful start up and managed financials for the company from it’s inception to it’s acquisition. Besides daily business I am a hands on mom to my daughter.

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