​​​ ​​ Adrienne Keller, Chair

Adrienne Keller was born and raised in New Orleans, LA.  She lived in Canada for 15 years before becoming a professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.  Adrienne has been an academic specializing in attachment, public health, program evaluation and behavioural sciences for more than 30 years.

She brings to the Governing Council a combined interest and expertise in attachment, early childhood, program evaluation, and social marketing, which is somewhat unique and very relevant to the mission of Accreditation of Early Learning and Care Services.

Adrienne has worked throughout the years of raising her children, both as part of a couple and as a single mother.  Adrienne has experienced child care in her own home, in a day home, in a child care and in before and after school care in raising her own children.  She remains passionate about the importance of high-quality child care for the sake of the individual, the family and the community.

 
 

K​​​​​rista Carter, Vice Chair

In an ideal world, Krista believes that every child has the right to the highest level of quality early learning education and care and has spent the last 20 years on this mission.

Originally from Ottawa, ON, Krista brings with her a comprehensive understanding of the complex nature that is early childhood education and continues to push the bar towards excellence here in Alberta. 

Krista is most proud of her years as an educator having had the privilege of positively impacting so many lives.  Going forward, Krista is focussing that passion and enthusiasm on developing the competencies of educators in hopes of seeing her vision become a reality.

 

 Annalise Yuzda, Treasurer

 Annalise was born in Edmonton and was raised in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta and currently still resides there.  She graduated from Early Childhood Development at Grant MacEwan in 1991 and has worked for the YMCA of Edmonton since then.  After many years and many different positions, Annalise is currently the General Manager of Child Care Services for the YMCA in Edmonton and Grande Prairie overseeing numerous child care and out-of-school care programs.

 Annalise understands the importance of the early years for children and wants to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to grow and develop physically, socially and emotionally.  She is thankful for the commitment by the Province in regards to accreditation.  It has raised the bar and recognizes child care programs that are above minimum standards and families are benefitting from it.  As a Governing Council member, she is excited to be more involved with accreditation, which impacts a field she is extremely passionate about. 

 
 
Bonnie Chinn, Secretary

Bonnie graduated from the Early childhood Development program at MacEwan University in 1988. In 1999 she returned to MacEwan where she completed the Massage Therapy program. During her massage studies she developed a special interest in the benefits of massage for palliative care patients. In 2014, she explored additional educational avenues and enrolled in Open Studies at MacEwan University where she has completed classes in Psychology. She regularly attends workshops and conferences related to her interests in the early years.  Topics include: Brain Development in the Early years; Executive Functioning and Self-regulation; Physical Environments that Enhance Learning; Sensory Processing; and the Alberta Curriculum Framework.

 

Bonnie has worked in the field of ECE for 30 years. The positions she has held are Assistant Director, Director of Daycare and Out of School Care, Preschool Teacher, Family Day Home Provider, and Inclusion Facilitator for children with additional needs. Currently, Bonnie is enjoying her role as a Family Day Home Consultant with It's A Child's World Family Day Home Agency, providing support and guidance for providers, children and families.

She is deeply committed to the work in this field and is excited and optimistic about the current direction ECE is moving in. Bonnie believes the early years are the most important, and sets the foundation for life. It is her fundamental belief that every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support to help them reach their full potential. She is  excited by the abundance of research that supports the value and importance of the early years, and encourages recognition and respect for the Early Childhood Educators who work tirelessly to support and educate children, their families and the community. Since the first accreditation process over a decade ago, Bonnie has been involved, first as an ECE in several child care centres and then as a family day home consultant. She is thrilled to be a Governing Council member and to contribute her years (mostly frontline) of experience to the council.

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​Ella Brekke, Member

Ella Brekke is a child care consultant for the Innisfail Family Day Home Society and a Practicum Coach/Consultant for Red Deer College.  She as been in the child care field since 2000, and has worked in Family day homes since 2010 and with Red Deer College since 2014.

She participates as an active member on a variety of boards, the Central Alberta Family Day Home Association, the Alberta Family Child Care Association and the Envision Children First Innisfail Coalition ECD project.

Ella is particularly interested in advocacy work and the Albert Government's development of the curriculum framework, children's charter, and social policy framework.  As a mother of two, she believes that high quality child care is an important factor in supporting families and is excited to be a member of Governing Council.

 

Sharon Mickey, Member

Sharon is from a small town just outside of Medicine Hat called Redcliff.  She works in Medicine Hat and is currently the Family Literacy Manager of LEARN, which isa government funded program through Community Adult Learning Programs (CALP)LEARN provides family literacy programs to socially and economically disadvantaged families in the community.  Sharon works with Canadian born families, as well as, refugees from other countries. 

​She has been married for 22 years and has two beautiful children.  Her daughter is a young adult and is attending the University of Calgary and her son is in his last year of high school.  Sharon's favourite things to do outside of working are working and scrapbooking.

Sharon has worked in the early childhood field for 20 years.  She started working in a local day care and then when her children were small, she ran a day home.  While she was with the day home agency they were one of the first to go through the accreditation process.  She then worked in a home viistation program for the next 15 years.  Sharon has been in her current position for 2 years.  The majority of the work that she has done has been with families who have children under the age of six.

Sharon strongly believes in the early years, as the first years of a child's life are the critical years for brain growth and development.  She feels that every family deserves quality child care for their children.  Sharon also believes that people who work in child care settings are professionals and deserve recognition for being a professional.  She feels that the work of Accreditation of Early Learning and Child Care Services is very important. When the opportunity rose for a governing council member, she knew that it was something that she really wanted to do.  Sharon brings a wealth of information from her background in working with families for the past 20 years, which includes not only child care settings, but also community settings; and she feels this only strengthens her knowledge base.  Sharon has strong skills in communication, organizational skills, teamwork and leadership. She is honoured and excited to be a part of the Governing Council.

 

 Velrose Spence-Clarke, Member

Velrose Spence Clarke2 (2).jpgVelrose Spence Clarke was born and raised in St. Mary Jamaica and migrated to Calgary in 2013. She has over 20 years of diverse experience in the field of education including teaching, leadership, curriculum development, program management, workshop and conference facilitation. 

Velrose has been an instructor at Bow Valley College in the Early Childhood Education and Development program since 2014, where she facilitates both online and traditional classes. She brings passion and commitment to her role with the goal of supporting educators and families.

Since migrating, Velrose has observed many similarities and differences with the child care system in Canada and Jamaica and thus brings with her an understanding of viewing the system through different lenses. Velrose believes in life long learning and being on the Governing Council supports her passion to forge deeper connections and relationships with the Early Childhood Community.