Staff

Whitney Stevens

Whitney Stevens

Whitney Stevens, Executive Director

Born in Manitoba and raised in Ontario, Whitney moved to Alberta in 2012 to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Whitney has a Bachelor of Arts in French Literature and is currently taking Management Studies at MacEwan University. Whitney brings a passion and talent for childcare and is a strong advocate for a well-paid and educated workforce. She and her husband have a young family. Whitney is a long-distance runner and loves outdoor adventure. 

Amelyn Harke, Assistant Director

Amelyn (Amy) is originally from the Philippines where she taught high school for three years. Amy came to Edmonton in 2008 and worked as a nanny for two families. She has experience working in a private daycare prior to coming to Canada Place Child Care Society in 2015. Amy is warm, positive and loved by the children. It was no surprise that she quickly received a supervisor position and acted as Executive Director while Whitney was on maternity leave. 

Oscar Ledesma, Cook

Oscar Ledesma has a degree in computer science and shortly after studied at a culinary school for one year in the Philippines. Oscar came in Canada in 2008 and worked at Chili's Texas Grill, Earl's Tin Palace, Delux Burger Bar and provided catering services at the Shaw Conference Centre. Oscar is passionate about food, and works closely with a nutritionist to develop menus for the children at Canada Place Child Care Society. He has two children and plays soccer in his free time.

Early Childhood Educators

Our Educators are friendly, well trained, and up-to-date with early childhood education practices. Staff work together to provide the best care for children.  Each room has a minimum of two staff members at all times. Float staff are available to cover breaks, staff illness, etc.

Training and Qualifications

Our goal is to have high quality caregivers that exceed the training requirements set by the provincial government.

Currently, we have:

  • 12 Child Development Supervisors who have early childhood development diplomas or equivalent level 3 certificate; and
  • 6 Child Development Assistants who have completed early childhood education courses equivalent level 1,2 or 3.
  • child care first aid certificates;
  • CPR training; and
  • up-to-date child welfare and police security checks.

Staff attend regular professional development opportunities to maintain their skills and learn new and different ways to teach the children.