Amelyn Harke

Amelyn Harke

Amelyn Harke, Executive 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 the Supervisor position and Assistant Director position early in her start at CPCCS before finally being promoted to her current position of Executive Director. 

Kirsten Smylie

Kirsten Smylie

Kirsten Smylie, Assistant Director

Kirsten earned her Early Learning and Child Care Diploma at MacEwan University and has been with CPCCS since Fall 2017. She started as an educator in one of our preschool rooms and then moved up to becoming a Lead Educator. Kirsten's personality of being caring and gentle makes the children love her dearly. Her growing knowledge and experiences have enabled her growth in leadership and was promoted to Assistant Director in March 2020.

Aside from her role at CPCCS, Kirsten has also volunteered at her church's children's ministry as a preschool teacher twice a month for over a decade. She is also passionate about filling up her passport and has visited parts of Europe that include Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, and Germany.

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 educators at all times. Float educators are available to cover breaks, planning, 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 the following:

  • 14 Level 3 Early Childhood Educators who have Early Childhood Development diplomas or equivalent Level 3 Certificate; and
  • 4 Level 2 Early Childhood Educators who have completed Early Childhood Development courses equal to Level 1 or 2.
  • Childcare First Aid certificates;
  • CPR training; and
  • up-to-date police security checks.

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