OSC Staff Bios
ROBERT has been working in Child Care for over 15 years. He started working with children with Autism while studying at Langara College. He is a certified Education Assistant. Robert loves working in a diverse and ever-changing environment.
ELAINE has worked in a variety of positions at Britannia Community Centre. Elaine looks forward to working with all the children, new and old in utilizing her artistic and culinary skills. Elaine has her Fine Arts degree from Emily Carr University and presently is a member of the Britannia Arts and Cultural Committee.
ESTRELLA is a proud mother and a grandmother. She has her ECE from MTI College and has been an auxiliary worker at Britannia Childcare since 2010. Estrella also works for the Vancouver School Board as a CTA 1. Estrella has supervised and coordinated the Kidsafe program at Grandview Elementary School. She also supervised the KidsFirst Project where she facilitated baking projects for students. She volunteers at Kiwassa Neighbourhood House, teaching ESL to new immigrants. Estrella has many years of experience working with children and families; “working with children is my passion”.
MILES has been involved in Child Care for over 8 years . He has worked in Day Camps, as a Youth Worker and in Out of School Care programs. He graduated from the Langara College Recreation Management program, and is currently completing his second degree with plans on becoming a teacher. Miles thrives to promote healthy lifestyle, active play and inclusiveness. He loves the ever-changing environment of working with children. He's very excited to be part of the Britannia community and hopes to continue and grow new experiences.
PATRICIA has been at Britannia OSC since 2012 as a casual staff. She is joyful and shares her enthusiasm with our children. Patty volunteered for 8 years as a mentor with PLEA and was a Child Minding Assistant volunteer at the Grandview Terrace OSC program. Patty is adventurous and loves the outdoors. It is very rewarding to her to be a daily part of the children’s preliminary education experiences. It is her purpose to make each day a great day for every child.
SHAMS has been working at Britannia Child Care as an Auxiliary since 2016. He has his Early Childhood Educator Assistant &, Responsible Adult Certification. He is a certified soccer coach who is currently coaching a U10 soccer team at South Burnaby Metro Club. He has a master’s degree in engineering and certificate in computer science. He strongly believes in guiding and caring with respect and empathy. Shams loves to work with children and considers fun with kindness, compassion and safety as the priority for a good child care environment.
MERANDA is originally from Thailand; she has been in Canada since 2013. She completed her Early Childhood Education Assistant certification in Canada in 2014. She has over 10 years of child care experience, internationally. Meranda has worked at many child care centres in Vancouver, with both toddlers and school age children. She enjoys working with all ages of children.
RANDI has been at Britannia Child Care for over 30 years. She is now retired and we are very happy to have her back for our summer program. She has a background in various forms of art, dance, theatre, puppetry and storytelling. She has worked as an outdoor adventure guide for Britannia adults and youth programs. She looks forward to working with all the wonderful families.
CRYSTAL is an arts and recreation facilitator who joined the OSC team as auxiliary staff in the fall of 2018. She's originally from Toronto where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work. In her down time, she enjoys creative writing, crafts, going on nature hikes, and seeing live theatre. She has discovered a real joy working with children - they bring out her silly side, plus they make great life teachers!
GISELA loves traveling and learning about different cultures. After exploring over 20 countries, she decided to move to Canada to pursue he postgraduate studies at UBC. After graduating from the Educational Administration and Leadership program, she started working in different organizations in a variety of roles to support child development and family wellness initiatives. Gisela likes facilitating activities where children can explore and develop their talents, creativity, leadership and social skills; meanwhile, they are having fun. She looks forward to getting to know the children and families.
SHIRLDENE has been working as a cook for the past few years and held the first Britannia OSC summer cooking school for children. It was a great success. Shirldene also facilitated the garden mosaic project for the garden located beside the preteen room.
SENIOR SUPERVISOR (Britannia Preschool and OSC)
LORRAINE completed the Child and Youth Care Counseling (CYCC) program at Douglas College and third year CYCC courses at the University of Victoria. She has completed countless hours of professional development courses in the CYC and ECE field. In addition to coordinating and planning many events, Lorraine has been at Britannia for many years and is honored to work in such a diverse, exciting and ever changing environment. Lorraine looks forward to getting to know all of your beautiful children.