Board of Directors

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Katherine Cunningham

Executive Director

director@sunflowerschool.ca

My name is Katherine Cunningham, I am the  Executive Director of Sunflower Early Learning Society

I grew up on Vancouver Island in the Ladysmith area on a farm. I started working with children when I was just 16, I became a coach at the local elementary school and immediately knew that working with children was what I was destined to do! 

 

I went to North Island College for my ECE Certificate and learned so much, I fell in love with the Reggio Emilia philosophy. I became involved with my local ECEBC branch and became an advocate for educators in the field. After graduating, I began working in a centre and shortly after that I opened a group childcare centre of my own. It was in the small community of Union Bay and was licensed for 16 children ages 3-5.  That was when I found my passion for leadership, seeing how I could work alongside educators to help them reach their goals was my new mission, and it still is today.

Once I moved to the city I joined on as a director at a corporate childcare centre but left soon after as I realized that the corporate lifestyle and philosophy of care just wasn’t for me! One of the many things that excites me about Sunflower is the Non-Profit Model of care.

One of the things I love the most about working in childcare is the amazing and diverse families I get to interact with. I strongly believe that every family has a uniqueness about them that helps to make our communities stronger.


Some other fun facts about me are...

I'm engaged! I got engaged to my fiance in May of 2019 and we are getting married in August.

I am in LOVE with crafting.


I've seen every single season of Survivor ever.


I have 2 cats (Gadget and Gizmo) that I love with all my heart. 


And finally, everything I do I pour my heart and soul into, including being a Director.

Chair:  Kelly-Anne Breen
Vice-Chair:  Jennifer Hendriks
Treasurer:  Gareth Louw
Board Member:  Preeti Zimmer
Board Member:  Brittney Kerr-Smith
Board Member:
 Raquel Arias Lage