Board of Directors
My name is Katherine Cunningham, and I will be starting at Sunflower Early Learning Society in the position of Executive Director. I am so excited to begin my journey at Sunflower and wanted to take a moment to introduce myself.
I grew up on Vancouver Island in the Ladysmith area on a farm. I love the outdoors and had such an amazing time growing up on the island. 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 next August.
I am in LOVE with crafting, (I just got a Cricut!)
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. I look forward to meeting all of the Sunflower families soon!