Young Climbers Staff Team

Nancy Garner

Director of Young Climbers Childcare Centre

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My name is Nancy, I am the director of Young Climbers Childcare Centre.  I am going on my 33rd year of working in the ECE field, and I am on my 28th year of being part of Young Climbers Childcare Centre.  I have met many amazing children and incredible families throughout my time here.  I am blessed to have this job, most of the time it feels like a family working together to build up little lives to be the best they can be. 

A little bit about me…. I am married and I have two beautiful adult children who are both married.  I am 100% extravert and get all my energy from people.  I think out loud and love planning events!  I love to have fun and encourage and support others. I love children, teaching, and making people laugh.  Young Climbers holds a special place in my heart as it is not only where I work but also where I go to Church.

Young Climbers Childcare Centre’s vision is to build relationships to make a difference, Love God, and Love people. We want our families and community to know how much we value them.  Young Climbers Childcare Centre is a ministry of Renew Church, and together, we want to love and support, encourage, and care for our families.

 

We are normal, everyday people here at Renew Church and the childcare centre and we understand that we need to work together and be that support to those around us!  Life can be hard; I believe it takes a village to raise our children and to support each other to be the best we can be.  I am so thankful that I have an incredible village that believes in me and wants to see me succeed which I want to pass along to my children, co-workers, families, and community.

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Assistant Director

Dana Strain

My name is Dana, I am married and have 2 young adult boys. I have been an Early Childhood Educator since 1995. I have been here at Young Climbers Childcare Centre since February 2021.

 

My jobs here are Assistant Director, Preschool Lead Teacher, and Out of School Care Lead Teacher. I love God and the children, staff, and families that he has placed in our care here at Young Climbers

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Office Administrator

Kandie Bishop

My name is Kandie, I started working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre in the summer of 2022, I have over 25 years of office administration experience.

    I am a mother of 3 adults and 1 teenager, I look forward to coming to work every day, and seeing all the faces of the amazing children in this center brings such joy to my heart. Watching them grow and show their excitement when they learn new things is one of the greatest blessings.

Lead Teachers

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Dana Strain

Lead Preschool Teacher

Lead Out of School Care Teacher

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Janice De Castro

Lead Daycare Teacher

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Rebecca Ma

Lead Infant and Toddler Teacher

Daycare Team

Lead Daycare Teacher

Janice De Castro

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Early Childhood Educator

My Name is Janice, and I am the Lead Teacher in the daycare, I have worked at Young Climbers Childcare Centre and in the Early childhood Education field since 2018 , I also have 11 years of experience as a Nanny. I love and am very passionate about working with children. I enjoy singing, dancing, playing and reading stories with them.

    Being a Montessorian I apply what I have learned to guide, develop, and respect these precious children to be happy and achieve their success. I believe that each child is unique and valuable, one of my favorite quotes from Maria Montessori is, "He does it with his hands, by experience, first in play and then through work. The hands are the instruments of man's intelligence."

Aileen Ngitew

Early Childhood Educator 

 

My name is Aileen and I have been working in the ECE field since August 2015. I started working in various daycare centres in Vancouver before we moved here to Surrey in 2017. I just started with Young Climbers Childcare Centre in September 2022 and I am so grateful for its staff who welcomed me.

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Kim Sieben

Early Childhood Educator 

My name is Kim, I have been working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre since September 2022. I have been working in the ECE field for 25 years. I enjoy spending time with your children, they bring a lot of laughter to my day.

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Angel Peter

Responsible Adult

 

My name is Angel, I have worked in the Young Climbers Childcare Centre for 10 months now. I currently work as a Support Teacher and help kids with special needs. 
When I am not working I enjoy exploring nature.

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Audrey N. Yadav

Responsible Adult

 

My name is Audrey,  I am one of the Support Workers in the daycare. This is my first year working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre helping children with special needs. I love working with children it fills my heart with joy to watch them grow. I am a mom of 2 boys and cooking is one of our favourite things to do.

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Nadine Axibal

Early Childhood Educator 

 

My Name is Nadine, I have been working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre as an Assistant Teacher, mostly in the daycare class. I currently have my Early Childhood Education and Infant Toddler Certificates. I have been working with children for about 2 years, I am excited to get to know and work with everyone.

Infant & Toddler Team

Lead Infant & Toddler Teacher

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Rebecca Ma

Early Childhood Educator 

Infant and Toddler and Special Needs

 

My name is Rebecca, I’m certified in ECE, IT, and special needs, I have been working with Young Climbers Childcare Centre for 4.5 years. I love God and children, so I feel here is the best workplace to fit in.
 

Diana Daniel

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Early Childhood Educator 

Infant and Toddler and Special Needs

My name is Diana, I’m an ECE and IT teacher. I love God, people, and especially children.

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Manjeet Mann

Early Childhood Educator 
 

My name is Manjeet,  I am an Early Childhood Educator, and I have been working with children for 5 months. I am 35 years old, and I can speak Punjabi, Hindi, and English.

Preschool Team

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Dana Strain

 Lead Preschool Teacher

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Amy Gulenchyn

Early Childhood Educator

 Infant & Toddler and Special Needs

My name is Amy, I have been an Early Childhood Educator for 11 years, and I have been working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre for the past 4 years! I have worked in a variety of different classrooms. I got married last year and I am so blessed to have such a wonderful husband. I am striving every day to make Heaven crowded, and Jesus famous!

Shweta Patel

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Early Childhood Educator Assistant

My Name is Shweta, I have been working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre since 2018, and I have had the privilege to be a member of the Young Climbers Childcare team as a preschool teacher.  I am blessed with a beautiful family and a creative work team. Thank you for sharing your children with us.

Melissa Bishop

Early Childhood Educator Assisant

My name is Melissa, I have worked with children for the last 5 years, and  I have worked at Young Climbers Childcare Centre for one year. I am passionate about working with children and watching them grow into themselves.

Jene Ann Claunan

Early Childhood Educator

My name is Jene Ann, I just recently started at Young Climbers Childcare Centre. I have been working with children since I finished my teaching course in the Philippines in early 2022. As a preschool teacher here, I am excited and enjoy going to work every day, I love getting to play and learn with your little ones. 

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Ruth Hanna

Responsible Adult

 

My name is Ruth, I’ve been working at Young Climbers Childcare Centre in the preschool for the last 12 years.  I love music and love sharing music with the children.  I’m married and have three daughters and 2 granddaughters.

Out of School Care

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Dana Strain

Lead Teacher

My name is Shirlene,  I have worked in the childcare industry for 42 years. I have worked at Young Climbers Childcare Centre for 1.5 years, and I’m certified in ECE, IT, and special needs. I am married and have 6 children, I look forward to coming to work every day and seeing all the amazing children our center has.

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Jene Ann Claunan

Early Childhood Educator

Melissa Bishop

Early Childhood Educator Assisant