Annual Report 2016

Embracing the Future

School Agers at Dane Avenue Child Care Centre

Mission Statement & Core Values


To provide exceptional early learning experiences and child care services to children and their families in a community of diverse needs.


Network operates and delivers services and programs guided by a shared belief in core values and principles. Network values:

  • Children, families, their needs, and the needs of their community, as the pivotal purpose of our ambition.
  • Mutual respect, diversity, inclusiveness, and equity in all its services and decision-making practices.
  • Positive and responsive engagement and ongoing communication with parents/guardians for their unique strengths, perspectives and contributions to our program that will enable us to best meet their child’s needs.
  • The dedicated Staff and affiliated Home Child Care Providers and their professional contribution, continuous professional learning, and commitment to Network’s mission statement and goals.
  • Liaisons with community partners and resources who provide opportunities for the children to develop close connections with a wide range of community supports.

Board President’s and Executive Director’s Report

Welcome to Network’s 26th year in providing licensed, early years and child care services to families with young children in Toronto.

We are extremely proud to report that we have concluded twenty-six years of measured growth and stability coupled with integrity and success. We have continued to meet the challenges of ongoing economic restraints and the reconfiguration of child care that has occurred over the past years, while remaining true to our values that every child is a unique individual and deserves the best child care program possible. In conjunction with the necessary restructuring and repositioning of our programs and services over these past years, Network has remained committed to meeting the needs of young children and families, and to delivering quality child care to more than 975 children throughout its 16 programs. There is no doubt that Network’s continued success would not have been achieved without the dedicated and tireless efforts of Network’s talented and dedicated affiliated Home Child Care Providers and Staff.

This past year, since the enactment of the new Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014, new regulations have continued to shape the delivery of child care throughout Ontario. Network created and implemented specialized Program Statements for all child care centres and affiliated Home Child Care Providers, incorporating the principles of the Ontario Ministry of Education’s How Does Learning Happen? document. In addition, a number of new standards were put in place under the City of Toronto’s Assessment for Quality Improvement program, and Centre staff and Providers attended extensive training around these new initiatives. The tremendous changes that have happened, and the planned expansion of available child care spaces in Ontario have caused Network to reflect on the organization’s current position and future projects.

Network has remained steadfast in its commitment to offer its Staff and affiliated Home Child Care Providers numerous professional development opportunities to enhance their current levels of expertise. The encouragement of continuing education remains an invaluable investment that has proven to be an essential component of the Organization’s overall success. Staff and Providers participated in First Aid Certification courses; training on How Does Learning Happen? and City quality standards (AQI); as well as workshops on effective communication strategies.

Network grew its care program with the opening of Dane Avenue Early Years Learning and Child Care Centre. Expansions to Network’s sites also included infant care at St. Aidan’s Early Years Learning and Child Care Centre, along with additional school age care which was provided at Holy Cross and St. Maria Goretti Before and After School Programs.

Providing nutritious meals and snacks to Network’s child care sites continued to be enhanced this past year with the expansion of catering service from our in-house cook to include four Network sites.

Network’s Accounting Department’s expansion kept in step this past year with the Organization’s growth as the new accounting system, Microsoft Dynamics/NAV, integrated information successfully and provided new reporting and analysis capability.

As we plan for Network’s future growth, we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the ongoing assistance and support of the Ministry of Education, the City of Toronto Children’s Services, and the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Network truly appreciates their efforts and will continue to look forward to their valued support and committed encouragement.

We would also like to extend our most sincere thanks and appreciation to all parents and families who have trusted Network to care for their children. Their confidence in our programs and services has been both impactful and crucial to Network’s success.

As our Organization reflects on this past year, we at Network remain committed to child care delivery of the highest possible calibre throughout all our programs. Network was founded on strong principles, and we are proud to uphold those principles with excellence, responsibility, and integrity as we continue our commitment of service. A very warm and heartfelt thank you to Network’s Board of Directors for their thoughtful insight and committed leadership as well as all the individuals and community partners who have contributed to Network’s advancement over the past year!


Program Philosophy/Goals


Children are capable, competent, curious, and rich in potential. Network collaborates with children, their families and with each other as educators to create high quality early learning and care environments that take a strength based approach to learning and development in which children, parents and educators are co-learners.

Network also believes that all children and their families are entitled to equal opportunity to access high quality early childhood educational programs, in a diversely enriched, and inclusive learning environment. Children should be provided with experiences which build positive self-esteem and confidence, and supports their emotional, social, creative, academic, and physical needs and development. It provides opportunity and freedom to make choices, celebrates accomplishments, promotes self-respect and respect for others, and encourages responsibility.

Network recognizes parents and guardians that have the primary responsibility for the care, education, and advocacy of their children. It supports parents’ and guardians’ involvement in their child’s early learning and development, and recognizes parents’ and guardians’ participation as an integral part of their child’s learning and development.

Finally, it recognizes all Staff for their commitment to maintain professional standards, their dedication to the development and education of children, and their skills, knowledge, and qualifications. Network also values and supports its staff in all aspects of their professional endeavors and growth.


Network’s program is based on the Ministry of Education’s pedagogy for learning and the How Does Learning Happen? framework. Network aims to strengthen the quality of its programs, and ensure that children and their families obtain high quality services and experiences that are grounded in a sense of belonging, which consistently provides children and families a sense of well-being, engagement, and expression.

To meet its goals, Network works collaboratively to cultivate respectful relationships and connections that create a sense of belonging among and between children, adults, and the community; nurture each child’s healthy development and support their growing sense of self and well-being; as well as provide positive early learning environments in progressively enriched child-oriented programs, that engage children in active, creative, and meaningful exploration and learning.

Reflecting our philosophy and core values, Network is committed to provide children with positive learning experiences that will support and enhance their health, nutrition, development in language, intellectual growth, physical growth, social and emotional skills, within a safe, healthy, child-oriented environment where each child is safe, valued, and respected.

2016 Highlights

  • The exterior of the Dane Avenue Child Care Centre
  • Six staff members posing in front of a blue balloon in the shape of a 25
  • A circle graph with four equal quarters. (Belonging, Engagement, Expression, Well-Being)
  • Three children having fun eating their snacks
  • The Microsoft Dynamics logo
  • Three women learning CPR
2017 Initiatives
  • Acquisition of new child care sites and expansion of Before and After School services
  • Roll-out of Premises model for Home Child Care and increasing the number of active Providers
  • Creation of new Network website with searchable locator map
  • Re-designing Staff Compensation Packages
  • Introducing the ADP platform for Staff’s payroll

Year In Numbers

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Professional training hours

Eighteen blue map pins stacked in two rows

Centre locations

A purple icon of a speak bubble with a globe in the middle

Number of languages spoken

A green icon of people

Number of staff

An orange icon of a stop watch

Hours of service delivered

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Number of providers

A purple icon of a child holding a balloon

Children served (in event childcare)


Focus On:

  • A bunch of children dancing in a circle on the playgrounds
  • Four children playing with toys at a table
  • A group of children building a craft volcano

We Are Network

Founded 26 years ago on a desire to provide Toronto families with personalized, quality child care services, Network has focused on embedding a respect for diversity and a commitment to inclusion in all of its programs. Our staff and affiliated Home Child Care Providers come from a wide range of cultures and backgrounds, with many languages and celebrations in common with those of our client families and their children.

We believe that maintaining authentic, caring relationships with children builds a sense of belonging and well-being. By honouring all the experiences that children bring with them into care, we know that families feel respected and engaged. By hearing their songs, and sharing tastes and sounds from their home, we know that children feel comfortable fully expressing themselves.

When we listen, we learn. When we share, we grow.

  • An interior shot at Dane Avenue. Two women are teaching a group of children.
  • A young boy is playing with some spinning toys on a playground
  • An exterior shot of the playground at Dane Avenue

Dane Avenue

In January 2017, Network Child Care Services began offering early years and child care at Dane Avenue Child Care Centre. Located in the Dufferin and Lawrence neighborhood, this state of the art facility offers exceptional child care to 62 infants, toddlers, and pre-school children.

The fluid design of this brand-new centre allows for spacious rooms and facilities. It also maximizes the children’s exposure to daylight and the Naturalized playground allows for imaginative outdoor play. Each of the care rooms contain extensive materials and dedicated play spaces. The centre includes a kitchen with a child-sized learning counter for children to take part in baking and learning activities.

The program is supported by 15 staff who offer a stellar environment to learn and to grow, based on the fundamentals from the Ontario Ministry of Education’s ELECT framework and How Does Learning Happen? pedagogy, as well as the quality markers from the City of Toronto’s Assessment for Quality Improvement (AQI).

Report on the Child Care Sector


Over the past year, there have been significant changes in the early learning and care field. The sector continues to face considerable change. It is also a period of potential expansion which opens a number of possibilities for Network Child Care Services in moving forward. This brief outline provides an update on key initiatives and activities that will have an impact on the operations of the Organization.

The City of Toronto has outlined a new vision for growth:

  • Expand the system to serve 50 per cent of children from birth to age four.
  • Increase fee subsidies to serve 40 to 50 per cent more of all spaces.
  • Provide operating grants to programs, thus reduce parent fees by 25%-40%.
  • Support a thriving early learning and child care workforce.


  • Increased funding levels – Federal money and Provincial money.
  • Provinical funding for 100,000 new spaces over 5 years starting in January 2017 for children ages 0 to 4.
  • Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework, 2017.
  • Effective September 2017 publicly funded schools must arrange before and after school care for children ages 6 to 12 (not just for Full Day Kindergarten children) where there is a demand.
  • New regulations to support the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
  • Continued additional wage enhancement funding.
  • The City of Toronto is moving forward with a new funding model for licensed home child care as well as centre based programs.
  • A new Assessment for Quality Assurance scale for Before and After School programs will be introduced.
  • Action on Best Start Child and Family Centres; a new model is to be implemented by January 2018.
1) Increased Early Learning and Care Funding
  1. The City of Toronto received a significant increase in funding levels for 2017 and onwards. The total base funding is $312,963,656.00 and the City received $34,450.528.00 in Expansion Funding as well as $39,585,833.00 in Wage Enhancement funding. In 2017, the City has allocated 15.7 million for capital funding to build new spaces.
  2. $1,176,390.00 has been allocated for Capacity Building funding.
  3. $445,801.00 has been allocated to Repairs and Maintenance.
2) 100,00 New Child Care Spaces over the next 5 years for children 0 to 4
  1. The new spaces started to be implemented as of January 2017.
  2. The Assistant Deputy Minister has stated that licensed home child care will be a critical component of the successful implementation of the new spaces.
  3. There is a commitment to ensuring that these new spaces are integrated into the larger early learning and care sector to further increase access and to further strengthen the system.
  4. City of Toronto Council approved the following allocation of 2017 investments:
    1. 2189 new fee subsides for children 0-4
    2. 427 new fee subsidies for children 4-12
    3. $15.7 million allocated for capital to build new child care spaces
    4. Increased investments of over $3 million in base funding through the General Operating Grant to improve salaries for child care staff and improve affordability for families through cost avoidance
    5. Dedicated new funding of $1 million for children with extra support needs
3) Ontario’s Renewed Early Years and Child Care Policy Framework (2017)
  1. Built on 4 Pillars
  2. Outlines the seven key areas of Action:
    1. Increasing access to early years and child care programs and services.
    2. Ensuring a more affordable early years and child care system.
    3. Establishing an early years workforce strategy.
    4. Determining a provincial definition of quality in the early years.
    5. Developing an approach to promoting inclusion in early years and child care settings.
    6. Creating an outcome and measurement strategy.
    7. Increasing public awareness of Ontario’s early years and child care system.
  3. There is a clear expectation that early years programs and services will be high quality, affordable, and that will support access for families with diverse needs and expectations.
4) Full Day Kindergarten is now fully implemented and before and after school programming for children 6 to 12 is mandatory where demand warrants.
  • Uptake from parents for FDK continues to be high.
  • Effective September 2017 schools must provide B&A programs for children 8 to 12 or ensure that these programs are provided by 3rd party operators.
5) New Regulations to support the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014
  1. The Early Years Division of the Ministry of Education continues to introduce new regulations to support the full implementation of the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.
  2. The most recent Regulatory Registry Consultation Document was posted on October 2, 2017 with feedback submissions required by December 1, 2017.
6) New Funding Models for Group and Home Child Care

In December 2012, the Ontario Government announced a new funding model for child care (part of the Modernization of Child Care process) that provides municipalities with more discretion in how to use the funding that is allocated by the Province for early learning and care expenditures. The City of Toronto has amalgamated existing grants and has introduced the GOG (General Operating Grant) for centre-based child care and is moving forward with a new funding model for licensed home child care.

Beginning in January 2018, Home Child Care funding will be reconfigured. Home Child Care Agencies will receive base funding dependent upon the number of homes being supported and the City will pay the provider rate separately. These changes will, in part, address some of the impacts of the changes to home child care resulting from the new legislation and regulations. Specifically, Agencies are now responsible for all children in the home including those who are recruited directly by the provider (private children).

7) Ontario Non-Profit Corporations Act
  1. Changes are being made to the legislation by the Ministry of Consumer Services.
  2. There are changes related to governance.
  3. It was expected that this would be proclaimed in January 2014 but proclamation has been delayed and the implementation date is no longer clear.

Human Resources Report

HR continues to work on ensuring compliance with provincial and municipal legislations. It has been engaged in meeting objectives related to the following projects:

  1. Rebalancing Employee’s Total Compensation: With an external HR Consultant, completed a comprehensive review and analysis of employee’s compensation that included employee focus groups and surveys to provide information, consultation and gauge employee input towards the restricting of total compensation in response to the directives of Toronto Children’s Services.
  2. Employee’s Extended Benefits Broker: Working within a Selection Panel of external consultants, Board members, Executive Director and Manager of Finance, a comprehensive and transparent RFP process was conducted to interview and select a new Broker of Record for Network’s Employee Extended Benefits.
  3. Child Care and Early Years Act (2014): Additional new Regulations under the Ministry of Education Child Care and Early Years Act (2014) came into effect on January 1, 2017 and on September 1, 2017. Network’s existing service and program delivery policies, procedures and protocols were reviewed and/or revised, and additional policies required under the new regularity framework were developed.
  4. Acquisition of New Programs: Network’s acquisition of Dane Avenue Child Care Centre, Jubilee Child Care Centre, and a Before and After school program at St. Agatha Catholic School, HR contributed to meet licensing requirements, staff recruitment, selection and training of staff.
  5. New Payroll Platform: Set up and implementation of a unified payroll software for human resource management to be used as a self-service function by all staff, administrators, and management provided by ADP.

How to Choose Quality Licensed Child Care

A Licensed Child Care Service allows children to learn and play in a healthy, secure and friendly environment. Some of the questions a family should ask when looking for quality care are:

  • Is child care what I really want for my child?
  • Do I want it to be close to home or work?
  • Do the hours of operation fit my schedule?
  • Do I need Full Time or Part Time care?
  • Do I need care for more than one child?
  • Do I want to put my child in a child care centre or licensed home child care?
  • Would I feel comfortable leaving my child there?
  • Do I need help with the cost of child care?

A parent or care giver will answer these questions differently according to the situation and needs of their child. There are some features that all families should look for in licensed care. Here are some suggestions to help you with your search:

Start Your Search Early

  • If possible, give yourself 3 to 6 months to find a good program. Many Centres and Home Child Care Locations need lead time to find a spot for you.
  • Contact the City of Toronto Children’s Services for a list of licensed child care agencies. Click here for their Child Care Locator
  • Find out from the city if you are eligible for publicly-funded child care services. Click here for information on the Child Care Fee Subsidy
  • Talk to friends, relatives, neighbours or teachers. They may be able to recommend child care service close to you, based on their experiences.

Compare Your Choices

  • Always visit a service before enrolling a child, no matter how highly the service was recommended. You may want to use this handy checklist when you visit.
  • Visit more than one service if possible so that you can compare the types and quality. The City of Toronto assesses all licensed care agencies each year and families can check these ratings to help them make decisions about care. Click here
  • Talk to the Supervisor or Provider onsite regarding the specific needs of your child

Helpful Questions to Ask Yourself When You Visit

Do you see evidence that the service is licensed?
Are the staff friendly to you, and kind and attentive to the children?
Are children being guided in appropriate ways?
Do children seem to feel included and engaged in the program?
Is the physical space safe, clean and inviting?
Are there are a variety of activities and experiences available to the children and do you see a plan posted for these?
Are the activities and materials right for a child’s age and development?
Can children choose their own activities?
Are there a variety of nutritious meals and snacks on the posted menu?
Is there evidence that staff or Providers participate in continuing education?


Year ending December 31, 2016

Subsidized Child Care Fees (60%) $6,103,819

Child Care Fees (24%) $2,388,079

Grant Revenue (16%) $1,638,524

Other Revenue (0%) $4,074

Total Revenue $10,134,496


Salaries and Benefits (55%) $5,632,023

Provider Fees (23%) $2,299,899

Occupancy Costs (8%) $819,357

Food (5%) $482,759

Program (4%) $372,441

Office and Administrative (3%) $348,470

Amortization (2%) $211,050

Total Expenses $10,165,999
Excess of revenue over expenses($31,503)

Staff Members/Providers

Centre Staff

Nasra Abdi - Group Center

Marlon Agard - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Zewditu Akele - St. Nicholas Center

Mosa Nazma Akter - Child's Nest 121 Center

Nahida Akter - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Nahid Ali - Child's Nest 123 Center

Ruckshan Aloysius - Jubilee Center

Isabel Alvarez - Group Center

Roshini Arithas - St. Nicholas Center

Marlene Armas (Silva) - Group Center

Michelle Arsenault - Dane Ave. Center

Hana Abebe Ayalew - Metamorphosis Center

Diane Baichu - Wade Center

Abbegale Baldwin - Jubilee Center

Padma Banjade - Child's Nest 121 Center

Mariam Baroi - St. Gabriel Center

Amaneh Barzegari - Child's Nest 123 Center

Thulasimalar Bastiampillai - St. Aiden Center

Kavita Batheja - Just Kids Center

Mary Grace Benjamin - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Evadne Benn - Group Center

Nuhamin Bereket - Wade Center

Chona Borbon - Dane Ave. Center

Sandy Botelho - Wade Center

Nardia Buchanan - Dane Ave. Center

Arminda Bulatao - Child's Nest 123 Center

Marites Butt - Dane Ave. Center

Sonia Calouro - Dane Ave. Center

Jessica Calouro - Satelite Center

Maricel Cantilang - St. Nicholas Center

Juana Balbina Caycho - Satelite Center

Wing Chan - Dane Ave. Center

Yuk-Ying Chan - St. Aiden Center

Chin Yao (Casta) Chang - Child's Nest 121 Center

Carla Maria Chavarria - St. Aiden Center

Kangzhen (Alicia) Chen - St. Aiden Center

Yan Lan (Vicky) Chen - St. Gabriel Center

Lei Chu - St. Aiden Center

Chin Yu (Stephanie) Chung - St. Aiden Center

Chickeeta Clarke - Satelite Center

Sherlon Clifford - Dane Ave. Center

Nelia Cordeiro - Group Center

Virginia Cuadro - Dane Ave. Center

Elisabeth Da Costa Bento - Satelite Center

Barbara De Cicco - Just Kids Center

Loretta Delos Angeles - Dane Ave. Center

Kristine Anne Delos Angeles - Group Center

Chantelle Delpratt - St. Gabriel Center

Harsha Desai - St. Nicholas Center

Melany Dogino - Jubilee Center

Anita Dukharan - Just Kids Center

Thelma Dumaquion - Metamorphosis Center

Neletia Edwards - Just Kids Center

Julia Farrugia - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Ann Queen Fernando - Group Center

Careena Fraser - Child's Nest 121 Center

Nicole Fraser - Just Kids Center

Diane Frias - Satelite Center

Amanda Fulton - Child's Nest 121 Center

Razia Ghani - Child's Nest 123 Center

Juvelyn Grospe - St. Nicholas Center

Italia Lisa Guarini - Metamorphosis Center

Georgia Hadjicosta - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Monica Hayford - St. Nicholas Center

Fei Fei Huang - St. Nicholas Center

Jayneil Ince - Wade Center

Asin Islam - Child's Nest 123 Center

Fardoshi Islam - Child's Nest 123 Center

Priti Jangi - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Rachael John - Dane Ave. Center

Maricris Jose - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Emely Juan - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Dimitra Kampyli - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Symone Kelly - Jubilee Center

Selamawit Kidane - Jubilee Center

Shane La'Rochelle - Group Center

Pauline Levert - Jubilee Center

Jacqueline Levy - Satelite Center

Xue Lian (Ashley) Li - St. Nicholas Center

Lindita Lika - Child's Nest 121 Center

Min Yan (Vicky) Lin - St. Nicholas Center

Wan Chi (Phoebe) Liu - St. Aiden Center

Natalie Lloyd - Just Kids Center

Kugapriya Logeswaran - St. Aiden Center

Evan Lowes - Child's Nest 123 Center

Leanne Lowes - Child's Nest 123 Center

Damali Lubega - Just Kids Center

Effie Jane MacLean - Jubilee Center

Athenna Magno - St. Nicholas Center

Min Yu Mai - St. Aiden Center

Luciana Marino - Metamorphosis Center

Antonia Mastrella - Satelite Center

Eileen Mclean - St. Gabriel Center

Derri Ann McNeil - Child's Nest 123 Center

Arta Mici - Child's Nest 123 Center

Vincenza Modica - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Christina Modopoulos - Metamorphosis Center

Aneesah Mohamed - St. Aiden Center

Nadine Ottley - Just Kids Center

Victoria Pacheco - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Sally Medeiros Pacheco - Metamorphosis Center

Joana Padilla - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Banjade Padma - Holy Cross B&A Prog

Dianne Palhinha - Wade Center

Dipika Pandit - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Nick Pappas - Just Kids Center

Mary Grace Perez - Child's Nest 121 Center

Deomattie Persaud - Just Kids Center

Lizete Pimentel - Wade Center

Michelle Pimentel - Wade Center

Kahseendah Pompey - St. Gabriel Center

Rehana Akter Popy - Dane Ave. Center

Tanvir Quader - Child's Nest 121 Center

Suzanna Rahim - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Rovleen Rainal - Wade Center

Wilma Regala - Child's Nest 121 Center

Raven Olivia Reid - Child's Nest 123 Center

Katia Remondini - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Hedda Reyes - Just Kids Center

Eidi Sabana - Dane Ave. Center

Megan Mae Samanica-Gallant - Group Center

Francesca Santoro - Jubilee Center

Louise Elaine Santos - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Christelle Sayers - Jubilee Center

Maria Scopelliti - Dane Ave. Center

Debbie Seerattan - Just Kids Center

Amie Serra - Satelite Center

Huma Shaheen - St. Gabriel Center

Ismat Shaikh - Jubilee Center

Dalia Simas - Jubilee Center

Harmandeep Kaur Simmak - Metamorphosis Center

Susy Simoes - Wade Center

Emma Simon - Child's Nest 121 Center

Sonia Laurell Simon - Group Center

Sandhya Singh - Child's Nest 121 Center

Kerian Smith - Child's Nest 121 Center

Jade Smith - Child's Nest 123 Center

Taylor Emily Solesa - Child's Nest 121 Center

Tomislava Stanisic - Child's Nest 121 Center

Vanessa Sterling - St.Maria Goretti B&A Prog

Stellina Alexandra Stratis - Child's Nest 123 Center

Jadwiga (Eva) Szajner - Satelite Center

Vinitha Tharumalingam - St. Nicholas Center

Vasiliki Theocharopoulou - Child's Nest 121 Center

Emma Toste - Wade Center

Nanette Villarba - Dane Ave. Center

Effie Vrazalis - Child's Nest 123 Center

Andrea Walker - Child's Nest 121 Center

Lei Wan - St. Aiden Center

Jennifer Cao Wan Yi - St. Aiden Center

Guixia Wang - Dane Ave. Center

Chong Wen (Wendy) Wang - St. Aiden Center

Yi (Eva) Wang - Wade Center

Elma Wedderburn - Just Kids Center

Song Zhe (Vicky) Wei - St. Aiden Center

Janice Wright - Just Kids Center

Wei-Ning (Alice) Wu - Child's Nest 123 Center

Samira Yehya - St. Nicholas Center

Holly Hao Yin - St. Nicholas Center

Yuanchen Zheng - Metamorphosis Center

Su Chen (Sue) Zheng - St. Aiden Center

Head Office Staff

Jasmine Aitken - Executive Assistant

Sally Bacchus - Accounts Receivable Administrator

Ana Baptista - Family Intake Consultant

Katie Cavasin - Junior Financial Analyst

Michael Desayeux-Gomes - Receptionist/Administrative Assistant

Gregory Duma's - Property Coordinator

Maureen Rose Everatt - Quality Assurance Consultant

Piera Fasulo - Quality Assurance Consultant

Jane Huang - Accounting Analyst

Katarina Kafol - Payroll Administrator

Christina Katsigarakis - Program Manager

Maria Katsigarakis - Program Manager

Susan Menchinton - Communication Coordinator

Monica Richardson - Quality Assurance Consultant

Pina Rinella-Papp - Quality Assurance Consultant

Doris Isabel Risso-Rocco - Art Support

Nadia Stirpe-Georgiou - HR Manager

Luis Varessis - Manager of Finance

Spyros Volonakis - Executive Director

Lei Wan – Before and After School Program Coordinator

Directors and Officers

Mr. Stan Smyer - President

Mr. Stephen Males - Vice President

Ms. Gina Papadakis - Secretary

Mr. Nick Tsimidis, CPA - Treasurer

Ms. Aira Aitken - Director


Klever Clan Consulting Inc.

Interim Financial Executive & Financial Consultant

Hunter Consultants

BDO Canada LLP

Ms. Andrea Young, RD

Douglas Varty Professional Corporation, Trusted Business & Financial Advisor

Shelly Rae, Head Human Resources, People R Us Inc.

Chartered Accountants (Auditors)

Ramesar & Associates Chartered Public Accountants

Legal Advisors

Iryna Iwachiw LL.B, LL.M

Filion Wakely Thorup Angeletti LLP

Dale & Lessmann LLP


Hayat Abdulla

Saynab Abdullahi

Martha Acosta

Abla Adenjigis

Nazli Ali

Safiya Badat

Samim Badat

Maria Borges

Shaneeza Buchana

Shahida Butt

Tahera Chaudry

Julia Chaves

Mariam Darman

Maria Dasilva

Carmen Demelo

Seylon Dire

Teresa Domingos

Anuva Dutta

Blessing Eke

Zahra Farah

Ana Fuchs

Penolia Gray

Xenia Hasbun

Meena Jabar

Lidea Jimenez

Avis Joseph

Jeeva Kathan

Jacqueline Keane

Kawser Khan

Yeasmine Khanam

Carol Limas

Bilkis Mahida

Muneera Mahmood

Beatrice Marin

Maritza Martinez

Malyoun Meraneh

Helen Miah

Dunia Mohamed Farah

Farhia Mohamed

Farhia Hussain Mohamed

Hamso Mohamed

Fartun Mohamud

Sofia Mohamud

Lillian Moreira

Faduma Mohamed Nur

Fardowsa Omar

Fatima Omar

Rowena Parbu

Saajida Pathan

Maria Penacho

Leila Persaud

Amalia Pibiri

Pearl Quash-Russell

Judith Rasuki

Teresa Renda

Hodan Samatar

Ramona Sanchez

Maria Seco

Humera Siddiqi

Aneela Sohail-Shiekh

Martha Torres

Hamida Varacchia

Nafisa Varacchia

Maria Viega

Amal Yacob

Suhira Mohamed

Dorothy Sayles

Yolanda Valencia

Community Partners and Funding Agencies

Ministry of Education

City of Toronto

Toronto District Catholic School Board

Home Child Care Association of Ontario (HCCAO)

Canadian Association of Exposition Managers

Canadian Child Care Federation

Coalition for Better Child Care

City of Toronto, District Child Care Advisory

City of Toronto, Every Child Belongs

Davenport Perth Neighbourhood Centre

The Four Villages Community Health Centre

Home Child Care Association of Toronto

Mothercraft College

Ontario Studies in Education (OISE)

Quality Early Learning Network (QELN)


Thank you Lei for running & managing such a warm friendly centre. It’s like a home away from home.

- Iris and Adam, parents

The staff were great from the beginning and Chloe felt part of the family very soon. It was a relief to see her enjoy coming every day. Sometimes she would ask for the staff at home, or ask to come to daycare on the weekend. All this tells me that she really enjoyed being there.

- Linda, parent

Thank you so much for the tender care and guidance you have given Grant over the last 18 months. We want nothing more than for our son to be happy and it’s been a joy to see him flourish at daycare and learn so much from you and the other teachers.

- Moe and Karen, parents

Both Gabriel and I are so grateful that you were all willing to accept Lucas as he is, with all his strengths and weaknesses. From taking my calls (for a time almost every day because I couldn’t drop him off nor pick him up after school but wanted to hear from you how he was doing) to enthusiastically sharing videos of his new gained skills, we truly do not have words to express the deepest gratitude we felt in entrusting Lucas (and his asynchronous development!) in your care. He has come such a long way in this last two years and I know for a fact that you all played a very important role in this.

- Renata & Gabriel, parents

Pearl does an awesome job, she has an amazing way with children and she genuinely loves the kids and takes pride in what she does for them. I've never left Janiya one day with Pearl and walked away feeling worried. I always knew that Janiya was in the best care possible

- Joyce, parent

We cannot possibly express the extent of our gratitude to each and every one of you for the love and care you have shown to Grayson over the last 2+ years. You are his (and our!) second family and you are so incredibly good at what you do! You have kept him safe and happy and engaged and he has learned so much.

- Patrick and Cayleigh, parents

Past Annual Reports

Five young children are hanging out in a play room

2012 Annual Report

A young girl and a woman play on a swinging rope

2013 Annual Report

A young girl and a woman sit at a table eating dinner

2014 Annual Report

Four young children sit at a table colouring

2015 Annual Report

Four young children sit on the floor and raise their hands with excitement

2016 Annual Report

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