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Staff Biographies

Staff Biographies

 

Manager

Catherine Moher - B.A.A., E.C.E., Ryerson University; Dip Human Services Management, George Brown College; Certificate in Child Care, Seneca College; Masters of Arts in Early Childhood Studies, Ryerson University

cmoher@ryerson.ca

Catherine has been the Manager of the Gerrard Resource Centre since its inception in 1982. Her current activities include the management of the drop-in centre, emergency child care program, information and referral services, toy lending library, and the consultation program. Catherine also holds the position of Academic Coordinator for the Course Series in Family Supports and Community Engagement at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education.

Catherine is a current board member of The Family Supports Institute Ontario and a past board member of FRP Canada, organizations supporting family support programs in Ontario and Canada. Catherine also participates on many local planning tables to support early childhood systems integration. Catherine has extensive experience in providing workshops and seminars to professionals working in both early learning and family support programs.  Her professional interests include the inclusion of children with disabilities and the further growth and expansion of family support programs both provincially and nationally.

Information and Referral Consultant and Toy Librarian

Amy Xiaoqing Yu - Diploma in Finance, China; Diploma in E.C.E., Canadian Mothercraft College

amyyu@ryerson.ca

Amy began as a volunteer for the Gerrard Resource Centre in 2000 and was hired in 2002 as a Program Assistant.  In June 2002, Amy was hired as the Emergency Care Coordinator.  Amy currently holds the position of Information and Referral Consultant and Toy Librarian. In this position, Amy provides information and referral services. Amy graduated from Canadian Mothercraft College with her diploma in E.C.E. Amy is also fluent in Mandarin and English, providing great assistance to those who have recently arrived from China. Amy has participated in a number of seminars and conferences, including Nobody's Perfect, Literacy Program, ESSO Family Math and the CAPC/CPNP Provincial Conference. Her areas of professional interest include child care and family supports.  

Resource Consultants

Helena Raimundo - E.C.E., Seneca College; B.A., York University; Special Needs Certificate, Centennial College; Childbirth Education Certificate, Women's College  

hraimund@ryerson.ca

Helena began working at the Gerrard Resource Centre in 1989 and was hired as the Emergency Care Coordinator. Since 1990, Helena has held the position of Resource Consultant. Through mutual decision-making and a team approach, Helena works with teachers and families to develop appropriate program plans for children with disabilities.  Helena completes observations and assessments of individuals and groups of children in child care centres and coordinates community resources and referrals as needed.  Helena also provides in-service workshops for early childhood professionals, child care staff, and parents. Her current professional interests include the stimulation and development of infants and the special needs of preschool children.

Anne Hoa – B.A. in Early Childhood Education, Ryerson University; Masters of Social Work, Wilfrid Laurier University

anne.hoa@ryerson.ca

Anne joined the team at the Gerrard Resource Centre in 2012 and was hired as a Resource Consultant. Anne is a Registered ECE and a Registered Social Worker. Through mutual decision-making and a team approach, Anne develops appropriate program plans with teachers and families for children with disabilities. Anne completes observations and assessments of individual and groups of children in child care centres and coordinates community resources and referrals as needed. Anne has clinical experience working collaboratively with children and youth with disabilities and their families. Her current professional interests include children's mental health.

RECE Family Supports

Ana Tejada - RECE, Early Childhood Educator Degree, Uruguayan Catholic University; Course Series in Family Supports and Community Engagement (in progress), Ryerson University 

anatejada@ryerson.ca

Ana Tejada is a Registered Early Childhood Educator with thirteen years of experience working in inclusive, play-based early childhood and parenting programs. During this time, Ana has been utilizing her background in music, ballet, and plastic art as a tool for teaching, to promote healthy environments and learning. Currently, Ana is enrolled in the Course Series in Family Supports and Community Engagement and she continues to engage in professional learning about inclusion, inquiry-based learning, and children's rights. 

In Uruguay, as an undergraduate Ana taught in the Early Learning Centres. Upon graduation, Ana assumed the position of coordinator at the Early Learning Centre in Uruguay. In Toronto, Ana worked for PLASP as a Before and After School Program Supervisor. She was also the Lead Staff at Weston Family Resource Centre. In September 2015, Ana joined the Gerrard Resource Centre as the RECE Family Supports. 

Ana is committed to creating an encouraging and welcoming environment for young children and their families or caregivers, promoting learning through play, and inspiring students in placement to do their best.

Emergency Child Care Coordinator and Evening Program Coordinator

Nabanita Ray - Diploma in Montessori and Kindergarten, India; Certificate in Community Leadership and Development for Immigrant Women’s Integration, George Brown College

nray@ryerson.ca

Nabanita has been working at the Gerrard Resource Centre since 2006.  Nabanita began as a supply staff at both the Gerrard Resource Centre and the Early Learning Centre and then took on the role of the Emergency Care Coordinator and the Evening Program Coordinator in 2013.  Nabanita also works at The Hincks-Dellcrest Sick Kids Centre for Community Mental Health in the Pre and Postnatal program.  Before arriving in Canada in 2004, Nabanita taught at the Tiny Tots Montessori and Kindergarten School in India after graduating with her Diploma in Montessori and Kindergarten in 1994