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Catalyzing community
for kids and families

The Early Years team works on a daily basis with Indigenous community and organization leaders across the country to deliver early childhood programming to their people. An external advisory committee, and the knowledge of community and organizational leadership offer ongoing guidance.

Maria Biondi

Production and Communications Manager

Carly Brooks

Curriculum Writer

Chloe Ferguson

Vice President - The MFI

Rachel Buchanan

Training and Development Manager

Jane Casson

Production and Communications Manager

Jessica Hayden

Associate Director

Rachel Pacione

Learning and Engagement Facilitator

Janoah Willsie

Impact and Evaluation Manager

Matthew Zammit-Maempel

Operations Coordinator

Kara Zemel

Administrative and Editorial Assistant

Maryi Joe Francis

Nova Scotia Program Development Coordinator

Claire Vouk

Curriculum Assistant

Liz Hardy

Graphic Designer

Miya Kagan-Cassidy

Evaluation Coordinator

Parlin Chan

Web Developer

Alisa Henry

TREE Network Strategist

External advisors

In addition to the relevant stakeholders based within each community we work with, the Early Years team is fortunate to have external advisors drawn together from across the country.

Dr. Barbara Fallon

Associate Professor Factor-Inwentash
Chair in Child Welfare
Associate Dean Research
U Toronto

Dr. Margo Greenwood

Academic Leader of the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health
Professor U Northern British Columbia

Carolyne Neufeld

Executive Director Aboriginal Health
Fraser Health