Early childhood educators (ECEs) work with one of the most vulnerable groups in society – our children. ECE’s must make choices based on professional ethics, using a thoughtful decision making process. Ethics are “rules” that govern our lives and help us make decisions. There are 8 principles to help guide ECE’s in making the best choices each day. Learn and practice them by taking all 4 workshops in the ethical journey. Workshops are offered in fall and winter workshop series and at MCCA’s annual conference.
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Meet our MCCA Ethics Guides
The following individuals are members of the MCCA Ethics Committee and have participated in a train the guide training session which allows them to guide the ethics workshops in Winnipeg and throughout Manitoba .
Sharon Balasko has been in the field for over 30 years. She began her career in infant care in the Child Development Centre at the University of Manitoba. She has worked as an instructor, curriculum developer and consultant working with the University of Manitoba, University of Winnipeg, and Red River College. She has been an Ethics Guide and a part of the Ethics Committee since 2002.
Sheila Bogoch is an ECE III. She has been employed at the Behavioural Health Foundation, a residential addictions treatment centre, since 1989, where she has fulfilled a number of roles including director of the on-site licensed daycare, parenting facilitator, counselling for adults and families, and facilitator of FASD education. Sheila is also a mother, grandmother, and long-time volunteer with Amnesty International.
Mariella Carr is the School Age Program supervisor at Discovery Children’s Centre Inc. where she has worked since October 2000. She started in the child care field in 1990 and has loved all of her different roles over the years. Mariella has been an ethics guide since 2008 and is on the ethics and the school age committees with MCCA.
Chantel Colli (Westman) is the Director of Cartwright and District Early Learning Centre Inc. The daughter of an ECE, Chantel has been immersed in Early Learning and Child Care since infancy. Chantel has worked in both rural and Brandon Centres, with all age groups of children. She has a passion for creating beautiful, inspiring spaces that allow children to explore and learn and is excited for the opportunity to be an Ethics Guide in the next chapter of her own journey.
Gines Combiadakis is an ECE III who has been working with children since the mid-90s and in childcare since 2000. In 2011, he joined the Université de Saint-Boniface as an instructor in the Early Childhood Education program. His ethical journey began in 2012 and in 2016, Gines completed his ethics guide training and becoming a member of the MCCA Ethics committee.
Jenn Cullen (Westman) is the director of Wawanesa Wee Care Inc. in Wawanesa MB. She has dabbled in many early learning programs, such as child care, nursery school and family resource. She enjoys going on the ethical journey with the variety of people she meets in the workshops, as well as the little people she works with every day, and continuously learns something new about herself! She believes in life-long learning, that there is good in everyone, and that it will always all work out in the end!
Shannon Curtaz is the Director of Winnipeg Montessori School. She has been working in the field of Early Childhood Education since 1997 as a front line ECE, a Supervisor and a Director. She believes that the relationships we form with all of the people who come in and out of our lives, both personal and professional, shape the person that we ultimately become and that therefore growth and learning is never ending.
Diane Désormeaux Wright has been in the Early Childhood Education field for more than 20 years in many different capacities. She has been a front line ECE, an inclusion worker, team leader/support staff, a home daycare provider, chair/secretary/fundraising chair of many daycares board of directors. She has held many positions in the field of CFS and support staff for independent living clients. Diane is passionate about her work with children and her dedication as a foster parent. She became a committee member on the MCCA Ethic Committee in 2016.
Melanie D’Souza is a member of the Research Faculty in the School of Health Sciences and Community Services at Red River College. She is interested in issues of diversity, inclusion, and children’s rights in early childhood settings; her current projects involve early childhood intervention strategies in inner city child care programs. Melanie has been a member of the MCCA Ethics committee since 2003.
Christine Enns (Parklands) has over 25 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and is an Early Childhood Education Instructor at UCN. Christine has facilitate Best Choices and been on the Ethics Committee since 2003.
Susan Goldstein has worked in the early learning field since 1987. She has worked in various capacities such as: ECE III, Assistant Director, Director and Board Member. Susan has always been passionate with her work with children and looks forward to guiding colleagues’ ethical journey.
Michele Grant has been involved in Manitoba’s early childhood community for many years as an early childhood practitioner, centre director, adult educator and volunteer. She is a past board member of both the MCCA and the CCCF and is the chairperson of the MCCA Ethics Committee.
Monica Lytwyn is an ECE III with a Bachelor of Human Ecology and a Master of Education. She has been a member of the Ethics Committee since 1997. Monica has worked in a number of capacities in child care over the years including as a volunteer in child care centres, an ECE in early learning and child care programs, college instructor in early childhood education and an early childhood consultant. She is currently an ELCC Specialist/Supervisor with the Province of Manitoba in Early Learning and Child Care.
Kisa MacIsaac is an ECE at Freight House Early Learning and Care. She is currently a member of MCCA’s Ethics Committee and is a member at large on the Board of Directors. She is working on her degree through the U of W, and enjoys music, art, and spending time with her family.
Jenifer Nick (Thompson)is an ECE, and is currently the Director of Riverside DayCare in Thompson, MB. She has been in the childcare field since 2006.
Sarah Nick (Thompson) works at Riverside Day Care in Thompson, Mb as a Floor Supervisor and ECE II. She has been working in the childcare field since 2006 in a variety of positions. She has recently completed her training to become and Ethics Guide and looks forward to continuing her journey as well as being able to help others start theirs.
Holly Orr (Westman) is an Early Childhood Education instructor in the Workplace program at Assiniboine Community College. She has been in the field for 20+ years as a frontline ECE, a practicum facilitator, a respite provider, and a parent. She welcomes the adventure of continuous learning!
Mandy Plett (Interlake) is working at Fisher Branch Care A Lot for Tots and is a floor supervisor and ECE ll. She has been in the field for 12 years and enjoys all the children she provides care to. She has been a guide since 2008 and looks forward to sharing the ethical journey together.
Sina Romsa has served as an ECE, in a range of front line positions in community services, on the CCCF, MCCA and a variety of community based boards, as well as a college educator. She is one of the MCCA ethics series originators and has a passion for diversity, ethics, and the “road less travelled”.
Tracy Smith (Eastman) is an ECE III and has been dedicated to Early Childhood Education for 10 years. She lives in Steinbach, MB and works at Tache Community Daycare in Lorette, MB where she spends her days playing, discovering and learning with 2 year olds. Tracy is a member of MCCA’s Ethics Committee and looks forward to sharing her ethical journey with others.
Tricia Sones-Zakaluk has been working in early childhood education since 1992. She has held a variety of positions while working in the field. She is excited to be starting her role as a ethics guide.
Michelle Vesey is an ECE III. She has been working in the child care field since 1998 during which time she has held a variety of front line ECE positions as well as administrative roles. She has worked in infant, preschool, nursery school and school age program settings. Currently Michelle is an instructor in ECE program at Université de Saint-Boniface. She is a member of the MCCA Ethics committee and looks forward to guiding others along their ethical journey.
Keri Waterman has over 30 years experience with the ECE community, working with children of all ages, from front line to financial and administration. She has been involved with the Ethics Committee since 2002 and looks forward to guiding people through their own ethical journey.
Barbara Wierckx is an ECE III, has served children in many capacities over the years, both within and outside of the Early Childhood field. Barb highly values quality of life and her main goal is to help equip children to live long, healthy, happy lives. Barb is also a facilitator for Handle With Care and Active Start workshops.
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