Personalized Professional Development

Professional Development Brought To Your Door!

Are you looking for a workshop that would benefit your staff? Are you looking for some professional development for a staff meeting or a staff retreat? Have you attended a workshop and wished your entire staff heard the same message? If you answered yes to any of these questions
then perhaps we have the solution. You can contact MCCA to arrange for your personalized professional development. This service is available to child care centres across the province and can be delivered by Zoom or in-person.

Benefits of your own personalized professional development opportunity:

• Everyone hears the same message
• Reduced cost – the cost to bring someone in for 35
people is cheaper than registering 35 people for a
• Topic specific to your needs
• Flexibility with dates and times
MCCA has an extensive database of presenters, many of which have been presenting professional development for many years. Due to this consistent relationship with us, the presenters may be able to provide a discounted rate through MCCA. In 2023, MCCA has organized almost 50 personalized PDs for programs throughout Manitoba. The most popular workshop topic is Team Building, Respectful workplaces, challenging behaviours.

What do you need to do to book a workshop?
Contact Karen Kowalski at and provide the following information:
• Topic you are seeking
• Number of staff that will participate
• Possible dates and times for your event
• Budget
* In-person or Zoom

What MCCA will provide:
MCCA will search our presenter database to match your topic & budget and we will provide the following:
• Initial contact of the presenter
• Contract with the presenter
• Organize audiovisual, handouts, etc.
• Invoice the centre
• Provide participation certificates for your staff
• Provide evaluation forms
• Payment of the facilitator

Cost for the service is dependent on length of event and number of attendees.

If you have questions or are interested in having MCCA book your next professional development event, contact Karen Kowalski at or 204-336-5062
or toll free 1-888-323-4676 ext. 224.

Here are some testimonials from Centres who have used the personalized pd service:

After the wonderful news of receiving the Quality Enhancement Grants, my plan was to provide a full 1-2 day professional development day for my employees. One of my first thoughts was the work involved in organizing such a large event for up to 110 employees. Shortly after, an email circulated from Karen Kowalski at MCCA in regards to personalized professional development. The email was exactly at the right time and what I was looking for. I was so excited to touch base with Karen and start planning! To my delight, Karen was able to provide exactly what I was looking for. It was easy and I was truly impressed with the entire process. I let her know the topics I was interested in and the type of mini retreat I had in mind. All we did was show up, she organized every detail, including the amazing guest speakers, an agenda with times including a brief description of topics, hotel rooms and meals. Karen is a gem and I am so happy that I reached out to her. Any questions I had through the process, she was there for me. Our personalized Rainbow Day Nursery event was a huge success because of Karen’s hard work, knowledge and professionalism! Thank you Karen from all of us at Rainbow!!!
Brenda Charriere, Executive Director Rainbow Day Nursery Inc.

Professional Development at the center is a great experience and you can get it through MCCA! 

We have been booking our professional development events from MCCA’s recommendations.  This is a wonderful way of bringing your staff together and it is in a familiar and comfortable environment.  I poll the staff members what they want to learn about.  I then contact Karen Kowalski and let her know and within a week or so she has found someone to educate us on the subject the staff wanted.  We order in dinner for the staff so they feel even more comfortable prior to the workshop starting.  We have hired facilitators from other places but we always seem to get our best experience from the MCCA ones.  I think that having Karen know the professional workshop environment is definitely an extreme asset for any centre.  She is always so professional and insightful and saves me so much time by finding the workshops for our centres.  It is also a very cost effective way to bring PD to your team.  One of the workshops we booked was having Heather Erhard come out to do the Myers-Briggs for a Saturday and that was a great experience for all the staff members to learn about each other’s personality type.  We even continued the education on this by meeting in small groups to become even better in understanding our team.  We have benefited greatly for all the workshops we have been able to get from MCCA.  It is also a strong team building time as we are all in the same workshop.

Lori Rogalsky, Executive Director, East Transcona B & A Program and Arthur Day Fun Club.

Working with Karen at MCCA to plan our “Together Again Celebration” dinner and professional development evening was phenomenal (as usual!).  55 of our educators as well as our board of directors enjoyed a fantastic evening; a delicious 3 course meal, connecting with each other in person and a very engaging and inspiring guest speaker. Karen listened to our ideas, was supportive and collaborative through the whole process.  Her wealth of knowledge, experience and attention to detail really helped the evening come together. The beautiful venue, food, beverages, guest speaker and custom gift were just the basics of the professional services we received.  Karen was there to bounce ideas off, to help plan the timing, and answer any (yes I mean any) question.  Karen was present at the beginning of our evening to ensure everything came together and met her (and our) standards. MCCA is our go to for planning quality events for our amazing team of educators! We look forward to planning our next event with MCCA’s help. We are so lucky to have this service through MCCA! Thank you Karen and MCCA!!

Sharon Lee, Assistant Director on behalf of the K.I.D.S. Inc. organization

Over the past year, MCCA has quickly become our go to when it comes to planning our professional development for our group!
Working with MCCA has saved me time in planning for such a large group. It’s been so easy to pick up the phone, call Karen to let
her know my idea and just like that she takes all the stress out of planning by saying she has the perfect person in mind! It’s not only
personalized but it is cost effective. MCCA takes care of it all!

 Brenda Bachinsky, O.K. Before & After School Child Care Centres Inc.