Meet the provincial and national members that govern the ARCQE organization
ARCQE is extremely pleased to welcome the expertise the of new incoming Board members who will be guiding leadership directions for the 2018-2020 incoming term!
Beryl McNulty, Board Chair
Beryl has spent many years working in the human services field. Her career began at the age of 12 as a babysitter until she began her studies as an LPN at the age of 18 with a career which lasted for 20 years. A tobogganing accident with her children ended her nursing career. At the age of 40; she entered college once again.
Beryl has a passion for learning and decided that completing three programs at the same time would make job hunting more feasible as a single mother of two children at the end of two years. Beryl crossed the stage three times; a diploma as an Educational Assistant, a certificate in Early Childcare Development and a certificate as a Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Following her convocation, she was hired by the college were she worked for nine years as a Learning Assistant. Once again Beryl showed her love for ongoing learning and took two years of online learning through a college to gain a certificate as a learning strategist in the field of strategies and in the field of technology.
Following her years working with adults Beryl found herself back working with children with diverse needs in an elementary school. Since Beryl enjoys children she also found herself working before and after school in the OSC program. It was while she was working in the OSC program she was approached by a local child care center to apply for the Director’s position. It is here where Beryl entered into the childcare field fulltime.
Since May of 2012 Beryl has been actively involved with helping Little Sprouts grow and flourish in Lac La Biche. The daycare was accredited in November of 2012 and has successfully maintained their accreditation status. The center has since grown from 18 children from the date of hire to over 70 children under her care. Beryl’s center was also chosen to participate in the affordable child care pilot project in April of 2017 and as a result has once again Beryl returned to university studies as a participant in the new Exploring Curriculum Perspectives course now being delivered in support of Alberta’s new curriculum being implemented across the province.
Aradhna Abraham, Secretary
Aradhna Abraham is a University Co-ordinator for the Early Learning and Childcare Department at Grant MacEwan University. Prior to joining the faculty at MacEwan University, she supported ARCQE as a Virtual Workshop Co-ordinator, and so, first hand, understands the benefits of ARCQE’s virtual platform in reaching our Early Learning colleagues across the Province. Aradhna has worked and studied in the Early Learning Sector for over 10 years and has a profound passion for working with and for children. As a mother and as an Early Childhood Professional, Aradhna fully appreciates the challenges faced by both colleagues and parents in providing, safe, quality, and affordable child care and she is excited to support ARCQE on its’ mission to enhance quality care within the sector.
Theresa Wiart, Director at Large
Theresa Wiart participated in the Southern Alberta Pilot Project as a pedagogical partner and leader for the practice of the Alberta ELCC Curriculum Framework. She is currently a pedagogical leader for the ELCC provincial initiative and a course instructor for the framework. At Mount Royal University, she is an assistant professor for the Child Studies Degree and working towards her PhD with the University of Toronto. Theresa is committed to co-constructing early childhood programs full of vitality, alongside young children, families, educators and community stakeholders.
Lindsay Campbell, Director at Large
Lindsay Campbell has worked as the Executive Director of Building Blocks Day Care, located in Grande Prairie, for the past 9 years. Building Blocks was selected as a pilot site for Phase 2 of the ELCC Grant. Prior to beginning this role, she worked as a front line child care worker for two years within this facility. In 2017, she won the award of Director of the Year for North Western Alberta at GPRC’s annual child care awards. In 2016, her program was the recipient of the Service Provider of the Year award as well. Aside from working at the day care, she is an active member of Grande Prairie Regional college’s Human Services Advisory Committee.
Lindsay received her diploma in Early Childhood Education from Conestoga College in Kitchener Ontario and graduated with distinction.
In her free time, she loves spending time with her children; Noah and Ava, who are her whole world.
Lindsay is very excited to be a part of the ARCQE team and looks forward to the year ahead.
Natalie Prytuluk, Vice Chair
Natalie Anne Prytuluk recently completed her doctorate through the University of Calgary focused on early childhood education, inclusion and integral theory. Throughout her twenty-nine year career in education as a teacher, senior manager in Alberta Education, and central leader with Edmonton Public Schools, Dr. Prytuluk has focused on supporting young children through evidence based practices and research. She is a past recipient of the Alberta Excellence in Teaching award, and the Alberta Teachers’ Association Advocate for Young Children award. Dr. Prytuluk is currently the Director of Early Years with Edmonton Public Schools.
Evelyn Drummond, Treasurer
Evelyn is the Controller at Birkholz Homes in Edmonton. Prior to joining Birkholz she was a Senior Manager at MNP LLP in the assurance practice, where she obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Evelyn was born in Poland and came to Edmonton as a child with her parents. She is a mom of three young children and is very honoured to have the opportunity to work with ARCQE, an organization that has positively shaped the services provided by her own family’s childcare centre.
Caryn LaFleche, Director at Large
Caryn graduated from the Early Childhood Education program in Manitoba in 1986. She has a wide range of experience in the field, ranging from working directly with children to setting up, expanding and managing a large French school based centre with infant, preschool, school age and nursery school programs.
Caryn is currently the General Manager of Child and Youth Care for the YMCA-YWCA of Winnipeg. She has been in this position for over 5 years. Caryn has also served on the Manitoba Child Care Association Board of Directors since 2003 and is President Elect for the next 2 years, prior to moving into the role of President in 2020. Caryn’s engagement in the broader Early Learning community has also extended to engagement as a member council participant for the Canadian Child Care Federation, which she now continues to support through professional membership.
Caryn looks forward to being on the ARCQE board and bridging her knowledge and experience about child care from a national lens to furthering ARCQE’s mission of “building capacity and enhancing quality” of experiences for children and families.
Naida Meghji, Director at Large
Naida Meghji has always had a true passion for working with children. With over 18 years in the field and 15 years of management experience in Early Childhood Development, Naida is a true advocate for quality and care in young children.
In 2003, Naida was hired to start the first Intergenerational Program in Edmonton. Under her design and guidance the centre grew from a small room for 8 children to an entire wing on the main level of the Allen Gray Continuing Care Centre encompassing a capacity of 74 children. It has become a centre of excellence and was awarded “Best Program” in the 2014 Child Development Professional Awards of Excellence. On April 12, 2018, the Allen Gray Child Development Centre hosted the Bi-lateral Early Learning and Child Care Canada/Alberta Agreement announcement where 100 new ELCC sites were announced. Allen Gray C.D.C became an ELCC Urban Site offering $25/ day Child Care for the Millwoods Community.
Naida continues to contribute to the childcare field with dedication and commitment through volunteering on the Ismaili Religious and Education Board for Canada (ITREB) and being an active member of CAFRA (Child Care Association For Resources to Administrators). Naida also Co-Chairs supporting the Wheels for Wellness Committee with her husband, Rahim. This great fundraising event is a wonderful initiative that raises funds to support the health and wellness of children in Edmonton through the partnership of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation and The Mental Health Foundation raising annually approximately $225,000.
Naida is thrilled to be on the ARCQE board and to have the opportunity to support the broader community and to be a resource to children and families in the province as well as enjoying time with her two wonderful boys.