A co-operative playschool is a non-profit organization run by parents who have joined together for the purpose of setting up and maintaining a low cost pre-school program for their children. Taking part in a co-operative playschool allows you to be directly involved with your child’s early education. Choosing a co-operative playschool gives you extra time to bond with your child and create memories together. Your child will always know that education is important in your family because you live it everyday.
Our co-operative is run by a group of parents elected to a Board of Directors. The Board makes decisions in the best interest of the children, while representing our membership.
2017-2018 Executive Board of Directors
Sarah is returning for a third year as President. She is a nutritionist with a background in event management and banking. Sarah and husband have two daughters, and have lived in Whitby for 3 years. Her eldest daughter started at VBCP in the fall of 2014 and they have both loved being a part of this amazing community. Sarah's youngest is attending this year. Sarah is looking forward to being further involved in the VBCP community as well as the larger Brooklin and Whitby communities with her position on the Board of Directors.
Sarah has been on the VBCP Board of Directors for five
years. She started in the role of committees chair and then moved to
treasurer. She is a chartered accountant and works in public practice for
an international accounting firm. Her son, who is a previous VBCP
student, is now in Grade 1 and she has a daughter who is in her second year of preschool. Volunteering on the Board, has enabled her to
contribute to the community, build new friendships as well as provide
accounting and business expertise to assist with the successful management of
Supporting Officer 1
Supporting Officer 2
This is Erin’s fourth year with the VBCP board as Vice President. She is an elementary school teacher specializing in working with children with special needs and in kindergarten education. Erin resides in Brooklin with her husband and three children. Her oldest child is in SK this year, and her middle child is in the PM class this year. Being a part of the board has allowed her to be involved in her children's education, to pursue her passion of educating young children and being involved in the community.
Nicolee is returning to the VBCP board this year, having previously held the position of events chair in 2015-2016. She has two sons, both attending Winchester Public School in SK and Grade 2. She is a small business owner and mortgage agent, the chair of the Winchester SCC, a member of the Optimist Club, an active participant in the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, the content coordinator of the Neighbours of Brooklin magazine and a huge fan of caffeine!
Melissa Harley - Gonzalez
I am very excited to be returning to the VBCP family with my youngest child attending this year. I am a travel agent by profession, with lots of experience in event coordination. I am very much looking forward to a fantastic year ahead and putting those skills to use to benefit the school. VBCP is a fantastic organization and I am so glad the welcomed me on to the Board!
I have 7 years experience with the financial institution ScotiaMcLeod which I enjoyed immensely. I am now in the midst of an indefinite hiatus raising my amazing 2 children (Nolan, 4 years & Camryn, 1.5 years).
My name is Kristy and I am the Committees Chair on the board this year. This is my family’s second year at VBCP, and my first year on the board. My family and I really enjoy the community and learning style VBCP has to offer, as well as the wonderful teachers and parents who make the school run. I joined the board to learn more about the “behind the scenes” running of the school, and to contribute to making the 2017/2018 school year a success.