Carrie Rickards, General Manager

I started as the General Manager of the Eva Joseph Learning and Cultural Society in 2014. Over the past few years, I have learned so much about Early Childhood Education and the Akisqnuk First Nation Community. I feel very blessed that I get to be a part of this amazing society. I'm also involved with Aboriginal Headstart and the Community Playgroup, which we piloted as part of the first offering of the Entry to Early Childhood Education program. This is a college prepitory program that allows people to experience the field of Early Childhood Education.

Beth Woodard, Teacher

Beth has over 20 years experience in childcare and is passionate about creating friendly and welcoming environments. Beth is excited to develop and facilitate creative activities for children and promote and support the ongoing development of social, physical, emotional and spiritual growth.  Beth has extensive experience working with children and families and is a welcome addition to the badger team.

Beth is looking forward to discovering all that Little Badgers has to offer and meeting our children and families!

Evelyn Walker, Teacher

Evy has worked with children and families for close to 20 years through Mother goose programs, Strongstart programs, Preschools and daycares.  Evy completed the Early Childhood Education Diploma through the College of the Rockies in 2003 and has loved working alongside children ever since.   Having grown up in the Columbia Valley and choosing to raise her own family here has helped her appreciate the land that we have to explore at Little Badgers.  

There is no place like home and we hope Little Badgers can be your Childs home away from home.

Ashley Killin, Teacher

Ashley has worked with children and families for over 10 years and enjoys learning each childs individual personality and finding the best way to help them learn.  Ashley strongly believes in Little Badgers nature philosophy and enjoys spending as much time as possible outdoors with children exploring everything that is found in nature and expanding their knowledge of earth.

When Ashley is not at work she is on adventures with her daughter and loves seeing friends out and about.

Haley Forman, Teacher

Haley has been working as an Infant & Toddler Educator with the Badger Cubs since September of 2018.  She completed her Early Childhood Education and Infant Toddler Diploma at Lethbridge Community College in 2002 and since then has travelled and worked abroad in childcare settings as well as worked for many years within the Columbia Valley.  Haley enjoys spending time in the outdoors and sunshine with her family and one of the reasons that she loves teaching at Little Badgers is because of all the wide open spaces for learning and exploring.

Haley is currently on leave while exploring a new business opportunity.

Olivia Rasilainen, Teacher

Olivia has worked with children for years, her first job in childcare was as a nanny in Calgary and she gained a lot of experience. After a few years in the city she moved back to her hometown of Invermere, BC where she decided to further her career in Early Childhood Education and enrolled in the Lethbridge College ECE program. Olivia currently holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education and will obtain her Diploma with a specialization in Infant Toddler and Special Needs Care in December 2018. Olivia’s fun-loving personality makes her a great team member and teacher at Little Badgers.

Olivia is currently on parental leave until Spring 2021.

Emma Shaw, Teacher

Emma is a burst of energy and fun within the Little Badgers program!  Having completed her courses to be an Early Childhood Educator Assistant in 2018 she has been a strong member of the Little Badger Family ever since.  Emma loves adventures and is always finding new and exciting ways to bring education to the children in a play based way.  When not working Emma is completing her families bucket list of adventures from hikes, to science experiments and crafts the Shaw family is always full of excitement. 

Emma is on parental leave until Spring 2021.

Richard Bryce, Substitute

Richards ktunaxa family name is Skookum and he is the grandson of Susan Skookum and Ben Walkley, as such he is  a registered member of the ?aq’am community.   Richard has  actively participated in every opportunity available to learn Ktunaxa language, culture and traditions alongside his two step children.  Richard enjoys  spending time out on the land and travelling the Ktunaxa traditional territories and being able stand in the centre of traditional legends and where the ancestors used to roam and live. Being under the wing of the elders has taught him the values that are the backbone of his commitments and way he lives today.

Richard looks forwards to sharing his knowledge of the Ktunaka culture with his students.

Carrie Hembroff Murphy, Substitute

Carrie has over 20 years experience working with children and received her Bachelor of Education in Brandon, Manitoba in 2000.  Carrie has taught several different grade levels with the most recent being pre-school and pre-kindergarten for the past 9 years. She has also worked as an early childhood interventionist with vulnerable and at risk children and their families.

Jane Herman, Substitute

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