Meet the Team

The staff at Child Development Dayhomes are qualified in Early Child Development, and have extensive experience in childcare. They have the professional skills and knowledge to support parents with their childcare needs, and assist dayhome educators.

Our staffs' dedication to promoting excellence in childcare is reflected by their long term commitment to Child Development Dayhomes. We always stay up to date on the latest research on Child Development.


 

Lyn Rafferty
Coordinator

Education: Early Childhood Educator/ Supervisor Diploma

Work experience: I worked in a childcare center in PEI as an assistant for 6 years then took a position as Supervisor on a Native Reserve for 12 years. I moved to Alberta and worked as an Educational Assistant in the Catholic School board for 4 years. I had a one year position with Child Development Dayhomes (maternity leave). In the year I was gone I worked as an Assistant at YMCA then quickly moved to Director of OSC with YMCA. I then came back to CDDH as Child Care Consultant/ Coordinator.

Favorite part of the job: Working with the dayhome educators, supporting them, watching how they learn and grow! Seeing the little ones at each visit, so full of curiosity. Helping parents find affordable child care.

Special interests: Yoga, weight lifting, traveling, enjoying time with my family and friends.

 

Cristina MacDonald
Chilcare Consultant

Education: Early Learning Childcare, Educational Assistant

Work experience: I have always known I would be working in the childcare field. My natural ability to relate to and guide children took me there for the last 20 years. I started as a mom of two and a Dayhome Educator in Brandon, Manitoba, then as a student taking the Program Assistant certification in Cape Breton. When we moved to Fort McMurray I was a Teacher's Aid with the Chatholic School Board. When the position with Child Development Dayhomes came up, I was graced to fall into my current role as a Childcare Consultant. I am thrilled and proud to have been in this role for 9 years now and foresee a long relationship here.

Favorite part of the job: Helping parents feel comfortable and at ease with their childcare choices; engaging with the children during my visits; supporting Educators and watching them flourish; having a great support system in my CDDH Team.

Special interests: Yoga, hiking, being in nature, golf, pilates, getting lost in a good book, beaches, the sound of the ocean, enjoying time with family and friends, seeing new places and having new experiences.

 

Klara Bekric
Office Manager / Client Care Consultant

Education: Early Learning and Child Care Certificate

Work experience: Childcare consultant, dayhome provider for over 5 years, daycare center in Fort McMurray working with toddlers

Favorite part of the job: Everything. I love going out to the homes and interacting with children and providers; being in a supportive role for the dayhome educators, assisting them with programming and planning. The fact that you never know what the day will bring.

Special interests: Reading, cooking, baking, traveling and experiencing new things. Learning more about gardening and flowers.


 

Ashley Honeysett
Childcare Consultant

Education: Early Childhood Education Diploma

Work experience: Started my career in Ontario, working in Childcare and Kindergarten. I continued my career working here in Alberta as a Preschool Teacher and now I am honored and eager to be a Childcare Consultant with Child Development Dayhomes. I have been here in Fort McMurray for almost a year now and this is a place that I am happy to now call home.

Favorite part of the job: I am enjoying getting to know all the staff that I have been working with here and gaining all the knowledge and experience from them. I also have enjoyed getting to know the educators and all the children in their programs and I am looking forward to many more visits! I am fortunate to have this job and I look forward to getting to know everyone in and around the Child Development Dayhomes team of Alberta.

Special interests: Rollerblading, volleyball, walking and hiking with my two dogs and spending time with my family and friends.