Growing up I always had a passion for working with children, music and the outdoors. I had a vision to create a safe space where children could fully express themselves without restriction of judgement.
Being free to spend the majority of my days outside amongst the trees provided me the opportunity to not only creatively play, but the rhythm of nature taught me how to breathe and ultimately regulate my emotional output. Plus, digging deep and playing with the Earth is always fun, regardless of age!
Over the years I lost touch with my inner child. Life got busy and with that I found an emptiness inside. I forgot the little things that meant so much to me. Playing in the dirt until dark being one of them!
In 2004 I graduated with a certification in Early Childhood Education, and I began my journey understanding mindfulness, self-awareness and self-love. I realized that as adults we also need tools to help us self-regulate, to breathe and to find calmness in our every day. I started practicing mindfulness which led to finding balance, and it wasn’t long before I started to feel alive again! Suddenly everything from my childhood in nature came flooding back to me and I found my renewed purpose in life. Being of service and inspiring others to work with their own innocent joy of mindful, creative expression.
The time has arrived and I am so honored to work with every one of you. Together in collaboration we can share an environment and community for collective healing.
Come join our early learning centre community, a safe inclusive, mindful place for all who wish to expand into themselves!
From my heart,
ECE – Founder / Director
I am blessed to have grown up right here in beautiful Kelowna, BC. I am the oldest sibling with two younger (but much bigger!) brothers. I am grateful to be raising my 4 beautiful children with my husband in the same town I grew up in.
While being in a classroom setting is new to me, I have been working with children in many different capacities for many years. I have been coaching youth soccer for the last 18 years, sitting in various board positions from Sponsorship Committees, Secretary, even Chairman for Central Okanagan Youth Soccer Association. I have organized and hosted many soccer tournaments within the Okanagan, and I have a passion in youth development. I was honored to receive the Sports Hero Award from the City of Kelowna. I have also spent many years being highly involved within the schools on various school PACs and a member of the executive board for COPAC. I am a strong believer in “It takes a village to raise a child”, and enjoy the many different avenues to support the development of youth.
I am excited to be working alongside Crystal at Mindful Expressions. The wealth of knowledge I experienced working with Crystal and the launch of the Mindful Play Summit this past September was very inspirational. I am truly honoured to be a part of the Mindful Expressions team and I look forward to
meeting you and your little ones at our centre!
Jenn – Responsable Adult
I grew up as an only child in Yorkshire, UK and as long I can remember I had a longing to be around children. In 2001, I gave birth to my first child, and I decided that I wanted to work with children as I had the passion, patience and I enjoyed being around them. I wanted to make a difference in their lives and have the ability to provide them with what they needed at a young age to develop in a healthy thriving environment.
I opened my own centre and began to complete my Level 4 Early Childhood Education. I worked with children with special needs as well as high risk child protection families, I wanted to make a difference in their lives.
In 2012 my husband, three girls and I decided we wanted to relocate to Canada. We arrived in Kelowna and immediately fell in love with the climate, the surroundings, and all that it has to offer for us. I knew I wanted to get back teaching the little ones, so I started working in various childcare centres. In 2015 I met Crystal and I began working at Expressions Daycare, and we formed a wonderful friendship and working relationship.
I understand what it takes to be present for children, and how to create a meaningful connection where children are socially and emotionally supported. I incorporate creative hands on learning whilst bringing nutrition and mindfulness together to give children the healthiest start in their early years. I am beyond excited to be a part of the evolution into Mindful Expressions. Come play with us!
ECE – Casual On Call
WE BELIEVE IN…
A CULTURE OF CONNECTION, COHERENT COMMUNICATION,
AWARENESS AND A COLLABORATION OF MINDFUL PRACTICES.
CUSTOMIZED EMERGENT PLAY BASED LEARNING FOCUSED ON ENCOURAGING CURIOSITY WITHIN.
OUTDOOR LEARNING WITH NATURE IS A CALMING APPROACH TO REGULATING YOUNG, CREATIVE MINDS.
SELF DIRECTED SPECIFIC LEARNING PROMOTES CREATIVE EXPLORATION.
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