Our Team

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When things are meant to be, the stars align and miracles unfold.  In taking the initiative towards this dream, I have attracted others who share the same vision.

We are now a TEAM...A team that shares the same philosophy.  Learning begins with relationships and blossoms with creativity.  We value relationships and individuality.  We are professionals.  We share a common passion for supporting nurturing and caring for children and seeing them reach their full potential.  Together with our individual strengths and enthusiastic personalities we bring our own creative incentives to our programs.

I am blessed to have such an absolutely incredible team of staff members.  The strength and personalities of the Educators at The Mulberry Bush is what initiated the success of our programs and is what sets us apart to this day.

The level of care, patience, compassion, creativity, and hard work that our staff members put into their jobs, shows the parents here each day that their children are being cared for by individuals who are truly meant to be in the field of childcare.

Please read our staff BIO's  for  insight into the individual experience, personalities, and values of our Team Members.  Finding, screening, and training the right people to be responsible for the care of these little ones is something that I've taken very seriously.  Having said that , I am incredibly proud of my staff and feel honored to be working with them each and everyday.  It is an amazing feeling to walk through the center and see smiles, hear laughter, and witness incredible learning experiences that all come from the passion that goes into each one of our very important jobs.

Educators

Stacey Aucoin BSc RECE - Director

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My husband, Marc, and I have been married for over 21 years.   We have two strong and independent children that fill our lives with joy everyday.  We worked together in cancer care for over 20 years until a family tragedy made me reconsider my career choice. I have been with the Mulberry Bush Child Care for over eleven years.  As an Early Childhood Educator and Family Child Care Provider my goal is to provide a safe and happy environment for each child that will stimulate the physical, intellectual, multicultural, social, and emotional growth at their own pace.  I offer loving care that focuses on each child as a unique and wonderful individual and in doing so, building self esteem and respect for others.  As a mentor I share my experience and knowledge with providers to help them with all aspects of the childcare profession.  My purpose is to improve and promote quality child care and better communication between parents and providers.  My incredible staff members help me tremendously in this endeavor. 


Iva Mizak RECE - Assistant Director

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 My name is Iva Mizak and I have had the privilege of being a part of Mulberry Bush since December 2018. I  am the mother of two amazing children and after running an after school program for seven years from my home in Byron, I decided to return back to school and earn my Early Childhood Educator diploma from Fanshawe College.  I was excited to expand my role at Mulberry Bush, first as Early Childhood Educator and now as Assistant Director.  Together with a team of amazing and creative teachers, I am committed to providing your family with a loving and developmentally sound foundation for a lifetime of learning. At Mulberry Bush , we know that play is a child's most important work, and we strive to create and maintain an environment where your child can grow and thrive while exploring the world around them. Thank you for sharing your precious children with us! 

Trish Oprenchock - RECE

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My husband and I are the proud parents of two beautiful children, Mackenzie and Matthew.  I am a graduate of Lambton College and have been working at the Mulberry Bush Child Care Centre  for over 24 years.  I chose childcare as my profession because of the love I have for children.   I have enjoyed watching this business grow into the amazing place that it is today.  I love being a part of this center and being able to work with such amazing people who make this center all that it is.  I feel very honored to be able to work with such wonderful families and children that come into Mulberry Bush Child Care centre.  

Ashley Zold - RECE

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 I graduated from Early Childhood Education in 2014 from Fanshawe College.  Growing up with a young brother made me realize that I wanted to work with children. I joined the team at the Mulberry Bush Child Care Centre over two years ago.  I am an energetic RECE who has the drive and the heart to work along side children of all ages while showing them care, kindness and respect.  Children have the potential to have amazing, productive, creative, joyful lives filled with giggles and smiles.

Keri Cavanagh - RECE

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 I completed my Early Childhood Educator Diploma in 2000 at Northwest Community College in B.C.. I am a mother of one and have been with the Mulberry Bush Child Care for almost 5 years.  I believe in providing high quality care and nurturing a child's creativity through play, creative art expression, and music.  My goal is that children in my care feel loved and safe, to have fun, and be involved in learning together with their peers.  I also strive to support families in their journey.  I consider it a privilege to care for each child, and appreciate the ability to be apart of their learning journey.

Jennifer Pilgrim - ECA

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My name is Jennifer , but I like to go by Jenn. I have a 3 year old daughter named Novah and a pet fish named "little Fishy".  I am currently working as an Early Childhood Educator Assistant in the Toddler room.  I really enjoy working with this age group, their curiosity, new discoveries and wonder in life is what makes this job so great and  makes me proud and excited to work in child care.

As each new child comes into my room I look forward to getting to know them and their families

Maria Sayritupac - RECE

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 Hola!  I began my career in child care by volunteering at a childcare facility in Paris,On. After, I moved to London to attend Fanshawe College to pursue a career as an Early Childhood Educator. Upon graduation, I began employment at the Mulberry Bush Childcare Centre in 2014.  I chose Early Childhood Education because I love working with children and watching them learn and grow every day.  I believe that children learn best through play, and as an RECE I help them do just that.  I encourage them to explore and manipulate toys and objects around them and to discover new ways of learning through hands on activity.  Enthusiastic, energetic, and creative I strive to bring best practice to everything I do.  I am an advocate for children and families and am excited and privileged to be a part of children's journeys through play and learning. 

Jackie Hudson - Educational Assistant

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 Hello my name is Jacqueline Hudson and I just recently started working at the Mulberry Bush. From a very young age I loved taking care of children. I began babysitting children around my neighborhood and walking younger children home from school. From there I coached gymnastics and figure skating for 6 years before coming to the Mulberry Bush. I have really enjoyed the daycare setting, watching the children learn and accomplish new things every day. I feel extremely lucky for the chance to impact and influence the children here at Mulberry Bush Child Care.  

Nicole Degouveia - ( Maternity leave)

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Originally from Sarnia, after graduating from Lambton College, I moved to London. where I live with my husband and two sons.   I have been working at the Mulberry Bush for over 17 years and currently I am working toward my Early Childhood Educator diploma through Fanshawe College. I love working with the preschool age children and knew this is where I wanted to stay. I am now doing the apprentice program at Fanshawe College working towards my Early Childhood Education Diploma.  I am very excited to finish this program and apply it to my classroom. I love teaching children life skills that will follow them throughout their life.  To be involved and help guide them as their minds and creative spirits grow is such a rewarding opportunity for me while working for Mulberry Bush Child Care Centre.  Seeing a child smile brightens my day.

Natasha Hatchard - RECE

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I graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at Fanshawe College in 2014.  Since then I have worked with all age groups and found my passion is with infants and toddlers.  After completing my Social Service Worker Diploma, I wasn't completely satisfied with the field and knew in my heart that I always wanted to work with young children so that's when I went into ECE.  I really enjoy seeing children learn and grow and it really intrigues me to see the learning happen.  I have been married for 3 years and have a one year old daughter named Lillian who continues to show me just how much I love teaching young children.

Liam Fayle

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I am a second year computer engineering student at Guelph University.  I have been working for the Mulberry Bush Child Care Centre since 2014.  My duties in the past included cleaning and yard maintenance. I am excited to add cooking to my repertoire.  Cooking has been a passion of mine since I was six years old.   Some of my hobbies include hockey, working out at the gym and spending time with my family.

Michelle Holst (Maternity Leave)

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 Hello, I am Michelle Holst, after graduating from Fanshawe College as a Child and Youth Worker and joined the Mulberry Bush family in 2015. Throughout my educational journey I have gained experience assisting school aged children learn strategies to cope with autism in the school system, as well as providing support to children and youth facing a variety of challenges in life.  Building confidence in our youth is a passion of mine, as I believe that a positive self-image is the first step to a brighter future. In order to provide an encouraging and engaging atmosphere in the classroom, I enjoy creating an environment filled with respect and compassion to ensure a strong foundation for every child to flourish and thrive.   

Supply Educators


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