Hi, my name is Lori Doucette and this is my third year as Director of the Gulf Shore EYC. I graduated in 1987 from Holland College with my Early Childhood Education diploma. My family of six lives in South Rustico. Over the past 26 years I have run my own daycare out of our home, I have worked at UPEI Daycare, Rocking Horse Daycare, Winsloe Daycare, and at Gulf Shore Kindergarten as a SNA. I thoroughly enjoy my job. The love and energy that each child brings to our Center is unique. I believe that each child is a gift, and when we get to know and watch each child grow, we unwrap a special layer and their unique qualities shine through. It is an honor and a privilege to touch these little lives and to help them develop strong self-esteem, respect and curiosity.
Hi, my name is Marie Doiron. I am the Cook at the EYC. I live in South Rustico with my husband, Barry. We have three daughters and are grandparents to three beautiful children. My background has been with early childhood. I worked from 1971-73 at Kiddies Kollege Korner. From 1973-75 I worked at St. Anne’s Hope River Kindergarten. In 1975 I started the Kindergarten program at St. Augustine’s School. Once I had my children, I started a home-based daycare which I ran for over 30 years. I am very excited to be able to combine the two things I love, working with children and cooking, in my position here at Gulf Shore EYC.
Hi, my name is Gayle Forrester. I live in New Glasgow with my husband, Tony and our son, Keyth. We live on a farm with our dog Meg and cats, Rascal and Tiny. I have been working in the field as an Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years. For 16 1/2 years, I had an in-home daycare program with children ranging in ages from 4 weeks to 11 years. I graduated in 1990 from UPEI with a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in Home Economics. In December 1990, I received my Early Childhood Education Certificate. I started working at the Gulf Shore Early Learning Center (as it was first called) when it opened in September of 2011. At the time, I worked with the 2-3 year olds. In November of 2011, I received my Independent Certificate Instructor and my ECE Training Certificate for Baby Signs Inc. to teach sign language to babies, parents and instructors. As of October 2012, I began working in the infant program here at Gulf Shore. I thoroughly love my work here and look forward to helping your child(ren) have a fun and comfortable day. When I’m away from work, I enjoy watching our son play hockey, walking Meg, reading, knitting, crocheting, quilting and spending time with our family and friends.
Hi, my name is Jenna Nicholson. I graduated from the Human Services Course at Holland College in 2012 and have been working at the EYC as an Early Childhood Educator ever since. I am currently working towards my ECE diploma. I live with my parents and my dog Gus on the Rennies Road. I enjoy exercising, hanging out with my boyfriend and friends, shopping, and I love being with my family when I’m not at the EYC. It is a privilege to work with such amazing families and children.
Hi, my name is Tammy Bruce. I started working at the Gulf Shore EYC in September 2012 as an Early Childhood Educator. I graduated from the Early Childhood program at Holland College in 1989 and have been working in the field since. I was born in Korbecke, Germany and lived in Nova Scotia and Ontario where my family was stationed on different bases. I currently live with my soon-to-be husband and my two teenagers in South Rustico. In my spare time I enjoy walking, reading, shopping, movies, motorcycling, time at the beach and spending time with my friends and family. I am so happy that I have this opportunity to work with these wonderful families so close to home. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your children!
Hi, My husband (Ken) and I are bringing up our grandchild, Chase, and that is how I became involved in the Center. I retired from my long career of 30 years with the Canadian Union of Public Employees in 2007. Our grandson was born in 2009 and we, once again, became parents (grand) to a little baby and began to raise him. He began attending the Gulf Shore EYC in 2012 and continued on until he began kindergarten in 2014. While he was attending, I volunteered my time at the centre and began to do a bit of substituting when the opportunity arose. In 2014, when he attended kindergarten, I became a bit bored at home and began to spend a lot of time at the EYC. When the job of Administrator became vacant, I took it on as a volunteer position for a few months to try it out. I am now a hired employee working between 15 to 20 hours a week and am enjoying it very much. If anyone has an issue with an invoice, payments, etc., please do not hesitate to contact me at the Center. I would be most happy to assist you. Sincerely, Joan Peters
Hi, my name is Lindsay Elson and I live in North Rustico. I graduated from UPEI in 2012 with majors in psychology, sociology and anthropology. I went on to complete a post graduate certificate in Autism and Behavioural Science in 2014. I previously worked in Ontario at an IBI facility for children on the autism spectrum. I joined the staff at the Gulf Shore EYC shortly after returning to PEI and didn’t take me long to feel the sense of the community.
Hi, my name is Olivia Dolphin and I’m currently living in Stanley Bridge. I graduated from UPEI in 2013 with an Honours in Psychology. After completing my Bachelors degree, I went on to Yorkville University and am working to complete a Masters in Counselling Psychology. I’m currently attending Holland College for Human Resource Management and am playing intercollegiate volleyball with the Holland Hurricanes. For the last six years, I’ve also been coaching volleyball working with kids from the elementary level to the university level. I took Horticultural therapy in Burlington, Ontario in 2015 and I’m very much looking forward to bringing gardening activities to the kids at EYC. I started here in January 2016 and I already feel like I’m part of the EYC family.