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Our Team

Caring, committed professionals
working together to deliver high quality child care.

Board of Directors

Our board is made up of volunteers with expertise related to business and the child care industry. To support the organization’s goal of providing excellent child care, the board is accountable for maintaining its financial stability and standards.

Leadership

  • Bill Harlow

    CEO

    Bill Harlow

    CEO

    Bill Harlow

    I started at UCCC when there were just three centres. From delivering lunches, tying skates, and driving the company bus, to running payroll and designing summer camp programs, I loved being involved in every part of the organization. Throughout my working life, my focus has always been people and wellness. There is nothing more rewarding than a smile on a child’s face.

    As CEO, my top priority is the well-being of our employees and the children and families we serve. I believe that if you have happy educators you will have happy children, and if you have happy children you will have happy families. It is that simple.

  • Leisha Johnston

    Vice President People and Talent, B.A., CHRP

    Leisha Johnston

    Vice President People and Talent, B.A., CHRP

    Leisha Johnston

    Through my varied leadership roles at Upper Canada Child Care, I realized that Human Resources was my real passion. I support the organization through a combination of industry-specific knowledge and my understanding of strategic Human Resources Management. At a recent conference, it was mentioned that ‘everyone deserves a great place to work’ and every day, I am motivated to ensure that UCCC is such a place and I am honoured to be in this role.

  • Ann Macdonald

    VP Child Care Programs, RECE, BSc (Hons)

    Ann Macdonald

    VP Child Care Programs, RECE, BSc (Hons)

    Ann Macdonald

    Early in my career as an ECE, many of my friends and I were starting our own families. As a new parent I realized the importance of accessible, high quality programs; to participate in the workforce, we needed reliable child care we could trust. Throughout my career, providing child care which supports optimal learning and development, and ensuring families feel confident their children are in a safe, nurturing environment has always been my primary motivation.

  • Fran Greenwald

    Regional Director, RECE

    Fran Greenwald

    Regional Director, RECE

    Fran Greenwald

    I always wanted to work with young children and have a positive effect on their lives. After graduating with my ECE diploma, I gained experience in several child care organizations which influenced my practice. I am focused on quality programs with more outdoor programming. I feel fortunate to bring these areas of focus to my current role as I coach and mentor others at UCCC.

  • Heather McLeod

    Regional Director, RECE

    Heather McLeod

    Regional Director, RECE

    Heather McLeod

    I took a child development course with a field placement at a local day care. This opportunity inspired me; I loved working with children and families and realized how child care makes a real difference in their lives. I then obtained my ECE. Although I am not in daily contact with the children and parents, I am motivated to encourage and guide the teams that are; together we make a difference every day.

  • Melanie Malan

    Regional Director, RECE, BA

    Melanie Malan

    Regional Director, RECE, BA

    Melanie Malan

    I always consider how I would want my children to be treated in child care; I would want them to have the best care possible, to be treated with respect, to have opportunities to learn and grow. It is with that in mind that I do my best to support and mentor our educators in an atmosphere that prioritizes mental health and well-being.

  • Tammy Tobin

    Regional Director, RECE, B.Ed.

    Tammy Tobin

    Regional Director, RECE, B.Ed.

    Tammy Tobin

    My studies began in the field of Anthropology and led to my Bachelors of Education, then I taught English overseas. I returned home and accepted a position teaching kindergarten and I fell in love with it. I continue to nurture a love of early childhood education by supporting ongoing professional development opportunities for educators.

Centre Teams

Our centre supervisors are RECE (Registered Early Childhood Educator) certified and manage the day-to-day operations of our child care centres.

Each classroom has an RECE certified or equivalent teacher and an assistant.

 

All centre employees have:

  • Standard First Aid and CPR-C
  • A clear Vulnerable Sector Screen

 

Student/apprentice teachers

Student/apprentice teachers are also part of our child care programs. Supply staff are available to cover educator absences.

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Our centres are further supported by educators who are specialists in the fields of:

  • Inclusion
  • Quality Assurance and Licensing
  • Outdoor Education
  • Summer Camp
  • Training and Development

Interested in career opportunities with Upper Canada Child Care?

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Our clients have rated UCCC a 4.6/5 for an overall satisfaction of 92%

Our child care programs, summer camp, and forest school are child-centered and inquiry based.