2022-23 CAFRA Board of Directors

Congratulations and welcome to those members elected to serve on the 2022-23 CAFRA Board of Directors! The election was held at the AGM on October 20, 2022. Executive officers were elected by the Board following the AGM.

Get to know our Board members by reading about them below!

Shea Wicks
Southside Mothers’ Day Out

Shea has had the privilege of working with children and families in a variety of roles for over 20 years.  Throughout her career, she has sought out the opportunity for training and development, with a focus on leadership.  In her current role as the Executive Director of Southside Mothers’ Day Out, she culminates her past experiences and training together into a parallel practice model to lead a team of practitioners in values-based programming. 

Shea has been a participant on the CAFRA Leadership team since 2017 and has facilitated our membership in several direction-setting conversations, including the re-working of our Mission and Objective statements.  She believes that well supported, visionary leadership is the key to the professionalization of the ELCC field and sees participation as a CAFRA board member as a pathway for fulfilling that future. She is particularly interested in developing playful, resilient leaders and will offer CAFRA an ear skilled at listening for what is possible and the ability to collaboratively create and implement structures that will have what is possible become realized.

Kristy Thomas
Vice Chair
McKernan Child Development Centre

Kristy has been the director of McKernan Child Development Centre for the past 14 years. Prior to entering this role, her early childhood experience (20+ yrs)  has spanned various roles such as: a day home consultant, early childhood educator supporting teen moms, working in the Early Childhood department of Lethbridge College, and in the role of developmental specialist with GRIT for many years.

Kristy has been an active member of CAFRA for the past 13 years and most recently has been participating as a part of the leadership committee this past year.  In addition to her role as director, she is currently pursuing her associate status with the Resources for Infant Educarers® (RIE®) foundation to aid in forwarding the work of founder Magda Gerber here in Alberta.  She is an active member of Public Interest Alberta’s Child Care Task Force and also maintain connections with GRIT ASaP and Lethbridge College as a distance learning practicum supervisor.

Kristy has enjoyed her time on the CAFRA leadership team and is personally passionate about professional development and advocacy for our profession.  She has felt privileged to participate in this past year’s work focusing closely on CAFRA’s objectives and intentions. She looks forward to further opportunities to collaborate and help inform the work we are committed to as a society.

Irene St. Savard
Edmonton Talmud Torah Society Early Childhood Development Centre

Irene has been in the field for 18 years, the last 6.5 at her current centre and three in her role as director. She has been involved with CAFRA for about three years. This past January, she was invited to join the leadership team as treasurer. She is still in a learning curve with her role as director and treasurer and is eager to gain new skills and information, as well as to make an impact in both her immediate and broader communities. Being involved with CAFRA has connected her with an amazingly supportive and knowledgeable network that she is able to rely on for current information, best practices, and encouragement, while fostering her own leadership skills and abilities.

Irene looks forward to continuing on the leadership team as we navigate our way through the new and exciting directions we are heading towards.

Brittany Aamot
Board Director

Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM)

Brittany has been learning alongside children, families and educators at MacEwan University for ten years. She became the Senior Manager of Early Learning at MacEwan (ELM) shortly after she completed a degree in Human Service Administration. Over the past few years, Brittany’s passion for leadership has grown into an understanding of leadership advocacy.  She believes those in administrative positions should have access to supports and professional development that can be implemented into their programs; thus, creating quality engaged early learning communities. Becoming the newest member of the CAFRA board is an exciting opportunity, one Brittany will meet with enthusiasm.

Brittany has extensive experience with Alberta’s Early Learning and Child Care Framework FLIGHT. From sitting on the advisory committee to hosting FLIGHT professional development for ECEs, she values curriculum meaning-making. Brittany aims to share her experience and knowledge of the framework from an administrative standpoint to support others with blending, management, leadership, and early learning pedagogy in early learning programs.

Erica Wayne
Board Director
University Child Care Centre: West Campus
Erica has been in the Early Childhood field for 12 years and has had the pleasure of working in a variety of child care settings. Erica was born and raised in Northwestern Ontario which is also where she received her Early Childhood Education before moving to Calgary in 2014. She has been in her current role as the Program Coordinator for 3.5 years.

Erica has thoroughly enjoyed all different types of positions she has held throughout the years, but has always found her strength and passion in leadership. She utilizes her current position to support and learn alongside children, families, and educators. Erica is committed to her ongoing journey with Alberta’s Early Learning and Child Care Framework: Flight and ASaP GRIT.
Erica is interested in serving on the CAFRA board to collaborate with other members of the Alberta child care community, share her knowledge, thoughts, and expertise in the field. Erica has a passion to continue to be an advocate for the Early Learning field and profession and she hopes to do so by serving on the CAFRA board.

Louise Booker
Board Director
University and Community Early Learning Centre

Louise has been in the field for 30 years; 29 of those years at her current Centre. She has been the Executive Director there since 2001 which ties her to CAFRA at the same time. She has been a mentor for ARCQE and a validator for AELCS.  She was part of the committee that did strategic planning for AELCS before it was established. She sits on the MacEwan childcare conference committee, and recently went to New Zealand for a study tour.

Louise served as Chair at CAFRA for a number of years. However, she feels it has only been in the last couple that our strategic plan has taken CAFRA in a new and exciting direction. She has lead the group in S.W.A.T. analysis and strategic planning sessions and is very interested in continuing on the Board to see where we are heading. She thinks CAFRA is in an important transition period and looks forward to providing continuity, experience, history, creative thinking, and so much more in our next year.