Our Team

Our team of staff is full of dynamic, unique, caring and fun individuals. We all have an eclectic background of education and experience. Allow us to introduce ourselves!!

 

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Melissa Burke

Melissa's passion for working with children began at the young age of 14.  She was approached one day in high school by an enthusiastic Recreation Programmer and on a whim, became an LIT (leader in training).  Through Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture, Melissa was given many opportunities to learn and develop teaching and leadership skills, and create programs. She recognized a passion for inspiring young minds and helping children grow and develop. She went on to complete her Early Childhood Education (ECE) at Malaspina (now VIU).  After working in a couple of other licensed programs in the Nanaimo area she decided to go out on her own, with a hope and a dream, and created Kidz Kompany Children's Centre (now known as VI Kidz Kompany Childcare Group Ltd.). What started as a small facility with 10 licensed spaces, has grown to a family of centres providing service to over 300 families encompassing care programs for children age 0-12 years old.  When she is not busy at work at Kidz Kompany, Melissa enjoys teaching DANCEPL3Y, running, yoga, exploring the island, and hanging out with her puppy Harrison. Melissa’s official role is the Director of Early Learning.  You will find Melissa working mainly from her home office answering e-mails, phone calls and doing all of the other behind the scenes work that goes on!  You may also find her in the Preschool or at Small Fries with the youngest of the Kidz Ko family... but don’t worry, she will always make time for a site visit to see the big kids! 

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Brendan Burns

Brendan started working at Kidz Kompany in 2013 and is the Director of School Age Programming, supervising all of the school aged programs. He has a passion working with kids and loves coaching, coaching football in Oceanside since 2010 and has coaching Certificates with NCCP and Run, Jump, Throw. Brendan is a new Dad and loves spending family time with his son Duncan, and wife Kara. When Brendan is not at work you can likely find him out doing something active like hiking, playing squash, playing softball, or walking with his family and dog Lulu. One of the reasons he loves this profession is that he can help this generation of kids become more active, healthy and confident. Brendan also loves working with kids because it keeps him young, and it's amazing what you can learn from them. Brendan will be spending time at the Harbourside office, but also filling in where he is needed at any of the 5 school age sites.

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Brittany Thurber

Brittany has been working at Kidz Kompany since 2011 and she can be found at the Hammond Bay site. She has been working with kids since she was quite young, helping at her mom's daycare in Royston and babysitting. She enjoys reading, playing board games, and spending time with family and friends in her spare time. She loves pizza and her favourite sport is soccer!  She loves working with youth and has been working with a community youth program since 2006. Her favourite thing about working with kids is their unique personalities, unending energy and creativity. You can find her out and about in the community working with youth programs when she is not at Kidz Kompany!  Brittany has unique education and training, don't be afraid to ask her about it!

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Sarah Tuinstra

Sarah started working at Kidz Kompany in January of 2018, and is super excited to be here. You can find Sarah at our Hammond Bay location. Sarah is passionate about kids and providing them with the space and opportunity to learn, grow, play and develop in a safe, respectful and fun environment. Sarah hopes to one day be an elementary school teacher and is working towards her Bachelor of Education degree at VIU. In her free time Sarah enjoys reading, writing her own stories, creating art, and doing anything and everything in the great outdoors. Sarah is so grateful to have the opportunity to learn, play, and grow with all the wonderful children at Kidz Kompany. 

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Sarah Bombardir

Sarah has always loved working with children, and is so excited to be working for Kidz Kompany. She is currently in her third year of the elementary education program at VIU and cannot wait to become a teacher. Sarah has nannied and taught English in Italy, and enjoys teaching others whenever she can. She is also running her own Sparks unit and enjoys spending time with her wonderful Sparks and volunteering for Girl Guides of Canada. She loves being silly and having fun with kids, and loves being outside in the sunshine. Sarah currently works at our Hammond Bay location, if you see her say hi!

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Hailey Balle

Hailey has been with Kidz Kompany since September 2017. She is a recent graduate of the Bachelor of Education program at VIU. Hailey’s passion for working with children started at a young age. She has worked in Parks and Recreation and as a nanny before joining the Kidz Kompany Team. In her spare time, Hailey enjoys reading, hiking with her dog, and doing yoga. You can find Hailey Supervising the Guppy Pod at the Harbourside Location.

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Neil Hendrickson

Neil joined the Kidz Kompany team in 2016. He enjoys working and playing with children. Neil's interests include playing outside, kid-led activities, inclusiveness, developing empathy and flexible schedules. You can find Neil managing the Mountain View school site.

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Anne-Marie Avey

Coming soon...

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Tina Kutt

Tina joined Kidz Kompany in 2016. She is a mother of two boys of her own. She comes to us with over 20 years of work experience with all ages of children. Tina has been working at all of the after school programs as a substitute, but has found her home with the Harbourside team. Tina has been with all the kids and staff at all of the centers and is excited to be a party of the Kidz Kompany family.

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Bronte Pike

Brontë has been working at Kidz Kompany since January 2019 and has worked at both Harbourside and Pleasant Valley location as a before and after school care leader, and will also be working at the Hammond Bay location. She’s been working with children for many years through babysitting, childcare programs, and teaching dance classes. She is working on completing her Child and Youth Care degree at VIU and hopes to become a youth and family counsellor. Brontë loves watching the kids grow and play and is grateful she gets to be apart of their day. 

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Trevor Zonneveld

Trevor has worked at Kidz Kompany Mountain View since September 2018 and is a student at Vancouver Island University, studying Sociology and Physical Education. He was born and raised here in Nanaimo, and has a strong passion for helping others. His passion for working with kids began with coaching sports, such as volleyball and soccer. That passion eventually grew into a desire to help children build fundamental relationships that are required for an active lifestyle. Trevor believes that every child deserves the ability to have strong relationships, be active, but most importantly have FUN! 

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Emily Krytor
Emily has worked at our Mountain View location since September 2018 and is currently a student at Vancouver Island University. She is currently studying kinesiology, and has plans to pursue the post baccalaureate Education Degree at VIU. Emily's ultimate goal is to become a teacher! When she isn't in school, she loves to be outside with her dogs and spend time with family, and of course being with the kids at Mountain View! 
 
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Joredayn Wilson

Joredayn started at Kidz Kompany by doing her Early Childhood Education Practicum in the fall of 2008. She has worked at all of the locations over the years. You can find her at the Pleasant Valley location and in the Harbourside Preschool Program. She has always had a love of working with children while growing up with a large extended family. You usually can find her teaching the kids something new or playing their favorite game. In her spare time she enjoy’s spending time by the ocean and going fishing, also spending time with her niece.

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Amanda Bicknell

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Kylee Paul

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Rebecca Dillon

Rebecca’s first experience working with large groups of children was when she was living in Taipei, Taiwan working as an English emersion teacher. She taught children ages 2-12 a variety of subjects in English and learned so much in the process. After returning to Canada, Rebecca worked as an ESL instructor in Vancouver for 7 years. She is two years into her BA and is currently majoring in Environmental Science at Simon Fraser University but will be switching to the department of Geography when she resumes her studies at VIU in the Fall. Rebecca left Vancouver to enjoy the incredible beauty of Vancouver Island. She enjoys being out in nature, being active, exploring the world around her and sharing that passion with others. Rebecca is so excited to be working for Kidz Kompany at the Randerson Ridge site. Her favourite part about working with young children is their curiosity, energy and quirkiness. She loves finding opportunities to share knowledge, ignite their imaginations, and have loads of fun!

 

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Tiffany Bonin

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Corinne Dunn

Corinne has been in the child care field since finishing her education with a diploma in Early Childhood Education (including Special Needs and Infant/Toddler) in 1999. Before coming to Kidz Kompany, Corinne worked in various centres in Nanaimo and Parksville including running her own centre for 7 years.  She has cared for children from new born through school age!  When she is not working, Corinne enjoys spending time with her family, working out, and making felt stories.  Corinne loves the stories and conversation she has with children and their contagious giggles!  You can find Corinne managing Kidz Kompany Small Fries!  

 

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Chantelle Turcotte

Chantelle has been working with children for the last 6 years, starting out as a nanny, developing a passion to teach and help them grow at a young age. She has always been eager to make a difference in children's lives in any positive way she can. Chantelle has been working with Kidz Kompany since September 2018 and enjoys watching young minds grow, learn, and discover. In 2015, She graduated with her Child Psychology diploma as well as welcomed her son Kaysen into the world. Since, She has been working at the Child Development Center facilitating support groups for parents and children in our community, Sunday school teaching at the Church of the Nazarene as well as working with the team at Kidz Kompany. Chantelle enjoys spending my time with her family, participating in events within our community and church, as well as travelling. One of the most recent trips She has done is to Trinidad & Tobago back in January doing Missionary work! Chantelle believes that some of the important skills to have when working with children is patience, flexibility, and love.

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Rhonda Le Tissier

Rhonda moved to Nanaimo in 2017 from her longtime home of Winnipeg. She began working in a daycare program in 2010 first as a childcare staff member, then as an assistant manager. With these prior years’ experience in childcare under her belt already, she is currently working on her ECE. She is passionate about working with children and is thrilled to help them learn and grow. Kids and parents alike appreciate her hard work and dedication. She is so excited to be a member of the Pleasant Valley team! When Rhonda isn’t on the job, she loves spending time with family and exploring Vancouver Island in her VW Bus!

 

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Rikako Honda

Rikako is originally from Japan and came to Nanaimo in 2013. She studied Early Childhood Education at a Japanese university for 2 years, did her Elementary Education in Minnesota, and graduated from VIU's ECE diploma program in 2015. Rikako loves learning about the development of young children and always seeks effective guidance and the best quality care for them. Rikako has been working with children and babies in Nanaimo since 2015 and really enjoys it! In her spare time, she likes going for walks, watching movies and listening to music. Rikako used to play the guitar, drums, and piano in a music band when she was in school. She was also a member of Hawaiian dance team in Japan :). Rikako is so excited to become a part of the wonderful team at Kidz Kompany Small Fries!!

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Sheena Paine

Sheena works at our Small Fries Center on the Preschool side teaching the 2.5 - 4 year olds. Some of you may remember Sheena from Mountain View Elementary. She managed Mt. View during the 2015/2016 school year before going on maternity leave. She returned to Kidz Kompany with her son Corbin as she loves the programming not only to teach but, for her son to enjoy as well. Sheena likes to incorporate a lot of science and exploration in her teaching as well as learning through play. Her favorite part of the day is circle time. In her spare time she enjoys camping and hiking with her family and friends.