Qualified Team

Passionate about lifelong learning
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Margaret Czajkowski
Head of Curriculum, RECE

Margaret is truly the heart of Childventures. Her significant experience and her genuine passion for education has made her a staple within the industry as well as CV. Margaret has promoted the concept of quality childcare experiences since 1982. She was an educator in the Early Childhood Education program lab school at Mohawk College for twenty years in addition to serving as an advisory board member for their diploma program. Margaret continues to give back to the ECE profession by sharing her knowledge as a guest lecturer at conferences and events.

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Shaping the leaders of tomorrow

Passionate about early learning

Our educators work hard to establish connections with your children from day one. They are committed to accommodating the individual needs of every child.

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Professional development

Through PD Days and curriculum training throughout the year, our educators continuously enhance their teaching skills through collaborative learning experiences.

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Parent communication

We believe in ongoing communication with our families. Through daily updates, newsletters and regular dialogue with our educators, our goal is to work as a team with our parents.

Our pedagogical leaders

CV truly is a community of lifelong learners, passionate about instilling that love of learning in the next generation of leaders. We believe in ongoing communication and an open-door approach which leads to an environment based on trust and respect. People are our greatest assets. Without them we wouldn’t have such passionate advocates for your children. Our team is comprised of professionally qualified leaders and educators.
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Director of Quality
Fatima Tavares, RECE
Director of Quality

With thirty-five years in the childcare industry, Fatima is a wealth of knowledge and a purveyor of best practices. In her role as Director of Quality, she ensures each of our campuses maintain the highest quality of care for our children. She is also charged with providing the entire CV educational team with curriculum, inclusivity and scaffolded learning training. As a positive team player, Fatima works tirelessly with the campus teams to deliver a premium experience for our families. She is a mother to two daughters and one son. Fatima is also a proud grandmother to four grandchildren.

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Director of Operational Excellence
Trace Junker, RECE
Director of Operational Excellence

With CV for eleven years, Trace has held many different roles at multiple campuses. Throughout it all, Trace has shown a dedication in providing the full CV experience to families. In her current role, Trace is tasked with strengthening our systems and processes. Her wealth of operational experience provides a deep understanding and expertise of Ministry guidelines and compliance. Trace has been married for thirty years and has three children and three grandchildren – one of whom attended CV right through to JK/SK. She is a devoted grandmother who is crafty and loves scrapbooking in her spare time.

Our corporate team

The Support Centre is a central hub that provides assistance, guidance, and troubleshooting for our team and families. Our goal is to foster a positive work environment for all our centres and maintain operational efficiency.
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Ron Craig

As President of CV, Ron is a seasoned executive with over two decades of experience across a number of industries, holding senior leadership roles in top tier organizations such as Bell, Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation and Recipe Unlimited Corporation. Ron also serves on the Board and is a major fundraiser for The Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada, a cause that is near and dear to his heart. With Ron at the helm, CV will continue to strengthen its position as Canada’s Premier Early Childcare provider as it grows its footprint in Ontario and beyond. In his off-time, Ron loves relaxing at his cottage with his wife and two grown children and is passionate about perfecting his golf game.

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VP/Executive Director
Michael Meeks
VP/Executive Director

In this key organizational role, Michael is responsible for leading the operations of all CV campuses with the goal of providing a premium experience for families and team members alike. Michael has over twenty years of multi-unit operational and team leadership experience from a variety of leading service and retail businesses including SirCorp, Moxie’s and Bell. He was most recently with Compass Canada as Head of Retail Healthcare and attended University of Guelph in the BComm program. As a fitness enthusiast and Dance Dad, Michael also enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters at their family cottage, fishing, golfing and relaxing by the fire.

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Chief Financial Officer
Vicki Ringelberg, CPA, MBA
Chief Financial Officer

Vicki has served as CV’s CFO for ten years. Prior to that, Vicki spent over twenty years working in various senior financial capacities including Chief Financial Officer of Portland Investment Counsel and the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of AIC Limited. Vicki has broad experience in the financial services industry including managing large scale initiatives, evaluating business opportunities and executing the acquisitions and sales of various businesses. Vicki is a CPA and holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Business. She also serves on the Board of Northern Trust and is a member of Fidelity Investment’s Independent Review Committee. In her spare time, Vicki loves spending time at her cottage on Lake Erie with family and friends.

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VP, Brand and Enrolment
Shelley Findlay
VP, Brand and Enrolment

In her role, Shelley assumes strategic leadership of our Marketing and Enrolment functions responsible for defining the brand and solidifying CV’s position as Canada’s premier childcare provider. Charged with building a customer first experience, Shelley has over twenty years of experience in marketing and sales most recently as VP Marketing and Brand Strategy at Corus Entertainment. Shelley’s innate curiosity and love of learning reflects the overall CV brand ethos. Shelley and her family love to travel with a focus on outdoor adventures.

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Director of People Success
Amanda Vali, CHRL
Director of People Success

Amanda brings a strong HR leadership background with over twenty years of experience. In her role as Director of People Success, Amanda will help to shape CV’s corporate culture while positioning CV to be employer of choice. She is focused on recruiting the best and the brightest to deliver CV’s proprietary curriculum program. Amanda is a Certified Human Resource Leader (CHRL) with a HR diploma from Sheridan College and a BA from Western University. A long-term Burlington resident, Amanda and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

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Director of Enrolment
Martina Ross, RECE
Director of Enrolment

Martina began her career at CV over 20 years ago as an Infant educator in Ancaster. She played an instrumental role in growing the company, fulfilling different roles in multiple campuses including the Director role in Ancaster and York region. Martina settled in Burlington where she was the Centre Director for nine years building strong relationships with community partners including ROCK Centre for Kids, Erin Oaks Kids Treatment Centre and Mohawk College to name a few. Martina has been the Director of Enrolment for the past two years charged with growing the CV community. Martina lives in Burlington along with her husband and guinea pig. She has three grown daughters, one of whom works at CV as a Centre Director.

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Pediatric Nutrition Consultant
Stacey Segal, BScA, MSc, RD
Pediatric Nutrition Consultant

With 15 years experience, Stacey’s career has been dedicated to nourishing babies, toddlers and children. While working as a pediatric nutrition consultant for CV, Stacey works at The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto as a pediatric dietitian, specializing in neuroscience. The CV food program is founded on the philosophy that good nutrition is the fuel that powers active minds. Stacey’s role at CV will be to work with our head chef in developing CV’s menu to ensure that each meal is nutritionally dense so that our children are optimized for learning. Stacey is also the founder of the Prenatal and Pediatric Nutrition Clinic at GSH Medical, a nutrition author for AboutKidsHealth website and a nutrition consultant and author for Cerebelly, a baby/toddler food company. As a mom of two little eaters, Stacey is passionate about helping families raise well-nourished kids right from the start.

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Head Chef
John Kunaratnam
Head Chef

As the Head Chef, John is responsible for the development and implementation of the food & nutrition program, managing a culinary team across all CV locations. John has an extensive background in the food and beverage industry working as the Executive Chef for Georgian College of Applied Arts & Technology and holding multiple leaderships roles at SIRCORP managing both operations and teams. While he’s not in the kitchen, John is a devoted dad who supports his children’s dance and soccer careers. He also enjoys playing golf and travelling with his family.

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