Our Team

Natalie Robinson

Executive Director

Natalie Robinson began her involvement with the organization as an active and dedicated director on the board for TNTLS.  Before accepting the opportunity as Executive Director, she held the position of Chair of the Board for the previous 4 years.  Natalie loves helping people and bringing local people and businesses together. She is an enthusiastic young leader in our community.  Even with a young family she began to get involved in the Young Parent Program at Vanier because she always wanted to give back to her community.​

Chelsea Field

Childcare Manager

Chelsea Field has smoothly stepped in to our childcare management position for next year in covering Rebecca’s mat-leave. She was born and raised in Victoria and made a big change to move to the Comox Valley. She’s loved going to all the different beaches and hiking trails nearby with her husband and 2 fur babies.

Pam

Teacher

Where are you from?
I’m from Vancouver Island but reside in Courtenay. I have spent most of my life moving around to various places, but the island has always been home. 

What do you love about working with children?
I love working with children and getting to know their unique personalities and interests, it’s so rewarding to be a part of their lives and watch them grow up. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I spend my downtime with my son and family, I also spend the majority of my time playing music and completing further education in the Early Childhood Education field.

Jessica

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from Campbell River.

What do you love about working with children?
I love watching them grow. Every day is a different day!

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love taking my dog for walks and going to the gym. 

Amber

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from the Okanagan.

What do you love about working with children?
Every day is new and exciting and I am always laughing when working with children!

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love to cook and spend time with my kids. I am really excited for walks with my future puppy.

Ashley Dicus

Young Parent Coordinator

Originally from the lower mainland, Ashley most recently spent a few years in Fort St. John. She has made the Comox Valley her new home with her 9-year-old daughter. They have enjoyed the outdoors, exploring new trails and soaking up the ocean air

Karissa

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am originally from Vancouver and I am new to Vancouver Island.

What do you love about working with children?
I love that they teach me something new every day. My mom was an Early Childhood Educator and I have always admired the drive and passion she had for her career. Her and my 4-year-old son are the reason I chose this path for myself. I want to provide the children I work with everything they need to succeed in life and foster each and every one of their different personalities as best as I can. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I enjoy spending time with family and going for walks and hikes and exploring the island, general.

Jen

Teacher

Where are you from?
I grew up in Richmond, BC and moved to the Comox Valley 7 years ago.

What do you love about working with children?
I love working with children and watching the joy and excitement as they explore and learn new things. I have a strong interest in child development, generally, with a particular interest in understanding socio-emotional components of child development. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love doing anything outdoors, especially camping, kayaking, and hiking. I also love spending time reading and sewing.

Ella

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from the Comox Valley. 

What do you love about working with children?
I love being able to impact their lives and watching them learn through play. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love being outside and outdoor adventures, like hiking!

Krystal

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from Southwestern Ontario.

What do you love about working with children?
I love witnessing and being a part of their learning and growth! 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love mountain biking and hiking and just being outside, in general!

 

Rebecca Kleinman

Childcare Manager

Rebecca’s experience encompasses 18 years in caring for children and 11 years teaching early childhood education in a child care setting. Her most recent position as Administrative Assistant and Head Teacher at Mountain Minis Childcare in Whistler for the past 4 years has prepared her for this new role. Since completing a Diploma in Early Childhood Education in 2010, she has been constantly advancing her knowledge in the field through hands-on work in the classroom and professional development.

Jillian

Teacher

Where are you from?
I have just recently moved home to the Comox Valley from the mainland.

What do you love about working with children?
I love everything about it! My favourite part is when the lightbulb goes off. Knowing I was a part of that moment is incredibly rewarding. I feel strongly about being present in each moment with the child and providing them with the best individual care and support. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I like to spend time with family, do crafts, go for walks, and sit on the beach listening to the waves. 

Rae

Teacher

Where are you from?
I moved to the island from small town Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains and I love it here! 

What do you love about working with children?
I love watching them learn and grow right before your eyes. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I like to walk my dog, cook, and I am currently learning how to mountain bike!

Sara

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from the Tri-Cities.

What do you love about working with children?
I love watching and being a part of their playtime and learning new things every day. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love hiking and going on trail walks!

Orlina

Teacher

Where are you from?
I am from Colombia and have been living in Canada for over 20 years. 

What do you love about working with children?
I love everything about it! I love how full of life children are and how curious they are about learning! I also find that working with children provides me with a lot of positive energy. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I love making art, playing sports, going to the beach, biking, hiking, and dancing!