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 Assistant Manager

Chelsea Field is an experienced educator who has worked many years in the field. She loves working with children and has seamlessly become the assistant manager. 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.

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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.

Jessika Trevors

Young Parent Coordinator

Jessika grew up in a military family where she has had the opportunity to live in many provinces across Canada. She’s been actively engaged in the Child and Youth Care Field for nearly 10 years. What she loves most about working with children is seeing their faces light up with excitement, when they discover something new. In her spare time, Jessika enjoys hiking, horseback riding and exploring the Island with her family.

 

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.

Donna

Teacher

Where are you from?
Saskatoon.SK

What do you love about working with children?
I love watching children explore and learn. Helping them to be competent Learners.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
.I love spending time with my grandson, and walking the trail with my dog.

Elise

Teacher

Where are you from? 

I recently moved to the island from Peterborough, Ontario.

What do you love about working with children? 

I love watching children as they see the world through a fresh lens. I also love seeing them develop into their own unique selves!

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?  

My absolute favourite thing to do in my downtime is to take my dog Annie to the beach or through a forest trail. 

Katana

Teacher

Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Powell River and recently moved to Courtenay from Black Creek

What do you love about working with children?
I enjoy the small moments throughout each day where we get to connect one- on-one. Building connections with children and their families is their passion. Watching children grow and develop is something I am extremely grateful to be able to be apart of. Thank you for trusting me to care and educate your most prized possessions.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I enjoy going to waterparks, events, parks, beaches and walks with my partner, kids and his siblings. Family is a big part of my life.

 

 

Rebecca Kleinman

Childcare Manager

Rebecca’s experience encompasses 18 years in caring for children and 15 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 5 years has prepared her for this 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 including her RIE Foundations training.  

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!

Sid

Teacher

Where are you from?
I was born in Ontario and have lived in Courtenay for 13 years.

What do you love about working with children?
Their emerging personalities and their wanting to share their accomplishments. Getting to witness milestones in their development is fascinating; the balance of nature and nurture in each individual child.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?  

In the summer I enjoy being with close friends by the water; camping, tubing, gardening and kayaking. Visiting my wife’s family in Victoria and In the winter time depending on the rain or if we get snow I love to enjoy either!