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.

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.

Danielle (Dani) Porter -

Young Parent Coordinator

Dani grew up in a military family where she was grateful to have experienced a variety of postings across Canada and Europe. As a youth, Dani was an active volunteer for many community organizations which later lead to a career in youth work where she developed and implemented community focused programming for 19 wing military families over a span of 15+ years.

Dani has always felt honored to work alongside young people and actively seeks out opportunities to help them recognize their awesomeness. She is committed to working collaboratively with community partners to create and nurture relationships, developing and implementing positive solutions that support youth in recognizing their strengths and power to succeed.

When not working, Dani enjoys exploring the Comox Valley, finding comfort in others through kindness and positivity. She also loves epic family adventures with her husband and two daughters.

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.

Emma

Teacher

Where are you from?
Halifax- the UK one! 

What do you love about working with children?
I love the fascination children have in the little things, and watching them grow into their own personalities.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley?
I enjoy mountain biking, and paddle boarding.

Lauren

Teacher

Where are you from? Originally southhampton, UK but I grew up in the Comox Valley, moved to Victoria and now back in the Comox Valley. 

What do you love about working with children? I love how much they teach me. The smile they give me and how they always keep me on my toes. 

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

I coach/play rugby or explore everything that the Comox valley has to offer.

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.

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!

Jenny

Teacher

Where are you from? Born and raised in the Comox Valley.

What do you love about working with children? I love watching children grow everyday and become confident within themselves as they explore the world around them.

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime in the Comox Valley? In my downtime I love spend my time outdoors hiking, paddle boarding and walking my dogs.