For Families

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Prince of Wales School

Kristin

Active Play Coordinator

Kristin was born and raised in Calgary. She graduated from Bow Valley College with her Child Development Supervisor certification. In 5 years she hopes to be in a leadership position. Kristin is most passionate about working with children because every day is different and watching them achieve their developmental milestones is amazing.

Maggie

Active Play Coordinator

Hello families!

My name is Maggie! I am currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Child Studies program, majoring in early childhood education at Mount Royal University. I have my level 2 childcare certification, and I am working towards my level 3. I have been working as an early childhood educator for 3 years, with children ranging in age from 10 months-12 years. I completed my practicum at TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs, and I am now joining the team as an Active Play Coordinator. I am thrilled to continue growing with the TOPP KIDS community. I cannot wait to share my passion for learning and children with everyone here. Apart from work, I also love to hike with my dogs, go to the gym and play board games. I would like to take the chance to thank everyone for this opportunity, and I look forward to my time here!

"Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood, for it alone is the free expression of what is in a child’s soul."

-Friedrich Froebel

Shannon

Room Lead

Shannon has always been surrounded with children. Whether it was her five biological children or the neighbourhood children, she is most comfortable in the swarm of children. She loves all ages and stages of development. With her level one, she has worked at the local preschool for the last 10 years. During the COVID 19 lock down, Shannon trained to be a postpartum doula. She is excited to try her hand at the school age care. She loves to be goofy and carefree and is excited to be "one of the kids". She loves the "light-bulb" moments children have when something clicks in their brains and they understand what you are trying to teach them. In her spare time, Shannon collects hobbies. She has done everything from all types of painting, to all types of needlework and all the way to some woodworking and gardening. There isn't anything she isn't willing to try at least once.

Marie (she/her)

Active Play Coordinator

Marie moved to Calgary 5 years ago from Quebec and recently graduated from Mount Royal University with a Bachelor's Degree in Childs Studies with a Major in Early Learning and Child Care and a Minor in Business. She started working with children as a babysitter at 12 years old and continued throughout her life as an extra-curricular animator at elementary schools leading activities, Summer Camps, Early Childhood Settings, before and after school programs, and curriculum programming. She loves to explore new art forms, different physical activities, and new experiences. Anything that pushes her to think creatively and outside of her comfort zone makes her happy. For her, the best part of working with children is seeing the "ah-ha" moment in their faces when they understand something new or figure out a solution to a problem. Supporting them through their thinking process and working on their strengths and interests is what made her pursue a career in child care.

Kim

Program Coordinator

Hi there! I have been in the Early Childhood Industry for about four years and I love to see children grow! I have worked with all different ages from as young as 19 months to school aged children. I am currently enrolled to complete my level 3 in Early Childhood Education!
I am beyond excited to be apart of the TOPP KIDS family and I look forward to building relationships with the children, families, and staff.

St.Philip Fine Arts School

Lainey

Program Coordinator

With almost a decade at TOPP KIDS, Lainey's values have stayed the same- promoting emotional safety, autonomy, acceptance and love for all TK participants. Lainey believes wholeheartedly in providing a space for kids, parents, her team members and school staff that is focused on community, connection and authenticity.

 

Lainey has a degree in dance from the University of Calgary, and loves sharing her love of this art form with the kids.

 

Lainey loves all things Taylor Swift, poetry, and creating relationships. Lainey is all about chosen family- and her TK families are this to her!

Stacey

OOSC Room Lead

I am returning to TOPP KIDS after a hiatus and am SO happy to be coming home! I have worked with families, children, and youth for my entire working life since I was 16. I adore watching children learn on their own terms and absolutely love it when you can see something click in their brains. The infinite potential and capacity in children are what draws me to them again and again.

Sarah

Active Play Coordinator

Hello, my name is Sarah and I recently moved back home to Calgary after spending seven years in Toronto, ON. I attended York University in Toronto and obtained my Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and hope to return back one day to school to either obtain my teaching degree or to become a speech therapist... I am a very indecisive person, and it might take a few years to figure this out! In my free time, you can catch me at the gym lifting some weights or hiking a mountain with a group of friends! My biggest goal for the year is to hopefully be a new mom to a golden retriever puppy!

Keandra

Active Play Coordinator

Keandra Smith is so excited to be joining the TOPP KIDS Family as an Active Play Coordinator. Keandra started her journey with TK in 2013, as a child attending the summer camp program. She then became a Mentor, Junior-Leader, and has volunteered for the past four years. Keandra has continued to come back every year to have fun, make some great memories, spend time with friends and be part of the Topp Kids Family.

 

Keandra recently graduated from Crescent Height High School (CHHS - class of 2021-2022). She was enrolled in the Leadership Program at CHHS where they would create and organize events for the entire school to participate. Keandra was also enrolled in the Sports Medicine Program (where they would learn about how to treat/help athletes that where injured) and she was the Senior Girls Volleyball Trainer at Crescent. This year Keandra won the Grade 12 Athletics Sports Medicine Trainer of the Year (2021-2022) Award and the Sheila Iversen Athletic Training Award.

 

One of Keandra’s best memories about TOPP KIDS was being a Junior-Leader and going on the Leadership Camp. Keandra said she learned how to step outside her comfort zone and how to be a supportive role model for everyone/be part of the team. People find that Keandra is the type of person who is always wanting to have a fun day where everyone leaves with a smile on their face and incredible memories to share with others. Keandra loves taking kids to the park to play new games and making friendship bracelets.

 

Keandra is now excited to start a new chapter here at TOPP KIDS. “I always looked up to the leaders growing up and now I get to be one. It’s a dream come true!” Keandra’s #1 goal is to have a lot of laughter everyday and to help children step out of their comfort zones and try something new in a safe and creative environment.

Agrima

KindiClub Room Lead

Bio Coming Soon!

Mantaj

Active Play Coordinator

Mantaj has always had a passion towards being around children. She loves watching them grow milestone to milestone, and hearing growing up how wonderful she is with children has always been an inspiration for Mantaj to pursue being in a field where she enjoys her time watching these children grow and learn through play. Mantaj is raised in Vancouver BC and as loud but quiet as her personality is you can just tell she is a Libra. In her spare time, Mantaj enjoys travelling, trying out new foods as she’s the most indecisive picky eater you’ll meet and enjoys to try new activities. Mantaj has just recently moved to Calgary with her partner in her own milestone as she pursues to move ahead in her next career goal in the upcoming year. She is excited to be joining Topp Kids and becoming a part of the family!

Cassidy

Active Play Coordinator

Cassidy has been working with children on and off for the last ten years. Her patient and fun energy provides children with a safe environment that promotes growth, development and love! She is currently working towards a degree in marriage and family studies, with the hopes of eventually becoming a child psychologist. Cassidy loves music, physical activity and her family!

Sandra

Active Play Coordinator

Sandra is thrilled to be part of the family and looking forward to getting to know everyone. For her, creating a genuine, meaningful connection with her students, families and coworkers is one of the things she is most passionate about. After graduating with her Early Childhood Education diploma at Algonquin College in Ottawa, Sandra lived in Halifax where she graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Arts with concentration in Family Studies. Eventually she moved to B.C. where she graduated from Vancouver Film School with a diploma in Acting for Film & TV (a childhood dream of hers was to act!). Sandra is happy to combine her love of arts and working with children! On her free time, she likes exploring the outdoors with her husband and rescue dog, trying new foods or having a games night at home.

Coventry Hills School

Amanda

Active Play Coordinator

Amanda has a background in graphic design where she played and created alone for many years but she is excited to pursue her second passion of working with children. She loves the joy and innocence that children bring to our future. "I am more than ready to get my hands dirty to share the fun and laughter of creativity with each and every one of you!"

Madi

Program Coordinator

I grew up in a small town in Saskatchewan. I spent most of my days playing sports and going on road trips. After graduating from Outlook High School I went to Lakeland College in Vermilion and graduated with my Level 3 in Early Childhood Education. I moved to Elk Point and became a pedagogical leader where I got to help the staff build the best space for those kids. I moved to Saskatoon and took on a B&A program of 30 children. That quickly grew into 110 children. In my spare time, I like to go on road trips, play sports, or paint. I love working with kids for many reasons but my favorite one would be how they remind me that I need to slow down and enjoy the little things.

Summer

Active Play Coordinator

Hello. Everyone. My name is Summer. I was born in Guangzhou, China and grew up in two different cities in China. I graduated from Bow Valley College in 2014 and worked in this field for over 5 years. I love science activities and paper origami, and in my spare time, I love to listen to all kinds of music and street dance like Popping and Locking. I aim to provide a safe and crazy, funny environment for children to be themselves.

Rawshan

Room Lead

My name is Rawshan, I was born and raised in Jordan (middle east). I became an Early childhood educator 10 years ago, I have worked in multiple settings with different age groups. My passion for this field started when I started volunteering with my children at the YMCA in children recreational programs alongside my previous experience back home. I love creating a welcoming environment where everyone can contribute and share thoughts and ideas, I believe in the importance of group efforts to better results.
I enjoy cooking meals from all over the world, I also enjoy reading self motivating books, I love swimming and enjoy outdoor activities.

Marcela

Active Play Coordinator

Hi everyone, I came to Canada from Columbia. I have a bachelors in education with emphasis in Biology and Chemistry. My hobbies are crafts and painting. I also enjoy dancing. I am so excited to join your Coventry family and I cant wait to meet you all.

Maple Ridge School

Kelsey

Active Play Coordinator

Kelsey is certified in Level 2 Early Childhood Education and Development; she is currently pursuing her Level 3 Diploma. Kelsey is thrilled to be the KindiClub Room Lead at Maple Ridge and can't wait to connect with the children, families and her coworkers! She has the most fun when she is doing outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming and biking!

Matthew

OOSC Room Lead

Matthew's passion for childcare came forth when he spent time as a member of a youth organization in a local church. Matthew has continued working with this organization 5 years later as a head youth coordinator. Matthew is a graduate of the Health and Physical Education program at MRU. Matthew thrives in creating fun, exciting and engaging experiences for those he works with. Watching children grow and develop is something he truly enjoys. In his free time, Matthew enjoys playing basketball, spending time with family and most recently PC building.

Kriti

Active Play Coordinator

Kriti has always desired to pursue a career in teaching and shaping the minds of children. Her experience working with children from kindergarten to teen years has been a wonderful experience, providing her with great happiness and satisfaction. She pushes herself to ensure every child’s individual needs are met and the brains are built to support the uniqueness of each individual child. Because of her more than 10 years of global experience, Kriti is keen to create a sense of community in every program she is a part of, and to establish a direct impact and be a positive role-model. She loves painting, dancing, quilting, calligraphy, so on… and enjoys outdoor activities too.

Sofia (Estefany)

KindiClub Room Lead

I came to Canada from Columbia around the age of 9. It has been a wonderful experience. I have gone to school, and university and have now graduated! I took fine arts with psychology. I am also hoping to take a master's in art therapy and to open my own business doing journals and stickers! I am so excited to be an educator here at TOPP KIDS!

Mackenzie

Active Play Coordinator

Mackenzie loves spend her time outside work baking and being creative, whether it's painting or drawing or even changing up some ingredients in a recipe to make something new. She is very passionate about working with children and has been working with them for 8/9 years. She is also very active in volunteering with Girl Guides and has been a member for 17 going on 18 years. She spent 13 of those as a girl member gaining lots of experience working with younger members and getting the opportunity to travel. She will be starting for 5th year as an adult member and has the privilege of being involved in two units in her community and she is also a very active member in the rest of my district helping whoever needs support at camps or just even their regular meetings. She has spent countless hours planning and making their weekly meetings full of new and fun activities. She hopes to do the same with your kids and is very excited to teach them and have them teach her new things every day!

Margaret

Program Coordinator
Margaret is passionate about the work she does with children which has   inspired her to be a life long learner in the profession. She has been in the field since 2006 and has had the opportunity to work in several roles as an Educator, Childcare Director and leadership in both out of school and childcare programs
Working with children has taught her to be empathic, creative, patient, and the impact on building purposrful relationships.
In her spare time, Margaret enjoys cooking, gardening, and hiking in the mountains.
I am thrilled to be part of the Topp Kids community and look forward to see what adventures are ahead.

Ray (they/them)

Active Play Coordinator

Ray is a student at Mount Royal University and is thrilled to be joining the TOPP Kids team for the 2023/2024 school year! They are currently studying Sociology and dream of working in the childcare field, as working with children has always been their greatest passion. While still new to the childcare field, Ray is ready and willing to learn all they can during their time with TOPP Kids. Their previous childcare experience is in daycamps, where they have run many fun and exciting daycamps with up to 40 school aged children.

Temi

Active Play Coordinator

Temi, recently moved from London, England to Calgary in August 2023, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to work with children in Canada. She holds a degree in Sociology from The University of Northampton and began working as a nanny during her school breaks. Over the last 5-6 years, she has primarily worked with children as a nanny but also had the pleasure of working in a Special Education Need Provision back home for a year as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism. Working with children of all needs has taught her to be patient, compassionate, and imaginative, as there is NEVER a dull moment when working with children. In her free time, Temi is often found listening to lots of music, reading any book with a good plotline, or planning her next adventure to the mountains! She can't wait to build lasting connections with the children and families at Topp Kids and hopes to create a safe, vibrant, and caring environment for all of the children and families who are a part of the Topp Kids family!

 

Marlee

Active Play Coordinator

Marlee moved to Calgary 3 years ago from small town Stettler, Alberta to attend school and has recently graduated from Bow Valley College with her Child and Youth Care diploma. She has great passion for play therapy and outdoor learning. Marlee has worked with a variety of demographics through volunteering and practicums. She hopes to provide comfortable and purposeful relationships for the children in the program.
When Marlee is not at work you can find her at home snuggled up with her puppy watching movies or out in the mountains adventuring and camping!

Evergreen School

Sarah

Program Coordinator & Practicum Coordinator

Sarah has loved working with children since a very young age and after high school, she took her personal experiences of being in childcare and moved into an educational setting. Her passion for children pushes her to ensure no child’s voice goes unheard. “I want every child to be able to speak their voice and have numerous opportunities to develop into their own unique individuals, so in the future they can overcome any obstacles they need to!"

As well as a Certified and Registered Emergency Medical Responder, Sarah is currently a student at Bow Valley College, studying Early Childhood Education and Development, with the possibility of pursuing a Bachelor of Education in the near future.

In her spare time, Sarah can be found spending as much time as possible outside!  She enjoys camping, hiking, snowboarding, travelling, volleyball, and playing the piano! I am extremely excited to share my love of the outdoors and the importance of exploring nature with the children from TOPP KIDS!

Kristy

KindiClub Room Lead
Kristy has been working with children for over 20 years. She is a mother of 5 and ran a day home when she first started having children. Then, Kristy began teaching cooking classes for kids at a company her friend had started. She became an educational assistant for preschoolers with exceptional needs, which she loved doing for many years. Kristy also taught preschool for a short time before joining the TOPP KIDS family.

Breanne

Active Play Coordinator

Breanne grew up in a small town in Manitoba called Minnedosa. It was there that she found a love for sports and being physically active. She started to coach youth rugby and soccer programs in her community. "This inspired me to be more involved within my community and gave me a passion for working with children". Breanne then moved to Calgary in 2012 to begin her studies at the University of Calgary, and to pursue her dream to play rugby at the post-secondary level. She will be graduating with a BKin in June 2020. "I plan to take time to travel before enrolling in Education to become a physical education teacher".

Kyla

OOSC Room Lead

Kyla is a Mom of two with interests in painting, listening to music, participating in spin class and running. Outside of her personal life, Kyla is a Social Worker with a passion to inspire and encourage others to develop into the best version of themselves through art, active play, and other various learning activities. Kyla’s goal at Topp Kids is to make the experience fun and enjoyable for every child involved.

Joon Young

Active Play Coordinator

I was born in  South Korea and in my family, we had three boys and we always played outside together. That is why I became very active, energetic, and athletic. Not having had digital gadgets at that time, I had a lot of time to play with peers outdoors and on the playground. This provided me with the opportunity to develop social skills.

Following in my father's footsteps, I studied civil engineering. After graduation, I came to Canada to improve my English and it did not take much time to fall in love with Canada because of its cultural diversity. It was a great benefit for me to experience various cultures in one country. Although I majored in engineering, I was always interested in early childhood education. That is because I wanted to make a contribution to our society by helping children become responsible adults. So I studied Early Child Education in Toronto and completed the course in 2016. My goal is to introduce various cultures to children, support their development, and positively guide their behaviors. In addition, maintaining a safe and healthy environment will be my top priority. Finally, every child has different needs and it will be my responsibility to meet their needs.

Caitlyn

Active Play Coordinator

This is my second year at ToppKids , I have loved every moment being apart of your child’s development and journey at Toppkids. I am in school for my bachelor’s of child and youth care counselling. You will often find me goofing around with the kids in program and being a kid myself with them. The best way to my heart is Starbucks coffee and dad jokes.

Jas (Jaskarndeep)

Active Play Coordinator

Hey Everyone! My name is Jas! I was born in Pentiction BC, but lived in Kelowna growing up. I moved to Calgary for school, and completed my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. I am working on getting my Bachelors of Education, as I have wanted to be a teacher since I was a little girl. I enjoy crafting in my spare time, which includes knitting, painting, sculpting, cross-stitching, and whatever else I can get my hands on. I also enjoy hiking and being outside. I am a fall fanatic! I love autumn, it is my favorite season. I wish it was autumn all the time! My favorite holiday of course is Halloween! What's not to love about Autumn? I have two fur babies, and love spending time with them, especially snuggles on the couch! I'm excited to be a part of this team, as I believe that we all have the ability to change a child's life, even if it is a small impact. As they say, "It takes a village to raise a child."

Kendise

Active Play Coordinator

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with experience working with children of various ages and abilities. I enjoy exploring new hobbies and once in a life time experiences such as skydiving. I have been an educator for the past 5 years and I appreciate getting to share those small or gigantic moments of children with adults in their lives.

I love working with children because they are brutally honest. In addition I also have the benefit of seeing their development and growth whether it’s learning to use a spoon ,learning to use the potty or any other skill that they will use throughout their lives.

Simar

Active Play Coordinator

Hi, I am Simar, a delightful blend of Indian spices and Canadian snowflakes, with a pinch of quirkiness for good measure. Born and raised in vibrant tapestry of India. I decided to swap samosas for poutine and chai for maple syrup. Yes, I embarked on an adventure across oceans to the land of polite apologies and breathtaking landscapes – Canada!

Having hopped from Lethbridge to Calgary after my graduation from Child and Youth Care program recently, I'm still trying to find my way around this bustling city. If you spot a slightly lost soul staring at a map, that's probably me – but fear not, I'm as approachable as a warm cup of cocoa on a frosty day!

I would describe myself as an artsy person. I've transformed blank canvases into masterpieces, or at least that's what I like to tell myself. Another unique speciality of mine is that my henna skills are truly exceptional.

For me, my kindness is my compass and sweetness my signature scent. Building rapport is my jam; you could say I've got the Midas touch when it comes to making friends.

I possess boundless energy and a deep enthusiasm for engaging in diverse physical pursuits. My true passion, however, lies in working with children, where I can create impactful and positive transformations in their lives.

As I move forward, I am excited to see how my journey unfolds, and I am committed to making a meaningful impact every step of the way.

Copperfield School

Ashley

Program Coordinator

Ashley has been an early childhood educator for over 15 years, completing her studies through the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook BC. Ashley had worked with children 0 -5 years old for five years before moving to Calgary to become a Nanny. For the last 5 years this was her journey until she joined the Topp Kids family.

In her spare time, Ashley loves reading comic books and finding collectibles. Reading is truly a passion and she enjoys watching Hockey and cheering for her favorite New York Rangers. She also loves crocheting and making blankets.

Joon

Active Play Coordinator

Joon is a man of many talents! Originally studied Land Registry and Automotive service at college before becoming a police officer and later, a detective in Korea. After arriving in Canada, Joon decided to change his direction, graduating in Early Learning Child Care at Bow Valley College February 2016 with his ELCC CDS certificate.

“I would like to be a professional who can enhance children’s various developments and have great relationships between children’s family and coworkers.”

Joon has also been a Junior Golf Instructor and swim instructor. He also loves Motor Racing and Automotive Service Engineering sports, music, and arts.

Andrea

Room Lead

I was born in Grande Prairie, but have been living in Calgary since I was one. I graduated from Bow Valley College with my Early Learning and Childhood in 2012 and have been working with children ever since. For 26 years I was a Ukrainian dancer/instructor and for 13 of those years was a part of a performance group called Suzirya which gave me many opportunities to perform and travel the world.

 

When I m not working, I enjoy creating art such as drawing and painting doing crafts spending time with my family and friends, going on walks, and playing board games.

 Jennifer (she/her)

Active Play Coordinator

Jennifer is a Level 1 Montessori Preschool Teacher who is excited to join TOPP KIDS as an Active Play Coordinator, after owning and operating her own dayhome for 7 years. She has extensive childcare experience, having worked as a Nanny; Before & After School Leader; and Mentor for children and teens with Invisible Disabilities.

Also an accomplished artist, one of Jennifer's favorite quotes is "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up." - Pablo Picasso.

Jennifer believes play and imagination are important parts of everyone’s life, at every age. In her spare time, she paints pop-art portraits, creates nature crafts, makes wishes on dandelions, and plays video games with her son, George. She has been living in Calgary since she relocated with her husband Sean in 2010.

Kirsten

Active Play Coordinator

Hello!! My name is Kirsten and I'm so excited to start my journey with TOPP KIDS! Currently, I am in school majoring in Child and Youth Care Counselling at MRU. I hope to one day work with special needs and add an element of Animal Assisted Therapy.  I had lived in Calgary for the last 5 yrs, before that I lived in Medicine Hat helping my mum with her dayhome. I love working with kids and believe that they all have unique stories to tell us that can increase our knowledge.

 

When I'm not working I am watching movies, adventuring with my heinz 57 pup Atlas, or creating art in my sketchbook

Mekayla

Active Play Coordinator

As a former TOPP KIDS participant, Mekayla was able to see first hand the positive impact of the TOPP KIDS program. This is why she was very excited to join the team and was thrilled about the opportunity to provide that same positive experience for her TOPP KIDS. 

She has always loved working and connecting with children and knew that this would be a big component when choosing a career path. 

Her passions include basketball, and she played competitively all throughout school, and still really loves the game. She also loves fitness, and when she is not working at TOPP KIDS she is training young athletes in the gym. 

She can’t wait to share her passion for fitness and sports in her role as an active play coordinator, and looks forward to having lots of fun with her TOPP kids! 

Chloe

Active Play Coordinator

Chloe has been working on and off with children for the past 12 years. She obtained her Level 1 ECE in 2011. Chloe has worked in retail and merchandising but found her passion was working with children. Watching children grow, reaching their milestones and goals gives Chloe fulfillment and a great sense of joy.

In her free time Chloe enjoys spending as much time as possible with her nieces and nephews (and cat). Puzzling, embroidery, painting, and gaming are all things Chloe enjoys doing for relaxation.

Holy Child School

Arshpreet

Program Coordinator

Arsh was born and raised in India and moved to Canada in 2016 for her higher studies. She has been an early childhood educator for over 7 years, completing her Child and youth care diploma from Lakeland College in Vermilion, AB. She has been with Topp Kids since 2018, her time working with kids until this point has been a wonderful experience, providing her with great happiness and satisfaction. Arsh's Goal is to continue growing in this Field. In her spare time, Arsh loves to listen music, read books and go for a walk. She loves sports so you could find her playing basketball, soccer with children at the program.

Leah

Room Lead

Leah has a strong passion for Early Childhood Education.

Her journey started when she was young, being exposed to early education and care through her family's private day home.

That blossomed her passion at a young age and Leah knew that she wanted to pursue the ECE field and help children grow, learn, and to help shape their minds.

In 2017, she received her first Child Development Assistant certificate and started working with young infants and toddlers moving up with them to the preschool age care.

Leah then decided that she wanted to explore the development of school age children and applied at TOPP KIDS and has been with us ever since.

She loves learning and even loves that you can always learn something yourself new from the kiddos you teach. Leah also loves attending personal professional development opportunities to continue to learn and grow as an educator and a leader.

She now is perusing her dream of furthering her ECE education and one day would love to teach kindergarten and explore becoming a speech pathologist.

Outside of TK, Leah loves going to the mountains, traveling, playing mini golf, and creating art with her Cricut machine.

Jessybel

Active Play Coordinator

Jessybel is a dedicated Early Childhood Educator and is excited to be a part of the TOPP KIDS family. She finished her Bachelor of Education in the Philippines where she experienced teaching school age children and truly has a passion for working with children.

"I believe that I can make a big impact in children's lives"

Jessybel is at her happiest when she gets to be a part of a child's growth and learning. She has also recently completed her Education Assistant Certificate and is planning to take courses to upgrade her ECE level.

Tamanna

Active Play Coordinator

I am a passionate early childhood educator, driven by my love for working with children. Throughout my educational journey and personal growth, I have developed a deep understanding of the importance of early childhood education in shaping young minds.

My education and hands-on experience have equipped me with the skills and knowledge to provide individualized care and tailored learning experiences for children. My goal is to instill a love for learning in each child, empowering them to become confident and compassionate individuals.

Working with children is not just a job for me; it is my passion. Witnessing their growth, curiosity, and joy brings me immense fulfillment. I believe in creating nurturing and stimulating environments that foster their holistic development.

Collaborating with families is crucial to me, as I recognize the significant role of a strong partnership between home and school. By working together, we can create a positive and engaging learning environment where children can thrive.

In addition, as an enthusiastic Active Play Coordinator at TOPP KIDS, I am dedicated to creating dynamic and stimulating environments where children can thrive. With a passion for engaging and active learning experiences, I strive to foster curiosity, creativity, and physical fitness through interactive games, sports, and outdoor adventures.

Collaborating closely with families and the TOPP KIDS team, I am committed to providing exceptional active play programs that promote holistic growth and joyful moments for every child. I am thrilled to contribute to the vibrant and enriching environment at TOPP KIDS, where children can explore, learn, and have a blast!

Malleah

Active Play Coordinator

Malleah loves working in the community and making a positive impact on children and youth. Malleah strives to always provide children a supportive and fun environment and is thrilled to be doing that here at TOPP KIDS getting to know each and everyone of your children.

Allan

Active Play Coordinator

Allan was born and raised in Calgary. He is currently completing his studies at Mount Royal University for his Child and Youth Care bachelors degree. He started at Topp Kids as a practicum student and he fell in love with the environment and what the organization offers to youth and opportunities for staff and practicum students. Allan in his leisure time likes go out for walks in parks and goes out shopping for further build his Transformers and Hot Wheels collection. Allan is looking forward to creating a fun and safe environment for everyone at Topp Kids!

McKenzie Lake School

Megan

Program Coordinator

Megan has been working with children for over 8 years in various child care positions. She has worked as a preschool teacher, behavioral aid, educational assistant, active play coordinator, room lead, summer camp coordinator, tutor, program coordinator and private respite care worker! This is Megan's fourth school year at Topp Kids and she is so happy to be back as program coordinator. Her goal this year is to incorporate a wealth of community, growth and fun! You can always find her smiling, dancing, singing and enjoying her time with the kiddos!

Linda

Room Lead

Linda is a graduate of the Early Childhood Education and Development Studies program and is currently enrolled in the Bachelors of Professional Arts in Human Service program. Working in this field has always been her passion due to the love, care, and support she has for children. So, with her intentions of acquiring more skills in order to be a positive professional educator, she looks forward to creating play experiences in such a way that encourages and facilitate the overall growth and development of the children.

Jarod

Active Play Coordinator

Jarod is a recent honors university graduate with a passion for writing and storytelling. He is looking to make his way in the world, and hopefully, make a positive difference for the children that he works with.

Maddy

Active Play Coordinator

My name is Madison, but you can all call me Maddy! I grew up right here in Calgary, Alberta and have a passion for working with children. I am thrilled to be starting my first year as an Early Childhood Educator at TOPP KIDS Foundation. I am bubbly, kind hearted and excited to work with children and help them achieve to their full potential. Not only do I feel as though I will be a great educator, but I am excited to learn from all your wonderful children as well.

St. Mary's School

Cathy

Room Lead

Cathy has always known that she wanted to work with children and youth from a young age. Her goal has been to move from her hometown of Fernie, B.C. to Calgary, AB to obtain a degree where she can help shape and guide children to achieving their goals. She has received her Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus on Child Psychology. She then started working in the out of school sector.  She loved what she was doing and decided to obtain her Early Childhood Educator Certificate. After a few years, she then took some time away to start her own family. She is a mother to three boys, and has always had the pleasure of volunteering in their schools and other extracurricular activities. She is excited to be a part of the TOPP KIDS Program. Her goal is to help make a positive difference in a child’s day-to-day life. She believes each child should be treated with respect, care, and love. She is happy to meet some new families and be a part of their growing experience.

Maggie

Program Coordinator

Maggie was born in Hong Kong and moved to Calgary, Alberta in 2012. She graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Art in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. Maggie first joined an organization as a Spring Camp volunteer in 2017 and discovered her passion for working in the social services sector, particularly with children and youth. In the same year, Maggie joined the team as a Children and Youth Program Coordinator. Maggie has coordinated different programs catered toward children and youth, including the Spring Camp, Summer Camp, Afterschool Program, Youth Mentorship Program, etc.

 

Maggie was also responsible for coordinating a program to help train young adults to better care for their mental health, as well as to equip them with other life skills to help their peers. She also has experience working with minority populations with different mental health problems or family issues. Maggie has five years plus of professional experience working with children and youth and two years of professional experience in working in mental-health related issues.

Stephanie

Active Play Coordinator

This is Stephanie Wiigs. She has lived in Okotoks most of her life and loves the people there. Since she can remember, she has always loved helping the younger generation to become their best selves and really realize their true potential. Children truly make this world a better and happier place. She can't wait to meet your child and start thier empowering journey together.

Gloria

Active Play Coordinator

Gloria has a degree in Communication with 10+ years of experience developing and implementing external and internal marketing communication plans. As well as has five years of experience working in early childhood education, and holds an ECE level 1. Gloria has finished classes from Alberta Family Wellness on Basic Health
and Safety Concepts for Child Care Providers, and is certified in both standard first aid and CPR/AED level
C.

Additionally, she has put in place baby and toddler programs that fit the goals and strategic plan of the
Okotoks Public Library, fostering community involvement, and cater to the physical and cognitive development needs of the children.

At Bow Valley College, she is currently a student in a level 2 program where her studies are concentrated on early childhood documentation, planning and executing learning experiences, observation, recording, and interpretation, plus regulations and standards.

Bayside School

Girlie

Active Play Coordinator

A teacher’s heart that loves making a child’s life bright. Girlie has always known what she wanted: to be a teacher. Girlie has spent her whole life staying in school since she was three years old. She decided to take Bachelor in Secondary Education major in English after she graduated from High School. Her burning desire and passion to touch the lives of children lead her into enrolling to her second degree: Bachelor in Elementary Education Major in preschool education with special Education Units. Children have a soft spot in Girlie’s heart, and this is why her goal is to be a great mentor as she works to make a difference in their lives.

Stacy

Program Coordinator

Stacy Thorne, alongside her husband, embarked on a life-changing journey when they moved to Canada in 2012, leaving behind their Welsh home. Over the past decade, they have lovingly made Calgary their new home, embracing the vibrant Canadian culture.

With a profound influence from her parents, both dedicated mental health nurses, Stacy has always been drawn to the mental health industry. Her extensive background in this field spans over 14 years, equipped with invaluable experience that has shaped her career. Stacy earned her Health and Social Care Level Two certification from City and Guilds, further solidifying her commitment to the well-being of others.

Stacy's enthusiastic spirit shines brightly as she continues her role as the Program Coordinator at Bayside Topp Kids.

Her warmth and kindness are unparalleled, making everyone feel not just welcome, but genuinely cherished. Stacy is always ready to share a cup of tea and a heartwarming conversation with anyone in need. Outside of her professional life, Stacy is a dedicated mother to two vibrant and active sons who eagerly volunteer at the school. Her love extends to her two beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, named Fudge and Rolo, who bring joy and companionship to her family.

Stacy's journey isn't confined to mental health care alone. In Wales, she earned a Travel and Tourism Diploma and worked as a travel agent, exploring the world and fostering a love for adventure. Additionally, she ventured into entrepreneurship, owning her own baby store, demonstrating her versatility and entrepreneurial spirit.

Stacy Thorne is undeniably the heart and soul of Topp Kids Bayside, a beacon of kindness, passion, and compassion. Her dedication to creating a nurturing environment and her ability to make everyone feel valued make her an invaluable member of the team, leaving a positive and lasting impact on the lives she touches.

Avelyn

Active Play Coordinator

Avelyn is a true Calgarian, born and raised in the vibrant city of Calgary. She embarked on her journey in the world of childcare after graduating high school in 2012, displaying a deep passion for nurturing young minds. Her commitment to early childhood education led her to obtain her Early Learning and Child Care Diploma in 2017, along with her Level 3 Child Care Supervisor Certificate.

With an unwavering dedication to children's development, Avelyn has been working with kids since 2010, transitioning to full-time childcare roles in 2012. Her experience spans private nannying and child care centers, where she has honed her skills in creating engaging and educational environments for youngsters. Avelyn's specialization in art activities has allowed children to explore their creativity and imagination while under her care.

In 2022, Avelyn's thirst for knowledge and personal growth led her to pursue a Graphic Design Diploma, a testament to her versatility and commitment to expanding her skill set. She successfully graduated and earned her Graphic Design Diploma in 2023, opening up exciting new avenues for her creative endeavors.

Avelyn's genuine love for all children, especially those in need of extra support, sets her apart as a dedicated caregiver. Her mission is clear: to be the person she needed when she was young, providing unwavering support and encouragement. Avelyn's aspiration is to play a pivotal role in raising confident and competent children, shaping the future generation with care, creativity, and compassion. The journey ahead is filled with endless possibilities, and Avelyn is eager to see where her passion for childcare and graphic design will take her next.

Angela

Active Play Coordinator

Angela a mother to three energetic special needs boys . She has a passion for supporting and encouraging children, helping to develop and grow their confidence and talents. She believes all children should be celebrated for their uniqueness. Angela loves to spend her free time outside enjoying nature or pursuing her passion painting abstract landscapes. "I'm excited to incorporate this interest into programming with the children at TOPP KIDS".

Rena

Active Play Coordinator

Hello families! My name is Rena and I am from Italy.

I completed my first degree in Midwifery (2012) where I learned the art of bringing forth new souls into the embrace of humanity. Then I joined the International Association Of Infant Massage (IAIM) and worked with parents and toddlers to promote the development of cognitive, emotional, and .motor skills in kids and teach the importance of active listening and non-verbal communication.

In 2019 I graduated in Pharmacy and got the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with school students through Health & Prevention programs and group counseling. The children were encouraged to share fearlessly their problems, assume responsibility for their actions, and were persistently praised for each goal they achieved. Being outdoorsy, I have always aimed to enrich little ones' exploration skills and nurture their social interactions by utilizing the outdoor environment as a year-round classroom and I firmly believe that by fostering the above-mentioned qualities, I can help every child to become, one day, a confident, compassionate, and responsible leader!

Danielle

Kindi Club Room Lead

Hello, My name is Ms. Danielle and I recently moved from Ontario to Calgary. I have been an educator for over two years and i have enjoyed creating excellent memories for children to excel in their interests and passions.

I was born and raised on the beautiful island of Jamaica. In my spare time i enjoy reading, hiking, and exploring Calgary and other part of the world. My goals for your little ones is to provide an environment that is safe and inclusion.
I am so excited to meet you all.

Paige

Active Play Coordinator

Hello everyone!

My name is Paige, born and raised in Calgary, I am excited to return to my home city now that I am a graduate of MacEwan University with my Bachelors of Child and Youth Care.

During my studies, I have worked with children, youth, and families, with a focus on mental health, developing community connections, and using creative arts as a therapeutic medium. I see myself as a life-long learner who loves to explore and grow, this is precisely the reason I love working with children and youth: I get to experience the same joy of learning as I support them in learning and growing and I learn just as much from them too!

Curious and adventurous, I love being hands-on with my work, especially when it comes to using arts and creativity; an artist and a musician, I spend most of my free time painting, sewing, practicing songs on my accordion, or playing the occasional video game.

I hope that with my creative nature, I will be able to develop strong connections and foster fun, memorable experiences with everyone at TOPP KIDS!

Auburn Bay School

Amanda

Program Coordinator

Amanda is a mother of three teenage girls and has somehow ended up with three cats as well. A lover of animals; she would have a whole farm full of them if she could. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood from Ryerson University in Toronto. Since then, she has lived in New Brunswick before coming to Alberta and continues to grow her professional development. Amanda believes that “it takes a village” and is honored to be a part of that village for the families that she serves. It’s about the love of learning, and curiosity and she gets to be a part of that experience. She loves to chat so please don’t be shy! She revels in the personal reward when every family leaves happy.

Ryann

Active Play Coordinator

Hi, I'm Ryann. I just moved to Calgary this year after living in Airdrie most of my life. My interests have changed a lot through the year and I have found myself really intrigued with childcare and child development. Since I was little I wanted to be a teacher, but during high school, my interests steered towards medicine and the human body, which led me to St. Francis university to study health science. With the love and support from my family my career path is coming back around to working with children, following after many of my family members. I have always been an athletic individual and love to exercise, I am so excited to share my interests and start this journey with you!

Megan

Active Play Coordinator

Megan has been working with school-aged children on and off since 2014. She started at a 7-day overnight summer camp that she attended for 11 years herself. Since then her passion for childcare only grew. She's an Alberta born and raised small-town girl. Living most of her life in Morinville, just North of Edmonton, where she was working in a gym daycare for the last year. Living here in the past, it is thrilling to be living in Calgary again, a city easy to truly consider home. In working at the gym she realized that childcare was her true calling. She is deeply excited to be working with and growing alongside all her amazing little humans!

Danielle

Room Lead

Hello! My name is Danielle and I am excited to join the TOPP KIDS family and look forward to making memories with all the TOPP KIDS kiddos.

I moved to Calgary about 16 years ago from Ontario. I owned a Dayhome in Calgary for many years and as well as working for TOPP KIDS, I also work for the CBE. In my free time, I love to read, watch movies, and be outdoors with my Husband, Son, and our little pup Milo.

Vivian

Active Play Coordinator

Vivian serves as an Active Play Coordinator at TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs, embodying a proactive commitment to ongoing personal and professional growth. Her primary focus revolves around supporting families in cultivating enriching environments for their children, emphasizing emotional, social, and physical development. Motivated by a profound passion for witnessing the rapid cognitive growth in young minds, Vivian remains dedicated to fostering holistic child development.

Support Team

Cody Topp

Chair/ CEO

Focuses

Dream, Innovate, Grow & Celebrate

"I believe that every person has greatness within and can perform at an exceptional level once they understand how to self-manage their own performance and are given the right tools. My purpose is to help grow each and every industry professional and have them find their greatness within, so they can have a successful career and change lives while significantly contributing to the success of their company and community.

Growing TOPP KIDS Out of School Clubs / Foundation for over a decade has given me the opportunity to personally work within the Early Learning Care sector, aligning myself with sector professionals, advocates and organizations. Through this involvement, I have found a way to create a new network for Early Learning professionals to gain the tools they need to find their greatness within. We have called our newest initiative ELCC & Community Development.

It is this experience coupled with my knowledge of service management, corporate training, business management, growth systems, and my own sector-specific professional development that allows me to provide a completely unique learning experience for all Early Learning professionals.

I am deeply passionate about delivering exceptional results for our industry, our professionals, their businesses, and the children they mentor. In the Early Learning community, I currently also sit as Chair on the SACDA Board, Chair the Alberta School Age Conference, and am the founder of the Lights on Afterschool Alberta initiative."

Our Operator, Cody took over TOPP KIDS in late 2012. He has been instrumental in every part of the program and its growth, helping develop and expand the group to what it is today. Cody brings with him a wealth of entrepreneurial experience, owning previous successful small businesses along with his background in Early Childhood Education, Hospitality Management and corporate training. As a father of two, husband,  Afterschool Care advocate,  and committed child care provider, Cody is focused on making TOPP KIDS the highest quality childcare company in Alberta and an employer of choice for sector professionals as well as helping guide and create a new standard for School Age Care in Alberta.

Meghan Labossiere (she/her)

Regional Manager

Meghan graduated from Mount Royal University in 2013, obtaining her Applied Bachelor of Child Studies Degree, Children’s Mental Health Certificate and Level 3 ECE Certificate. TOPP KIDS was her first full time job after graduating University, and is so thankful to have been here ever since. She also has several years of experience working as an aide in preschools supporting children who had speech/language delays and behavioral needs. She is passionate about advocating for educators, children and families and providing a safe and fun space for everyone to be themselves. She enjoys reading, soccer, golf and going for walks with her giant 100 lb fur baby. You can also find her sipping on a Nespresso, cracking a joke or two and thrifting!

Chelsey

Business Development Manager

Bio coming soon

Maria Topp

Chief Finance Officer (C.F.O.)

With a background in Business Administration Finance and a passion for accounting, Maria's diligence makes her an incredible Chief Finance Officer for TOPP KIDS. She is a super-mom to two handsome young boys who constantly keep her busy! She is passionate about the TOPP KIDS vision and its growth. She is also the backbone of support to her husband, Cody, our TOPP KIDS President, and CEO.

Claire Gipson

Registration & Accounts Manager

Claire has always known that childcare was the field she wanted to pursue in life; it’s not just a job to go to each morning, but her passion that is being fulfilled. She studied Child Care in Cambridge, United Kingdom, where she achieved her Foundation Degree in Early Childhood and her Bachelor of Honours in Early Child Care and Education. Not only does she have over 10 years’ experience working with children, but she also has 6 years of personal experience being a mum to her own children!

Every day is a chance to learn something new, and she looks forward to continuing her education with TOPP KIDS to develop her knowledge even further. Claire truly believes that a positive, friendly and loving environment where we can fully understand children as the individuals they are, allows them to grow into their unique personalities – being part of their lives and helping to influence their development fulfills her ambition.

Jesse Topp

Facilities Manager & Active Play Coordinator

Jesse is a true educator and shaper of young minds. After completing his Early Childhood Education, Jesse had started working with school-age children and never looked back. For almost 15 years his focus is to develop young minds, provide structure, and inspire children to new possibilities every day. A big fan of physical literacy and loose parts play, Jesse also holds the role of Facilities Manager at TOPP KIDS as well as heads our OHS board and is also a Co-Founder of TOPP KIDS.

Leslie Topp

Founder / Director

Founder of TOPP KIDS.

Having worked in Early Learning & Childcare for over 25 years, Leslie experienced firsthand the incredible effect of early academic exposure and the power of play, imagination, and natural exploration in young children.

In the years that followed, she worked to modify her own child developmental approach, one that would not impose on the child’s natural desire to explore, play, and learn by experimenting with the environment. She then came up with her Play, Grow, Laugh & Learn model.

In 2012, Leslie had unfortunately been diagnosed with Lupus and her son Cody stepped in to continue building on her dream.

Brianna Kelly (she/her)

Regional Manager

Brianna started her career in 2012 doing behavioral therapy with special needs children and enjoys creating an environment where children can flourish. Since then, she has developed and implemented many programs that helps foster a positive environment inducive of social and emotional learning.

Brianna is passionate about working with children and their families and looks forward to a fulfilling career with TOPP KIDS.

When Brianna is not at work she can be found on a golf course or in the mountains with her dog, Charlie.

Shannon Heinrich

Professional Development & Integration Coordinator

Hi there! My name is Shannon Heinrich and it is a pleasure to meet you!

My journey into the ECE field began when my son was young and I had a private day home in Kitchener Ontario. We moved to Calgary in 1998, it was the best decision ever!

I graduated from Mount Royal University with my Early Learning and Child Care diploma in 2000, and I have been in the field for over 28 years in a variety of roles such as Program Director, Facilitator and Program Manager. My passion is working with children and building relationships with teams and with families.

I am a happily married gal with a 28 year old son, a step daughter and our fur baby Rosie the cat. In my spare time, I like to entertain friends and family, take a nice long drive through the mountains and go camping when we can.

I look forward to getting to know the amazing TOPP KIDS team and families as well!

Porsche Wight

Regional Manager

I began working in the early childhood education field in 2011 and I have had the opportunity to work in several different roles including Before and After School care, as a Preschool teacher, and in a management/leadership role. I love getting to know the children and their families and have found that I learn from them just as much as they learn from me. Working with children is inspiring to me because I enjoy seeing the world through their eyes, it allows me to rediscover the joy and magic in this world. When I am not working, I can be found building things in the woodshop, hiking or camping out in the mountains, or paddling across a lake with my husband and daughter.

I am so excited to be joining the TOPP KIDS family and the new adventures ahead!

Kate Law

Executive Assistant

Hello, I'm Kate, a native of Hong Kong. Recently, I made the exciting move to Calgary and have fallen in love with the city's vibrant culture and welcoming community.

During my university years, I served as a tutorial teacher and discovered my passion for working with children. Their boundless creativity and energy captivated me from the start. Since then, I've been committed to creating engaging and supportive environments where children can thrive.

Joining TOPP KIDS is a natural fit for me, as it allows me to channel my enthusiasm for nurturing young minds. I'm excited to embark on this journey, to inspire creativity, foster growth, and make a positive impact on the lives of the children I have the privilege to work with. Let's create joyful learning experiences together!

Ryan Pratt

Operations Manager

Ryan is a dedicated and passionate professional with over 14 years of experience in the Out of School Care field. With a Child and Youth Counseling background from Mount Royal University, Ryan began his career volunteering in a high school Special Needs classroom. It was then that he realized, he wanted to devote his passion, big heart, and great sense of humor to working with children.

With a firm belief in the value of meaningful relationships, Ryan works with children, parents, and staff to build a sense of belonging and community.

When not at work you can find Ryan spending time with his daughter or enjoying the nerdier things in life!

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory" -Dr. Seuss

Lovelyn Fimibama (CPHR) (She/Her)

People & Culture Manager

Hi there! My name is Lovelyn, and what you see is what you get with me. I'm not just your typical HR professional—I'm a proud mom of two amazing boys, and they're my world.
With a background in Human Resources, I'm passionate about seeing both organizations and employees thrive. I believe that success isn't just about hitting targets; it's about creating environments where everyone can flourish.

I'm that ear that listens and that heart that connects. Whether it's supporting teams through challenges or celebrating their victories, I'm dedicated to fostering strong relationships and driving positive change.

Let's work together to make magic happen!

Camie Chanasyk

Regional Manager

Camie has been working with children in multiple settings for the last 17 years! This has included several years working in Out of School Care, as a teaching assistant, and in Childcare management. Camie loves working with children because they're funny, spirited, and creative! She loves building relationships with children and their families and connecting them to their broader community. She holds a bachelor's degree in Communication and culture, a diploma in children's literature, and her level 3 Alberta Childcare certification.

Camie is a horse and outdoor enthusiast! She loves spending time with her two miniature horses, or hiking, camping, and kayaking. She also loves to bake.

Camie hopes to build strong relationships with children and families in our programs, and be part of the TOPP KIDS fun!

Jasmin Conlu

Regional Manager

Jasmin was born and raised in the Philippines. She has a degree in Bachelor of Science in International Travel & Tourism Management. She used to work with Emirates Airlines before moving to Canada in 2015. She started working with children in 2017 when her current work suddenly closed. From then on, she discovered that her passion is seeing families and children grow and have fun. She quickly found herself excelling and moving her way up as a Program Director. Her commitment to understanding children's development showed in pursuing her education further through Bow Valley College. She prides herself as an avid learner.

You will find her taking care of her houseplants during her free time. She also loves camping and going on road trips with her friends and family.

As she embarks in her journey at TOPP KIDS, she is looking forward to grow, play, laugh & learn!