About our Educators

Lesley Massey

Executive Director/ECE III
leadership@splashcares.ca

Lesley has been in the field of Early Learning and Child Care in many capacities since 1976.  She graduated with a diploma from Red River College in Early Learning and Child Care, from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in Developmental Studies and from University of Manitoba with a certificate in Management.  She has been the Executive Director of S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. since 1995. Since she has been Director she has represented Splash on many committees and coalitions such as; Anti Gang Collation, Parent Child Coalition, Manitoba Child Care Association and The Regulatory Review Committee of the Government. She has been instrumental in making change happen. She has been asked and has joined many committees to improve the lives of children. She volunteered to assist and empower many organizations in the Point Douglas area.  In 2004 she received “The Director of the Year” award. 

Tara Richliwski

Site Supervisor/ECE II
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
leadership@splashcares.ca

Tara has worked at S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. since October 1996, and has been in the child care field since 1991 working in both preschool and school age centres. Tara has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Winnipeg majoring in Psychology and Developmental Studies. Tara’s interests include the artistic side; such as gardening, cooking, listening to music, or seeing live shows. Tara enjoys being in the outdoors, so she likes to swim during the summer, or just chill out with her dog in the back yard. Tara has come to develop many relationships over the years with the children and their families, coworkers, and community mentors and is very thankful to have and continue to have developed those relationships.

Michelle Droux

Administrative Support Team/
Team Support/ECE II
adminsupport@splashcares.ca

Michelle has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education since 2001.  She graduated with Honors in 2009 with her ECE II Diploma from Red River College.  She started working for Splash Child Enrichment Centre in 2010 as a group leader for the Eagle Group.  In 2016, she transferred to the office to become a part of the Management Team.  She is now the Administrative Assistant for both Splash Child Enrichment Centre and S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. Michelle loves travelling to tropical places, listening to music and spending time outdoors on her deck with her dog and family.  She believes in quality care for all children and that children learn best through play. 

Amanda Ploski

Forest School Practitioner/ECE II
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Amanda is a ECE II and a trained Forest School Practitioner. Amanda runs Splash’s summer forest school program, and nature programs throughout the year. Amanda has been with Splash since 2016. Amanda works closely with staff members, and families to create a inclusive environment for all children. Amanda assists Site supervisors with programming for children with additional support needs. As well as writing grants, and creating fundraisers to ensure that Splash’s children have many learning, and enjoyable experiences throughout the year.

Adrianna McKay

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Adrianna is a CCA. She is family oriented and comes from a big family. Family means everything to her. She has been babysitting since she was very young. Caring for children comes naturally for her. Adrianna enjoy what she does! She treats the children as if they are her own. She knows trust, consistency, and connection is real big with children and it is very important. Adrianna is so happy that she is able to be apart of an awesome team and child’s development!

Areanna Carter

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Areanna is a CCA. Some of her favourite hobbies include: being outside at the lake and camping with her friends and family. She enjoys driving around with her friends and having her dog beside her. She also enjoys spending time with her family, and taking her dog Mya to the park as well as playing competitive sports (ringette and softball). She has been playing both sports for 15 years! She graduated from Technical Vocational (Tec Voc) High School where she took the childcare program that is offered there. She has always enjoyed working with children and watching them grow and getting to know them. She looks forward to getting to know your children and getting to know the parents as well.

Charity Erhardt

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Charity Erhardt has been at Splash Child Enrichment Centre since June 2019. Charity has a bachelor’s degree from the university of Manitoba in Family Social Sciences. Charity is often seen using her sewing skills to inspire imagination in the children. Charity is also very passionate about literacy and is always will to read to any child. Charity is always very dedicated to help create a safe and engaging environment for all the children.

 

Javaan Frey-Sam

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Javaan Frey-Sam is a CCA and a very motivated individual. She has previous experience working within retail and child care, and these experiences have taught her the importance of patience, enthusiasm and diligence. Javaan enjoys staying  creative and active through photography, small sewing projects, working out at home and taking my dog to the dog park. She believes that an innovative life style is a healthy life style. She is a social butterfly and considers herself to be a little silly! She enjoys lighting up a room with humour and high spirits. Javaan is excited to be working at SPLASH and plans to bring her positive energy and passion to work with her every day! 

Jerzy Stranger

CCA
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Jerzy started working for Splash in the summer of 2020. Jerzy is a proud indigenous woman who strives to teach the children about the beautiful culture. She teaches the children how to respect Mother Earth and why it is important to do so. Jerzy enjoys guiding the children to enhance their ability to do arts and crafts. Jerzy does not only aim for the children’s successes in being thy owns best selves, she is also committed to keeping Splash a safe and delightful place for all children. Jerzy plans to continue working in childcare as her career path as she enjoys working with children!

Tana Lillie

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Tana is a proud Metis! She has been mentoring, guiding and teaching children for over 20 years! She is passionate about helping our children learn about the world we live in, the First Nations culture, and how they can make a difference, by being kind and compassionate to each other. 

Tia Amadei

CCA
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Tia has been working with S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. since August 2021. She is still very young and she loves working and playing with kids, doing crafts, being outside, playing games, etc. She hopes to have and enjoy the experience at Splash!

Veronica Burke

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Veronica has been working in childcare since August 2019. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, making art, and playing video games. Veronica is very passionate about early childhood education, and hopes to provide children with some happy lifelong memories.

Corine Anderson

Assistant Director/ECE III/Forest School Practitioner
leadership@splashcares.ca

Corine Anderson is an ECE III and a Forest School Practitioner. She has previously worked for SPLASH for just short of 14 years and is happy to be back again as Assistant Director. She is also the current Co-Chair and founding member of the Manitoba Nature Summit and a member of the Manitoba Child Care Association’s Public Policy and Professionalism Committee.  When she’s not at work you can find her in the garden or singing around a campfire. 

Jean dela Cruz

Site Supervisor/ECE II
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
leadership@splashcares.ca

Jean graduated from Red River College as an ECE 2 in 1996. She brings collective experiences from working with children with all abilities ranging from infants to school age. Jean incorporates emergent curriculum, Reggio Emilia inspired approach and Circle of Security in her day to day interactions. She is a lifelong learner who is continuously learning from others and workshop courses and placing those skills into practice while sharing with others. Jean has worked towards being a collective leader who believes in the value of creating connections and positive relationships with our families, educators and the community. She encourages others to share their experiences and knowledge to create an inclusive and creative environment. On her free time, Jean enjoys spending time with her family.  They enjoy taking road trips and watching movies.  Jean has also been learning about plants and growing a few vegetables at home.

Andrea Nguyen

Bookkeeper/Administrative Support Team
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
adminsupport@splashcares.ca

Andrea graduated with Business Administration-Accounting diploma with Honours from Red River College in 2020. She has been working with Splash since March 2020 as a bookkeeper. Andrea is very dedicated to her job as she has passion for working with numbers and logical things like Mathematics. Andrea is responsible for payroll, financial statements, accounts payable and accounts receivable of the business operation. She hopes to contribute more to the development of Splash and to build good relationships with colleagues and children. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music, watching movies, and learning to play the piano.

Dj Gauthier

Administrative Support Team/Tech Support
adminsupport@splashcares.ca

Dj has been working with Splash since 2009. They were originally hired for Splash Child Enrichment Centre and after 2 years moved over to S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc and has been there since then. Dj brings a welcoming nature to the Splash family. They are a proud Non-Binary person and always encourages the children to learn about accepting and embracing other people for who they are. Dj lives close to both centres and always crosses paths with children and families in the neighborhood, always greeting them with a warm and friendly “Hello”. Dj has a background in computers and electronics as well as they are very crafty and resourceful, which helps the children when they want to come up with new ideas for crafts and games. Dj is a very nature based person. They find being in nature a very calming and liberating experience and have taken the time to help the children understand the quietness and beauty of what nature has to offer. Dj is always learning new things and taking the time to show the children, some of those are: New games, Embroidery, Art work, and the like. Dj enjoys the time they have with the children and helping them to experience and try new things and a safe and fun environment.

 

Angelyn Hernandez

CCA
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Angelyn Hernandez has worked in both centres. She is a proud mom of a smart little man. She joined the childcare field because she has always been wanted to be a teacher from a young age. She loves to cook and bake on her free time. She also enjoys scrap booking and art. She loves singing with her son and to the children. Working with the children has taught her many things. Seeing the children learn new things and grow is her passion. Witnessing them exploring unfamiliar things and solve their problems has always mesmerized her in many ways. Working with the children taught her to understand and embrace her patience. She is always looking forward for a new challenge and adventure with the children. 

Jaimie Emberhawk

ECE II
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Jaimie discovered the Splash team while she was in college completing her Early Childhood Education diploma program. The Forest School program and the community involvement of the centre highlighted what she considered foundational to her own teaching style. Jaimie has been a part of the SPLASH family since the summer of 2018. Her interests in Emergent Curriculum and Child-led Discovery made Splash an ideal place to create meaningful connections with families and the surrounding community. Jaimie’s experiences as a life-long volunteer with the Winnipeg Folk Festival have provided her with the opportunity to develop a deep appreciation for the power of the people to create beauty and connection regardless of geographic or cultural differences. She brings this appreciation of diversity into the classroom through music, storytelling and art. She encourages the children to explore the world around them with enthusiasm and an open heart – highlighting the ways we are all connected with each other and the planet we all call “Home.”

Janel Wotton

ECE III
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Janel’s love for childcare started at an early age, growing up in a home where her mom ran a daycare. Janel has been working in the childcare profession for over 15 years and she recently graduated with the ECE level III. She is a proud momma of one little and she is excited to join a team in the community of North End. She believes all children have the right to quality childcare and education. Janel is honoured to be a part of that journey and looking forward to meeting everyone.

Juzel Landers

CCA
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Juzel started working for S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care since October 2021. She is very excited to be spending her day with your children and all of their energy. Juzel comes from a big family. She has 13 siblings and is a middle child. Her favorite interests include spending time with her niece, being outdoor, finding adventurous things to do. She also enjoys crafting on her spare time.

Natasha Stewart

CCA
Splash Child Enrichment Centre
team@splashcares.ca

Natasha is a proud Metis, and she is a very friendly and happy person. She loves working with children and she has tons of experience from working at WASAC summer day camp to helping take care of her younger siblings and niece and nephews. She enjoys being outdoors on nice days and she also enjoys cooking/ baking.

Taylor Spiritchild

ECE II
S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc.
team@splashcares.ca

Taylor is a big kid at heart. She has been working in Childcare since 2000, and graduated from Red River College in 2012 with her ECE II diploma. Taylor started working at Splash Child Enrichment Centre in 2015. She has since moved on to S.P.L.A.S.H. Child Care Inc. and continues to love every minute of it.

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