Stittsville Childcare Centre seek community board members at first annual general meeting

The Stittsville Childcare Centre (SCC) was started in 2003 by a couple of ladies – Pouran Asgari and Jalileh Ghoncheh. Later Pouran’s husband, Bahman Nazemroaya, joined them as a supporting partner. When SCC opened it was the first daycare to open in Stittsville outside of the school setting.

The SCC is holding their first Annual General Meeting (AGM) on November 27th from 6:30 – 7:30 pm at the Centre, 1488 Main Street. Since March 24, 2017, the SCC has been transitioning from a for profit organization to a non-profit. “We are new to the non-profit status, and are very excited that we are very close to completing everything that needs to be done” Nadean told us.

For this reason, SCC is seeking volunteers from the public to become members of their Board of Directors to be elected at their AGM. They currently require a Vice-Chair; Treasurer and Secretary. They would also like to complement their Board with members who have experience in finance, legal, fundraising, marketing and technical expertise.

Nadean added, “if you or someone else you know would be suited for one of these volunteer positions, SCC would welcome your nomination for yourself or someone else for these important positions. Please send an email to  stittsvillechildcare@hotmail.com expressing your interest, including your resume or a brief explanation of why you would like to volunteer for this position. All nominations will be forwarded to the Chair of the Board”.

A little background on Stittsville Childcare Centre —

Through the years, Jalileh and Pouran built the programs and after five years Jalileh moved on to work with the school board, but has continued to support the centre through volunteer efforts, support during fundraisers, and more recently by joining our Board of Directors. Pouran has continued to work at SCC through the years and remains a strong and passionate leader for the centre and an advocate for all children and families who pass through the doors to become a part of the childcare family.

Embracing the SCC philosophy as an inclusive and nurturing home away from home for the children in their care, the Centre has always had an open door policy to welcome in volunteers, high school students, co-op placements, ECE students on placement, Andrew Fleck’s – Children’s Inclusive Support Services programs to facilitate the inclusion of children with special needs, and university students completing studies related to children to name a few. In years past, the Centre offered space as a meeting place for First Words Screening clinics to operate free of charge.

Many high school students are welcomed, as are college and university students, for full-time summer employment through the Summer Students Program of the Government of Canada. Many of the children who once attended SCC as Toddlers or Preschoolers have returned as teen aged volunteers and you can find several as summer employees.

Supporting their belief in the importance of giving back and demonstrating care for our families and community, SCC has hosted for the past 12 years, an annual summer fundraiser for Cancer Research. The staff volunteer their time to the event and many Stittsville businesses support the cause through the donation of prizes and food products for the fundraiser. Beginning in 2008, the fundraiser is SCC’s way to honour the memory of two parents who sadly lost their cancer battle.

SCC now offers a community minded free of charge playgroup on Wednesday mornings to allow parents and grandparents in the community to have a place to gather and socialize while offering the children a chance to play with others.

With very minimal staff turnover, it is to the credit of SCC that they have built a team of caregivers whose heart and love for the children and families in their care is exceptional!

Should you wish to find out more or register your child at SCC, you can visit their website at: http://stittsvillechildcarecentre.com.


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