Governance

Sue Willis, Executive Director

Susan Willis has been the Executive Director of Point Pleasant Child Care Centre since 1978. She was born in England and spent her formative years in London, Ontario. As the founding Director of PPCCC, Susan has been instrumental in growing the organization and its employees. She believes that early education and care is the foundation for later success in life and has dedicated her career to ensuring that the children of Point Pleasant Child Care Centre benefit from an intentional, enriched and caring environment delivered by highly qualified, dedicated and enthusiastic teaching staff. In addition to her position at PPCCC Susan is part time faculty at the Nova Scotia College of Early Childhood Education; President of Willis & Associates: Early Learning and Care Consultants and the Course Coordinator for the Early Childhood Education Administrator Certificate Course at Mount Saint Vincent University. Throughout her career she has been involved in countless organizations and committees and always remains a passionate advocate for quality in programs for young children.

Leanne Fletcher, Assistant Director

Leanne Fletcher holds a Degree in Child and Youth Studies from Mount Saint Vincent University. She has been working at Point Pleasant Child Care Centre since 1999. Leanne is the Assistant Director representing all three PPCCC facilities a role that allows her to work cooperatively with her team members to fulfill her dedication to provide quality care for our children and their families. With a daughter of her own, Leanne is also an active advocate for inclusive child care in the community.

Board of Directors:

Emily Balkam - Secretary
Emily is a returning member of the PPCCC family with a child attending the Rice facility. She is trained as a speech language pathologist and currently provides private speech-language services to children with Autism Disorder. She is also the Clinical Coordinator at Dalhousie University’s School of Human Communication Disorders.

Dongsheng Li - Treasurer
Donsheng has a background in accounting and finance and has experience in auditing non-for profit businesses. He has a strong interest in education and would like to see how his expertise can assist the Centre in its goals. He is currently a member of the SMU Alumni Association and will be going to work for the Office of the Auditor General in April.

Lindsay Brownrigg, Community Representative
Lindsay is a returning member of the board.  With several years of experience volunteering for organizations looking out for the best interests of children, Lindsay brings a background in human resources to PPCCC to ensure that not only the children have a meaningful experience but that the employees do as well.

Kimberly Gallivan, Parent Representative
Kimberly is a parent at Point Pleasant Child Care Centre and wants to be able to take an active role in her daughter’s education as well as give back to the community she feels so much a part of.  Kimberly has her Masters of Education degree and has taught in both the public and private sector.  She has held a variety of roles including Acting Vice Principal and is currently teaching Grade 3.

Ethan Pancer, Parent Representative
Ethan is currently a member of the SMU Faculty as a Marketing Professor and is looking to be able to influence his child’s education. Prior to teaching, Ethan worked in the Marketing field with companies such as IMB and Rogers Communication. In 2017, Ethan was recognized by Poets & Quants as “one of the 40 most outstanding MBA professors under 40”.

Clare O’Connor, Parent Representative
Clare is a parent at Point Pleasant Child Care Centre and truly believes in the values the Centre holds. She has experience in the areas of policy development and communication.Clare is a small business owner who understands the demands of running an operation efficiently without compromising values

Brendal Townsend, Parent Representative
Brendal is an inspiration for all of those who care about the ocean. Her relentless dedication to ocean conservation and management is rooted in an appreciation for the fragile ecosystem. Before taking on her role as Senior Program Manager at OTN, Brendal spent years developing a passion for marine conservation. She worked as an active dive instructor in Central America , as Lab Manager for Boris Worm Marine Conservation Biology Group, and a Scientific Coordinator for the Transatlantic Ocean System Science and Technology Program. She received her Master of Marine Management degree at Dalhousie University in 2011. She remains active in the scientific and outreach community though keynote presentations, lectures and community programs.

Sam Veres, Parent Representative
Sam Veres is an Associate Professor in the Division of Engineering at St Mary’s, and also holds an adjunct appointment in the school of Biomedical Engineering at Dalhousie. In additional to teaching undergraduate engineering courses, he also supervises Masters and PhD Students undertaking Biomechanics and biomaterial-based research projects. At home, he loves engaging in his favorite activities with son Vaughn: cooking, baking, gardening, and reading.

Erin Macguire, Parent Representative
Erin will be a new addition to the board this year. She is a dermatology resident physician currently in her second year of training. She has a special interest in pediatric and general medical dermatology. Erin completed her medical degree from Dalhousie University in 2017. Her research interests include shared decision making in the pediatric population and she is currently working on a project to improve physician communication of treatment plans with families of children who have eczema.

Alexander Engau
Alexander is very excited to serve as a new member of the Board of Directors of the Point Pleasant Child Care Centre here in Halifax. A German native, he now lives in Halifax together with his wife Paola (Columbia) and their two sons Benjamin(Halifax) and Frederick (UK). Part of a truly international family, alexander is currently appointed as Associate Professor in the Rowe School of Business at Dal University. In addition to his professional work in academia , Alexander has also volunteered in community emergency Response Teams as well as several other youth oriented societies.

Barbara Rowe, Community Representative

Julia Murphy, Staff Representative