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:

Sam Veres, Chairperson

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, Community Representative, Secretary

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kieu MacLellan, Community Representative

Kieu MacLellan graduated from Saint Mary’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce and a major in Finance. Starting her career in the Tourism and Hospitality industry as the Promotions and Event Manager at The Palace and Halifax Alehouse.  Kieu then joined the Food and Beverage team at Casino Nova Scotia opening Governor’s Grill. In 2005, Kieu began her Event Management career with the Tourism Industry Association of Nova Scotia – TIANS – where she spent twelve years managing one of the largest tourism industry conferences and a variety of industry programs and partnerships. Currently Kieu is an Account Manager at VERB Interactive, a digital marketing agency focussed on the Tourism and Hospitality sector.  

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.

Jana Miller, Parent Representative

Jana is a parent at Point Pleasant Child Care centre and is serving her first term on the Board. She previously worked at a digital marketing agency for 11 years where she held a number of positions, including Art Director. Jana earned a bachelor of Arts from Acadia University and attended Sheridan College post graduate studies in web design.

Kelsey Redding, Community Representative

Kelsey I a former parent at PPCCC and is looking forward to supporting this good organization. She’s CPA, CA with over ten years of experience in various financial roles including currently a part time faculty in the Accounting Department at Saint Mary’s University.

Kyle Peck, Community Representative

Kyle graduated from the Schulich School of law at Dalhousie University and is currently articling with a full service Atlantic Canadian law firm. Kyle will be called to the Nova Scotia Bar in June 2020. In the past, Kyle has volunteered extensively with various youth hockey programs and with Nova Scotia Challengers baseball, an organization committed to providing children with cognitive and physical disabilities the opportunity to participate in organized baseball. Kyle has also worked closely with under privileged children in a previous position he held as Assistant Community Liaison Officer with the Cape Breton regional Police Department.

Kelly Tomes, Staff Representative

Kelly has been working for PPCCC for seven years. She has worked at all three sites over the years, working with amazing coworkers in all three toddler classrooms. Kelly graduated from the Early Childhood Administration Continuing Education program at Mount Saint Vincent University last year. Kelly takes great pride in working with the toddler age because they grow and develop so quickly in a short period of time.. Kelly is looking forward to continuing her own growth and supporting the organization by joining the Board of Directors as the Staff Rep.