Alex Wood

Iíd like to take this time to introduce myself to the membership of Kinderplace and tell you a little bit about who I am and how I become a member of the Board of Directors. 
I am mom to Eddie, a two and a half year old who currently attends Kinderplace Child Care Centre and has been since he was 11 months old. I was born and raised in Thunder Bay and actually attended Kinderplace from the time I was an infant until I was school aged. I canít put into words how comforting it is that a few of the amazing staff who took care of me back then and who Iíve known my entire life are now caring for my son Ė we have definitely come full circle! 

I work full-time as a Health & Safety Facilitator and have been in the health and safety field for the last 6 years. My husband also works full-time and although we both have a huge amount of family support in town, due to their own individual work schedules, we have had our son in full-time child care since I returned to work and have experienced the transition from infant to toddler to preschool all within Kinderplace.

I am the newest member of the Board of Directors, having only joined April of 2018 after being encouraged to be a member by a passionate couple of staff members. In my short time on the Board, I have begun to learn the inner workings of the facility and have already gained great knowledge on how a non-profit child care centre is run and the challenges and hard work that goes into the day to day operations of the centre (something that I was completely ignorant of prior to becoming a board member). I enjoy being a part of this group and helping make decisions that can positively affect my child, as well as other children and the Kinderplace team. I believe in the Kinderplace Child Care Centre and I think the centreís dedication shows immensely in my sonís love for the staff and how excited he is after each day and that is something I want to be a part of in any way I can. 

Iíd like to encourage all parents to attend the A.G. M. in December for an opportunity to meet the Board of Directors. I want to also support any general member who has an interest in joining the Board of Directors to attend and learn more about who we are and what it means to be a member. It is also a great chance to learn more about Kinderplace and meet other parents and children who attend. We canít wait to see you there!