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Our Team



Executive Director

Sarah Reed

I am a RECE and have been with the CHEEC family for over 15 years including serving as Executive Director for 10 of them. 

I work with a fantastic team to provide leadership and positive guidance for the most fun and succesful outcomes. 

As the Executive Director, I enjoy mentoring our staff and believe in providing a safe and secure environment for all children, staff and visitors. In my spare time, I enjoy camping, driving in demolition derbies and the outdoors. Thank you for choosing CHEEC for your children, it's a pleasure to watch them grow.


Hello! My name is Chardonnay, but my friends here call me 'Char'. I am an R.E.C.E and I obtained my diploma at Loyalist 

College. I have been with CHEEC since 2015. I have been in every single program that CHEEC has to offer but our Marmora site, Children's Nursery Centre, is my home base. My biggest passion in life is travelling. At home I enjoy spending time with my family and 3 cats. At work I look forward to watching your children grow, play, and learn! 


Program Supervisor

Char Salter


Karen Wilman


Program Supervisor

Hello, my name is Karen, and I am a country girl at heart. I have lived in this community all my life and I am very proud of it.  I love being 

outdoors, so I spend as much time as possible outside with the children - weather permitting. I was on the Dean's List when I graduated from Loyalist with my Early Childhood Education diploma.  I have been with this daycare for almost 20 years holding various roles. I love being with your children and watching them as they grow, take risks and challenge themselves to reach their goals. This is not just a job to me; it is my family.  As one child pointed out to me, you don't work, you come to play


Hello, my name is Linda Gee. I have been with this agency since November 1999. I love this job and my favorite part is watching the 

children grow and succeed. Every day is a new adventure and to quote one of the children that I have cared for “We don’t get older, we get greater.” I am currently working the with toddlers and the school age children in Madoc. I have however, worked in all 4 of our locations and love to meet all if the children and the parents. I look forward to many more years with this agency and watching even more of the children that has been here in the past bring their children here as well.


Linda Gee

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Debbie Wilman


Hi, my name is Debbie Wilman and I have been a team member at the Madoc site for the last eighteen years. When I began, I worked

part-time (as the cook) as my own children were quite young.  In fact, my youngest child attended the Madoc Nursery School until she began school.  I have held many positions with the organization; enhanced support, preschool and infant/toddler teacher.  Presently, I am working in the Toddler program.  I enjoy working with young children; learning with them and learning from them.

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Ann Milne


within our program and really excel when working through tough situations or difficult transitions. I'm grateful for the opportunity to work with your children each and every day.

I've worked for CHEEC for over 15 years and have worked in all of our programs offered at one time or another. I can be the voice of 


Jaclyn VanExan


I am a very caring fun and loving person, I really enjoying being there for others and helping people out. I also love animals; I

have a few pets of my own, hope to get more as time goes by. I knew

since I was young that I wanted to work with children, I love watching and helping children learn, grow and be there for them whenever they need it. I love all the children like they're my own.


Hailey Smith


over 10 years. I've always had a passion to work with children since I was younger. I have gained experience and knowledge in Early Childhood Education starting back in high school through a co-op placement at a daycare. When the placement was finished, the daycare hired me. I then went on to college and became a Registered Early Childhood Educator. I enjoy working with children. I love seeing them grow, learn and become their own person. 

Hello, my name is Hailey Smith and I'm happy to be part of the CHEEC family and have worked in the Early Childhood Education for 



Megan Holmes

E.C.E In-Training

Hello, my name is Megan Holmes. I have been part of this organization for nearly 7 years now and have grown and learned so much over my

years here. I'm currently studying and completing my child development practitioner apprenticeship though Loyalist College. I enjoy bringing a creative element to the program by planning and facilitating different crafts, science experiments and other explorations. Thank you for trusting us with your children and allowing us to play a role in their development.   

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Shawna Wilman

E.C.E In-Training 

Hi, my name is Shawna Wilman.  I have been working part time and suppling at the Madoc Nursery School and Daycare in the Toddler

 for just over a year.  I am currently a student at Loyalist College and am working towards completing my ECE diploma.  I enjoy working with the Toddlers, watching them grow and develop.  I enjoy watching them and seeing how excited they become when they discover something new for the very first time.


Jessica Moore

School-Age Staff

My name is Jessica Moore, I run the before and after school program in Marmora, and supply at the nursery centre. I have worked here for 14

 years. I love that I get to work with all age groups, and be apart of building a positive future for all of our children! 


Sara Wells

Enhanced Support

Hello my name is Sara, I’ve been in childcare for nearly 15 years, I moved to Madoc 6 years ago where I have had the pleasure of working 

for this wonderful organization. I believe every child is unique and I love watching them learn and grow everyday, Thank you for putting your trust in us and letting us be apart of your child’s early years.


Rylee Flagler

Enhanced Support, E.C.E In Training

  I am truly excited to work with your children as working with children has always been my passion, I am currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program part time with St Lawrence college.
I am a mom to two beautiful children who also attend Children Nursery Centre! It's a wonderful place to watch your babies grow.
I am here to help create a warm, nurturing space for your little ones to learn and explore. I am so pleased to join you in helping your child grow!

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Christine Shire

Enhanced Support/Cleaner

Introduction coming soon


Jessica Como

Supply Staff

Hello! I’m Jessica and I started working as a supply at CHEEC in July 2022. Through my own experiences as a mother, I came to 

discover a great love for working with children. I enjoy immersing myself in imaginative play; guiding the children as they learn about themselves and the world around them. I am very happy to be a part of such a wonderful team!


Candy Dafoe

Nutritional Coordinator

Hello, my name is Candy Dafoe and I have been involved with Central Hastings Early Education and Child Care since 1994, when

it was a nursery school held in the basement of a church. I started as a parent, then a member of the board, and in 1995 I started cooking. I enjoy preparing healthy meals and snacks, while also encouraging the kids to try new foods


Jaden Freeman

Preschool Staff

Introduction coming soon!

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Christine Ferguson

School Age Staff

Hi There!

     My name is Christine Ferguson. It's such a privilege to be able to work with children and be a part of their growth and development. It's a pleasure to see them go through the different stages of life 

     I enjoy playing games, creating crafts, reading books and watching your children grow each and everyday 

     Thank you for enrolling your child/children with us.


Michaela Dowling


                                I am an Early Childhood Educator, have been working with all age groups for many years, but school aged by far, is my favourite. I am currently at the the before and school care in Madoc Township School as well as call in supply in both center's for CHEEC. I have 2 dog fur babies at home, which I love very dearly as if they were children! I am also a graphic design artist. I love bringing in my creative background into each program I work with to make each experience working with children a positive, fun and memorable one.

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