Program Staff &
Board of directors
Allison Silva - Supervisor/RECE - My name is Allison Silva and I have been the Supervisor of VKC for 10 years. Since the beginning, I have seen the program grow immensely and have met many wonderful children and families. My true passion is seeing children grow and develop through their first few years of schooling. I am looking forward to having many more great years here at Kids Club.
Jane Gellner - Assistant Supervisor/OCT/Directors' Approved ECE/Groovy Gecko Teacher - Hello VKC and community! I have been here for over 5 years and it has been the best experience of my professional life! I have completed my OCT qualifications and many professional development courses but, nothing compares to the experience and constant learning that each child brings. I enjoy being part of the children's lives, and watching them develop through the use of their capable and competent minds. I look forward to the continued, and new, connections that I will make within the community of VKC!
Jenn Mills - OCT/Directors' Approved ECE/Groovy Gecko Teacher - I have really enjoyed working at Victory Kids Club for the past 3 years and meeting all of the wonderful children and families here. I am currently working towards completing the ECE diploma program at Conestoga College. I have a B.A. in Developmental Psychology as well as a B.Ed. focusing on primary/junior education. I have been living in Guelph for 7 years now and I love it here. I work in the morning with infants and preschool children at a childcare centre and then in the afternoon with the Groovy Geckos at Kids Club. I love having the opportunity to work with children of all ages and seeing their curiosity, creativity and enthusiasm every day.
Melissa Iezzi - Groovy Gecko Teacher's Assistant - Hello! Working with children has always been my passion. I did Private Home Daycare for over 8 years, before joining the VKC team. I worked with the school age program at VKC during the 2017/18 school year and I have returned to the JK/SK program for before and after school. Working at VKC has been a new venture for me, and a truly amazing experience. Not only do I get to watch the children learn and grow, I learn and grow with them.
Jennifer Simms - Funky Monkey Teacher - I was with VKC during the 2017/18 school year as a before school teacher, and I returned in January 2019 as a before and after school teacher. After working in the financial industry for 10 years, I decided that it was time for a change. I took a year off to reignite my passion in art, and used this time to truly develop my relationship with my own children. I volunteered at Victory PS, built a rapport with many of the children, and got to know some of the Victory Staff. Being part of VKC has been extremely rewarding and has opened my eyes to get back to what I originally had intended my career to be - Childhood development. I am very thankful for the time I have spent in the community learning from the children and the amazing staff at VKC!
Denia Anderson Dornan - Cool Cat Teacher - Hello VKC! My name is Denia. I have recently graduated from the University of Guelph majoring in Child, Youth and Family Studies (BASc). Most of my experiences have been with younger children in day-care centres, however I have also been involved in the development of resources for children with dual diagnosis, and facilitation of programming for children of all ages. In the future I hope to further my education and become a play-based therapist. I believe in play-based emergent curriculum, so my focus will be on gathering ideas for activities based on what I see the children engaging in, and/or ideas they bring to me. I look forward to the connection that will be made through my time at kids club!
Gillian Elder - Supply, currently spending most of her time with the Funky Monkeys.
PARENT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Holly Dolan - Chair - Hello, my name is Holly. I am married and have two children, Ayden and Ally. We have been a part of the Victory Kids Club community for six years now. I work for Ontario Ministry of Agriculture & Food & Rural Affairs. I enjoy running and riding my bicycle around the city.
Joel Lee - Vice Chair - Hello, my name is Joel. I am married and have two children, Morgan and Benji, that attend Kids Club. I work as a Design Engineer at Earthscape Play; we designed the new playgrounds at Exhibition Park and Riverside Park. My favourite things to do are bike riding, and building and maintaining the GORBA Guelph Lake Trails on my mountain bike with or without my kids.
Allen Hamilton - Treasurer - Hello, my name is Allen. I am married with two children, Bella and Isla. Our children were a part of the VKC community for years and really enjoyed the staff, activities, and the environment they provided. I work for Family and Children Services of Kitchener.
Laura Alexander - Secretary - Hi, my name is Laura. I have two children that attend Victory and VKC. I work at a local school as a core French teacher. One of my favourite things is cheese.
April Vincent - Member - Hi, my name is April. I have one child, Owen. We have attended VKC for six years now and have enjoyed the program. I am a Project Manager for a local general contractor in Guelph and the surrounding areas.
Carolyn Oldreive - Member - Hi, my name is Carolyn. I have two children, Olivia and Lucas, that attend Kids Club. I work as a Caseworker for the Ontario Disability Support Program - Ministry of Children, Community, and Social Services. My favourite things in Guelph include: Fat Duck Bistro, Buon Gusto, Na Na Thai's Kitchen, and 39 Carden Street Bistro.
Sarah Alderman - Member - Hi, I'm Sarah. I have two children, Grayson and Cole, that attend VPS and Kids Club. I work at the University of Guelph researching brains. My family and I enjoy eating at local restaurants such as Baker Street Bistro and Lucky Belly!