Staff


Lesley

Co-ordinator R.E.C.E.
lesley picture Lesley has been working in the field since 1983 but for the past 24 years she have been fortunate to be at Lee Wiggins Childcare. She enjoys working at York University as it gives her the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of individuals. Her passions include, working with children, travelling, gardening, cooking, shopping and decorating.




Michelle

Assistant Co-ordinator R.E.C.E.
michelle picture Michelle has been a part of the Lee Wiggins family since 2006. She is a registered Primary/Junior teacher in Ontario as well an RECE. Some of her experiences working with children include being a Leading to Reading tutor for the Toronto Public Library, camp counselor for YMCA and YYC, and volunteering at several elementary schools. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the depths of the sea, searching for buried treasure, and going on thrilling adventures.




Tracey

tracey picture Tracey is a supply teacher. She first started at the center over 10 years ago and she discovered how much she enjoys being around children and the joy of molding and watching their growth. She is very happy to be back with her friends! She loves to travel, ski, golf, and spend time with her dog Lucy.




Stephanie

R.E.C.E.
stephanie picture Stephanie started as an college student that came to Lee Wiggins to complete her last placement of her ECE diploma at Humber College. She got an amazing opportunity to join the staff and is working part-time as an ECE. Stephanie loves to interact with all the children at Lee Wiggins. They put a smile on her face and make her laugh all the time.




Christy

christy picture Christy is a second year social worker student at York University. She has a passion with working with children and hopes to find a job that reflects on this passion.




Gail

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Rita

rita picture Hi, my name is Rita Colacino. I have been working at Lee Wiggins for the last 20 years. I’ve been married for the past 32 years. I have two wonderful children in their 20’s and 30’s. Working in this field gives me great satisfaction. It also inspired my daughter to become an RECE herself. Please feel free to approach me if you have any questions or if you just want to say hi.




Sayera

sayera picture Hi, my name is Sayera. I was born in Afghanistan. I love to play sports, spend time with kids and bake. I am a second year English major. My career goal is to become an elementary school English teacher. I decided to volunteer because I enjoy spending time with kids. Since I come from a big family and have 11 young cousins I feel very comfortable looking after kids.




Camelle

camelle picture My name is Camelle and I am a RECE. I have been working in the field since 2012. I have worked for Lee Wiggins for 2 years and am now happy to be back. I live at home with my mom and younger sister and hope to become a teacher one day. My favorite color is purple and I love mint chocolate chip ice cream. I look forward to meeting you!




Alix

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Carly

Carly picture Carly attended Lee Wiggins for three and a half years when she was younger and joined as a staff member since 2011. She loves working with all of the children, and seeing their growth! She loves singing, acting, playing soccer, and horseback riding. As well, she is studying American Sign Language, and has really enjoyed learning the language! She has volunteered in an elementary school with kindergarteners and grade 2s and 3s, and with children ages 2-5 years old at the preschool the Deaf.




Ayesha

ayesha picture Ayesha started working at the Lee Wiggins Center in 2015 as a part- time ECA. She is currently studying to obtain her Bachelors in Social Work. Her experience with children include babysitting, tutoring, volunteering in Elementary schools, working with autistic children, volunteering with N.O.I.S.E and doing reading programs with kindergarten students. She is her happiest when she is around children and hopes to continue working with them later on in her career. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and cooking.




Jodie

jodie picture My name is Jodie Vanderslot, and this is my second year at York University in the Children’s
Studies program. I am also a staff writer for the Excalibur, but I will forever be a child at heart and prefer cartoons over watching the
local news. I hope to also get my Social Work degree and one day work with at-risk youth or children with disabilities.




Varisha

varisha picture Varisha is pursuing psychology at York, hoping to one day work as clinical psychologist for young children. She enjoys travelling, cooking, painting, and a good ‘ol cup of tea! Being around children for her is humbling and grounding.




Dena

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Cindy

cindy picture Cindy started at the Lee Wiggins Childcare Centre as a volunteer and was lucky enough to get a job here afterwards. She is now a first year student at York University in the Educational Studies/Concurrent BED program hoping to become a kindergarten teacher in the future. She loves children; spending time with them and helping them grow.