SARAH BROWN – Interim Executive Director
I spent several years teaching English in Asian countries before coming back home to Halifax to work in day care. I was a classroom teacher for 11 years and transitioned to Resource in March 2019. I have a degree in Child and Youth Studies from Mount Saint Vincent and am currently working on my Masters. I also facilitate workshops for the new provincial framework. I am a coach for synchronized swimming.

LIZ SDRAULIG – Operations

Come from away, here to stay I have found my passion for life, work and play on the East Coast. I am fiercely proud of my 2 grown children. I am an avid fan of Canadian and live music. ECE certified and a lifetime of special needs education. Known for my extensive Pink Panther Collection and volunteerism. A piece of my heart will forever be in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

LAURA STEWART – Resource Teacher

I first graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014, it was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Over the next few years, I worked in several centres while I completed my B.A. in Child and Youth Studies and graduated from the Mount again in 2017. Through my work experience I’ve developed a passion for creating diverse learning spaces and I’m excited to be able to continue to grow at Wee Care. In my off time I enjoy spending time with family, art, and photography.

ROBERT FAIRMAN – Cook

I am Robert and despite my young age I have a lot of experience working in different types of culinary establishments. I have probably cooked a meal or two for you in local restaurants. I am excited to be cooking for children, and I will try and make lunch/snack time exciting by bringing my own touch to each meal created while staying within the Day Care guidelines. I look forward to using some of the skills that I learned from Chef Rick Lively.

*Filling in for Paula while she is off recuperating.

ANNA PLASKETT
Music Therapist

I hold a degree in music performance from Michigan State University and a certificate of Music Therapy from Acadia University. In my music therapy practice, I focus on developing each individuals unique potential through creative self-expression, integrating music and movement with the children and including collabrative sessions with physiotherapy. I also work at my practice Heartsparks Music Therapy and recently released a children’s album To The Moon and Back.

LINDA LONGMIRE
Physical Therapist

I graduated from Dalhousie University in Physiotherapy in 1971. I worked in pediatrics at the IWK hospital and even as far away as Adalaide Children’s Hospital in Australia. I love children and have a creative approach to treatment, inspiring movement through joy. When I’m not at work I like to play Newfoundland jigs on the fiddle.

JANICE DAVIS
Occupational Therapist

I began working in the field as an OT since 1992. Over the years I have enjoyed many different work experiences in hospitals, in the community, in nursing homes and now in childcare centres also. I am originally from Ontario but now make Nova Scotia my home. I have a very busy household with 4 children and 2 large goldendoodles. I am very appreciative of the opportunity to be part of such an incredible team.

JESSICA LaRONDE
Music Therapist

I am a certified music therapist currently working with Heartsparks Music Therapy. I hold a Bachelor of Music (Concentration in Music Education) (2012) and a Certificate in Music Therapy (2014) from Acadia University. I specialize in working with individuals with special needs, youth at risk, mental health, and the elderly population. In my spare time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, and seeing live music.

MARLY NAUSS – Teacher with Green Explorers

I am a graduate from Mount Saint Vincent University in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Youth Studies. I am currently working on my Masters in Child and Youth Studies at MSVU. I have experience in child care ranging from public schools to impatient care at IWK. I enjoy live theatre and bringing life back to dying Cacti, succulents and ferns. I am a “plant whisperer!”

COLE ORDE – Teaching Assistant with Green Explorers

I am new to this classroom but not new to the staff and students of Wee Care. I have been a Substitute for some time now and am glad to be able to plant some roots. Getting to know, play, interact and seeing all of the children grown and thrive at Wee Care has been amazing and I look forward to much more of the same. And I will do my part to make it happen!

EMILY MILLER – Teacher with Green Explorers

I am a graduate of Mount Saint Vincent University with a degree in Child and Youth Care. I am currently working on my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I am proud to be a part of the Wee Care community and to work with all the amazing children and families. I love to hike, travel and play my guitar in my free time.

TAMMY ZWICKER-FITZPATRICK – Teacher with Red Researchers

I graduated from the Nova Scotia Teachers College with a diploma in Early Childhood Education. I have been working at Wee Care since 2013. It is a pleasure working with children where I can nurture and provide a loving and educational environment. I value and foster individuality. I am known for fun and hosting dance parties.

JAHANARA PERVIN – Teaching Assistant with Red Researchers

I was born in Bangladesh, a country with natural beauty and hospitality. I moved to this wonderful city of Halifax with my husband in 2017. I’m pleased to join the Wee Care family and glad to be with these lovely kids around. I received my Bachelor’s degree from Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh. I have worked with kids and volunteered in several events back home. I love travelling, meeting people, playing with kids and gardening. Arts, crafting and designing are few of my hobbies.

CHARMAINE EYLES – Teacher with Red Researchers

I was born in New Castle, New Brunswick but have lived in Halifax since 1984. I have been with Wee Care since 2007, I obtained my ECE degree at NSCECE in 2017. I enjoy experiencing many miracles that take place at Wee Care. The children’s smiles touch my heeart to want to do more.


CHERYL BENEDICT – Teacher with Yellow Stargazers

From Dalhousie I received a B.A. in 1983 and in 1985 I earned my Bachelor of Education, focus on Special Education from Acadia University. I have been a proud teacher at Wee Care since September 1985. in 2009 I was honoured to be a recipient of the Prime Minister Award – Certificate of Achievement – for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. In 2018 I was awarded N.S. provincial award – The Infinity Award of Excellence – for years of service at Wee Care and in the field. In my spare time I enjoy reading and hockey, family members, the Mooseheads and the Leafs. I can often be found exploring Nova Scotia on “mini-vacations”.

AMBIKA SITAULA – Teacher Assistant with Yellow Stargazers

I received much of my formal training in Kathmandu, Nepal. I have a Bachelor in Humanities and Social Science from Tribhuwam University, and Child Psychology training. I moved to Canada in 2012 with my husband and 2 children. I love travelling, gardening and being social with friends and family.

KIM WATCHORN – Teacher with Yellow Stargazers

I am a long-time resident of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. In 1988, I graduated from the Nova Scotia Early Childhood Education College. I enjoy travelling, knitting and cats. I have been working at Wee Care since 2017.

AMANDA JEFFERS – Teacher with Mango Adventurers

I received my Bachelor of Applied Arts in Child and Youth Studies with honours from Mount St. Vincent University. I have 20 years of experience in the field and nearly half of those have been at Wee Care. I like fall leaves, sunshine, butterflies, snowmen and the sound of children laughing. I love to read and my favourite quote is “Dreams come true one step at a time.”

ALLEN MADEVILLE-SPEARS – Teaching Assistant with Mango Adventurers

I have been working professionally with children for 3 years after getting my start at a daycare for children of military families, like myself! I got my entry level in early 2019 and hope to eventually go to school for Child & Youth Studies or Elementary Education. For now I find myself loving how the littles learn and grow, and it’s amazing to be a part of that process. I was born and raised in Halifax, I’m the oldest of 5 kids, and I love to read and spend time with my spouse. 

LAURA STEWART – Teacher with Mango Adventurers

I first graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014, it was then that I realized I wanted to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. Over the next few years, I worked in several centres while I completed my B.A. in Child and Youth Studies and graduated from the Mount again in 2017. Through my work experience I’ve developed a passion for creating diverse learning spaces and I’m excited to be able to continue to grow at Wee Care. In my off time I enjoy spending time with family, art, and photography.

JOAN HILLIER – Teacher with Purple Pioneers

Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland, I graduated Early Childhood Education from Loyalist College in Ontario. My husband, Carl is in the military and we met and married in Ontario, although we both call the Rock home. I am very close with my siblings and enjoy playing golf, tennis and pickleball. I have a very unusual nickname…Ask me about it! My obit will say that I am sweet, loving and a lot of fun. It won’t be wrong!

SARAH RAFUSE – Teaching Assistant with Purple Pioneers

I have been working in the child care field for 6 years. I am new to the Wee Care family and am happy that I made the transition. I got my entry leave from Nova Scotia Community College in 2017. I love watching children and learning new things. I grew up and still live in a small community near Halifax. I enjoy hiking and nature walks.

ANNA JONES – Teacher with Purple Pioneers

I was born in 1995 in Brandon, Manitoba. I then moved to Winnipeg and eventually Hamilton, Ontario. I moved to Halifax when I was 12 and it has since become my home. I’ve known I wanted to work with children since I was a child myself, and have worked in the field for several years. I studied Child and Youth Study at Mount Saint Vincent University and completed my degree in 2018. My time at the Mount taught me that I have a passion for working with children with diverse needs and has broadened my understanding of the word inclusion. In my spare time I enjoy singing, guitar-playing and watching cheesy movies with my cat, Nimoy. 

SARAH KEDDY – Teacher with Blue Discoverers

I was the first baby born in the New Year of 1996 in Truro. I moved to Halifax in 2014 to study Child and Youth Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University. I was lucky enough to do a practicum placement at Wee Care and fell in love with the idea, place and staff. Upon graduation, I started work there. I have a cat named Winnie who is named after my favourite childhood character Winnie the Pooh. I have been playing violin since 8 years of age and I love the outside.

CHELSEA RICHARDSON – Teacher with Blue Discoverers

I am 25 years old and I grew up in a small town called Canso, NS, where we spent most of our days outside playing or watching the fishing boats. I graduated from Jane Norman Collage in 2017 with my ECE Level 2. I just started at Wee Care and I love it so much. On my spare time I enjoy going walking, Watching movies/TV shows and Crafting. I also am a big Disney lover and love traveling to Disney World.

*LAUREN JANSSEN is currently on maternity leave.

JESSICA COLE – Teacher with Blue Discoverers

I’m 22 years old and I grew up in Eastern passage where there are many boats and not much of anything else. 🙂 I started at Wee Care in early November of 2018. I’ve spent the last 5 years supporting children from early infants to school aged children. I hold a classification level 1 ECE and look forward to continuing my education in studies of the early years. You can usually find me cooking and eating, attending live music shows, trying to keep all of my plants alive, loving my cats Tom & Lucy, and last but not least supporting local!

AMANDA PILOT – Classroom Float
NEL GODIN-KEATING – Volunteer

I come to Wee Care two mornings a week to help with the laundry and reading to the children. I started my education at Wee Care with Cheryl Benedict in the baby room. I am now in grade 12 and in my free time I enjoy shopping, working out, baking and cooking.

HANDY ANDY – Volunteer

At Wee Care I am a gadget guy, inventive and innovative, a handyman. Before I retired, I had a 20 year career as a Remedial Seating Technician with the IWK, I modified seating for children with special needs. I have always been creative and even pursued an Art degree in University. Originally from Syracuse NY, now a proud Canadian. A world traveller with quite a story to tell.