Our Guiding Principles

Creative Childcare Consulting is committed to credibility, integrity, honesty and flexibility and the provision of high energy, creative, innovative adult learning and client-driven-services that recognize individual needs.

Our Mission

To promote and provide supports, professional development, networking opportunities and resources to the Early Learning and Out-of-School care community.

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TraudiĀ Kelm

Early Learning and Childcare Specialist

Traudi is a Child Development Supervisor with a long-standing history within Alberta’s child care community. Her educational background includes Early Childhood Education and Development, Business Administration and Human Resources Administration. She is passionate about inspiring early learning professionals, building leadership capacity and enhancing quality in programs that support children and families. 

More than 35 years of experience

Traudi has over three decades of hands-on operational experience specializing in early learning and child care, Alberta Education ECS programming, inclusive child care and out-of-school care. She is recognized as a professional with a unique combination of early learning, childcare and leadership experience, and was the previous owner of a large Calgary based child care facility. As past chair of the AELCS Governing Council, she gained extensive knowledge and experience with accreditation.

Awards

Traudi is the recipient of the first Calgary and Area, Child Care Award of Excellence; Life Time Achievement Award and The Alberta Centennial Medal, "In recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta".

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Diane McKean

Out of School Care Specialist

Diane started on her childcare journey over 25 years ago. Diane has a deep passion for all children and chose to specialize in Out of School Care. She founded and operated a multi-site Kindergarten and OOSC organization. Her Child Development Supervisor certification, Playwork training and expertise in Inclusive Childcare has guided her commitment to bring current research and updated practices to the Childcare Community

Experience and training

Diane has been involved with many provincial and municipal committees that have shaped the landscape of the Out of School Care community in Alberta.  During her time as lead contract developer of the original Out of School Care Accreditation Standards in Alberta she was involved with many international organizations specific to the Out of School Care industry. Diane uses these resources and practices to help support educators and organizations in the Out of School Care profession

Awards

Diane is the recipient of the Calgary and Area Child Care Award of Excellence for Director/Owner.

Our Consultant Team

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Shellina Cusack

Consultant, Early Learning Specialist

Shellina Cusack joined the Creative Childcare team as a consultant on the Supports to Child Care Programs with Regulatory Non-compliances project June 1, 2017. Shellina is certified as a Child Development Supervisor, her portfolio includes eleven (11) years of experience as a licensing officer in the Edmonton region, two (2) years of private consulting for ELCC programs, six (6) years as Executive Director at Glenora Child Care Society and over ten (10) years of experience as a front line staff at MacEwan Demonstration DC and key worker with special needs children.

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Sharon Ness

Consultant, Early Learning Specialist

Sharon Ness is a Child Development Supervisor who has been part of the western Canadian child care community since 1989 and been involved with the Alberta community since 2001. Her background is in Early Childhood Education. Sharon is a recognized member of the Alberta early childhood community having been involved in both local and provincial associations. Sharon is a global Virtues Project Facilitator and is also trained in delivering Positive Discipline for Parents. Sharon owned the first licensed overnight child care facility in British Columbia and has worked extensively in the not-for-profit sector since arriving in Alberta. She is the recipient of the Alberta Association for Community Living’s Community Living Award for promoting the concept and spirit of community inclusion for people with developmental disabilities.

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Marjorie Cole

Consultant, Early Learning Specialist

Marjorie's love affair with teaching began over 25 years ago when she started as a junior/senior high English teacher. Since that auspicious beginning, Marjorie has taught children of all ages – in a variety of contexts– ranging from preschool to post-secondary, public schools to private schools, and in provincial and international settings. She has a B.Ed as well as a M.Ed  with a focus on early childhood and mental health. Some of Marjorie’s past experience include Supported Childcare Consultant, President of SAPTA, and Education Coordinator for the Red Cross.

Currently, Marjorie works in the field of early intervention as a Director of Programming for a not-for-profit, teaches early learning and childcare  certificate / diploma programs for two Alberta colleges, and consults with Creative Childcare Consulting.  This allows her to share her passion for play, for education, and for helping children achieve their potential.

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