National Advisory Panel


It is important to us that the learning opportunities we provide are consistent, relevant and practical with the standards of practice in each child care setting. Our advisory panel plays an active role in this process and includes representatives from several different facets of the child care sector.


Robin McMillan

Senior Consultant

Canadian Child Care Federation

Canadian Child Care Federation – committed to best practice in early childhood education. Our organization is about the value of children. We value children.


Bernice Cipparrone

Executive Director

The Atkinson Centre for Social and Child Development

The Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development is a research centre that is committed to using the best available evidence on early child development to inform public discourse, public policy and the professional learning of those who work with young children.

Early Years Professional Development Centre


Cyndi Frizzelle

Regional Manager, Child Care

YMCA Western Ontario

The YMCA provides a vital service to families in the community with Child Care programs that deliver a stimulating learning experience to children in a safe environment. We enrich family life by providing the opportunity for parents to seek employment or education outside of the home. YMCA Child Care provides experiences that enhance a child’s social, intellectual, physical and emotional development.

Karen Isaac

Executive Director

BC Aboriginal Child Care Society

The British Columbia Aboriginal Child Care Society (BCACCS) is committed to nurturing excellence through community outreach, training, education, research and advocacy, to ensure every Aboriginal child in BC has access to spiritually enriching, culturally relevant, high quality early childhood development services.



Melanie Dixon, RECE

Director of Professional Practice

College of Early Childhood Educators, Ontario

The College of Early Childhood Educators (the College) is a professional self-regulatory body for early childhood educators formed to protect the public interest and focused on quality and standards in the practice of early childhood education.

Life Long Learn

Ingrid Crowther, PHD

Executive Director

Life Long Learn

Ingrid Crowther earned her Doctor of Education in Early Childhood and the Middle years. Her background includes teaching in early childhood, elementary school, university and college programs. She has presented at numerous childcare conferences both nationally and internationally. She has published articles in a variety of journals and has completed ten textbooks and a number of children’s books.

Dalyce Dixon

Executive Director

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Victoria

Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada (BGCC) is a leading provider of quality after school and out-of-school programs to children and youth that support the healthy physical, educational and social development of more than 200,000 young people and their families in Canada each year.



Ruth Beardsley

Senior Manager

Child Care Options CCRR

Child Care Options is a program of Options Community Services , a non-profit registered charity dedicated to making a difference in the South Fraser Region. Options is committed to empowering individuals, supporting families and promoting community health.