An Outreach of
Christ Church Elbow Park, Calgary
3602 - 8th Street SW
Calgary, Alberta T2T 3A7
Parish Office - 403-243-4680
Map and Welcome.
The Preschool is located in dedicated space in the lower hall of the church.
Please use the preschool entrance on 34th Avenue.
To register your child
for our 3yr old or 4yr old programs, please follow link to our secure
registration site. It will open in a new window for you and invite you
to create a personal account:
If more information is required regarding registration, you are welcome
to contact our Registrar at CCPSregistrar@gmail.com
For other enquiries
contact our Program Director at
Nicola Dahlin MEng PEng
Nicola has a long history and connection with the preschool.
Her 3 children attended Christ Church Preschool, and she sat on the Board
for 5 years, 3 as Board Chair. An engineer by background, Nicola worked
in the oil & gas industry for 17 years, before leaving to spend more
time with her family. She has a certificate in non-profit management from
MRU and has volunteered with several non-profits.
Jennifer Booker BEd
Jennifer (Ms. Jen), has a bachelor of Education degree from the University
of Calgary. She has travelled to Reggio Emilia in Italy to study and better
understand the Reggio Approach of teaching young children. Jennifer is
currently studying Language and Literacy development for young students
and is connected to the Reggio network here in Calgary. Jennifer's three
children all attended Christ Church Preschool prior to her employment.
She has been in the preschool’s community for 13 years, teaching for 8
of those. She has a genuine passion for helping children explore their
interests and developing their talents and gifts. She believes that each
child has their own unique view of the world and should be assisted in
discovering their way of expressing their thoughts and ideas.
Veronica Ordzygozdz MEd
Veronica has been with the preschool since 2005. A native
of Poland, she has a Master's Degree in Education from Jagiellonian University
in Cracow and an Early Childhood Diploma - Level III. Veronica has been
involved in early childhood education in Calgary for many years, both
as a teacher and in a director role. She brings an inquiring mind, a love
of children, a host of creative ideas and a gentle and warm manner to
Melanie Anaka BEd
Maria Minutoli-Okrainec BEd
Maria was born and raised in Calgary, and is of Italian
descent. She attended the University of Calgary, graduating with a Bachelor
of Education. Maria taught with the Calgary Catholic School Board for
12 years before leaving to be a full-time mom to her two children, Matthew
and Rylee. Maria has a passion for teaching and reading; especially children’s
literature. She enjoys travelling, biking, and skiing with her family.
Holger, a native of Germany, is on the faculty at MRU Conservatory,
where he serves as Facilitator for the Early Childhood Programs. He is
a graduate of the Orff Institute of the University Mozarteum in Austria,
and taught in Finland, Russia and Sweden before moving to Canada. He is
guided by Carl Orff's belief that there is a hidden artist in EVERY human
being. Through music and movement, he fosters creativity, conveys musical
knowledge and skills, and nurtures an appreciation for music in a non-competitive,
playful atmosphere. Holger has been with the preschool since 2005 and
his classes have become an integral part of the program. He also offers
parented classes for babies and toddlers at Christ Church.
Karli is a Community
Rehabilitation and Disability Studies graduate. She has extensive training
in Behaviour Analysis, and for the past 18 years has worked in the Private
School Sector, both as a Behaviour Therapist and Program Coordinator,
teaching children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. Karli
believes that all children are beautiful, creative, curious and capable
individuals; and is passionate about fostering their development and potential.
Monique has been a member of Christ Church since she was
born and on the board of the preschool since 1999, when her daughter was
one of its first students. She has been very happy to help support this
wonderful partnership between Christ Church and the families and teachers
who make the school such a unique and important part of the community.
Shauna is a Manager
at MNP and has been working for the firm for over seven years. She received
her Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in 2008 and her
Chartered Accountant designation in 2012. Shauna has experience in various
fields including corporate and personal tax returns and audits of NPO's
and private corporations. Shauna was a member of the Christ Church Children's
and Adult Choirs for more than 12 years.
Board Secretary and Parent Member
Board Member/Church Liaison
Doug and his wife Janet have lived in Elbow Park and been
members of Christ Church since 1982. Doug has been a Rector’s Warden
and a member of the Vestry, as well as serving as Chair of the church’s
Board of Management. He was also a member of the Renewing the Welcome
Committee which oversaw the major renovations at Christ Church. Doug has
two daughters who both attended Thumbelina preschool and Elbow Park Public
The Rev'd David Pickett
BA (Hons) MDiv, DD
Inducted as the Rector of Christ Church in 2016, David
Pickett is a member of the Preschool Board and an advocate of the relationship
of the preschool with both the church and the wider community. He has
a strong commitment to the wider mission and purpose of the church as
Rector, and sees the Preschool as both an asset to the church and as invaluable
to the development of strong children, households and community. Fr. David
has two grown chilren in their 20's. His full bio is here.