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Staff

Acorn Daycare is proud to be led by staff that have been honoured with a Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. This certificate of achievement honours outstanding early childhood educators who excel at fostering the early development and socialization of the children in their care.

All permanent staff members at Acorn Daycare are trained in the principles and practices of Early Childhood Education (E.C.E), possess current licenses to practice and up-to-date First Aid Certification that are posted in the Centre. All staff are members of the B.C. Government Employees Union. Each staff must renew their license periodically and attend a designated number of hours in workshops and courses to maintain licensure.

Staff members work shifts that ensure legal and appropriate teacher/child ratios. All staff members are screened upon application and undergo a Canada-wide criminal record search conducted by the office of the Attorney General.

Substitute Staff

Substitute staff is hired for short-term replacement of permanent staff, for leaves related to sickness, vacation, administration, professional development, etc. Substitutes are required to have a clear criminal record and qualifications as required by the provincial childcare regulation.

Staff Bios

Daphne Sweeney

Senior Early Childhood Educator

Daphne has been the manager of the Daycare for the past 30 years. While she takes care of the day to day running of the Daycare she enjoys the collegiality of the Acorn team who have worked together for many years. Daphne is committed to providing a high quality Early Childhood Education program and was recognized by the Prime Minister's office when she was awarded a Prime Minister's award for excellence in Early Childhood Education, Certificate of Achievement. Daphne is proud of and enjoys the strong community of Acorn families, past and present, who have demonstrated their enduring support and friendship. Daphne is married and has four grown children who all benefited from attending Acorn Daycare.


Prime Minister’s Award

Gayle Kelly

Early Childhood Educator

Gayle joined the Acorn Family 25 years ago after a serendipitous practicum placement while completing the Early Childhood Program at Langara College. During the past 25 years, Gayle has enjoyed sharing her love for Art, Literature and Music with the many children who have become part of our Acorn Family. Dedicated and passionate, Gayle spends countless hours planning and executing curriculum for the center. When she's not enticing children to a fun art activity, she can be found decorating the bulletin boards, leading Circle Time and Bon Jovi Dance Parties or photographing the children for the Memory Books they receive to chronicle their time at Acorn. When not at work, Gayle enjoys her time with her husband, three grown children and close friends.

Kelly Zin Yee Lam

Early Childhood Educator

Kelly graduated from Early Childhood Education in 2015. She also has her special needs and infant toddler certification. She has been working at Acorn 8 Oaks since 2016. Kelly believes in working alongside families to nurture, guide, and encourage children to develop through building relationships, exploring and asking questions, and most importantly, play.

Marina Vairo

Early Childhood Educator

Marina graduated from early childhood education in 2010 and has been working in the ECE field ever since. She spent some time nannying abroad and has been at Acorn since 2011. Early childhood education has always been her passion. Marina loves being able to help the children learn, grow and discover new things.