Tell us a bit about yourself and why you chose RisingOaks Early Learning for your family’s child care needs?
We were drawn to RisingOaks' play-based learning approach and loved the natural playground at our centre. Our son Matthew has been at RisingOaks for over a year now and loves it, and we've been able to build relationships with the educators and cannot speak highly enough of the RisingOaks team!

Why did you decide to get involved with RisingOaks’ Board of Directors?
Having just come off maternity leave, I was increasingly interested in child development - learning about learning. The opportunity came up to volunteer on RisingOaks' Board of Directors and I'm so glad I decided to apply. It has been such a rewarding experience working alongside the capable leadership team and board - directly contributing to RisingOaks and the early learning sector.

How has being a Director on the Board benefited you personally and professionally?
I have learned so much from my fellow directors and the RisingOaks leadership team, from early learning and child care expertise to strategic planning. Joining the Board has given me the opportunity to have a voice in strategic decisions for the organization, striving towards our vision where every child is valued and reaches their full potential.

What would you say to a member who is contemplating joining the board but is not sure what they can bring to the table or whether they have the right skill set?
Diverse perspectives and skills are our strength! A well-rounded Board has a wide range of expertise. The most important thing is a passion for creating a better future for the children in our community.

How does the board / management try to engage RisingOaks' members and families?
Many board members have children in care and are organically building relationships with staff and other families and children. Beyond that, there is a variety of surveys and opportunities for feedback as well as the annual general meeting. The CEO and Board Chair have open inboxes as well for any questions, feedback or concerns.

What kinds of decisions does the Board make? How is this different from management?
The Board makes strategic decisions while management makes operational decisions - relating to the day-to-day needs of the organization. Management is also welcome to bring operational decisions to the Board for advice or to hear differing perspectives.

Share a fond memory from your childhood that has stayed with you over the years? How has this and other similar moments influenced your parenting style?
Growing up, my parents tried to give us a wide variety of experiences, from saying yes to my requests for a pet turtle, guinea pig, dog, cat... to camping and traveling and trying new things. I hope to maintain this approach in my own parenting, encouraging my kids to say yes to adventures and do the things that scare them a little.


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