Jessica Jane Stelkia Manager
Way (Hello) Everyone!
My name is Jessica Stelkia and I am the Inkameep Preschool Daycare Manager. I started this position in the spring of 2013 after graduating with my Bachelor of Arts, majoring in History, from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. I have been working with children for over ten years, beginning as a Sun Fun leader at the age of sixteen for the Town of Oliver, and then progressing to coordinator for both the Town of Oliver Sun Fun and the Sen Pok Chin Sun Fun. Over the last year I have had the opportunity to attend many different conferences and professional development workshops specifically geared towards child development. My passion about the well-being of our children stems from my Okanagan roots and the belief surrounding the importance of caring for our future generations. I am truly blessed to be in this position and enjoy everyday nurturing the children’s caring hearts.
Early Childhood Educator
Infant and Toddler Educator
Hello, my name is Alaina and I am one of the educators at Inkameep Preschool and Daycare. I started with Inkameep back in September and have really enjoyed becoming a team member of Inkameep and a part of the Oliver Community. As a child I grew up in Oliver and I am a SOSS graduate. I feel so blessed to be able to move back to such a beautiful small town, be close to family while my husband and I begin to raise our own family. I have been in the ECE field for almost 10 years. I have taught pre-school and daycare and have worked in different infant and toddler settings. I have a passion for young children and love the pure joy and excitement on their faces as they are learning something new. I also teach preschool ballet for 3 and 4 year olds in Penticton at Even Dance Studio. In addition, I run the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program on Tuesday evenings at the Oliver Elementary School HUB. I love my job and always look for new and creative ways to connect and make a positive difference everyday! I love being a part of this young and vibrant community and hope that I can continue to share my own talents and love for children.
Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant
My name is Cathy Hall, I am from the Shushwap Nation and am an Aboriginal Supported Child Development Consultant (ASCD). I have three daughters, two grand daughters, and four grandsons. I enjoy cultural activities such as fishing, hunting, berry picking, and native crafts/ My education consists of; Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia, Early Childhood Educator Certificate from Thompson Rivers University, and an Infant Toddler and Special Needs Certificate in progress through Northern Lights College. I have worked at in-home daycares on reserve for children ages 0-12, Kamloops Child Development Society Variety Club afterschool supervisor, Aboriginal Headstart Coordinator with the Simpcw First Nation; Calgary Catholic School District/ Hope School District as a tutor/native liaison/counseling and teacher/staff support doing workshops on Cultural Awareness. I am very excited to be working with the children and staff in promoting child development
Early Childhood Educator
Infant and Toddler Educator
Special Needs Educator
Hi, I introduce myself as Irene, one of the ECE educators at Inkameep Preschool/Daycare. I began my tenure with Inkameep at the beginning of September 2013. I am from the north east of BC – Cecil Lake, BC. I am a member of Duncan’s First Nation in northern Alberta. A few years ago I spent a week at the Spirit Ridge Resort and fell in love with the area and thought that if I ever had the opportunity I would come and experience the South Okanagan. Lo and behold…here am I. What a beautiful area, community, and what wonderful people I have encountered thus far. I am feeling quite blessed these days. I don’t mind adding I am not missing the cold weather and the seemingly endless shoveling of snow being experienced again this winter. I do miss the people, but am finding my way here with the help of some wonderful folk I’ve met locally.
I have been an Early Childhood Educator for many years and I still love my job. I have worked several years in a Child Development Centre as Preschool Teacher and Supervisor, Infant Development Consultant (IDP BC), Infant Development Program in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Though I have loved all of my jobs, I consider one of my great successes being when I licensed and opened a preschool/daycare through On Reserve Head Start in Northern BC. This program expanded to include an Infant and Toddler Program. I find there are always new things to learn to keep this job fresh and stimulating. My goal through this profession is to make learning fun for the children and to hopefully enhance the children’s’ natural desire for learning through safe situational play, engineered play, dialogue, and all sorts of mediums all to engage the 5 domains of development in the very young years. Earlier is better is my mantra. Here at Inkameep I especially like how the children are being taught the Okanagan Language by suxmamaya (teacher) Candace. I appreciate working in a wonderful centre with a great outdoor play space. I look forward to continuing my service to the parents and children of this area
Artessa Wiker, ECE Assistant
Hi, I am Artessa and I am thrilled to be working here at Inkameep with amazing staff and the fun loving children. I am an Early Childhood Education Assistant and you’ll find me working part time in either the daycare of afterschool programs. The best part of working with children is learning about each of their personalities and watching them grow into amazing individuals with their own thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses. I feel that children remind me of all the simple things in life that as adults we tend to forget.
When I am not at work, my days are filled with being a parent myself and enjoying all the responsibilities that go with it. Sometimes you will see me working at the Oliver Library or at Oliver Elementary helping out in my son’s classroom. I spend a lot of time with my family outdoors enjoying every season Mother Nature has to offer.
Working at Inkameep is a new chapter for me to discover and I appreciate the opportunity to grow here both as an individual and as an Early Childhood Educator.
Shannon Mader, ECE Assistant
Hi, I was born and raised in Oliver, B.C. in a large family of ten. I obtained my Diploma in Biological Sciences at B.C.I.T. I was employed as a supervisor in the Quality Control Lab at Kraft Foods Limited in Vancouver for 8 years. My husband, our two children and I moved to Osoyoos in 1989.
I became involved in the Osoyoos Nursery School Society first as a parent and then as a Board Member. I applied and became an employee for 11 years after earning a certificate through O.U.C. I returned to school through Northern Lights Community College for my Early Childhood Education Assistant certificate.
I have been employed at Inkameep since January 2001 and have been involved in childcare for 23 years. I love my job and enjoy getting to know the families in this community. It has been a delight over the years to watch your children grow and develop.
In my free time, I enjoy being with friends and family, especially my twin granddaughters. Camping, going for walks and reading are interests that help provide balance in my busy life.