About Us

Big PLANS for Little Kids Ltd.

big_plans_logo_webBIG PLANS for Little Kids, is a private Early Child Services (ECS) agency funded by Alberta Learning. Our vision is to support the desire of every child, family, teacher, and school in pursuit of successful learning. Big PLANS forms unique partnerships with preschools in your community. Through this partnership, we eagerly sustain the capacity among all team members, to recognize and celebrate individual learners in their community preschool. Our staff is driven by the children’s enthusiasm for what lies ahead and we endeavor to guide the journey that families will embark upon as their child forges ahead into preschool and beyond

About Our Authors

Dr. Karen Colburne

Leanne Shannon

Melanie McIntosh

Susanne Williams

Carmen Souster

Cara Milne

 

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Leanne Shannon, MSW, RSW

Leanne Shannon, MSW, RSW – Re-STORY-ing Family Services 403-818-9553 Leanne is a mom of three and a Social Worker/Family Counsellor who is passionate about supporting families.          

Dr. Karen Colburne

Dr. Karen Colburne is a registered clinical psychologist in Alberta and obtained her Ph.D. from Concordia University in Montreal in 2000. Her training and career have taken place at major pediatric centers such as the Montreal Children’s Hospital, the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, and the Alberta Children’s Hospital. Dr. Colburne has extensive training in … Continue reading Dr. Karen Colburne

Melanie McIntosh

Melanie McIntosh is with Engagement and Education at the Office of the Child and Youth Advocate where she has worked for 10 years. She is the co-chair and co-founder of the Calgary National Child Day Planning Committee, alongside the First 2000 Days Network. She is the mother of 2 amazing girls and a strong advocate … Continue reading Melanie McIntosh

Cara Milne

Cara Milne is the owner of M-Powered Planning Ltd, a business that promotes positive and valuable roles for people with disabilities.  Cara provides training and consulting that is innovative and practical for both families and agencies. Her work takes her on adventures all over Canada. She is also busy raising two girls and is currently on … Continue reading Cara Milne