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 Education. 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 these partnerships, 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 endeavour to guide the journey that families will embark upon as their child forges ahead into preschool and beyond

About Our Authors

Lyda Bennett

Nicole Sherren

Sarah McMillen

Nada Jerkovic

Steacy Collyer

Dr. Karen Colburne

Leanne Shannon

Melanie McIntosh

Susanne Williams

Carmen Souster

Cara Milne

 

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Steacy Collyer

As a former first grade teacher, literacy consultant, and a founder and current Executive Director of Calgary Reads, Steacy Collyer has spent her entire adult life ensuring that children learn to read. She and some friends started Calgary Reads on her kitchen table in response to her personal concern at the alarming rate of children … Continue reading Steacy Collyer

Nada Jerkovic

Nada Jerkovic is the Manager of Literacy Programs at the CanLearn Society with almost 20 years of experience in the field. She has had opportunities to work with learners of all ages. Nada facilitated, coordinated and developed several literacy programs for parents with preschool children, early elementary age children and adult with reading challenges. She … Continue reading Nada Jerkovic

Sarah McMillen

Sarah is a Behaviour Consultant with almost 20 years in the field and started her career on the east coast of Canada. Sarah specializes in individuals with unique needs and skills, and coaching others to support them.

Nicole Sherren, Ph.D.

Dr. Nicole Sherren is the Scientific Director and Senior Program Officer with the Palix Foundation. She has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Carleton University and moved to Alberta in 2003 to hold an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research/Neuroscience Canada research fellowship at the University of Lethbridge. Her research focus includes experience-based brain development, neurodevelopmental … Continue reading Nicole Sherren, Ph.D.

Lyda Bennett

Lyda Bennett is a Speech Language Pathologist with almost 20 years experience. Lyda grew up in British Columbia but has called Alberta home since obtaining her Masters from the University of Alberta in 1999. She has spent the majority of her career working with preschoolers and their families.

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