Our Team

La Vonne Rideout

Executive Director
(403) 894-2074

lavonne@pcfamilycentre.ca

La Vonne Rideout got the “best possible start” in life, growing up as the fifth of six children on a mixed farm here in Pincher Creek. Helping the next generation get a good start has been a motivating goal during her 30 years in early learning and child care.

La Vonne has been a dayhome provider, a childcare worker and director. She has been a home visitor with Parents as Teachers, a developmental support program for parents with young children, and an early childhood education instructor at Lethbridge College. She was a storyteller at the Lethbridge Public Library and a child-care coach with Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement, an agency that provides professional development and training to the early learning and child-care sector.

La Vonne served as an early learning and child-care specialist with Southwest Child and Family Services Authority (CFSA). At CFSA, she helped to draft and implement a new Child Care Licensing Act and day-home standards in Alberta. She also helped to get Parent Link Centres established. As part of the provincial government’s drive to increase child-care spaces, she was given a mandate to create 500 new child-care spaces in her region over three years. Within two years, LaVonne and her team created more than 2,000 new spaces by engaging communities right from the beginning. Most recently, La Vonne has worked doing research and community development with the Early Childhood Development project which has changed the landscape of how Albertans’ view the early years of life.

La Vonne was excited to join the Parent Link Family Centre in February, 2015 to add her knowledge and ideas to the amazing “Dream Team”.

La Vonne has a vision and mission to strengthen the community through building the capabilities of all adults who come into contact with young children. Through an array of different workshops and other learning opportunities she has offered over the years she hopes to build on the information and knowledge that the adults have in a child’s world to help them to master the art of creating environments where children can thrive and reach their true potential.

La Vonne is the mother of five boys, aged 20 to 30, and is very excited to say that she has added a baby girl to the mix when her granddaughter was born.

Linda McKinnon

Executive Assistant, Program Coach

linda@pcfamilycentre.ca

I have worked at the Centre for 7 years and I absolutely love my job. I have always wanted to work with children and now I am lucky to be living that dream. I grew up in Pincher Creek and believe it or not was a farm girl. I am married and have had the pleasure of raising two awesome children.

I love how the centre has grown into an awesome facility. I truly enjoy working with children and their families and I LOVE coming to work every day!

Jacqui Bruns

Child Development Coach

jacqui@pcfamilycentre.ca

I am married to a local rancher, Jason and we have two teenage children. I have been with the Centre for over 10 years (really, 10 years wow!). It has been awesome watching the centre grow and thrive each year. Working with children and their families is my passion and I feel very honoured to get to be a part of the young children and their families lives.

I am passionate about spreading the word that this facility is amazing, and I hope to open the doors to more and more families every year. My promise is; If you come into our centre we will meet you with a smile and make you feel at home.

Bonita Bourlon

Family Support Coach

bonita@pcfamilycentre.caIn 1994 my two children, Emelia and Wyatt, and I began to call the Crowsnest Pass and eventually the Burmis area home. They have since grown into wonderful young adults and are out in the world experiencing life’s adventures.

My passion and career for the past 35 years, working in Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia, has been working with individuals and families celebrating the good times of their lives and offering support, encouragement and tools for their life’s tool box for when the road gets a little bumpy.

As Family Support Coach at the Centre I have the pleasure of working with an amazing team of ladies who also share the passion for children and families. We are very fortunate to work in a centre that is an outstanding learning space with flexible program times and is available to families free of change.

Colette Sinnott

Child Development Coach

colette@pcfamilycentre.ca

My husband, Curtis and I were both born and raised in Pincher Creek and we are happy to be raising our 3 wonderful children here. I love the community of Pincher Creek and enjoy contributing to making it the best place to raise children.

I am extremely blessed to be part of the Family Centre Team and enjoy interacting with the families in our amazing center. Early childhood has been a passion of mine for many years and I am always looking for fun and exciting new things to do with the children at our center.

Diane Bowen-Oczkowski

Child Development Coach

diane@pcfamilycentre.ca

I live on a 5th generation farm, am an educational assistant with Livingston Range School Division and a child development coach with Family Centre.

I’ve been a wife for 32 years, I’m a mom of 3 adult daughters and a Nannie to one grandson. Volunteering for different Pincher Creek community wide events is very important to me, I enjoy volunteering for School council, 4H, Lions, Agriculture Society, Rodeo and more!

Over the past 9 years with Family Centre I have enjoyed interacting with parents and children and initiating programs like, Lego League, Summer Kids Kamp, Dad/Uncles/Grandpas and Me, Lets Cook, Wee Cook and Clothing /Equipment Give Away and Roots of Empathy.

I love to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, cross country skiing or exploring and I am happiest when I am with children where I can help them explore through play.

Samantha Bonwick

Librarian, Literacy Coach

samantha@pcfamilycentre.ca

I was born and raised in Pincher Creek, and though I only have one sibling (a younger sister), I have always had a large, loving family around me. My mom is a teacher and my dad works for the MD of Pincher Creek. On my dad’s side, I am the fifth generation to put down roots in our little town, and the sixth generation on my mom’s side, so I enjoy having a large extended family! I have the same great group of friends now as I did in grade one and I enjoy anytime we get to hang out together.

After high school I took a year off to complete my Child Care Level 1 as a career backup and work at Children’s World Daycare. I then pursued my love of storytelling and books by attending the Library Technology program at SAIT in Calgary. There I met my husband and after three years of city life, we are happy we’ve ventured back to Pincher Creek. I worked at the library and the town’s daycare while raising two wonderful boys. While working fulltime for the daycare I established two different Out of School Care programs.

Next I became a Personal Care Attendant for a local family whose daughter lives with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS), a condition which impacts her ability to live independently. In addition I have been helping the Parent Link Centre with the Daddy and Me program as well as other special events in and around the community.

Shawne Little Mustache

  First Nations Coach

shawne@pcfamilycentre.ca

Oki (Hello) my name is Shawne Little Mustache I am the First Nations Coach here at the Pincher Creek Family Centre. I am from the Piikani Nation, I am a mother of six and a grandmother to five. My family and I have recently relocated from Vancouver Island where I raised my children in Port Alberni B.C, I myself was raised in Vancouver. 

I attended North Island College in Port Alberni and the Comox/Courtney campuses. After completing my educational journey I graduated with my Indigenous Focus EA certificate, Human Services Diploma and my level three child care. I have experience working within the school system as a educational assistant, out reach advocate worker, family support worker, daycare provider, hospice centre, and also worked within the child and family services.

I am vert blessed to work with a team that strives to create a environment to learn and grow with each family and child that comes through our centre and I am looking forward to bringing the old and modern traditions of the Piikani people to our centre.

Michael Cousienau

Male Outreach Coach

michael@pcfamilycentre.ca

I am a veteran (25 years with the Navy).  After leaving the service, I worked in group homes for adults for 12 years. At this time, I went back to university for two years and graduated with a diploma in Child and Youth Care. From there I went to work in the Cowichan Valley School District in Duncan BC as an Educational Assistant for 10 years. I later worked at Providence Farm providing Art Therapy for the residents.

My wife Gloria and I are now retired and have moved back to Pincher Creek on a farm east of Pincher Creek with Gloria’s son and his wife.

Now, I am back to work as the Male Outreach worker at the Pincher Creek Family Centre. I have come back to work because I believe DADS are an important and vital part of the first five years of a child’s life.

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