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Eileen Hunter-Cook

Chief Executive Officer, Board Chair & Founder

Eileen comes to us with over 25 years experience in both the childcare and aviation industries. Eileen began her career in aviation in 1987 with Wardair and rose through the ranks to Senior, Regional Manager at Westjet and then Executive Vice President, Business Development at Navstar Aviation. As a member of the senior management team in one of the top Canadian Commercial Airlines, Eileen was responsible for the performance management and operations in Canada, Eastern USA & Caribbean with a team of more than 1200 staff and a budget of more than $52m.

Eileen has been a volunteer board member in a Senior Management Capacity on several non-profit childcare boards over the past 25+ years. She actively participated in partnership with the Ontario Childcare Sector to support and change the new legislation which modernizes and strengthens Ontario’s child care system in order to better support parents and give children the best possible start in life. Building on these new regulatory changes in the Childcare Early Years Act (CCYEA), continues to refine and improve the regulatory framework to maintain momentum of positive change and continue to support the health, safety and well-being of all children in Ontario.

Eileen earned her degree in Tourism, Technical Trade and Geography in 1980 and since that time she has offered professional business experience in both financial and operational management strategies with a 25+ plus year record of achievements and demonstrated success while being the Co-founder of The Chestnut Tree Preschool.

Cindy Lebel

Chief Financial Officer, Board Director & Founder

Cindy’s experience is in business finance. She has leadership experience in companies, where she has held management positions in Sales, Business Development and Data processing. Cindy is a top sales and marketing professional spanning many fields such as community sporting events, linen & textile, medical microfilm records, children’s services, and retail.

Cindy also has over 25 years experience in managing small bookkeeping businesses. Her commitment to non-profit and charitable organizations both as a board member, key financial contributor, or volunteer are well recognized. Her dedication to children dates back over 25 years as a volunteer board member, coach, fundraising events chair person, assisting young children and the elderly.

Cindy is heavily involved in community fundraising and charity events while being the Co-founder of The Chestnut Tree Preschool.

Bonnie Douglas

Registered Early Childhood Educator, General Manager

All of our programs have been carefully designed by Bonnie and her team of professionals. She is a certified, Registered Early Childhood Educator (RECE) who has qualifications with over 10 years experience in chid care specializing in motivating young children while helping them to recognize their self importance. Bonnie has been instrumental in developing the launch of our various new start-up programs in the Niagara region. Bonnie’s experience and qualifications includes childcare in addition to personal support worker for the elderly and medical administration in a nursing home environment. She has an abundance of valuable knowledge in childcare licensing criteria, public health requirements and the Ministry of Education Licensing and Compliance regulations.

Bonnie earned her degree in Business Administration in 2008, adding additional continuing education and professional development specializing in Early Childhood Education receiving her certification diploma in 2015 and since that time she has offered professional business experience in childcare, marketing, family registration, human resources and operational business management strategies with an 11 year record of achievements and demonstrated leadership success with The Chestnut Tree Preschool.

The Leadership Team