Meet Our Staff
Reshann Butts, Coordinator & Child Development Supervisor
Reshann is proud to be the Coordinator of the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society since 2016. She has worked in the office as a consultant since 2011 and previously as a family day home operator with our agency. Before that she worked in various Early Learning Centres in Red Deer. She has 20 years’ experience in the early childhood field, as a director, room supervisor, and directly working with all ages of children but specializing in infant and toddler care.
Reshann is involved in various other volunteer committees that bring training and best practice to Front Line Early Childhood Educators. These volunteer committees include the Maximize Early Learning and Care Annual Conference, The Central Alberta Family Day Home Association, and the Alberta Family Child Care Association.
It is her passion to encourage our educators to grow and achieve their full potential through training, teaching, mentoring, and supporting.
Ella Brekke, Consultant & Child Development Supervisor
Ella has been in the child care field since 2000, and has worked with the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society since 2007, initially as a family day home operator and then as a consultant starting in 2010. She has also worked with the Red Deer College as a practicum coach and consultant.
Ella currently sits as the vice-chair of the Central Alberta Family Day Home Association, and participates as an active volunteer and member with the Alberta Family Child Care Association..
She is particularly interested in advocacy work, as well as the Alberta Government’s development of the curriculum framework, children’s charter, and social policy framework. As a mother of two, she believes that high quality early learning and child care is an important factor in supporting families in reaching their fullest potential.
Ron King, Owner of All-Pak Custom Packaging Ltd
Ron is a 47-year member of the legion, has been involved with Innisfail Town Theatre for 30 years, was an active volunteer with the Innisfail High School Band, and has been on the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society Board since 2007, currently serving as chair.
Cheryl Thomson, Registered Health Nurse
Cheryl is a mother of two and has served on the board for the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society since 2012, initially as a parent representative and now as vise-chair. In her spare time, Cheryl likes to hike and rock climb with her family. She is excited to be part of a local program that values the early years and supports families as they help shape the next generation.
Donna Arnold, Executive Director of the Henday Association for Life Long Learning
Donna has worked in the field of literacy for many years and has been with the Henday Association for over a decade. She was the 2015 recipient of the Ruth Hayden Memorial Family Literacy Practitioner Award, and is active on a variety of boards - Envision Children First Innisfail, Welcoming Communities, Innisfail Chamber of Commerce, and the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society.
Sabrina McAllister, Owner and Creative Director of Quarter Section Creative
Sabrina is a mom of 2 and a parent representative on the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society board. She has a degree in Visual Communication and is the owner and Creative Director for her own marketing company, Quarter Section Creative Inc., that she founded in 2011. She lives with her husband and 2 children on a farm just outside of Innisfail.
Calene Daines, Chartered Accountant
Calene was born and raised in a small town (similar to Innisfail). She finished university with a Bachelor of Commerce (major in accounting) and completed her chartered accountant designation thereafter. She is married to a farmer and lives south of Penhold with their 2 children. Calene enjoys being a career mom and keeping fit!
Day Home Representatives
Vanessa Ruppert, Family Day Home Program & Child Development Supervisor
Vanessa has been working with children since 2007; she worked as a kindergarten teacher in Guatemala for 3 years and has been with the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society as a day home operator since 2010. She has also worked as a freelance graphic designer.
Vanessa enjoys every aspect of being a day home educator and enjoys preparing the little ones in care both academically and emotionally. She decided to make it her life’s work as a day home educator because she believes every child deserves to have a safe place to learn, play, and grow, and because she has a passion for life’s most important gift “children”.
She feels very proud and lucky to be part of the Innisfail & area Family Day Home Society because she thinks it is a great group of educators and consultants.
Amanda Di Castri, Family Day Home Program & Child Development Supervisor
Amanda has been working within family day homes since 2006; first starting with North Edmonton Family Day Homes Agency and most recently with the Innisfail & Area Family Day Home Society since 2014.
Amanda enjoys volunteering her time within the schools and on this advisory board. Amanda is currently engaging in the curriculum framework as a positive direction for childcare programs.
She is hoping to create a positive impact for herself, families, and other childcare professionals within the child care network. Amanda believes that early learning programs are the foundation to setting children up to be successful through their school years journey.