Qualicum First Nations - About Us
Qualicum First Nations - About Us


Qualicum First Nation has been providing early years services to children and families since 2013.

A History of Early Years Services
Provided by Qualicum First Nation

Qualicum First Nation has been providing early years services to children and families since 2013 with the opening of a licensed group child care center. In 2016 they opened a licensed preschool program and in 2017, early years' programming and services grew with the creation of the Cultural Kit program and the offering of Aboriginal Speech Therapy services.

An after-school care program was opened in 2018, and an Aboriginal Head Start program in 2019. In 2020 the demand for the Culture kit program grew so much that services expanded to include programs from Nanaimo to Comox Valley. Qualicum First Nation is at the forefront of providing Aboriginal Early Years services in mid- Vancouver Island.

Meet Our Staff

Pam Moore

I am Tsimshian from the LaxKw'alaams First Nation. I have been and ECE for over 30 years having worked for the K’omoks First Nation, Aboriginal Head Start and owned my own child care centre. I began the culture kit program six years ago and in 2018 received the Prime Ministers Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

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Judy Edwards

I have been an elder for the Qualicum First Nation culture program for 5 years. I bring my love of children and culture to my position. I enjoy coming into the classrooms to see and work with the children of our communities. I have 3 children of my own and 8 grand children.

Barbara Schneider

I have been working with children and families as an early childhood educator for over 20 years. I have a passion for creating immersive educational experiences for young children. I look forward to seeing the many centers and visiting the children in our communities.

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Taryn Wilde

I am a certified Early Childhood Education Assistant and am currently working towards my full Early Childhood Education certification. Prior to working for Qualicum First Nation, I worked at Aboriginal Head Start for 8 years. I strive to bring my creativeness and love for sewing into our culture program.

Odette Herr

As an early childhood educator, I bring with me 25 years of experience ranging from child care to preschool to strong start. I bring my passion for early learning and my love for crafting to the program and look forward to creating meaningful, experiences for the children in our communities.

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Elizabeth Kawahara

I'm a certified Early Childcare Educator with a passion for empowering young minds through education an exploration. My diverse background in digital media and First Nations studies has created space to learn the history of where I live, witnessing cultural teachings and local knowledge in my teaching practices.