What makes us different is the team of people we have assembled here and we are proud to introduce them to you.
Not just a Bulldog owner, Amy is at the hub of all creative goings-on and oversees the company’s business development and strategic planning. She is Bulldog’s creative mastermind. Her passion and hard work is inspiring not only to the kids, but the entire Bulldog team. She can often be found with a power tool in hand, building some epic Survivor puzzles to enhance her lifelong passion of running Leadership camps for youth. She’s well versed in the art of communication, in tune with business and while Brent often threatens to take away her Visa card, she still manages to keep Bulldog looking great and on budget. Amy joined the Bulldog team in 2011 and she’s been managing the Bulldog shenanigans ever since. A lifelong sports fanatic means you’ll usually catch Amy sneaking into her office to catch the score of the game while simultaneously manning the Bulldog phone, paying bills and settling a dispute over a fidget spinner. We’re not sure how she finds time to do it all, but the sleeping bag stashed under her desk may be a clue. #whatwouldwedowithoutAmy
Having the dubious honor of being the most frequently called upon Bulldog staffer, Brent (or “BRENT!” as he’s known around here) oversees the operation and maintenance of Bulldog's general facility operations. Invariably calm, cool and collected, Brent seems to effortlessly head off a potential crisis, though we sometimes wonder about the large collection of stress toys around his desk. He’s got quite the set of skills in his arsenal. His patience is legendary. He can drive a bus of screaming kids with laser focus. You’ve probably seen Brent around town, driving our Bulldog Bus! Give him a big wave, he loves that! He’s also a veritable encyclopedia of Disney songs. Now, he associated this to having 4 children, but we’ve caught him tossing his Disney Hits CD in the back of his car real quick whenever he gives us a ride somewhere. You’ve heard nothing until you’ve heard his rendition of “A Whole New World”. Simon Cowell would be proud. Brent would do pretty much anything for Bulldog, though he denies ever having dressed up as a princess #morethanonce to complete our staff Halloween costumes.
Kara, a 2011 addition to our Bulldog team, serves as our problem-solving, go-getting, policy-writing Bulldog Ambassador! She heads our innovative kids’ programs and the kids appreciate her funny and outgoing demeanor, and the fact that she always goes above and beyond to make sure they have fun. Fellow Bulldog staff also appreciate Kara’s quirky positive attitude and agree it makes up for her all-out obsession with Harry Potter. A recent Bachelor of Education graduate, we convinced Kara to make Bulldog her future by changing her unofficial title to “Headmaster Kara” and letting her turn Bulldog into Hogwarts for one week every summer. We drew the line at the pet owl. As if she isn’t busy enough, Kara spends most of her free time competitively horseback riding her 20 year old horse, Owen. We’re convinced if she didn’t spend all of her salary on boarding and caring for Owen, that she’d be retired in a mansion in Beverly Hills by now. We’re keeping this on the down-low for now, no need to let her know. ;)
While most of us at Bulldog think being a Habs fan is embarrassing, Jake rocks his Montreal Canadiens sweater proudly. We do admire his loyalty. Though we make fun of him for his choice in hockey teams, we appreciate his outgoing personality and problem solving skills. He has a natural ability to solve any issue he is confronted with. Conflict resolution? Jake is on it. I guess it makes sense that he’s a pro at solving problems, seeing as he is currently enrolled in police foundations. Jake joined our Bulldog team to run the most epic sports programs as well as ensuring our weekend birthday parties run without a hitch. He’s pretty awesome, we know you’ll agree.
Picture the nicest person you have ever met… now times that level of niceness by 12976494687. Yep, that’s how nice Cara is. She is like a wizard on the front desk. She inputs information so quickly that we swear she uses magic to make it disappear. When she is not being an all star on the front desk, she can be found hanging out with her two daughters. They keep her on her toes, and encourage daily car karaoke dance parties. We couldn’t be happier to have this lovely lady as a part of our team. Side note, you may be wondering what’s with the panda? Cara’s daughters have a slight obsession with those cute little guys, so naturally her house is filled with panda paraphernalia.
Looking for a travel buddy? Meet Hayley, she’s the perfect candidate. She LOVES to travel, and is ready to hop on a plane at any minute. I guess that explains the luggage in her car! We are pretty happy she chose to spend her time not travelling with us. Hayley is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, and works in our preschool and toddler programs. Her endless bank of knowledge about everything tiny human comes in handy. The kids love when Hayley brings in a box full of new toys for them to play with. She has an EPIC paw patrol book collection, which is loved by everyone (even the staff). We are so thankful to have Hayley in our program.
Meet Shayna. She is our door decorator extraordinaire! She is insanely creative when it comes to creating the most insanely awesome door decor that you’ve ever seen. Her imaginative mindset doesn’t stop there. This mixed with her ECE background makes her a force to be reckoned when it comes to activity planning and execution. When she is not being an all-star at work, she can be found kicking back relaxing with her pup, and watching endless makeup tutorials. One day she hopes to do makeup for the celebrities on her free time. We think Shayna is awesome, and we know you will too!
Danielle is Bulldog's preschool program all star. Her positive , creative and kind manner is loved all tiny humans and their parents. She can often be found reading books, playing with puppets and “eating” pounds of fake kitchen food all for the benefit of the children she works with. The fun doesn’t stop when she leaves work. Danielle loves the outdoors and is often found camping, acting or hiking with her husband and two year old son ! As much as she loves being outdoors, she hates nothing more than black flies so her Costco size bug spray comes in handy.
If you want to laugh, have a chat with Courtney, one of our preschool group leaders. She is known to come up with amazing sayings that boost moral like “Don’t worry guys, its Friday Eve”. It sure does make Thursdays fly by quicker. The kids love her, because she loves acting like a big kid. That’s why this job is perfect for her! Bulldog KIDS will totally support her being a kid forever. She is enthusiastic in everything she does, and can run a wicked game of soccer. Courtney just recently completed her Early Childhood Education diploma and is excited to bring all the skill she’s learned to our program. She sure chose the right career path, and we couldn’t be more thankful that she chose to work for us.
If you need travel advice, ask Jenna. Her itch for traveling has taken her to some pretty cool places like NEW ZEALAND. I know, we’re jealous too. Ask her to sing the New Zealand national anthem backwards (we don’t actually know if she can do this, but I’m sure she’d come up with something pretty great). That brings us to our next point. Jenna is super creative. She comes up with the coolest crafts and science experiments we’ve ever seen. Jenna is awesome. We know you won’t disagree.
Always perky. Always smiling. That’s Sam. Even after putting in extra hours several days in a row, she’s still on top of her game. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that there are seven Starbucks locations on her way into the office. Joining Bulldog in 2016, Sam brings with her a Bachelor’s Degree from Liberty University, which comes in handy with the daily “I can’t find my shoes” meltdowns. If you’ve worked with Samantha, you’ve no doubt unwittingly benefited from her secret belief that there’s not a problem in the universe that a good sit down and talk won’t solve. On weekends when she isn’t rockin’ birthday parties at Bulldog, she can usually be found outside stand up paddle boarding with her husband and her dog, Chance.
Meet Olivia, another Bulldog Alumni. Her positive and peppy demeanour makes her a fan favourite party leader. When she isn’t rocking weekend birthday parties, she spends her time listening the her all time favourite singer Bruno Mars. If someone was to host a competition to see who knows the most Bruno Mars lyrics, hands down Olivia will win. It’s quite impressive. If we were to pick Olivia’s super power we would have to say its making Brent & Amy feel old, seeing as she started coming to Bulldog when she was 7 years old. Her all time dream is to have a sheep as a pet!
Meet Emily. She is one of our fun bubbly toddler all stars. She comes in every day (at the crack of dawn basically) with a smile on her face. She is a ray of sunshine, and all the kids love her. She spends her free time gardening and playing with her cute pup. We are pretty certain that her dog lives a better life than we do. Not only does she throw the most epic dog birthday parties (with doggie cup cakes !!!!!!) but her pup gets endless walks and treats. She has been known to do crazy things like get up at 4:30 am just to watch the sunrise on her paddle board. This lady is the bomb.com, and we know all the kids and staff at Bulldog would totally agree.
We don’t know how Amy does it. You know those people that are high energy, happy people all the time? That is Amy and we love it.However we’re sure she has an espresso machine hiding in her car. She comes into work every day with a smile on her face ready for the wild Bulldog adventures. Amy is a recent graduate from Nipissing University’s Bachelor of Education program. She has a passion for educating young mind and it is evident in all that she does. Amy gives 110% to the kids she works with , and does all she can to make sure they have the best day possible.
One word to describe Connor, optimistic. Connor sees the bright side of every situation and seems to have a solution for every challenge put in front of him. He is a natural with the kids and his creativity and go getter attitude means his planning is top notch. Connor is currently in school at Lakehead University in their Education program. On his free time he can be found running around town trying to catch as many Pokemon as possible. He is basically a Pokemaster, no big deal or anything.
Meet Manpreet, one of our kind hearted Preschool Staff. Manpreet is a woman with a lot of patience who takes her time to understand how the kiddos in her room are feeling. She uses every opportunity she can to help them further their learning by being engaged and creative. Have you been wondering who the super awesome and imaginative teacher in preschool is? Meet Manpreet. Manpreet is a graduate from Georgia Colleges Registered Early Childhood Educator program. She is a goofy and passionate individual who uses her training in the classroom everyday. She always dives into the weeks planning and will go the extra mile to make sure the kiddos in her group laugh and leave with a smile on their faces. She is hard working and dedicated to her job. We are grateful every day that she chose to be apart of our team.
Alex has always been passionate about child care. She is a recent graduate from the BASc Early Childhood Education program at the University of Guelph-Humber. Her favourite thing about working with kids is that no two days are the same! When Alex isn’t working she enjoys reading , being outdoors and dancing. She is a kind and caring individual who works hard to make sure the kiddos in her care feel comfortable and are happy in our program.
Tara is a shape shifter. We are always impressed with her ability to work with any age group! From toddlers to pre teens, she is able to get on their level and connect with them. The kiddos at Bulldog love her for her creativity and ability to turn simple activities into extremely exciting ones. Tara has a love for animals and one day may open up her own llama land! We think this is an awesome idea and are already excited to book in for a Bulldog Field trip.
Do you ever wonder who drew those insanely awesome pictures of Pokemon for your kiddo? Well let me introduce you to the artist. Meet Jess. Jess is extremely creative and uses her artistic ability in all her planning. She is extremely knowledgeable in the field and has an array of ideas on how to help in all situations Outside of work Jess enjoys writing and spending time with her husband and dog Olive. Fun fact about Jess, she is currently learning Japanese. We admire her dedication to all that she does and are proud to call her a Bulldog Team Member.
Have you ever wondered how Bulldog stays in tip top shape? How we have time for new and exciting projects? Well the answer to this question is Leo. Meet Leo, our Facility Maintenance Coordinator. We have never met an individual with such a kind and caring heart. Leo is passionate about helping and is always on board with our crazy projects. We appreciate him for his patience and his attention to detail! When Leo isn’t being a super star he can be found spending time with his wife and two kids. He is also a big volleyball fan. He lives and breathes volleyball and enjoys playing in any league he gets the ok to play in. We’ve pretty much convinced him to join our team by including unlimited volleyball nights in his contract.
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