Who are the Early Childhood Educators

  • Kate Bio photo fireweedKate McCabe, BEd., MA (UBC) Doctoral Candidate (SFU), Founder and Director

Winner of the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in ECE: Supervisor Category
Master of Arts (Curriculum) UBC 2000
Bachelor of Education UBC 1994
ECE Langara 1984
Leading for Tomorrow in ECE 2000
Mentoring Project 1998
ECE PLAR Mentor Assessor Training 2009

Kate McCabe is the founder and executive director of Creative Minds. Her educational background has equipped her to develop and support a full range of activities for the children. Kate continues to study educational philosophy and curriculum and is offers a Registered Early Childhood Education training program which increases the number of teachers working directly with children at Creative Minds and supports staff development. Kate has taught kindergarten and grade 1 in an International Baccalaureate school and is a Distance Learning teacher teaching children in K to grade 9.  Kate enjoys leading the children in song and finding new books to share and study.  Her doctoral research focuses on phenomenological hermeneutics (focus on interpretation, understanding and meaning of phenomena) and uses performance as a way to explore the interconnectedness with the wold.

International Baccalaureate Training:

  • Level 3. Science in the PYP 2013,
  • English Language in the Diploma Program 2012,
  • Learner Profile Across the Grades 2011,
  • Assessment in the PYP 2009,
  • Early Childhood Education 2008
  • International Mindedness 2008
  • Primary Years Program 2008

Iris Tridico  ECE Certificate

Hello! My name is Iris! I am originally from São Paulo, Brazil, where I graduated from a program in International Relations in 2012 and worked as a Product Analyst for almost five years. This office experience made me realize that I would prefer to work with people in a way that positively affects their lives. Motivated to seek a career that I feel passionate about, I traveled to Vancouver, Canada in 2016.

Spending time with children in children’s environments has been an important part of my life since I arrived in the country. I achieved my ECE certificate in 2019 and I am really excited about being part of the Creative Minds family. I believe that working with children in their early years is meaningful and can impact children´s lives and society as a whole. I am looking forward to turning my passion for children and education into a lifetime career!


Ally Aleshia Vaz (MBA) ECEA Certificate 

Hello! My name is Aleshia Vaz and I moved to Canada from India. I have a very supportive spouse and two loving girls that are most precious to me. I have a master’s degree from United States and have been in the field of education for nearly 7 years, as an educator and as an administrative staff. My experiences stem from my work in both, India and United States. I am very passionate in my work with children. I view children as active participants that are fully potential and capable. My personal idea of being with children is to provide a child-led space within a community-based approach, where learning takes place through experiences and social interactions; it is where children feel safe and curious to explore their environment. I hope to engage with children, providing an experience without deciding what that experience could be to them.

My hobbies and interests include painting, bicycling, traveling, exploring outdoors, road trips and meditating. Hope this little peek into my world has made you feel comfortable about me.

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Nuwanthi Edirisinghe (B.BA) ECEA Certificate

Nuwanthi (Nunu) Edirisinghe is a student from our Creative Minds ECE certificate program. She has an educational background in financial services and work experience in the financial industry. After making the bold decision to pursue her passion and have an outlet to channel her creativity, she turned to Early Childhood Education. Nuwanthi has 12 years of client service experience and uses the skills she has gained to build meaningful relationships with those she interacts with. She has an understanding and deep curiosity to the perspective of the child and how she can bring  progressive and creative ideas into the curriculum.

Nuwanthi is a lover of animals and nature, she has two malti-poos named Forest and Sage that have ignited her nurturing side. She promotes physical activity, enjoys boxing as it helps build a strong and disciplined foundation for her character, hiking and practices yoga to help unwind and be one with self.


Shadi Manavi (B.Ed.) ECEA certificate

I’m an educator, adventurer, artist, and soon-to-be a mommy. I have a degree in Communication Design from Emily Carr University of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Education (teaching through the heart) from UBC. I’m trained as an IB teacher. I have been teaching for 10 years with experiences in Canada, Mexico, Spain and Iran. I support experiential learning especially through art to encourage creativity, self-confidence, cultural exchange experiences, and spirituality. Children share a world with us and it is important for us to take a look at it through their eyes. I encourage children to express a full range of their emotions through play. I show up to my teaching with love, peace, and compassion. I believe in the power of LOVE in the early years setting.

Rebecca Dillabough. ECEA

Hello! I’m part of the Creative Minds ECE Certificate Program.  I was born and raised here in Vancouver. I graduated from Langara in 2018 with a diploma in family studies with an emphasis on developmental psychology.  I have 8 years experience in customer service and of those I have 5 years experience leading art classes with children.  I’ve always loved working with children and watching how they express themselves through their artwork. I hope to continue to support them in their expression through storytelling, art, and dramatic play.   I am also an animal lover, I have a 5 year old German Shepherd and an 18 year old rescue cat.