Our Staff

Staff at West Point Grey Daycare have a combination of diplomas and licenses, including Infant/Toddler, Early Childhood, and Special Needs Education and Licenses to Practice in B.C. All staff members possess valid First Aid Certificates, some also have Food Safe and participate in ongoing professional development programs throughout the year.

As a toddler centre, our staff/child ratio is specified by licensing requirements. The ratio is 1:4, which means that we have one staff per every four children who attend our program. We have five people working at our centre in total, four staff members and one manager.

Juliana Issa

Daycare Manager

Early Childhood Educator/ Degree in Early Learning & Counselling

Juliana has been managing the daycare since early 2010. Working with children professionally for the past 17 years, she is very committed to providing high quality childcare, ensuring that children maximize their learning and develop a sense of belonging while at daycare. She completed her Early Childhood Education in 2001 and has worked in different licensed facilities since 2005, earning her bachelors degree in General Arts with a double minor in Early Learning and Counselling and Human Development from Simon Fraser University. Working with toddlers is her true passion and she has now graduated over 120 children at West Point Grey Daycare!

Louisa Lai

Early Childhood & Infant/Toddler Educator

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Louisa is a permanent full-time teacher at West Point Grey Daycare and acts as a manager when Juliana is away from the office. She was born in Ontario, raised in Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver at the age of 15. She completed her bachelors at UBC with a major in family studies with a goal to be a family services worker. However when a friend introduced her to ECE she knew it was her calling and went straight into the ECE program. She has worked in childcare for the past 8 years ranging from infants to school age children with a particular love for toddlers and children with special needs.

May Liu

Early Childhood & Infant/Toddler Educator

MayMay came to Vancouver from China and has worked part-time at our centre since 2010. She holds I/T and ECE licenses. Children are very special to her, as they are all unique in the way they discover and interact with the environment though play, learning how to problem solve, explore, and express themselves. She is committed to making the centre safe and fun for children, together with her co-workers. Her amazing art talents are often taught to children and displayed around the daycare. 

Chihiro Matsuda

Early Childhood  & Infant/Toddler Educator

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Chihiro is originally from Japan and has an ECE certificate from MTI Community College, as well as a bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education from Nakamura Gakuen University. She holds a license to practice ECE, I/T and Special Needs Education. Chihiro has experience working in Japan and in Canada, looking after children ages 0 to 5 during the past 9 years. In her spare time she enjoys watching movies, travelling, and snowboarding.

*Chihiro is currently away until Summer 2018.

Elaine Hui

Early Childhood Educator Assistant

Elaine is originally from Hong Kong and moved to Vancouver with her family in 2008. She taught Geography and Humanities to high school students in Hong Kong for over 10 years and has completed her certificate in Early Childhood Education from Vancouver Community College in 2011. After graduating, she worked in various children’s programs such as family drop-ins, StrongStart, out-of-school care, preschool, and 3 to 5-year-old group daycare. 

Keiko Saito

Keiko is from Japan and is currently working on a maternity leave contract. She holds an ECE and I/T license to practice and has been working with infants and toddlers since 2013. Keiko believes that what children experience in infancy affects them in youth and adulthood and she is dedicated to making a positive contribution  during this important time in their lives, through, teaching, love, and support. During her free time she enjoys cooking, watching films, taking Zumba classes, biking in the sunshine, going to the beach and playing with children.