Get to know the experience, qualifications, and interests of our staff and volunteer board of directors.
Julie Bisnath | Program Coordinator
As a registered Social Worker, Julie has built her career working in the community directly supporting individuals and families. She has a broad knowledge of social services and extensive experience providing resources and referrals. Most recently, Julie worked as an Early ON program facilitator supporting parents and caregivers with young children. Her professional experience has provided her with a thorough understanding of early childhood learning and development. She is the mother of two busy teenagers and enjoys reading, photography, and travelling with her family.
Doreen Cowin | Volunteer
Having graduated with a Master’s in Education with a focus on adult education and counseling, Doreen’s affinity for working in nurturing environments was instilled early on. Her career with CCPRN spanned more than 23 years and was preceded by six years of home child care experience which lends her an intimate understanding of the industry and the factors which impact it. Newly retired, Doreen graciously volunteers her time to CCPRN working on resource kits, filling orders, and participating on the fundraising committee. She is the mother of three and grandmother of two, and when she isn’t enjoying the outdoors or a game of pickleball, she’s spending time travelling with her husband or connecting with friends.
Board of Directors
Our volunteer board of directors come from a variety of professional backgrounds, but are united in their efforts to supervise and guide the efforts of CCPRN and its mission to provide information, training, resources, and support to those providing child care in a home setting.
Brenda Burns | President & Chair
Brenda grew up in a military family, and has been a volunteer with CCPRN since 2001. In addition to opening her own successful home child care in 1991, she once worked as an office manager for an architect. She is married with two children, and enjoys nature, painting, and meeting new people.
Marion Butlin | Vice President and Secretary
Marion graduated with an education in business administration, and – upon discovering a passion for early learning after having her own child – returned to school to complete a program in early childhood education. She then worked in various child care centres before opening her own home child care. She joined CCPRN in 1996, and recently became affiliated with Natural Connections Childcare.
Andrea Gingras | Treasurer
Following a successful career in nursing, Andrea began her foray into motherhood and a 30 year commitment to (and partnership with) families seeking care in her neighborhood. She has been a board member for 28 years, and is a passionate advocate for quality home child care. She enjoys many mediums of art and is often creating artistic resources for CCPRN’s resource kits.
Before having kids, Tatiana had a career in the finance field and had graduated from Television Broadcasting. After having her first child she decided to change her field entirely and open a home daycare. Ten years later, she is a Registered Early Childhood Educator, with experience in Montessori, non-profit daycares, and school board programs. She has immersed herself in early childhood programs and after having her third baby she opened her home daycare business again, and is enjoying practicing what she has learned.
Sandra is an RECE who has spent her last 23 years working in licensed child care centres, working with children with special needs and running her own home child care independently and in partnership with Natural Connections Child Care. She spent 2 years working as a caregiver support worker with CCPRN before moving into a role with the Ottawa Catholic Child Care Corporation as the Coordinator for the Extended Day Programs with the board. She is married with two children and when not running around with them she can be found enjoying long walks, yoga, a good cup of tea and a book.