Get to know the experience, qualifications, and interests of our staff members and volunteer board of directors.
Doreen Cowin | Executive Director
Having graduated with a Masters 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 spans more than 22 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. 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.
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. Mostly 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.
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
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.
Deb Keedwell | Joint Vice President
Deb joined CCPRN’s board in 2006, after moving to Canada from the UK in 2003. Her experience working within licensed child care settings in both countries, combined with the completion of an ECE program at Cambrian College, has provided her valuable insights on the industry. She is currently enjoying semi-retirement and spending time with her three young grandchildren.
Marion Butlin | Joint 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.
Danielle Fox | Chair
Danielle has been a member of CCPRN for 20 years, as well as a home child care provider for 15. She is now mobilizing her skills in a new career focusing on Canadian health care, and enjoys traveling, playing sports, and spending time with her family and friends.
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.