When we think of the word commitment, what comes to mind? Is it 5 years, 10 years, 15 years? If you’ve been a part of our Licensed Child Care programs within the last 25 years, the name Dawn Davis may ring a bell. She is now well known in the ESBGC community, has true happiness attached to her identity.
Dawn shared her story on how coming from a foreign country changed her life forever and taught her the impacts and benefits of dedication.
Her journey dates back to 1991 when she left Guyana to begin her new life here in Canada. With her validated credentials, she was determined, like many of our immigrant families, to seek out a better life. After spending a year looking for a job and being unsuccessful, she turned to post-secondary education and then landed a position at our Club as a mature student. She then developed into a lead staff, to supervisor, and then opened up a new centre at St. Martin de Porres Catholic School, where they specialized in licensed child care for toddlers, preschools and school-age children.
Dawn tells us that in her hometown, daycare and child care weren’t seen as careers. Culturally, there are always family, and extended family members willing to lend a helping hand. So her intent to study Early Childhood Education was never a part of her life plan. She has never seen it as a career where she was from
“When I was young, I was always the one that children loved, even if they wouldn’t play with anyone else, I was a natural caregiver.”