As we mark the 150th anniversary of confederation, The Philanthropist is profiling Canadians from across the non-profit sector and putting a face to 150 individuals who work or volunteer in Canada’s social sector.
Name: Nicki Dublenko
Current role in the sector: Chair of the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta
Years working and/or volunteering in the non-profit sector: The past 15 years in early childhood, previously involved with environmental organizations.
What was your first job in the sector or a defining moment?
Hmm, I have been so honoured to serve as chair and represent early childhood educators, really understanding the issues and the upstream policies creating the problems in our sector. I feel a huge responsibility to educators, children and families in our province.
Describe your desk/workspace.
Uh, oh. I have had a few back to back presentations and an AGM to prepare for so at the moment there are papers and handwritten notes and snacks…but generally I find my office and desk to be a little place of zen with a huge tree outside, my salt rock on and my special rocks and other natural material around me. Also, I have a quote next to my desk that a colleague once told me: “This is a complex area, and a complex debate. All too often the complexity is hijacked, over-simplified and crudely exploited”.
What are you reading or following that has expanded your understanding of the non-profit sector?
At the moment I only have time to read my textbook: Educational Research: Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Quantitative and Qualitative Research by John W. Creswell!
What do you think our sector needs to be thinking about?
Specifically, I would like to see professionalization of early childhood educators. Well educated, well valued and well compensated educators to provide high quality early learning and care for our youngest citizens.
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