Dr. Laura K. Doan
Principal Investigator

Dr. Laura K. Doan is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, where she teaches in the Early Childhood Education and Master of Education programs.

Emily Gawlick
Executive Director – ECEBC

Emily Gawlick is the Executive Director for the Early Childhood Educators of BC (ECEBC), where Emily leads the association to support advancement of the ECE profession.

Before starting in this position Emily worked in rural BC in a variety of early years programs in both 100 Mile House and Prince Rupert.  After many rich experiences, including exposure to advocacy for the families she served, Emily decided to focus her attentions on the need to be a strong voice for the ECE sector. Her education, passion, understanding and commitment to make thing better for children, families and educators continue to guide her in work today.

Sue Irwin
Director of Programs & Operations – ECEBC

Sue is ECEBC’s Director of Programs and Operations. Known for her relationship based and ethical practice. ECEBC’s mission of advancing sector professionalization, education and uplifting ECE voices aligns with Sue’s values and beliefs. She has worked in a variety of roles, including manager of licensed child care programs, ECE instructor at Vancouver Community college, ECEBC Ethics Guide and Regional Coordinator of BC Child Care Resource & Referral programs. She is passionate about empowering leadership and creating healthy equitable communities with the ECEBC team and board.

Aksa Mughal
Program Manager/Research Associate

Aksa holds a Master’s in Education and a Masters in English Linguistics, Language, and Literature. Aksa has been working as Graduate Research Assistant with the Peer Mentoring Program since 2017, and took the responsibility of program management and research in June 2022.

Heather MacKay
Administrative Coordinator

Heather joined the Peer-Mentoring Program team in 2019 and is dedicated to providing top-quality administrative support to the Peer-Mentoring community.

Jacqui Sloan
Junior Program Manager

Jacqui Sloan joined the ECEBC team in 2020 as a Program and Administrative Assistant. Within her work she assists the Executive Director and supports the Learning Outside Together (LOT) and Peer-Mentoring Programs. Jacqui loves working with many different and brilliant minds in hopes that the programs she works with can improve the well-being of educators across BC.

Research Assistants

Anneluzelia Hernandez

Started working as a Graduate student in February 2022 – Currently working on the program

Anneluzelia holds a Master’s degree from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. She joined the Peer Mentoring Program in February 2022 while completing her Master of Education degree. Prior to that, she had been an elementary school teacher for ten years in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Katya Lytza-xaya Alvarez Alcaraz

Started working as a Graduate student in February 2022 – Currently working on the program

Katya holds a Master’s degree from the Institute of Higher Education “Federico Rangel Fuentes” , Mexico and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education at Thompson Rivers University. Katya brings with her over 15 years of experience in preschool teaching and pedagogical advising from Mexico, and is passionate about supporting the ECEs of BC through the Peer Mentoring Program.

Min Shi

Started working as a Graduate student in February 2022 – Currently working on the program

Min holds a master’s degree in Education from Thompson Rivers University and a Master’s in Business Administration from Northwestern Polytechnic University,  China. Min is a dedicated member of the Peer Mentoring Program with several years of experience in the field of research, specifically in qualitative data analysis, and mixed methods research.

Former Members

Dr. Elizabeth Boileau
Program Manager

Worked on the project from September 2021 to July 2022

Dr. Elizabeth Boileau is now an Assistant Professor in the department of Applied Human Sciences, College of Education and Human Service Professions at the University of Minnesota Duluth.

Dr. Soon Young Jang
Program Manager

Worked with the project from June 2019 to July 2020

Dr. Soon Young Jang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Early Childhood Studies at College of Education and Integrative Studies, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Wei Mao

Graduate student – Worked with the project from June 2019 to April 2020

Wei Mao completed her Master of Education degree from Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC, and is now a Ph.D. student at Concordia University in Montreal, QC, where she expands her knowledge in early childhood education.

Charlie Choi

Undergraduate student – Worked with the project from June 2019 to April 2020

Charlie Choi joined the project after completing his bachelor’s degree, and is now pursuing a MS in Applied Statistics. He hopes to use this experience in complement with his academic background to advocate for positive social change using qualitative and quantitative approaches.

Harshita Dhiman

Graduate student – Worked with the project from June 2019 to April 2020

Harshita holds a Master’s degree in Education from Thompson Rivers University and a Masters in Psychology from India. She works as a Administrative Assistant with the Academy of Learning Career College, Kamloops.
When describing her experience with the project, Harshita said: “being part of this project helped me understand the power of peer-mentorship in building a strong personal and professional relationship among a team.”