Jennifer has been on the NAPTA board starting as Vice President in 2013 and was voted into the President position 2014 to present.  She comes with a an extensive back ground in Early Childhood development and has been heavily involved as an advocate for every child’s right to an education.  She has worked with the Edmonton End Poverty project and has partnered with other community groups such as The Alberta Cerebral Palsay Association, Edmonton Community Resource Fair to help bring children, communities, and early education together.  She has worked diligently towards creating an awareness of the importance of early education, and continues to educate the public so that they can all be a part of the fight towards each child having equal access to early education.  

2016-2017 Board


Agnes lives in Ardrossan and owns a private day care, playschool, and out of school care.  She has been working in childcare for over 25 years.  Her experience has been with all age groups, day care, playschool, out of school care, and family day homes.  Agnes has has much experience in dealings with politicians. She has successfully started 5 child care centers, and is currently expanding the Ardrossan center.  She is very active in her community; acting as President of the Agricultural Society.

Asha began working with children in 2004 and graduated from MacEwan University with her Early Learning and Child Care in 2010. Other certificates and training include her American Sign Language, Yoga Teacher training, National Coaching Certificate and High Five training. In addition to her professional and academic history she is also an active volunteer with programs such as Girl Guides of Canada, Kids Kottage, the Stollery Children hospital, Connect Society and NAPTA. Asha has been a participant with NAPTA since 2011 and has been the vice president for two years now. Asha is currently teaching a health & wellness playschool for children 3-5. She works hard to offer rich programming that fosters children's sense of self and community. 

Meg Fortier has worked with children of all ages and abilities since graduating from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education in 2009. Meg worked with preschool children with autism as a behavioural therapist, and ran a day home, and currently teaches at a community preschool. She also works with the Edmonton Early Years Coalition - working with community members in order to improve the lives and education of children aged 0-5. This is her first year on the NAPTA board. Meg also volunteers and supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada. Meg believes in a play-based curriculum and involving children in their community! 


Meghan Hetherington

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Vice President: Jennifer Hutton

Treasurer: Janelle Austin

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Meghan Hetherington graduated from Concordia University College of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education.   In addition to her education, she has gained valuable insight and experience with children through her time as a nanny, soccer coach, child care volunteer at a women's shelter, and the Study Buddy program.  She currently teaches at a 3-5 year old mixed preschool and strives to give them the opportunities to wonder, explore, inquire and realize they are contributing members to their community.


Asha Thomas

Member at Large:
​Agnes Gagne

Would you like to volunteer on our board?

We have opportunities for every availability. Please fill out the form to find out more information. 
  • Join our conference committee (Have a say in speakers, topics, details)
  • Meet in new preschool locations -Have a chance to network with other teachers and check out what they are working on.
  • Make a difference! - Our board is working on accreditation procedures and resources to make life easier for teachers and parents.


Meg Fortier