Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Degree: Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Year of graduation: 2007
Priti Roy is a Program Facilitator at Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) for the Ontario Early Years Program. She is also President of the Peel Branch of the Association of Early Childhood Educators.
I grew up in India and have lived in Mississauga for over 30 years. While in India, I received a Master’s degree in Science from Calcutta University. Since coming to Canada, I have gained education and work experience in a variety of fields, ultimately building a rewarding career in early childhood development.
In the labour force, I spent a decade working as a commissioned sales person for Sears Canada Inc. I decided to put my career on hold in 1993, not just to “raise” my children but to support them through these important years. I stopped working when my daughter was in Grade 2 and my son was in Grade 6 (a little unorthodox), and entered the workforce again 10 years later. My son Ishan, a design engineer in the Nuclear Industry, will complete his second Master’s degree this year. My daughter Trisha, also an engineer, is in her third year of medical school at the University of Toronto. We are truly a family of lifelong learners!
Among my other educational designations are a secretarial diploma and a certified tax preparer certificate which have allowed me to support my husband’s consulting company. Volunteering has also played a significant part of my life. In the past, I have volunteered at a community organization in Bermuda where I lived for a year, and, back in Mississauga, with the Big Brothers and Sisters, the Peel Literacy Guild, and my children’s middle school science programs.
Based on my experiences supporting my own children, I decided to pursue a career in early childhood education. I wanted to contribute positively to the education of young children and enhance their overall development. So I returned to school to earn my ECE diploma as well as my Preschool High/Scope certification. Graduating with high honours, I was awarded the Silver medal for academic excellence.
While a student at Sheridan, I was employed by the Child Development Resource Connection Peel (CDRCP) where I now support families with children from infancy to age six through language and literacy programs. As a Certified Trainer, I also facilitate educational workshops for the CDRCP. I joined the Association of Early Childhood Educators in 2003, while I was a student as well. Initially serving as Treasurer/Secretary and Vice President of the branch, I became President in 2009. I am also a board member of the Advisory Council of Raising the Bar in Peel, a voluntary program for licensed child care programs that are committed to improving the quality of child care facilities in the Peel Region.
I enjoy every aspect of my job: the interactions with families, providing them with tools in the form of resources, mentoring both adults and children, and being a part of a team with a vision to make a positive difference in the quality of life of families every day. Like most early childhood educators, my biggest challenge is gaining the recognition as a professional in a field that supports the most important asset of our community, our children. But I am optimistic that with the recently established College of Early Childhood Educators acting as a provincial regulatory body and the commitment of our government leaders, we will eventually be acknowledged as professionals.