Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies
Degree: Early Childhood Education (ECE)
Year of graduation: 2011
“I knew that parents needed help to plan and execute a successful children’s birthday party,” says Susie, who started the home-based business in 2005.
The response from parents was so positive that she moved the business off-site two years later, launching Alpha Discovery Club's Indoor Playground and Party Centre, with an expanded list of programs. Among the Club’s offerings are interactive, theme-based adventure parties with professional costumed characters leading a variety of activities.
Running Alpha’s Discovery Club was only one step on Susie’s journey to realize her ultimate vision: opening a child care centre.
“By enrolling in the Early Childhood Education program at Sheridan, I was taking the next step to fulfilling my dream of owning my own education-focused daycare,” she says. “I was committed to learning as much as I could about child development.”
In 2012, Susie reached her goal by opening Alpha’s Preschool Academy and Child Care Centre in Mississauga, which offers both an academic curriculum as well as a play-based environment.
The mother of two boys, five and 10 years old, Susie was working as a Human Resources Project Manager at PeopleSoft when her first child was born.
“I discovered then that my true calling was working with children and that’s what led me to enroll at Sheridan and start my business.”