ABOUT pj KIDS CLUB

PJ Kids Club is a non-profit organization that has been providing services for young children since 1981.  With over 30 years of quality care services, and located on the grounds of École Pauline Johnson, we are the home of a very-popular Before and After School Program, School-break camps, and an engaging, play-based Preschool Program.

We have a team of eight  staff members, including our Manager, Diana Kadi.  The organization is overseen by a Board of volunteer parents.  We are continually working to ensure all our programs are of the highest quality as well as continuously providing training opportunities for our staff on Early Childhood Education topics.

We have recently added spaces, to ensure we can meet the child-care needs of our immediate community.  We are committed to providing strong services for our children in a non-profit environment.  And we are pleased to work with community agencies to support children who need a specific type of care and attention.

Our programs are focused on enhancing children's self esteem, confidence, a sense of belonging, and creating a home-away-from-home for them.

Our goal is to foster in children a sense of wonder and independence, while nurturing self-esteem and a cooperative attitude.

OUR CARING & QUALIFIED TEAM

Our team are pleased to introduce themselves!  But be sure to stop by and meet us all too.

Diana Kadi

PJ Kids Club Center Manager

I am an Early Childhood Educator and I have been working with young children for over 20 years; and this is where I found my passion. Originally from Venezuela, I came to Canada 20 years ago and started working in child care. Children’s world is full of joy and surprises, tears, laughs, paint spills, but also the biggest rewards. I believe in the power of learning through play and creating an environment that nurtures and fosters self esteem and confidence, and it is from this place of love that children will strive. If you don’t find me at PJ Kids Club I am probably home spending time with my family or friends.  I love the outdoors, hiking, swimming, dancing Zumba and exploring. 

Nelly Lazarte

Senior ECE Teacher/Infant Toddler/ Before School Care/Preschool 3 years old class/Camps


Originally from Peru, I first came to Canada in 1990. I have been an Elementary and High School teacher in my country, but in Canada I decided to dedicate to work with young children, and I have been working for several years. My expertise is in planning and programming activities for preschool children according to their levels of development and implementing a safe environment. I am very sensitive and experienced to the needs of the children.  I firmly believe that with honesty and responsibility we can address the concerns of our families in finding the best care possible for their children. 

Zuzana Durcovicova

PJ Kids Club Assistant Manager. Before School Care, Preschool 4 years old, After School Care, Camps. 


Working with young children with passion and dedication for over 10 years gives me everyday opportunities to learn about them and understand their individual needs. My goal is to educate children in a fun and positive environment. In my free time I enjoy various outdoor activities, such as hiking and snowshoeing. I like listening to music and read books!

Hannah Douglas

ECE Teacher/Preschool 4 years old/After School Care/Camps 


I just graduated as an ECE Teacher from Capilano University a year ago. I have been working with young children for over 10 years, first as a nanny, and since I found my passion, I pursued my education in the field. I love working with children because they are always curious about the world around them, always asking questions! In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors and spending time with my family and my friends! 

Azine Ardalan

ECE Teacher / After School Care.


My whole life evolves around children. I was an elementary school teacher in Iran at the age of 21 years old, before my first child was born a year later. Here I am, 37 years later, still working with children, enjoying every minute. I am an ECE and carry a Family Practitioner Diploma. In the mornings I work at West Vancouver Family Place, and for the past 18 years I have been working at PJ Kids Club in the After-School Care program. I enjoy reading, watching movies, hiking and swimming.  

Cindy Mclean

Responsible Adult, After School Care, and School Breaks Camps.

 

Originally from Montreal, I have just returned to Canada in April 2019, after living for 30 years in Kagoshima, Japan. 

I had my own ESL school there  teaching children and adults. I love the energy the children have and how everything 

they do is so in the moment and how each child is so special in his and her own way. I am an artist and in my free 

time I paint, do taichi,  read, and walk on the sea wall taking photos of flowers and getting inspired by all the beauty 

surrounding me.

Shabnam Zamani

ECE Teacher/Preschool/After School Care/Camps

I graduated as a Preschool Teacher in Iran. I worked with children for 8 years there, before I came to Canada and started to work at PJ Kids Club. Working with the children makes me very happy and every day is like a new day. The children bring me joy and fulfillment with their lovely smiles. I bring with me to PJ Kids Club my warmth, efficiency and passion for the job. This center has helped me to become the best of me and a proud to the school and parents. In my time off, I love to go outside with my husband and friends, watch movies, theater, concerts and sightseeing. 
 

Deyanira Castaneda.

ECE Assistant/After School Care


My name is Deyanira Castaneda I have been very happy working at PJ Kids Club for over a fun and busy year. My daughter Brianna is a formerly PJ Kids Club students and attends Pauline Johnson,  where I have been graceful for all the support and help. Working at PJ Kids Club had been a great satisfaction for my professional development, giving me an opportunity to return to work after having risen my daughter.  Among many others, my favorite  activities is to find kids talents and creative through an open-ended arts programs and playing with them. I have many hobbies but running and walking are my favorites. I participate in the West Vancouver 5 km run and the Vancouver Sun run.  

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