As the Director of Success By 6 Peel, Shelina Jeshani’s work is dedicated to helping all children ages 0-6 in Peel to thrive. However, working behind the scenes on big systems, policies and practices means she isn’t immersed in a direct service setting day to day. Getting out in the community means getting creative.
“Meeting the children and the families that we work to support is vital,” says Shelina. “It is important that I hear directly from them and live their experiences. It’s the kind of work I’ve always done.”
Shelina’s latest connection with the community included a visit to Child Development Resource Connection Peel’s (CDRCP) Ontario Early Years Centre (OEYC) in Brampton on May 7 as the guest story circle leader.
A group of smiling faces greeted Shelina with anticipation around the story circle. Shelina chose to read Robert Munsch’s 50 Below Zero, a favourite classic. The kids loved Shelina’s animated reading, complete with actions, sounds and audience participation!
“I love reading this book,” said Shelina. “I used to read it to my daughter Israa all the time, so it brings back fond memories. Promoting literacy from an early age has always been important in my family and it’s such a wonderful experience to extend this passion to the community. It was a pleasure to stop by our community’s early years centre to connect with the parents and their children who we work every day to support.”
To find an Ontario Early Years Centre in your neighbourhood, visit http://www.oeyc.edu.gov.on.ca/.
Read more about Shelina in our Behind the Scenes Staff Series.