The Improv Care team includes only dedicated and skilled professionals who hold degrees or diplomas in Education, Early Childhood Education or Child and Youth Care. They bring a wide array of experience and expertise to the education and care of children.
All Improv Care staff members undergo an extensive interviewing, screening and orientation process and are carefully chosen for their special abilities, skills, personalities and interests.
All members of the Improv Care team:
• Hold a university degree or college diploma
• Have expertise working with infants, children, adolescents and their families
• Have thorough professional background and police checks
• Are covered by professional liability insurance
• Have the ongoing support of our Service Directors 24 hours, 7 days a week
• Have up-to-date First Aid and CPR training
• Have Ontario Health and Safety Awareness (OHSA) certificate
Improv Care’s professional caregivers are supported 24 hours a day and work directly with production managers, production coordinators, event planners and individual families to arrange education and group care contracts and assist with activity or education planning.
Dahla MacKenna, ECE
Dahla has focused her professional life on children. Trained in Early Childhood Education, Dahla often blends this specialization with her extensive background in the arts and entertainment industry and Canadian tourism. She carefully monitors Improv Care’s services ensuring the best quality care for all clients. Dahla has worked with special needs children and acted as an educator, chaperone, minor coordinator and educational supervisor to young actors in major theatrical, film and television productions. Dahla brings an enthusiasm for the arts to her work with children as well as a special talent for coordinating fun activities and educational programs.
Pilar Hansen, Event Planner
Pilar has over 17 years experience working in the events and hotel industry. She has a diverse background having studied hospitality in Germany and directed world-class events in South America, Whistler, Vancouver and Toronto. Pilar recently completed a one-year contract as manager, Games Family Service for the Toronto 2015 Pan/ParaPan American Games Organizing Committee. She has a talent for engaging others, building relationships and ensuring everyone around her is happy. She provides peace-of-mind ensuring that all event details are thoughtful and seamless. And, most importantly, the children have a great time and enjoy unforgettable moments. Pilar has a natural desire to deliver experiences that exceed expectations.
Anita DeVille Lee, ECE
Anita has extensive experience working with infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers, school-aged children as well as children with autism. She has an equal love for children and creativity that led her to George Brown where she graduated with honours from the Early Childhood Education program and then onto OCAD (Ontario’s prestigious arts school). In addition to working in daycare settings for over 10 years, Anita is a science presenter with Scientists in School (the largest science outreach program in Canada). For the past nine years, Anita has been one of the event directors for Improv Care. She demonstrates a strong foundation in the field of early childhood education and her creative background lends energy and imagination to her work with children. Anita is best described as someone who is highly organized, always calm and at ease. She has a serene manner that compliments her warm and unquestioned professionalism.
Bill Carty, BA, CYW, MBA
Bill has worked in the not-for-profit children’s treatment services as well as the for-profit since 1972. He has taught in the child and youth care programs at Humber and Sheridan Colleges. As senior consultant at Bartimaeus Inc. he provides consultation and training to social service agencies staff members.