Whispering Hills Day Care Society

Executive Director,Kelsey Vowel
Program Director, IDW 

Whispering Hills Day Care Society
2 University Drive
Athabasca, AB T9S 0A3

Phone: 780-675-7946
[email protected]
Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 7:15 am - 6:15 pm

Closed all Statutory Holidays & 3 business days between Christmas and New Years

Office hours: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Career and Work Placement Opportunities
Join our Team!
If you are a qualified early educator looking for a supportive and nurturing professional environment we would love to meet with you!
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We are always looking for caring and supportive individuals with an interest in Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC).

We provide access to a basic child care course giving new staff members a foundation to build upon their ELCC knowledge. Completing this training awards staff with their Child Development Assistant Certificate and is eligible for credits at the at the high school level!
If you are enrolled in post secondary courses and are looking for a fun and engaging environment to complete a field placement contact us today! We are always open to having students in our programs enhancing their education and experience and enriching our programs.

Contact our office for further information about field placement opportunities.

Management Team

  1. Our executive director is a qualified and committed early childhood educator with 10 years of early learning and child care experience. She has worked on many levels of early childhood education completing placements in various child care environments, running a preschool room with a focus on learning through play and has been managing our Society since 2014.
    Kristy Sliwkanich, Executive Director
  2. The Director of Programs has a diploma in Early Learning and Child Care from Okanagan College and specializes in working with children with diverse needs. She has experience in inclusive programming and program planning for children 0-12 years of age. She began her journey with us in 2015 working as an Inclusive Child Care Worker and has since accepted the position of Program Director.
    Shelby Hodge, Program Director
  3. Kelsey received her diploma for Early Childhood Education in 2009 and since then she has had the opportunity to have many different experiences in the child care field. From working in Family Community Support Services in Edmonton, Ab and Leduc County, working for 2 years on Disney Cruise lines as a Youth staff and Training Coordinator, to working Overseas in Australia in a child care setting. Kelsey has been with our Society since 2014.
    Kelsey Vowel, Program Director, Inclusion & Diversity Worker

Our Educators

Early Learning and Child Care is provided by educators with Early Childhood Development Certificates and/or who are enrolled in Early Learning and Child Care courses. The staff routinely attend conferences and workshops to enhance their professional development. 
  1. Melany
    Early Childhood Educator
  2. Marina
    Early Childhood Educator
  3. Angela
    Out of School Care Supervisor
  4. Shaelynn
    Child Care Support Staff
  5. Darlene Bertin
    Inclusive Child Care Worker
  6. Janell
    Child Care Support Staff
  7. Barb
  8. Jamie
    Child Care Support Staff/Cook
  9. Kaitlynn
    Child Care Support Staff
  10. Adam
    Early Childhood Educator
  11. Barb
    Kelsey Vowel
  12. Karen
    Child Care Support Staff
  13. Ruchika
    Early Childhood Educator
  14. Brittany
    Child Care Support Staff
  15. Amanda
    Out of School Care Supervisor

Board of Directors

The Back Bone of our Society
We have a strong and dedicated Board of Directors made up of parents, guardians and community members with a vested interest in our Society's Mission. Our board members have over 20 years of experience with Whispering Hills Day Care Society between them and work in tandum with our Executive Director to continuously assess and improve our services. 

Board Members
President, Sarah Froese
Vice/Past President, Kathleen Doerkson
Treasurer, Lee Zinnick
Casino Director, Chelsea Stevens
Secretary, Chandra Clarke
Director, Sherri Byrtus
Director, Rhiannon Rutherford

Families, children, and educators create places of vitality together—strong, active, and energetic communities, fostered by educators engaged in a practice of relationships.


We are always looking for supportive and committed individuals to join our Board of Directors.
If you have a vested interest in quality early learning and child care and a passion for community building contact us to see how you can be involved today!