Our staff are all Registered Early Childhood Educators and are responsible for managing programs that meet the standards of Ontario’s Day Nurseries Act.

Bettye Hyde Co-operative Early Learning Centre has maintained an excellent reputation for the outstanding calibre and dedication of its director and educators. All educators share equal responsibility for activities in the school. Our school is also recognised as a teaching centre where Early Childhood Educators and students come from time to time to learn from and contribute to the program.

In addition to regular teaching duties, the school’s director is responsible for program planning and for the daily management and operation of the school. She is ex officio on the school’s Board of Directors and also attends all parents’ meetings. Since the group of parents changes greatly from one year to the next, the director provides vital continuity to the operation of the school.


Meet our Director


Cindy Mitchell, B.A. Psychology, RECE

Director 1992 to present

Some might wonder how I could still be at the same place of work for over 20 years, but from my point of view, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. I worked for Parks Canada after university and then switched to the childcare field in 1986. Bettye Hyde Co-operative Early Learning Centre is the third co-operative daycare I have managed and it is the perfect fit for me. The community at Bettye Hyde is eclectic, vibrant and caring. I have made a wealth of friendships over the years and have had constant challenges and opportunities for professional development.

Our volunteer Board of Directors has always been dedicated and supportive and has helped to build this school into a pillar of our Sandy Hill Community. This is a place where lifelong friendships are made for both the children and parents.

My own child attended Bettye Hyde during his early years and is still hanging out with three of the friends he made here over 16 years ago. Thanks to the great group of dedicated Educators we have here, I look forward to each and every day, as I hope your children do too.


Meet our Educators


Sharlene Allard

Sharlene Allard, RECE

I graduated in 2007 from La Cité collégiale and I am a bilingual Registered Early Childhood Educator. I have worked for the past 9 years in an infant program and now I am happy to be part of a great team at Bettye Hyde. I have over 12 years’ experience working in the early childhood field with infants to school age children, I am also a mother of 2 young girls. I enjoy taking advantage of the outdoors and I love to play outside surrounded by nature. I love seeing children make new discoveries, be open minded to the world around them and seeing them reach milestones every day.


Sue Bailie

Sue Bailie, RECE

I have worked in the child care field for a total of 11 years. I have experience working with all of the age groups at 6 different centers in Ottawa. I am back now full time after a ten year break. During that time, I started my own business, “Art Walls” so that I could focus on developing my skills as an artist, creating custom metallic foil focal walls as well as doing painting and construction for commercial and residential clients. Ottawa Art Gallery represents my work. I have been a supply teacher at Bettye Hyde for many years and it is by far my favourite centre to work in. I am really excited about joining the preschool room team and re-entering the childcare field.


Lisa Lajoie

Lisa Lajoie, RECE

I am a Registered Early Childhood Educator with over 20 years’ experience working with children ranging in age from infant through to school age. I have been at Bettye Hyde Co-operative Early Learning Centre since the fall of 2000. The parental involvement and co-operative philosophy are what initially attracted me to Bettye Hyde. I am proud to be part of a team of strong Educators who are dedicated to providing a creative and stimulating program, where children can grow and learn through play in a non-stressful environment. I also believe it is important for Educators to continue to grow through professional development. I enjoy attending workshops, conferences and continuing education courses in order to stay connected with other RECEs in the community, and to stay current with what is happening in the field of early childhood education.

Lisa works primarily with our toddlers.


Janet LeBlanc

Janet LeBlanc, RECE

I have worked in childcare since 1990 and this is my fifteenth year teaching at Bettye Hyde. I feel so fortunate to have found a school that matches my personal philosophy of childcare so closely. Some of my favourite things about working as an early childhood educator are the ability to be creative on a daily basis, seeing the world through children’s eyes, starting my workday with a smile and a hug from someone, being challenged in new and interesting ways each day and making a difference in the lives of the people in my community.

Janet works primarily with our preschool children.


Keisha Oliver Perryman

Keisha Oliver Perryman, RECE

In 2011, I graduated from the ECE program at Algonquin College. I had done my final placement/student teaching with Bettye Hyde Co-operative Early Learning Centre, and shortly after graduation I was hired at Bettye Hyde. I was thrilled to be able to start my career working full-time at Bettye Hyde. Working with a great team, and with the knowledge that every day I am a part of each child’s most critical developmental stages, makes me very proud to be a Registered Early Childhood Educator.

Keisha works primarily with our toddlers.


Lana St. Jean
Lana St. Jean, RECE

I am an RECE working with the toddler program developing a bilingual program for all to enjoy! I have been in childcare for over 20 years and joined this amazing team of educators at Bettye Hyde in April, 2014. My experience includes home daycare, group licensed childcare with infants/toddlers, preschoolers and managed a group licensed centre in Victoria, BC. I was also a self-employed Registered Early Childhood Educator for another small cooperative here in Ottawa. I enjoy being a part of a child’s early learning and being an integral part of their development as a whole. It is very rewarding and I am proud to say, “never the same day twice”. A child’s laughter and aptitude at this age is infectious. I am a proud Military wife of a retired Navy Chief, a mother to two sons, and a proud grandparent to three beautiful children. I hope I can make a difference in your child’s life to promote their well-being and fun in learning with my experience and love of childcare.

Meet our Cook

Liz Hurtubise

Liz Hurtubise

I am happy to join the team provide healthy, fun, foods for the children at Bettye Hyde. As the owner of my own personal chef business, Home for Supper, I love coming up with healthy creative meals. I also specialize in food sensitivities and allergies. I aim to expose children to a wide variety of cultures, colours and flavours through their food. I also enjoy organic farming and preserving food through pickling, jamming, and fermentation.