Lisa Rice is a licensing officer, early childhood educator, and former child care provider. She has seen all sides of the child care world. A bit about you: I’m a Newfoundlander who moved to British Columbia in 1991. We lived in Bella Coola and Smithers prior to coming to Prince George in 1998. I’m an early childhood educator and have been working in different child care roles since graduating with a diploma in Early Childhood Education in 1988. I became a licensing officer in 2004. I’m married and am the mother of two sons and the grandmother of an 18-month-old granddaughter. Favourite activities: Biking, snowshoeing, and eating healthy. Favourite food: My green smoothies – blend banana, orange, spinach (or anything green), and peanut butter! Favourite part of your job: Seeing the work we do pay off. We support child care settings to become structured, rich, happy, and healthy environments. I recently saw a child care space where 3-4 year olds were taking part in an election activity – it’s great to see creative and inspiring things like that! Who is your role model? If I had to choose one person, it would be my sister, who is bravely battling cancer. Beyond her, I feel like all people who are trying to live a healthy, positive lifestyle are important role models. What is your motto? Don’t sweat the small stuff.
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