Elowyn, is a not-for-profit organization guided by a board comprising Early Learning Professionals, Indigenous representatives, advocates and community experts. Our mission is to support families in the Central Okanagan and beyond by providing high-quality early learning programs fostering community connections through reciprocity. Elowyn has a diverse board who are committed to the mission and provide key perspectives and support to the Executive Director. Amanda Worms, whose extensive decade-long experience includes operating early learning spaces in both the lower mainland and Okanagan region has worked diligently to support sustainable growth in the community. The sustained demand for our early learning programs has been instrumental in propelling our growth in a sustainable and equitable way.
In the spring of 2020, operating under the name Elowyn,The Little Owl Society, received a substantial grant aimed at advancing our mission of providing early education programs and family enrichment in Lake Country. With a fifteen-year lease secured for a newly renovated space on Pollard Road, Elowyn is strategically positioned to create a lasting positive impact in the community which led to the further creation of 50 additional spaces in kelowna, BC in 2022.
Acknowledging the changing dynamics of Canadian households, where both parents often work, Elowyn is attuned to the challenges of navigating the fast-paced environment in which our children are growing. Our core objectives include maintaining high-quality early education opportunities and expanding impactful family programs into underserved areas. We plan to achieve this by fostering collaborations with organizations offering existing family programs in Kelowna, addressing accessibility concerns, and providing reliable childminding solutions. Our unwavering commitment is to empower families to thrive amidst today’s demands while prioritizing the emotional well-being of our children.
Amanda Worms, Executive Director of the Little Owl Society for Children & Families (DBA/ Elowyn), discovered her passion for early learning and care at the age of 17 as a “teen mom.” Drawing from her personal journey and profound respect for Early Childhood Educators, Amanda possesses a deep understanding of the pivotal role quality child care plays in empowering women and children to forge their own paths.
Combining a background in media and business finance with her training in early childhood education, Ms. Worms strives to enhance and improve operational systems, training initiatives, mentorship programs, and professional development opportunities for child care professionals. Her leadership has fostered exceptional environments for educators, children, and families within the Elowyn community.
Since 2008, Ms. Worms has accumulated over 10 years of combined experience managing multiple facilities and has served as Elowyn’s Executive Director since 2018. It was during this time that she redirected her focus towards establishing high-quality new spaces to be in alignment with the ChildCareBC Plan and the B.C. Early Learning Framework. Consequently, Elowyn was awarded a ChildCareBC New Spaces grant in February 2020. Despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, Ms. Worms spearheaded the opening of Elowyn’s first location, a 97-space facility, in October 2020. Just two years later, Elowyn expanded with a second location, adding 50 more spaces.
Ms. Worms has been dedicated to assembling a team of professionals committed to enhancing the overall quality of experiences for children and families through mentorship, connectivity, and collaboration. Additionally, she has contributed her expertise to the Executive Board of the Child Care Professionals of BC (formerly BCCCOA), advocating fervently for the vital role of Early Learning professionals in the care and development of children and families within the community. As a passionate leader, Ms. Worms frequently shares her insights and experiences regarding child care in BC and across Canada with various stakeholders, including business professionals, colleagues, early childhood educators, the media, and government.