Olio was licensed in late 2012, and started serving the community in January 2013. Prior to this, I started my career at the Boys & Girls Club, an after school program serving school-aged children in underserved communities. This was a part-time gig that allowed me to complete my university degree at the same time. During this time, I also took one trip Ghana and one to Vietnam, where I volunteered my time and skills to local orphanages. After I graduated I worked as a Counsellor for Adults with Developmental Disabilities for about a year before I realized how much more fulfilled I was working with children. So after some research, I decided that I could continue to pursue my career and creative goals, while still serving my community by opening up my own childcare centre. The task was as daunting as it was exciting. Taking a play from Silicon Valley, I lived on ramen until my mission was complete! Every thing from this website to our Waldorf furniture was developed by me. This job continues to be fulfilling 10 years later. And when it starts to get a little repetitive, I tend to learn a new skills, which I incorporate into the daycare. It’s a win win situation, where I get to learn new things, while the kids reap the benefits of those new things; the latest being my new woodworking skills, which have allowed me to drape the entire facility with Montessori and Waldorf learning materials and furniture.