Please Join Us for a Very Special ECE Professional Development Opportunity


The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat is a 2 day weekend gathering (October 21 & 22, 2017) for professionals who work in the field of Early Childhood Education. It is being held at the beautiful, historic Cammidge House in Tsawwassen, BC -- which is located within a short drive of most communities in the Greater Vancouver area. This retreat, by ECE Workshops, will bring together up to 40 educators and related professionals who work in a variety of roles to support children and families. Each day, speakers and attendees will be part of a number of collaborative conversation and learning opportunities related to important issues in the field of Early Childhood Education. In addition, there will be several social events planned around the retreat; a Friday evening casual get-together and a Saturday evening ECE dinner at a local restaurant in the Tsawwassen area. We have made arrangements with The Coast Tsawwassen Inn for a special Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat rate for any attendees who would like to stay in the community while attending the retreat. This promises to be a truly incredible, valuable and memorable professional development opportunity. We hope you will join us!

The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat by ECE Workshops includes:

  • Unique Professional Development Experience

    Join a special group of Early Childhood Educators to refresh, reflect and recharge your work in the field of early childhood education.

  • Being Held at The Cammidge House in The Boundary Bay Park in Tsawwassen, BC

    In a great spot -- get outside for walks during coffee & lunch breaks with colleagues.

  • Not Your Typical Workshop!

    No classroom or meeting rooms for this retreat - we gather in various rooms in this historic house.

  • Close to Tsawwassen Mills -- the BIG New Mall in BC

    Want to combine shopping with the retreat? We will be very close to the new mall.

  • Presenters & Participants Work Together!

    Through 6 Learning Model Sessions you will connect, collaborate and problem solve related to the issues that truly matter to you in the field of early childhood education.

  • Build Connections with Colleagues

    Great opportunity to meet and learn from other professionals working in the field of Early Childhood Education

  • Affordable, Exceptional Learning

    We are committed to helping ECEs grow their skills through high quality, unique professional development experiences.

  • Close To Richmond, Vancouver, Surrey & Delta + Vancouver Island

    Accessible by main highway, public transit and 10 minutes from BC Ferries terminal.

Your Opportunity to Refresh, Reflect & Recharge!

10 hours of onsite professional development that promises to be unique, special and exceptional! Opportunity to earn 2 additional professional development hours after the retreat weekend.

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Learning Modules & Speakers Include:


The Stories We Tell Ourselves


Introductions to ECE Learning Module 1-6 Work Session Masterminds

Presented by:


Jane Boyd, ECE & SNE

Founder of ECE Workshops & CEO of 45 Conversations Media & Education

With more than 28 years experience addressing small business, work-life, education, employee engagement and early learning issues Jane is a recognized authority when it comes to developing customized work-life and child care solutions. Recent projects include the preparation of ECE training curriculum for a local post secondary institution as well as the design and delivery of online professional development for Canadian ECE's. Through her work, Jane has been directly involved in securing more than $2.75 million dollars in funding for projects relating to business collaboration, work-life balance, employee wellbeing, education, community development and child care. She is passionate about self-directed learning, mixed philosophy programming and supporting children with exceptional needs. She has been licensed as an Early Childhood Educator, Special Needs Educator and Infant-Toddler Educator in 4 Canadian Provinces.



Empowering Reflection and Learning in the Field of Early Childhood Education  

Presented by: 


Christine Clements, ECE, IT & SNE

Corporate Child Care Director at Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Child Care

Christine has been part of the award winning Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Child Care program since it opened in 2009. She has been practicing in the field of Early Childhood Education for more than 20 years. She is a passionate advocate for excellence in the delivery of high quality child care services. Christine is committed to supporting, guiding and mentoring Early Childhood Educators as they grow personally and professionally in their work with children and families.



Expanding ECE Horizons - Personally & Professionally

Presented by:

Kimberly Ellsworth

Kimberly Ellsworth, ECE

Team Lead at Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers. (EMCN) Care for Newcomer Childcare

Kimberly has 27 years experience in the field of Early Childhood Education and received her diploma in Montessori in 2009. Her career experiences varied from Early Childhood worker, Kindergarten Supervisor, Montessori Directress, Montessori School owner/operator and in 2014 she left Prince Edward Island for an adventure to be part of EMCN as Team Lead for the Care for Newcomer Childcare. Working with refugee and newcomer children has been a rewarding experience in her career.



Creativity & Ideas

Presented by:

Nick Kellet

Nick Kellet

Founder, DMY Media

Nick Kellet has always been an innovator and an enthusiast for whatever he does, whether working in the fashion business, creating ground breaking software, running a startup or just having fun.

Nick has  a unique mix of cross-functional skills. He's always got an idea or two for the next big thing and a record for making good bets and predictions. He has a strong focus on execution, building great teams and on not taking himself  too seriously.

Nick loves working with people to develop new creative ideas and proposals. He's left handed and right brained. And is a great source of energy, passion and creativity. His latest project is through DMY Media brings together the power of people, collaboration and community.



The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat Host and Conversation Facilitator:

Gigi Peterkin

Gigi Peterkin


Gigi has been building successful marketing and promotional campaigns for more than 20 years with business and non profit organizations. She is also the Workshop Host and Conversation Facilitator of It's Not About Easy -- It's About Following The Child; an online professional development workshop for Early Childhood Educators produced by ECE Workshops. Gigi is an International speaker and has been the host of two podcasts, The Successful Failure and Keeping Curious, which are available in iTunes. She is a passionate advocate both online and offline for the rights of single mothers and their children. Gigi lives in suburban Philadelphia with her two wonderful children, her partner John and two very busy dogs.



Designing and Building Quality Child Care Programs

Presented by:


Jean-Philippe Picard

Managing Director, Western Canada, CBRE

Jean-Philippe Picard is the Managing Director for Project Management services in Western Canada at CBRE. Mr. Picard has over 10 years of engineering and project management expertise spanning a wide spectrum of project types including commercial, institutional, retail, industrial, and municipal projects. He has significant experience representing owners in facility construction projects having delivered over $1B in capital construction projects. In this capacity, Mr. Picard has been involved in multiple child care projects -- from both a feasibility and development perspective.



Show and Tell: Using Digital Tools for Reflection & Storytelling About ECE

Presented by:

Roger Overall

Roger Overall

Creative Director Show & Tell Communications

Rover is a photographer, film maker, animator, writer, cartoonist, podcaster based in Cork, Ireland. Regardless of the medium, he's been helping people tell their stories and share their knowledge since the late 1990s. Sometimes behind a desk, often on location—once in the South American jungle even. Roger has worked with Jane Boyd on multiple projects directly connected to the field of Early Childhood Education.

Registration Now Closed

The Reflect & Recharge Retreat - October 21 & 22, 2017

The Reflect & Recharge Retreat at The Cammidge House

We will discuss the issues that today's ECEs really want to learn more about.

You will explore your personal and professional growth in a supporting, caring environment.

Working with other ECEs you will plan your next steps in your career, your classroom and your life.

Option to Join ECE Dinner on October 21, 2017 at local restaurant for additional $35.00 + GST fee.

6 Learning Model Sessions -- listen to short presentations and then work with fellow professionals to apply the learnings to your work.

Flexible Payment - By Credit Card or By Interac eTransfer

Price increases to $175.00 from July 15, 2017 and on

Only 40 spaces available!

All participants will receive discounts on select future online ECE Workshops

Register for The Reflect & Recharge Retreat if you want to:

Be part of an incredible, relaxed and refreshing professional development opportunity.

Do something a little different that promises to grow your ECE practice.

Learn from other leaders in the field of Early Childhood Education.

Be part of a unique and supportive experience -- that will grow your skills and leadership in the field.


About The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat


Join us for The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat that is being held October 21 & 22, 2017 in Tsawwassen, British Columbia. This retreat will be at the beautiful Cambridge House in Boundary Bay Park. It is a lovely, peaceful historic house that is close to the beach, walking trails and so much more.

The Cammidge House - location of the 2017 Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat

The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat will bring together a small group of Early Childhood Educators and Early Learning Professionals for a very unique and special professional development experience. There will be ample opportunities for learning, growth, conversation, reflection and recharging. In addition, all participants are invited to be part of a dinner gathering (for a small additional charge) at a local Tsawwassen restaurant on the evening on October 21, 2017.

Using "mastermind" learning modules, special presentations and more - participants will collaboratively work together to set personal and professional goals, further develop their ECE practice and plan action steps related to the work they do in the field.

Reflect & Recharge Retreat Highlights

Presentations by leaders in the field of ECE. Saturday will include 3 Learning Module Sessions that will focus on personal growth, development and reflection directly related to your work in the field of Early Childhood Education.  Sunday will include 3 Learning Module Sessions that will focus on your day to day ECE practice as you work with children and families. Working together we will explore, assess and problem solve related to the topics and issues that today's Early Childhood Educators are interested in.

Opportunities to strengthen your leadership skills in the field of Early Childhood Education through collaborative conversation and reflective learning.

Time to journal, draw, colour and more while reflecting on your personal wellbeing and professional practice -- and -- in the beautiful Cammidge House which is located in Boundary Bay Park.

Invitation to be part of Saturday evening meal (for a small additional fee) at local Tsawwassen restaurant with fellow attendees.

Nature walks,  kite flying on the beach and activities on the porch -- depending upon the weather.

Morning and afternoon breaks will include coffee and tea as well as healthy snack. A healthy lunch option will also be provided on Saturday and Sunday.

Opportunity to be part of something truly customized for the needs of the ECEs who are part of it. There are only 40 spots available for this space is limited.

A reduced rate at The Coast Tsawwassen Inn for participants who would like to stay in Tsawwassen for the weekend of the retreat. (All group rate rooms have now been booked - regular hotel rates apply.)

Retreat Agenda

Evening, Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Cammidge House

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM at The Cammidge House - Informal Meet & Greet and Retreat Registration

You can drop in any time between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM and meet with a few of the retreat speakers and fellow ECE colleagues. During this time we will have a selection of coffee, tea and drinks available as well as some appetizers along with some music and mingling. There will be no additional charge for this informal gathering! This is a great chance for you to explore The Cammidge House, meet some fellow retreat attendees and generally ease into the weekend of activities!

Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The Cammidge House

Daytime Activities

8:30 AM - Registration with coffee, tea and healthy breakfast choices.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - The Reflect & Recharge Retreat Professional Development Sessions

Evening Activity

5:30 PM to 9:30 PM - NEWLY EXPANDED DINNER OPPORTUNITY on Saturday, October 21, 2017 - We hope you will decide to join us for the ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection at The Cammidge House.

Tickets for the ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection are $35.00 per person.

This evening event will include activities related to creativity, reflection and connection in the field. Attendees who complete and submit 4 of the interactive activities will receive a 1 hour professional development certificate via email 10 days after the event. PLUS a casual dinner will be served.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

5:30 to 6:30 PM - Appetizers, Conversation & Connection

6:30 - 7:00 PM Welcome, Introductions and Overview of Interactive Activities Available During The Evening

7:00 - 8:30 PM Casual Dinner Available via Buffet

7:00 to 9:30 Interactive Creative, Reflective & Connection Activities Available for ECE's to Participate In.

The ECE Saturday Evening of Creativity & Connection is open to retreat attendees, ECE students and professionals who work in/are connected to the field of early learning and care. If you are planning on attending this evening event, please purchase your ticket as soon as possible as we plan to open up tickets to the broader ECE community within the next day or two.

Sunday, October 22, 2017 at The Cammidge House

8:30 AM - Registration with coffee, tea and healthy breakfast choices.

9:00 AM - 4:00 PM - The Reflect & Recharge Retreat Professional Development Sessions

4:00 PM - Retreat Ends

Online Followup Reflections After Retreat

All attendees will receive an email followup within two weeks of the retreat which will allow for additional reflective opportunities. Reflections that are completed and submitted within 30 days will be eligible for an additional 2 hour professional development certificate.

Questions & Answers

What Will Topics Will The Learning Modules Cover?

Below are the titles of the October Retreat Learning Modules. Please scroll down to view the bios of our presenters.

Why the Stories We Tell Ourselves Matter - Personally and Professionally

Empowering Reflection and Learning in the Field of Early Childhood Education

Show and Tell: Using Digital Tools for Reflection & Storytelling About ECE

Designing and Building Quality Child Care Programs

Expanding ECE Horizons - Personally & Professionally

Creativity & Ideas

Where is The Cammidge House?

The Cammidge House is located in Metro Vancouver's Boundary Bay Park. The address is 498 Boundary Bay Road, Delta, BC.

The Cammidge House is a beautiful historic house that is accessible on the main floor level. The main presentations of the day will be held in the downstairs of the house. Parking is free. Please review the map below for further information on the location. The park can be accessed by public transit; however the schedule varies depending upon the time of day. It is best to consult Translink to see if public transit will work.

To give you a sense of travel time/route here is a map showing the directions from Vancouver to The Cammidge House.

Who is organizing The Reflect & Recharge Retreat?

This retreat is an initiative of ECE Workshops and 45 Conversations Media & Education. It is being managed by Jane Boyd, Founder & CEO.

Is there a dress code for The Reflect & Recharge Retreat?

This retreat is designed to be a professional learning and development experience. While we don't have a formal dress code, attendees are encouraged to dress in comfortable, professional clothing. 

If I register and then am unable to attend can I obtain a refund?

Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds for registrations. You can however transfer your registration to another Early Childhood Educator for no service fee. We simply ask that you let us know in advance if this is something you would like to do.

How will I receive my professional development certificate?

Professional development certificates will only be issued for participants who attend the WHOLE 2 day retreat. They will be for a total of 10 hours. There will be optional followup work after the retreat where participants can earn an additional 2 hours of professional development.

How much will it cost me to attend the Reflect & Refresh Retreat?

Early bird registration fee through to July 15, 2017 - $149.00 plus GST

Regular registration fee July 16 - October 15, 2017 - $175.00 plus GST

We have a payment plan available to assist with making the registration fees more affordable.

We are coordinating an optional ECE Retreat Dinner on October 21, 2017 at a local restaurant. If you would like to be part of this the extra fee will be $35.00. This will cover the cost for a main meal, a non alcoholic beverage, coffee or tea and dessert plus tip. You will be responsible for any other costs associated with your meal beyond what the $35.00 fee covers -- i.e. alcohol or additional tips.

Can I stay at a hotel close to the retreat location?

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Yes - if you would like to do so -- we have made arrangements for this at the Coast Tsawwassen Inn! While Tsawwassen is located within a 20 to 60 minute drive from most places in the Greater Vancouver area; we recognize that some participants might like to come and stay for the weekend. We have negotiated a special Group Rate for Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat attendees. You can reserve a Comfort Suite for $126.00, based on single/double occupancy plus applicable taxes. It is $15.00 for each extra person after double occupancy. This means you can even share the cost of staying at the hotel by sharing your room with a colleague! This group rate includes the following:

Complimentary continental breakfast for hotel guests

Browns Socialhouse restaurant; indoor pool, whirlpool, sauna and fitness centre

Complimentary high-speed WiFi internet access and business centre

Recently renovated meeting, convention and event facilities and services

Complimentary in-suite coffee and tea; complimentary local calls; complimentary newspaper

Complimentary underground and over-height parking

Complimentary shuttle service to/from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal (subject to availability, certain conditions apply)

Special negotiated rate to or from the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal and Vancouver International Airport with Delta Green Cab 604.943.1111

All Guest Suites include: microwave, coffee maker, mini fridge, iron and ironing board, hairdryer, air conditioning, 2 TV's, pay per view movies, wireless high-speed Internet access, and voicemail. Comfort Suites feature 1 queen bed in bedroom, double bed or sofa bed in sitting area, or 2 double beds in bedroom and sofa bed in sitting room.

Participants are responsible for making their own reservations and paying their own charges directly to the hotel. If you would like to make a reservation we encourage you to do so early as we have a limited block of rooms available for this rate.  Please note  that the Cut-Off Date for making a reservation for this rate is 09/05/2017. Group reservations not confirmed by the cut-off date will not be guaranteed the group rate or access to the group block and will be offered the Hotel's best available rate.

(The deadline for the group rate has now passed, however as of September 26, 2017 rooms were still available at this hotel for an affordable rate. Please contact them directly to discuss your needs.)

How far is the Coast Tsawwassen Inn from the location of the Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat?

Not too far at all -- just a short car ride away. There is also public transit available in the area. Walking would take longer but is possible if you enjoy walking. Please see the map below for further information on the distance between the two. There is a taxi company that operates in the area if you need to arrange transportation. It's best to make an advance booking if at all possible.

I don't have a credit card - can I pay in some other way for the retreat?

Yes - we will accept email transfers for payment using Interac. You can learn more about that here. If this is something you would like to do -- please contact Jane Boyd via Jane @ 45Conversations dot com

I would like to split my registration fee into three payments - can I do this?

Yes, this is possible -- please see the registration page for this option. Please note this is only available for registrations made prior to mid August 2017 as all payments must be received prior to the start of the retreat.

My company is interested in being a sponsor for The Reflect & Recharge ECE Retreat, who do I contact?

Please send email to jane @ 45conversations dot com

Other questions?

Please send email to jane @ 45conversations dot com

A Professional Development Retreat for ECEs Like No Other!

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