Mary Stewart has had the special opportunity to work with children and families for over 25 years. She has a diploma in early childhood education from Edmonton, AB, early intervention from UBC and a Masters in early childhood education from the University of British Columbia.
Mary’s career in family and childcare has led her down many paths. She has worked in child care for several years. During this time, Mary was very fortunate that as a single parent, her son was able to attend the same child care center where she worked. Those she worked with became her extended family network and soon she realized it does “Take a community to raise a child”. She also realized that parents and adults in a child’s life play a critical role in their development. This prompted her to return to school to achieve her degree in Family Studies.
In 1995, Mary had the opportunity to move to a small community in Northern British Columbia. In her small community, she worked with children and families in crisis. This led Mary to take a position with the Infant Development Program as a home visitor with families who have children with disabilities or developmental delays. Working for this program provided her with many opportunities for training, personal and professional development.
In 2001, Mary received her international infant massage training. As Mary says, “I fell in love with Infant Massage!” She soon discovered that infant massage provided a way of being with infants and parents that was relaxing, healing and beneficial for everyone involved.
For much of her career, Ms. Stewart has spent time working with children and families in rural and remote communities, as well as volunteering. She currently volunteers with a soccer team in Vancouver specifically for children with disabilities and she finds it to be the highlight of her week!!
Mary believes in the power of relationships and looks forward to the opportunity to learn from the children, caregivers and people of Vietnam as well as the incredible team she will be traveling with!
Why do you feel you would be an asset to the Liddle Kidz Foundation volunteer team?
“I believe in the power of touch, infant massage and supporting the caregivers in a child’s life. I am a great team player, work well with others, cooperate and I think I can develop genuine rapport with those I work with.”
There are millions of infants and children worldwide who are struggling to live to their fullest potential. Would you like an opportunity to bring nurturing touch and pediatric massage to orphaned and displaced children around the globe?
Do you wish to share your skills with children who are affected by Cerebral Palsy, AIDS/HIV, landmines, Agent Orange, developmental disabilities, genetic birth defects, mental and emotional trauma?
Just ask yourself . . . can one person make a difference?
Take this moment to make a difference in the life of a child.
Apply now to be part of our next international volunteer team . . .you too, can be a Liddle Kidz Ambassador!