ECEC Cowichan Faculty

Sheila Grieve, Chair

Certificate (Aboriginal Childcare) Red River College; BA (Physical Education), University of Manitoba; BA (Child Psychology) University of Manitoba; MA (Integrated Studies), Athabasca UniversitySheila Grieve

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building: 180 Room: 530
  • Phone: 250-740-6635 | Fax: 250-740-6466
  • Email:

Sheila Grieve enjoyed working as a front-line educator, floor supervisor and centre director for almost twenty years (1987-2006).  In that time she gained experience in a wide variety of ECEC settings including multi-age care, nursery, school age care, head start and at a “paivakoti” in Finland. She has been able to apply that experience as a post secondary instructor since 2006. Sheila’s research involves, informed by her Metis, Cree and Scottish ancestry, a combination of child development and ethnobotany. She has partnered with early childhood care and education settings adding culturally relevant plants to the outdoor classroom of each setting.  Sheila is passionate about working with students and community members to enrich the field of Early Childhood Education and Care, with a particular focus on nature interactions.

Jamie Covey, Instructor

Diploma (Early Childhood Education), Grant McEwan College; BA (Physical Education & Sports), University of Alberta; MA (Human and Social Development) University of Victoria

Jamie Covey

Jamie Covey has worked as a Child and Youth Care Professional for the past 20+ years in a variety of capacities including: school-based, day care, residential care, orphanages, and physical activity based programs. She has a particular interest in physical activity and sport for children & youth and continues to do collaborative research in this area. Jamie has been a contract instructor in the ECEC Programs at VIU since 2006 and has been the Child and Youth Care and Early Childhood Education and Care Practicum Coordinator since 2011. When not teaching she can be found in the outdoors trail running and hiking or working in her yard.

Toni Lachance, Practicum Coordinator Cowichan, Instructor

  • Cowichan Campus, Building:  TBA    Room: TBA
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David Lemire, Cowichan, Instructor

Jocelyn Byfield & Rossanne Sutherland, Program Assistants

  • Nanaimo Campus, Building: 180 Room 542
  • Phone: 250-740-6251| Fax: 250-740-6466
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