Our Team

Dr. J.T. (Tom) Snell President of Columbia College child care center Tom is one of the founders of Columbia College. He has extensive experience in education, including special education and completed a five year joint B.A., B.Ed. program. He has also since completed his Doctor in Higher Education (1995) at Nova Southeastern in Florida. Tom is on several provincial committees, is active in community clubs and enjoys volunteer work.
Candy Tsoi Director Candy Candy has over 6 years of first hand experience in child care centres and over 4 years of experience in administrative work in child care settings. She completed her ELCC Diploma at Mount Royal University and was working as a Centre Director prior to joining the team at Columbia. Candy enjoys watching children grow and learn.
Elvira Zyznomirshi Assistant Director Elvira Elvira has over 20 years of experience working in the Child Care field. She has completed the Daycare Training Program at the University of Calgary, her Level 3 Certification, and her First Aid. She loves working with children because they are funny and innocent.
Chandra Kala Prasai Childcare Worker Krinal Chandra has completed a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology and has more than 5 years of experience working with children. She has completed the following workshops: Problem Solving with Young Children, Creative Messy Crafts, Using Sign Language as a Tool to Communicate, Inviting Young Children to Explore Process Art, Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children, and Helping with Daily Transitions. Chandra feels children represent the happiest of stage of life. She tries to use her skills and training to make them happier when they are learning and growing.
Parvin Babaei Childcare Worker Parvin Parvin has completed a Master's degree in Educational Planning with remarkable academic credentials and more than 12 years of experience in the education area consisting of planning, monitor, teach and communicate with children and students. She joined Columbia College in 2016 and certificate of completion more than 20 workshops correspond to childhood area. She has her Level 3 Childcare Supervisor Certification. As an educator, she loves children and tries to incorporate fun and learning into the children’s curriculum.
Sara Arif Childcare Worker Sara I am a Level 3 Childcare Supervisor. I have also completed computer training and the Alberta Food Safety Basics course and the Food Protection course. I can speak and write in English, Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and Pashto. Working with children is fun because no day is the same. My children motivate me to be a better person. Helping children is the most rewarding job. They are open and honest and keep me grounded the whole day. Every day brings me unexpected learning experiences.