Board of Directors

Carol Sullivan, Chair

Bringing over 30 years of experience in the field to AECEA, Carol has logged extensive frontline time with children and their families, coordinated and managed various early childhood and family support programs, taught part time with MacEwan University, Early Childhood Development Program and worked in a mentoring capacity with the Alberta Resource Centre for Quality Enhancement. Carol believes that high quality child care can improve the quality of life for children and families and has the potential to play a significant role as part of a strong social infrastructure that enhances the overall quality of community life, education and care.

Amanda Rosset,Vice-Chair

Amanda has worked in the field of Early Childhood Education for almost 20 years in preschools, school age and mixed age early learning programs. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education with certification in Special Needs and Infant Toddler. In the Northwest region, Amanda oversees contracts for three prevention and early intervention programs that advocates for high quality, inclusive care in the early years for the betterment of children and families throughout the region. Amanda is also a distance instructor at Grande Prairie Regional College and is a member of the Alberta Early Learning and Care Leaders Caucus. She forms her own practice around advocating for all children to have the right to equitable learning opportunities that promote the unique value and dignity of families we encounter; something which she believes must be embedded within the practice of early childhood educators. 

Marilyn Armstrong, Treasurer

Marilyn has over thirty years’ experience working in Early Learning and Childcare and Early Intervention to support the belonging of all children and families.   She has a diploma in Early Childhood Education and a degree in Human Services Administration.  For the past eight years, Marilyn has been managing the ASaP Project, an innovative adult capacity building approach from the GRIT Program.  ASaP provides professional learning and coaching to Early Childhood Educators to ensure high quality inclusive environments that enhance the well-being of educators, children and their families.  Marilyn has had the pleasure of collaborating with Early Learning and Childcare programs across the province and has presented at conferences locally and across Canada.  In her spare time, Marilyn likes to spend time with her family, read, paint, and play outside!

Christie Scarlett, Secretary

Christie Scarlett has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for over 24 years. Her passion for children's advocacy and leadership for ECE Practitioners continues as she is in her 5th year of volunteering as a board director/treasurer for the National organization, the Canadian Child Care Federation. She has been honoured to work alongside children and families in a variety of capacities as well as several agencies and community groups such as AFCCA (Calgary region), AECEA, Public Interest Alberta, ECD Coalition, Healthy Eating Environment in Child Care provincial Advisory, and MRU Advisory. Christie intentionally focuses her participation on SACDA and YYC Plays ensuring play advocacy amongst Calgarians.  
For the past year, Christie has been striving to strengthen the standard for ECE and School Age training by providing professional development opportunities and empowering Early childhood educators to advocate for their profession by connecting with the ECE community. 
As much as Christie is passionately involved in the Early Childhood community in Alberta, she enjoys nothing more than spending time with her 2 beautiful daughters where she is actively involved in their community, schooling, activities, and own child care arrangements.


Nicki Dublenko
Nicki Dublenko

Nicki has been honored to work with the AECEA over the past few years to work toward a future of well educated and recognized early childhood educators in Alberta. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Master’s of Education in Early Learning in 2013 and is currently enrolled in the flex Early Learning and Care PhD program at the University of Toronto. Nicki serves as the Executive Director for Child Development Dayhomes, Edmonton and Fort McMurray, and is a member of the Alberta Early Learning and Care Leaders Caucus, a member of the End Poverty Edmonton Council for Early Learning and Care and the program advisory for the MacEwan ELCC program and has served on many boards and committees including the Alberta Family Child Care Association and the Success by Six Council of Partners. She believes in a strong professional association for early childhood educators and value the professionals working with young children for the very important work we all do.

Shirley Rempel
Shirley Rempel

Shirley has been a frontline early childhood educator for almost 24 years, having worked in child care centres both in Alberta and Manitoba. Shirley has her Level 3 Early Childhood Education certification. For the last almost 13 years, she has run an approved family day home in Southern Alberta. She is honoured to work alongside families on a daily basis and loves the benefits found in mixed-age group child care. She has worked with all ages of children, in infant/toddler programs all the way to school age. This is her first year on the board of the Association of Early Childhood Educators of Alberta but has been an active member for a few years. She has taught a number of workshops to Family Day Home Educators throughout the years, and recently completed the FLIGHT Training through MacEwan University and the Self Reg for Early Childhood Development Certificate Program through The MEHRIT Centre, and is now a Shanker Method Champion. Shirley has also been a Wonder Led Guide for the Wonder League Certification Cohorts through Fairy Dust Teaching for the last two years, having finished the certification in 2020 herself. 

While very passionate about advocating for quality and affordable early childhood education for all children and families, play-based learning and early literacy,  her biggest passion is spending time with her husband and two teen daughters and their 11-year-old Boston Terrier/Pug. In her spare time, Shirley loves to read, enjoy social media, and scrapbook.