Staff 2018-05-14T09:07:56+00:00

Heather Wood
Family and Community Engagement Coordinator

Heather has had a wealth of work experience from around the world – Vancouver, Winnipeg, Guatemala, Bolivia, Ecuador, and South Africa.  Born and raised in Waterloo, Heather is excited to be with Better Beginnings serving the local community! She is looking forward to getting to know all the families in our neighbourhoods, and to work with everyone to build healthy, safe and strong communities.

Scilla Owusu-Amoah
Children’s Program Coordinator

Scilla got involved in the Waterloo community as a student of Kinesiology at University of Waterloo. She has had the privilege of getting to know a number of families and has developed a passion for serving children and youth in the community. As a canFitPro certified group Fitness Instructor, Scilla enjoys celebrating movement in all forms and incorporating that into programs. As a Program Support Worker with Better Beginnings, she develops a variety of programs that help individuals recognize their value and contribution to their community. She also loves reading, basketball and social dancing.

Salma Bangash
Program Assistant

Salma is originally from Pakistan and came to Canada in 1990. After moving to Waterloo in 2011, she has been involved in volunteering at Sunnydale Community Association and Sunnydale Community Centre. She is multilingual and has worked for a number of years as an interpreter with various agencies.  Salma also served on BBW’s steering team, and hiring committee. As part of the research team, she interviewed 36 parents in the north Waterloo community for the project.  She enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, cooking and gardening.

Naheed Bibi
Childcare Provider

Naheed is a mother of two boys and two girls, as well as a community resident. She enjoys meeting people, working with children and helping others. As a Child Care Provider with Better Beginnings, Naheed works to provide a happy and safe environment for children. During her free time, she enjoys playing with her children and going out for neighbourhood walks.

Nazmi El-Kawash
Childcare Provider

Nazmi came with her family from Libya three years ago and is happy her family is a part of the North Waterloo Community. Nazmi loves working with children, as she feels that the smiles and enjoyment that children bring on a daily basis makes her job worthwhile. Nazmi feels that the Better Beginnings staff work as one big family!

Leah Cober
Bachelor of Social Work Intern

Leah is a Bachelor of Social Work student with the Renison School of Social work. Our staff team is excited to have Leah join Better Beginnings for the academic year of 2017-2018. Leah brings a wealth of experience working with children and is passionate about community development. Welcome to the team Leah!