Lee Bjarnason has been supporting young children and families in the Comox Valley for over 45 years, the majority of those at the Comox Valley Child Development Association.
This September, she is beginning her well-earned retirement. All are invited to come and wish her well.
Bjarnason started her career at Merry Andrew Daycare as a 21-year-old. There were several children in the class that were deaf and a number that had Down syndrome. She was drawn to these children and as such began her career-long dedication to supporting children with special needs.
She went on to roles as an in-home family support worker, a preschool teacher and a supported child development consultant. In each of these roles she advocated that all children, regardless of their needs, be included in all activities.
For the last 10 years, Bjarnason has managed the Infant Development program at the CVCDA, supporting children from birth to age three, and their families. As well, she has facilitated the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren group.
Lee has made a difference in the lives of countless families over the years. Her warmth, acceptance and wisdom have made her a trusted resource for parents as well as for other service providers.
There will be a celebration of Lee’s career on Thursday, Sept. 20 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Lower Native Sons Hall. All colleagues, clients and friends are invited to send her off in style. Refreshments will be provided.