Meet our team

The Child Care Now team is made up of an Executive Director, full-time staff working nationally, and several part-time coordinators who support provincial advocacy chapters across the country.

“When I became a mother in my late twenties, I experienced first-hand all the problems that come with the failure of governments to take responsibility for making child care affordable, inclusive, and available. I’ve made it my life’s mission to work with others to build a publicly funded universal system of quality child care that is focused on the well-being of children, and that supports parents while properly recognizing and compensating all those who work in the sector.”
Morna Ballantyne

Morna Ballantyne

Executive Director

“As a social policy researcher and mother to three young children, I’m passionate about understanding what contributes to effective early childhood education and care (ECEC) systems. I believe that policy evidence is integral to advocate for affordable, accessible and high quality child care for all children and families

in Canada.”
Liz Adamson

Liz Adamson

Research & Policy Coordinator

“I’m so honoured to be part of Child Care Now at such a pivotal and exciting time in Canadian child care, and love meeting child care advocates from across the country.”

Rachel Vickerson

Project & Policy Manager

 “I immigrated to Canada to become an early childhood educator just to realize it was a lost cause without strong public policies. I’m finding hope in imagining and fighting with others for a child care system where children, educators and communities flourish together!”

Thơ Nguyễn

Thơ Nguyễn

Outreach & Policy Coordinator
“I consider it a privilege to be part of Child Care Now during this defining moment for our national child care system. As a mother of two young children in Toronto, I intimately understand the challenges of finding affordable, high-quality child care. I am committed to supporting my colleagues and community in advocating for a universal system of child care. Families are entitled to affordable, accessible, quality child care, regardless of income level. Women have a right to gender equality and the ability to fully participate in the workforce. Children deserve the best education possible. Child care workers need fair compensation and improved working conditions. Now is our chance!”

Karen Crow

Finance & Administration Coordinator

“I hope to help create a system where every parent and guardian has access to quality, affordable, accessible child care for their children–one that provides children with the best chances for success and happiness.”

Allison Alberto

Allison Alberto


Administrative Support, Child Care Now Alberta

“I feel so fortunate to be a small part of this system-building work as part of
the national Child Care Now team, pushing governments to follow through on the plan to make universal child care a reality!”

Kenya Thompson

Kenya Thompson

Coordinator, Child Care Now Nova Scotia

Isabelle Forest

Coordinator, Child Care Now New Brunswick
Morna Ballantyne
Morna Ballantyne
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Morna Ballantyne

Executive Director

Morna Ballantyne has forty years of experience working for national organizations dedicated to advancing social and economic justice. She has held many jobs over her lifetime including worker representative, policy researcher, organizational strategist, and director of large programs and staff teams. She assumed the role of Executive Director of Child Care Now in 2014 and has worked with the Board of Directors to build our organization’s advocacy capacity and influence. Morna was appointed by Canada’s federal Finance Minister to serve on the Task Force on Women in the Economy and to the federal government’s Expert Panel on Early Learning and Child Care Data and Research in the lead up to the 2021 federal budget that made historic public investments in early learning and child care. Currently she serves on the National Advisory Council on Early Learning and Child Care which provides advice to the federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development. 

Rachel Vickerson
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Rachel Vickerson

Project & Policy Manager, Educators matter: Workforce policy for quality early learning and child care

Rachel Vickerson is a passionate advocate for inclusive ELCC system change, and is proud to work at Child Care Now during such a pivotal time in Canadian child care. To the role of Policy and Project Manager, she brings her experience working and learning with educators through past positions as the Interim Executive Director at the Association for Early Childhood Educators Ontario, Research Officer at the Childcare Resource and Research Unit and Project Officer at the Ontario Coalition for Better Child Care, coordinating the National Network on Early Learning and Child Care Human Resources Innovation and Decent Work. Rachel holds a Masters in Public Policy degree from the University of Toronto, and is committed to bringing the voices of educators, families and children into the policymaking process. 

Thơ Nguyễn
Thơ Nguyễn
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Thơ Nguyễn

Outreach & Policy Coordinator, Educators matter: Workforce policy for quality early learning and child care

Kenya Thompson
Kenya Thompson
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Kenya Thompson

Coordinator, Child Care Now Nova Scotia

A scholar and activist, Kenya Thompson is proud to be part of Canada’s child care movement as Coordinator of the Nova Scotia chapter of Child Care Now, pushing for a strong system of early learning and child care in the Maritimes and across the country. She is currently a PhD Student in the Department of Political Science at York University, studying care policies impacting women, children, and families, and social movements advocating their importance. She also works as a Research Associate on Reimagining Care/Work Policies, a SSHRC-funded Partnership Grant.

Karen Crow
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Karen Crow

Finance & Administration Coordinator

Karen serves as our invaluable Finance and Administration Coordinator, playing a pivotal role in the seamless functioning of our team at Child Care Now. With a background in membership, human resources and people management, Karen brings the skills and attention to detail needed to ensure our efficient operations. Her proactive approach and collaborative spirit contribute to driving our team’s success and impact.

Beyond her professional endeavours, Karen is a dedicated mother to two energetic little boys. Her commitment to fostering a connection to nature is evident in her frequent outdoor adventures, where she and her family explore, learn, and cultivate a profound appreciation for the land. Living in Toronto, Karen and her family have firsthand experience navigating the challenges of finding quality child care, adding depth and empathy to her work with Child Care Now.

Liz Adamson
Liz (Elizabeth) Adamson
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Liz Adamson 

Research & Policy Coordinator, Growth by Design

Elizabeth is a Research & Policy Coordinator at Child Care Now, working on an Innovation Grant project, ‘Growth by Design’, which is investigating the expansion of child care under the CWELCC agreements. She completed my PhD in social policy at the University of New South Wales, in Sydney, Australia. As a Research Fellow at UNSW, she worked on various projects focused on ECEC and broadly family policies at local, national and international perspective. 

Isabelle Forest

Administrative Supporter, Child Care Now New Brunswick