Joyce Backstrom


- BSc in Family Studies, University of Alberta

- Diploma in Nursing 

- Mother of 5, grandmother of 18, great grandmother of 1.

- Former president Edmonton Local Council of Women and ELCW’s current annual service project coordinator.

- Joined with partner Carole Kosteriva in 1982 to start SMFDH.

- "This Agency makes every effort to find and support excellent providers who will meet each child’s needs."

Carole Kosteriva


- My training in nursing, social work and adult education has supported my involvement in the child care field.

- Experiences and relationships developed in raising six children (fourteen grandchildren and eight great grandchildren) while associating with a group of women who represent many countries of the world has made Family Child Care a very enjoyable venture.  

-"I feel strongly that the support of and for Day Home providers strengthens our communities."

Emma Dajavs

Jennie Nguyen

Lynne Kosteriva


I have been working at Southgate Medallion Family Day Home Agency since September 2019.

I have over 17 years experience of working in the Early Childhood sector, both in the UK and in Canada.  I have my degree in Early Years from Worcester University.

In my role as Coordinator I enjoy mentoring my day home educators, supporting families and fostering a collaborative teamwork approach within the agency.

Kirandeep Gill


I have been working at Southgate Medallion Family Day Home Agency since May 2019

I have graduated from Early Learning and Child Care Diploma Program in 2014 at Grant MacEwan University. I have been working in the child care field for over 6 years with different age groups in various positions.

I am enjoying my roles as a Day Home Consultant in mentoring and supporting my day home providers to provide a quality care for children and families. I highly value the providers, the children and the families’ perspectives as well as their skills, talents, traditions and experiences. I am proud to be part of our agency!

Stephanie Eke

Financial Manager

I originally joined Southgate Family Day Homes as a provider.  In 1990, I started working in the office and became a member of the management team in 2012.

I have a Medical Secretary Certificate from Grant MacEwan University, courses in psychology & business and an Accounting Diploma from Grant MacEwan University.


My favorite part of my job is the opportunity to work with great people. I like that there is something new to learn every day.

Jessica Ly


I started working with Southgate Medallion Family Day Homes in 2018.

I graduated in 2015 with Diploma in Early Learning and Child Care from MacEwan University. I have 3 years experience working with children.

I love spending time with children and watch them grow. I am passionate about supporting the providers in providing quality child care.

Lisa Kosteriva

I have been a consultant with the agency since Sept 2021

My name is Stephanie. I am really excited to join Southgate Medallion Family Day Home Agency as a Consultant. I have a B.A in Education and MGS in Gerontology.


Having worked in the field of childcare as an educator for over 12 years, I have interacted with and supported children and families from diverse backgrounds.


I love exploring the world through the eyes and natural curiosity of children, reading, walking, and watching movies.

Nancy Peterson

I have worked at the agency since May 2018.


I have graduated with a Bachelors in Child and Youth Care from MacEwan University. I have worked in a variety of settings in the human service industry as well as early childhood education.

I am excited to build relationships with providers and children through visits and play time. I enjoy supporting the providers, parents, and children who are part of the agency.

Tadelech Midaksa

Administrative Assistant
Accounts Receivable

I joined the agency in January 2017.


I received my Level 1 in child care in 2003 and worked at a daycare. I have since then earned my Level 2 in insurance and worked at an insurance agency for 2 years.

I’m going to enjoy working with providers and parents and being part of the team here at Southgate Medallion Family Day Homes.”

I originally started with Southgate Medallion Day Homes over 26 years ago in administration support.


After raising 3 children and working in Property Management and Real Estate,

I am happy to be back working with Southgate Medallion in the accounts receivable department.

I completed my education here in Edmonton at Grant MacEwan with studies in the social sciences.

I enjoy the new opportunities that working at the agency brings and when I am able to meet and communicate with the parents and providers.

I have worked at the agency since June 2021​

My Name is Tadelech Midaksa. I have two beautiful children who put a smile on my face. I have worked in childcare for 12 years as early childhood educator. Proud is how I feel when I share with you that I was a recipient of 2018 for Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.

I have experience in coaching and mentoring educators to help encourage children's social- emotional development. I enjoy being outdoors, playing volleyball, meeting new people, and going on walks. 

Nicole Sun


I have worked at the agency since October 2021​

My name is Nicole. I graduated from Bow Valley College in Early Learning and Childcare and have over 6 years of experience working with children as an Early Childhood Educator.  

I’m excited to be a Day Home Consultant as I enjoy meeting people, sharing my experience with providers, building relationship with parents, so we can all work collaboratively to enhance children’s development and to maintain Children’s Services standards in our day homes.  


A Breezy Baby Shower!

The Agency staff recently spent a wonderful but breezy afternoon at Jackie Parker Park to hold a surprise baby shower to celebrate the imminent arrival of Megan’s baby.

The staff took part in a Jeopardy-style quiz – with questions, both easy and hard, all baby related. 

We also took part in a “Guess the circumference of Megan’s baby bump” game.  It’s harder than you would think!

We are sad to see Megan go, but look forward to meeting her baby son soon, a little brother for Addie.

Best wishes Megan and family!!


Agency staff recently spent a fun and relaxing pampering afternoon for our second baby shower of the year.

We will soon be saying a temporary farewell to Jessica as she leaves to prepare for the arrival of baby boy.

It was a difficult task, but we were successful in keeping our baby shower plans a surprise from Jessica.

Creative Nails were amazing hosts for our pampering afternoon which was then followed by a light dinner at State and Main.

The Agency will be sad to see Jessica go, but are excited to meet her new bundle of joy when he arrives.