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."

Parminder Delhon


I joined Southgate Medallion Family Day Homes in 2006 as a Consultant. I have Master of Education Degree and Early Childhood Development Diploma.


I also have a Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education from Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta.

I am passionate about children receiving quality child care. The best part of my job is supporting providers, families and staff. I enjoy working as a trainer, guide, coach and mentor to support providers and strengthen family child care.

Kirandeep Gill


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

Administrative Assistant

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.”

Aparna Mahay

Aparna Mahay


I have a Bachelor of Arts degree and a diploma in Early Learning and Child Care from Grant MacEwan University. I completed Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) from the University of Alberta, Faculty of Extension in 2015. I started working with Southgate Medallion Family Day Homes as a Consultant in 2005.


I believe that Early Childhood Educators play a very important role in the all round development of young children and support to families. As a Consultant and a Coordinator with the agency I enjoy working with the staff and the day home providers as a mentor, guide and coach and feel gratified with all the respect and love showered upon me by them.

Megan Bedford


I have been working with Southgate Medallion as a Day home Consultant since 2012. I currently have my Early Childhood Educator diploma, graduating from Grant MacEwan University.


I love the opportunity to work with providers and support them in providing high quality care for children. It is so rewarding to role model for the providers and to give ideas about how to educate children through thoughtful play

activities and experiences.

Nancy Peterson

Accounts Receivable

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.

Lynne Kosteriva

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 have worked at the agency since May 2018. I have graduated with 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.

Marlene VanBruggen


I have been with the agency since 1998. I work as front desk support.

I received my Early Childhood Development Diploma from Grant MacEwan. Since that time I have attended numerous workshops and conferences regarding child care.


My passion is my family. I adore my grandchildren and love watching them learn and grow. I have always said that working with the agency is the best of two worlds.


I have the privilege of working with wonderful providers and the joy of working with children. I love that I am still able to learn about the great wonder of child development.

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