Judy Pollard has more than 40 years of a teacher, Early Childhood Educator, college instructor, program director, and department head, as well as on numerous local, provincial and national organizations have given Judy rich opportunities to see the world from many perspectives and to develop and practice leadership in a variety of ways.
Since retiring in 2003, Judy has been very involved in community development work, particularly with the Kootenay Boundary Community Services Co-operative, where she is Board Chairperson. Judy sits on the Early Childhood Advisory committee, and the regional Early Years Council of Partners, as well as the Advisory Committees to the Regional Infant Development Program and the Supported Child Development Program and the Selkirk College Early Childhood Education and Care Program.
Before retiring, Judy was an instructor in the Human Services Department at Selkirk College for 26 years. She was a licensed Early Childhood Educator in BC for over 35 years and is qualified and experienced as a Special Needs Educator, working in licensed family child care, group childcare for three years to school age, and school age childcare.
Judy served on the Articulation Committee for BC Early Childhood Education Instructors for 25 years, as well as several years on the Community Care and Assisted Living Appeal Board of B.C. She was a member of the first Provincial Child Care Council appointed in the province of B.C., and is a past president of Early Childhood Educators of B.C. In 2003 Judy was the recipient of the Gayle Davies Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Care and Education.
In relation to community work, Judy’s passion is in supporting collaborative approaches to strengthen the social well-being of families and communities. As a result Judy works to build and enhance working relationships between community social service agencies throughout the Kootenays.
Her personal life is vibrantly filled with family, three adult children, three granddaughters, and outdoor activities such as golf, cross-country skiing and hiking.