Joanne Freer graduated from Conestoga College with her Early Childhood Education Diploma in 1976. In 1978, she completed a two-year Certification with the Association for Early Childhood Education in Ontario. Upon graduation, Joanne was hired as an ECE teacher with Emmanuel Day Care Centre in Waterloo Ontario. During her nine years at Emmanuel, she taught all age groups and became Acting Supervisor before she left in 1985. Joanne attended both the University of Waterloo and Wilfred Laurier during this time, taking courses related to the field of Early Childhood Education.
Upon moving to Brampton in 1985, Joanne worked for one year with the City of Brampton in their Preschool Department. In 1986, Joanne opened Building Blocks with Karen Sanger.
Since moving to Brampton, Joanne has continued to upgrade her education in the field of Early Childhood Education. In 2008, she joined the newly formed College of Early Childhood Educators. She lives in the Heart Lake area of Brampton with her husband, Paul. They have raised four very active children who are now all adults. Joanne actively participates in a women’s sorority and her book club, and enjoys gardening and keeping fit through Pilates and Yoga. Joanne loves meeting new children and their families, while working in a warm nurturing environment where she strives to do her best.
“I love to watch children develop and change for the better while attending Building Blocks. There is such a great satisfaction in helping children discover all their strengths, and at the same time observing their sense of wonder.”