M.L. Walker B Ed, BA, E.C.E. is an Early Years Teaching Specialist and a mother of a 15-year-old son. She and her son have fond memories of Belleville Family Place in Ontario and she is pleased to be elected to the Board at Family Place New Westminster. Through her career and life experience she believes that to empower all families to reach their full potential we must work in partnership with parents, staff, and community supports with the children at the centre. Partnership is key to providing excellent services to our families at Family Place. By creating a warm, welcoming, caring and supportive environment, our families will thrive in our changing world. We work together to create a safe place for families to feel a sense of belonging, a place free to discover, a place to enquire and a place to be themselves.