Checking in with Mount Royal alumni: Lynsey Anderson
Your name, program & year of graduation at MRU
Lynsey Anderson, Bachelor of Applied Child Studies, ‘09
Your career path in 140 character or less...
Undergrad research lead to opportunity to develop resources for early child care educators. Then position at MRU Child Care Centre designing and leading before and after school programs. Now child care centre manager and child studies educator.
What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Opportunity, Networking, Personalized
What was the most important course you took at MRU & why?
The most important course I took at Mount Royal was my leadership course. I’ve never forgotten what I learned in this course and how it shaped what type of leader I wanted to be. My instructor was so passionate about her work and was a great role model showing how to put positive leadership skills in to practice. I now successfully manage a child care centre with over 80 children and 20 staff and use a lot of the strategies I learned in this class on a daily basis in my work.
How have you invested in your community after MRU?
I volunteer for Little Warriors, facilitating their “Prevent It” workshop. I’m a strong advocate for mentoring students. I’m a member of the Child Studies Alumni Chapter working with a committee hosting events and setting up networking opportunities for alumni and current students. I also advocate for families utilizing child care services as well as for the educators who dedicate themselves to this line of work. I have sat on countless committees that all have a common vision of creating a supportive environment for children and families.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped prepare you for your career?
Network, network, network! The opportunities I’ve had can all be attributed to me taking time to develop relationships with a variety of people in a variety of different areas and disciplines. I have aligned myself with some incredibly talented people who have all played a part in modeling and mentoring me through both my personal and professional life.
What is your claim to fame?
I was a part of a physical activity project with Mount Royal in which we created resources to support educators in increasing physical activity in preschool aged children. We created both a workshop and a resource book titled Hop, Skip & Jump that I still teach and utilize to date. It’s a bit of a joke with my family and friends, as they tease me about getting my autograph.
What do you miss most about being a student?
I miss my instructors. I still see them on occasion as I’m regularly engaged with the University and continue to utilize them for advice and support, but it's just not the same when you don't get to see them every day. I treasure the mentors I gained through school and value the energy and passion each of them brought to my life.