The Strive Team is delighted to introduce you to Amy Petrarca, our ECE Resource Centre Intern!

Amy joins us from the Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership degree program at Fanshawe College.  Amy is enthusiastic, creative, and passionate and we are excited to learn alongside her this summer.  Amy will be working closely with the Resource Centre team to advance our vision of transforming the Resource Centre into a Pedagogical Hub and Professional Learning destination.


We asked Amy some questions to get to know her a little better. Keep reading to see what she said!




Tell us a bit about yourself…


Hi everyone! My name is Amy. I just finished my third year in Fanshawe College’s Honours Bachelor of Early Childhood Leadership program.  Only one more year to go!

After graduation, I would love to get a Master’s degree, although I’m still trying to decide what to take because I love so many different aspects of this field!

I was born and raised in Burlington, but have lived in London the past three years.

In my spare time I love to be with friends and family and love going to Sauble Beach where my family has a trailer. The beach is my happy place! 



Tell us why you chose a pathway in Early Childhood Education and Care…


I have always had a love for working with children, in fact, I’ve never actually had a job that didn’t involve children!

I’m the youngest in my family and have grown up surrounded by many amazing mentors who pursued careers in ECE themselves.  They have each taught me many wonderful skills and qualities that inspired me and have led to where I am today.


What advice would you give someone else considering pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education?


Advice I would give to someone pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education would be to explore all the different opportunities this field has to offer.  Take advantage of school placements to recognize what area(s) you are most passionate about and that resonate with your own personal philosophies and values. 





What are you most looking forward to doing throughout your internship?


I am looking forward to all of the amazing relationships I will have the opportunity to build and maintain throughout my internship. Being in the Resource Centre, I will be able to build connections with the Childreach and Strive teams, parents and families, children, and other professionals. Each one of these relationships will offer new knowledge and insights that I will be able to take with me moving forward. 


What inspires you?


Something that inspires me is seeing those around me pursue and thrive in doing what they love. It creates motivation and even more passion for myself to do the same.


Do you have a favourite quote?


“Sunsets are proof that no matter what happens, everyday can end beautifully.”


I was walking along a small beach one day up near Sauble when I came across a bench that had that quote on it.

This quickly became my favourite quote.  I love that it reminds me to stay positive.


If you were an ice cream flavour, what flavour would you be and why?


Either vanilla or birthday cake. Vanilla is a flavour that works well with all other flavours.  You can add anything you want to it and it will still taste good. This feels like me because I love to work with people and get along well others. I also love to learn new things.

Birthday cake ice cream is one of my personal favorite flavours. Not many adults like this flavour and it reminds me of my inner child!


Welcome to the Strive Team, Amy! We are so excited to work with you!


Join us in extending Amy a warm welcome by commenting below!

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