Management & Staff

St. Thomas the Apostle Nursery School is a non-profit organization, governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Policy, budget and staffing are the responsibility of the Board, while programming and daily operation of the school are the responsibilities of the Executive Director.

Board of Directors

Every parent who is a member of the school community is eligible to run in the annual elections to take a leadership role, by serving a term on the Board of Directors. Parents are encouraged to be involved in school governance and to share opinions and expertise.

The 2016-2017  Board of Directors comprises:

  • President: Marina Merlo
  • Vice President: Jennifer Nasrallah
  • Treasurer: OPEN
  • Secretary: OPEN
  • Toddler Representative: OPEN
  • Member-at-large: OPEN


Marina Merlo is a mother of three. She is blessed with a beautiful 3 year old girl who attends the green group at S.T.T.A Nursery School. She also is the proud mother of 2 handsome twin boys in the toddler group. She works full-time in administration and on her spare time loves to be with her family. She has been with St. Thomas the Apostle for 2 years and really loves how much her children are learning from being enrolled in the nursery school. She is excited to be the new president of the board of directors. 🙂







Vice President

Jennifer Nasrallah  is the mother of two active boys and one baby girl. She is currently on maternity leave from her Human Resources Manager position with the federal government. Her eldest son started in the Toddler program in 2014 and has since moved on to the Preschool program, attending both the morning and afternoon programs. Her younger son is currently enrolled in the Toddler Program. Jennifer is thrilled to be joining the Board of Directors this year as Toddler Representative and hopes to positively contribute to the St. Thomas the Apostle nursery school community.



Six highly qualified, experienced and devoted teachers staff the nursery school.  Staff are Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE), otherwise approved with the Ministry of Education or bring St. Thomas many years of experience and skills.  RECE’s are registered with the College of Early Childhood Educators (CECE) which is their professional association. As members of this association, a Code of Ethics binds them and all staff who work in this field.  Staff and volunteers are required to have their Police Records Check, their first aid/cpr and epi-pen training.

Executive Director

Susan Bouffard is the school’s Executive Director beginning in October of 2014.

Susan supervises and instructs the staff, develops the curriculum, supports parents as a resource and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the school.  Susan reports directly to the Board of Directors.  

Susan is a Registered Early Childhood Educator and a member of the College of Early Childhood Educators, coming to us with many years of experience educating in the early childhood field, working with children from infant to pre-teen age since 1992.  

About Early Childhood Educators

According to the CECE, early childhood educators are responsible for:

  • Assessing children’s developmental needs and stages in all developmental domains;
  • Designing curriculum to address children’s identified needs, stages of development and interests;
  • Planning programs and environments for play and activities that help children make developmental progress;
  • Maintaining healthy emotional and social learning contexts for children; and
  • Reporting to parents and supervisors on children’s developmental progress within healthy, safe, nurturing and challenging play environments.

At St. Thomas the Apostle Nursery School, the teachers are encouraged to continue their education through courses, workshops and conferences with a paid day off each year dedicated to professional development.