Merry King Preschool Staff

Gina Ho - Director of Child Care Services

Gina began her career with West Richmond Community Centre in 2001 and in 2005, became the Director of Child Care Services. Gina holds a Bachelors in Sciences and a Bachelors in Education from The University of British Columbia. Gina has been passionate about children and teaching at a very young age. As part of her commitment to quality child care, she is consistently raising the bar in the field of Early Childhood Education and School-age Care. This passion and dedication has helped her build a strong team of staff at West Richmond Community Centre. Currently, Gina sits on the Richmond ECE/School Age training committee and the Child Care Training and Professional Development Society of Richmond.

When she’s not at her desk, you can find Gina with her two daughters, visiting neighbourhood parks and swimming.


Barbi Waterman

Barbi completed her training in Early Childhood Education in 1992. She has worked in a variety of settings over the years ... including five years in a Daycare on a Kibbutz in Israel, and five years as a Teacher/Supervisor in a Parent Participation Preschool in Richmond. In January 2008, she joined Merry King Preschool, and currently teaches the Three Year Old, and Four Year Old Programs. Barbi enjoys working with children immensely  and appreciates the importance of creating an environment where children feel safe, happy and free to express themselves emotionally and creatively. Barbi is the proud mother of two grown children.



Jess came from England where she completed a 2 year social care program and began working in the community of social care with the elderly and young. Jess has been a member of West Richmond Child Care Team for the past 14 years working as a Preschool Teacher. She received her Early Childhood Education Certificate in 1990 and has worked in many child care settings as well as volunteered in numerous community programs and events. Through these experiences, she has found working with families to be extremely rewarding. An avid runner and cyclist, Jess can often be found enjoying the trails of Richmond.


Karen Lim

Karen Lim joined the West Richmond Community Centre in 2008 and started out as a staff member for the Junior Out of School Care program. She has expanded her role and joined Merry King Preschool as an instructor for the last three years.
Karen has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and an Accounting Diploma from Kwantlen Polytechnic University. While volunteering at Richmond Family Place, she discovered her love for teaching children and returned to school to earn her Early Childhood Education certificate with Richmond Continuing Education.

Karen lives with her husband and beautiful daughter in Richmond and loves to travel, craft, and read during her free time. She enjoys collecting items from around the world and sharing them with the children to intrigue their minds and encourage learning opportunities. Everyday, Karen looks forward to fostering children’s curiosities and creating an environment for young minds to grow.


Michelle Gutbir

Nine years ago Michelle started working as a Preschool Teacher/Assistant at her son's preschool.  This is when Michelle realized her love of working with children, and brought Michelle to her second career. Previously Michelle worked as a Social Worker in a hospital in Israel. Michelle believes that children learn through play, gaining both social and educational skills. Michelle also believes that children thrive when they are given structure and routine.   When not teaching, Michelle is busy with her two boys and keeps active working out regularly, hiking, dancing and reading.


Patricia Go


Patricia is passionate about working with children. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of British Columbia and has her ECE Diploma from Langara College. Patricia believes that when children are provided with a safe and nurturing play environment, they will be able to reach their greatest potential. Patricia encourages children to question and be curious about the world. She believes that curiosity is the first step to learning. Patricia likes to travel to beaches around the world, try new food and try making crafts that she sees on Pinterest. 


Lori Moore


Lori has been involved in the Richmond Preschool community for the past 19 years, since moving to BC.  She has worked in both unlicensed and licensed programs in various community centers.  She received her ECE License to Practice in June 2013 through Delta Continuing Education, continuing to work as she studied. 


Lori's other passion is using her musical training to provide musical experiences for young children through songs and exposure to instruments.  She has instructed Music - Parent & Tot classes in the City of Richmond for the past 15 years and continues to do so all year round.


Lori enjoys spending time with her husband, four children and their spouses. Her favourite hobbies are learning new instruments, running and working out, and thrift store shopping for emergent resources to encourage children's imagination through play. She believes children learn best through exploration and play as they are encouraged to investigate the world around them.  ​

Deanna Lu


Deanna chose the Early Childhood education field because she believes that every child has the right to learn, explore, play and express themselves. She finds nothing more gratifying than seeing a child’s face light up when they have experienced a learning moment. She believes that children are our future and feels so honoured to be part of helping build a positive foundation in their lives, and providing a positive impact so they can move forward with skills that will support them developmentally, emotionally and physically.


She is a mother to three children and enjoys hiking, reading and doing yoga. 

Jordan O'Donnell


Jordan began her career working with children in 2008 as an Orton-Gillingham tutor at Little House Tutoring in Kerrisdale. She spent eight wonderful years there tutoring children as well as working in their preschool program. From that experience, Jordan realized that children were her passion and so she decided to earn her Early Childhood Education certificate, Jordan believes that children thrive when all of their senses are engaged, therefore she strives to provide a multi-sensory environment for the children to learn, play and imagine.


When Jordan isn't working she is at home with her husband and young daughter. She loves to stay active and be in the kitchen trying out new recipes. 


Mariam Al-Sayed


My passion for Early Childhood Education began in 2011 when I began volunteering for the Children's and Youth Ministry at my church. Nothing makes me more happy than witnessing a child in a moment of self-recognition that comes from a sense of accomplishing something that he/she was not capable of before. My greatest passion is to see children grow up with a strong sense of identity, belonging and belief that they can contribute to the world around them in amazing and grand ways. I want to raise up the next generation to be leaders in their community and know that the smallest amount of good can make a great positive impact on the world!


I am currently enrolled in the Infant Toddler and the Special Needs program; by furthering my education and increasing my knowledge of the ECE field, I wish to engage with the children in powerful ways, and provide them with appropriate tools to empower them to do great things in their lifetime.


Outside of work and school, I enjoy spending time with my loved ones, exploring new activities and learning new skills.