Jillian spent the early part of her teaching career working with Kindergarten-aged children in the private school system. It was her passion for inspiring children that led her to running the kids’ programs on cruise ships. Upon her return to Toronto from her adventures at sea, Jillian became involved with several children’s charities, where she began organizing fundraising events. During that time, she also went back to teaching young children. In 2004, Jillian took a break from working to be a stay-at-home mom with her son. In 2013, Jillian was invited to join the Project Give Back team. It was an amazing opportunity, and was a wonderful and meaningful way for Jillian to return to working with children… even though to her, it has never felt like work. Jillian has realized that while Project Give Back may teach an amazing message to the children who participate in the program, that she benefits equally by learning from each student, and by seeing how every child is impacted each week. Jillian holds both a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology) and a Bachelor of Education from York University, and she graduated from the Early Childhood Education program at George Brown College.