Hi. My name is Eleni Maree Wilson (Savva). I am Con & Dora Savva’s daughter, the owners of BearChildCare. My family are all from Cyprus (Greek Orthodox) and my husband from Samoa (Uniting Church) – all the while, proudly Australian!!!
We have been married nearly 25 years and have 5 precious children (4 Princesses and 1 handsome Prince!) Together our marriage has created something special; a very multi-cultural Christian family; a learned tolerance and appreciation for the beauty of different cultures; different languages, people, foods, customs, celebrations and more.
This is something that we have brought to BearChildCare: A strong Christian ethos with a passion for children to learn, grow, flourish and thrive on new cultures and their new experiences.
With 5 children, I can honestly say, “I love children!” The last 18 years in managing BearChildCare has been a wonderfully fulfilling journey. It has been such a joy to meet new families and children, watch the children grow into little people ready for ‘big school’ and then meeting them again years down the track when a sibling joins the BearFamily. Admittedly, I’m especially fond of our social events such as the Easter Hat Parades, Mother’s Day Picnics, Daddy Café and of-course our sensational Christmas Concert Spectaculars! They are such special events because they bring our BearFamilies together – and that is so important to what makes BearChildCare special!
After joining the “Did You Know Team” in 2013 advocating for equality in early learning centres for NSW, I was voted ACANSW Secretary in November 2016. I am a strong advocate for equality and high level education for all children and staff in ALL Early Learning Centres across the State, and working with the Government, both State and Federal, to bring consistency across the nation for all.
Over the years we have also been privileged to work with children who have special, individual needs – aiding their development & working closely with their families and therapists. Watching our children’s journey of learning and growing brings me much pride and satisfaction. I am so excited and proud of our very own BearChildCare Bus, which has enabled the Centres to be able to broaden the children’s experiences and appreciation of our local communities even further.
I feel truly blessed by God to be working in a sector so important for the safety, education and happiness of our children – they are our future. They are precious, individual, precious gifts from God. They are to be loved and treated as equals. They are God’s way of saying the world should live on…
Eleni Maree Wilson