About us

Dunbar Memorial Preschool has been making play the cornerstone of children’s early learning for over 50 years.

Our School

Our excellent curriculum provides for learning opportunities through socialization, free play, group activities, arts and crafts, and more. Our facilities enable compelling, creative play-based learning in a safe, respectful, and inviting space.

Led by our talented team of teachers, the the parent involvement model is one that has fostered as sense of community among our families year after year, and long after the children have moved on to elementary school.

The Classroom

Our large classroom facilities are located in the lower level of the Dunbar Community Centre. This spacious, bright, and inspiring space invites children to explore a variety of activities in an open-concept environment. Our classroom houses a quiet reading corner, circle time mat, science table, puppet show stage, craft tables, train table, tricycles, dress-up station, playhouse, and many other toys and games. Our space also includes handwashing stations, shared cubbyholes, and an in-class kitchen for snack preparation.

Our Teachers

Paula Tisdale

Born in Ontario and raised in the beautiful Okanagan, Vancouver became my second home over a decade ago. My childcare journey began in Kelowna and this year I will be celebrating 20 years as an Early Childhood Educator. During this time, I have had the honour of becoming a mom which has merged the soul refining experience of parenting with my love for teaching.

Sharing time with children, being outdoors and practicing spiritual principles enrich my life with joy and inspiration. I love to create and learn with children through active listening, mindful exploration and warm hearted playfulness. I also enjoy creating beautiful environments that make learning visible and reflect the significance of learning through play. Supporting children’s thoughts and ideas, helping to nurture their emotional well being and fostering positive social development are my teaching priorities. I believe in providing a fun, inclusive and collaborative framework to help children thrive.

I am enthusiastic to be joining the Dunbar Memorial Preschool teaching team this year. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of such a friendly and upportive community. I look forward to meeting you and making lasting memories together.


Hello, my name is Karen. I was born and raised in Vancouver. I enjoy working with children because of the positive influence and joy that we can bring into their lives, as well as the impact they make in ours. By building positive relationships, and supporting their growth and development are things I value in working with children. I have completed the early childhood education program at Capilano University in 2018. In addition to working with 3-5 years old, I also have experience working with 5-8 years old in before and after school care setting.

I support play based learning because play supports children’s growth physically, socially, cognitively and emotionally. Play brings out children’s natural curiosity. They are constantly exploring, asking questions, and forming relationships with their environment. Their learning is expressed in many ways as evident in one of Reggio Emilia’s principles, 100 Languages of Children. With the support of teachers, we can work in partnership with children and co-construct a learning environment based on their ideas.

I have an interest in science, and I like to incorporate fun science activities into children’s play. Activities may include colour mixing, making paper, constructing towers, or testing density. It amazes me when I see children are able to explore different concepts by using simple household items and recycled materials.

In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Also, I like to go on hikes and explore the outdoors, travel, play volleyball, watch hockey, and go on food adventures. I am always looking for new food places to try out :).

I am looking forward to starting a new teaching experience at Dunbar Memorial Preschool. I am excited to meet the children and families, and be apart of this amazing community.

Dunbar Memorial Park

Dunbar Memorial Preschool has access to the adjoining field and playground/park areas. We try to be outdoors as much as possible, but when Vancouver weather doesn’t cooperate, the preschool has a space designed for physical recreation in the classroom

Our School Song

Dunbar, Dunbar
Where every kid’s a star!
We love our school
We think it’s cool
Hurray, hurray for Dunbar!”