Babysitting course & safety training for kids

First Aid & Safety Training


All of our instructors have their First Aid and CPR qualifications, as well as annual police checks.

Dana Van Berkel

dana-van-berkelMy name is Dana Van Berkel.  I have been the owner and administrator with Seconds Save Lives First Aid & Safety Training for just over 12 years.  I have a BASc degree with the University of Guelph in Gerontology.  I am also a Canadian Red Cross certified First Aid and CPR Instructor and have been for almost 15 years.  I am the proud mother of 3 beautiful children, aged 10, 8 and 4 years old.  I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years.  Our children teach us everyday about new ideas and challenges that we as parents need to know, when raising children in this ever changing world we live in.  I have incorporated many of these ideas in our 3 wonderful courses and I am sure that your families have some of these same concerns when raising your own children. 

Brandy Rafeek

brandyI have been a ‘Seconds Save Lives’ instructor since 2011.  I am also a mom to 3 wonderful children ages, 6, 11 and 12.  Having children of my own, that are the ages of the children we teach, really makes me feel “in my zone” during the classes!  Before SSL, I was a sign language instructor for 7 years.  Guiding a classroom full of eager to learn students, is what I love to do!  I am also a very active volunteer in my children’s school.  I thoroughly enjoy working with children, and helping them learn these important safety skills, that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives!

Anna Macleod

anna2Becoming a babysitter is a huge responsibility and I take pride in equipping these young adults with the knowledge and confidence they need to take on this important job.  I bring all of the experience and core values that I have as a parent into the classroom. 



Pam Montieth

Pam MonteithI am married and a mother to two wonderful children.  I graduated from Georgian College with a B.D.N.C. I am Canadian Red Cross certified in First Aid and CPR.  I work as a part time, residential counselor for those with special needs.  I have also worked as a part time EA with the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board.  When I am not working, I spend my time running, biking and water color painting.  My moto in life is 'Love Life'.


Stephanie Veenstra 

stephanie-1I have been an instructor with seconds save lives for the past seven years. This work has allowed me to maintain worthwhile, rewarding employment while still being able to be with my two children and volunteer at their school. I enjoy helping children to learn and develop new skills that boost their confidence and make them feel that they can safely care for themselves and others.

Alex Skrzyniak


My name is Alexandria, but everyone calls me Alex.  I grew up in Mississauga, but moved to Barrie this past January to work as an American Sign Language interpreter. I graduated from George Brown College in Toronto in 2012, and since then have been working in a variety of settings across Ontario.  When I am not working, I can be found walking along Barrie's waterfront, or at home curled up with a good book or movie." 

Catherine Howes

Catherine HowesI graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Biological Anthropology and Archaeological Science. I have always been passionate about travel and different cultures, I have worked extensively as an archaeologist first in Central America, then Europe, followed by Alaska. Through these experiences as well as extensive independent travel, I came to learn of the ancient and more traditional forms of medicine practiced by different cultures. Soon after having completed my work in Alaska, I realized that my passion for natural medicine as a discipline overshadowed my love for archaeological excavation.  As a Naturopathic Doctor, I am passionate about health promotion and education, working with people to help them better understand their health and to live active and healthy lives.  As in instructor with Seconds Save Lives, I love that I am teaching these young children such important educational information, that definitely compliments living healthy lives. 


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"Thank you so much for having my daughters attend The Babysitters Course on the PD Day.  It was so great to have a place for them to go to, and learn such valuable information while I was at work!  They loved Stephanie the instructor, they thought she was a lot of fun.  Great work!"

Susan, Kitchener, ON