Yumiko was born and raised in Vancouver, B.C. and together with her husband, moved to Nanaimo in late 2007.
Yumiko attended Simon Fraser University and obtained a BA in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. She is currently working on finishing the Infant Development Diploma Program through the University of British Columbia.
Yumiko started working for the Infant Development Program in 2003 and has loved meeting families, especially the children. The first few years of life are so important and have lifelong impacts. Through the Aboriginal Infant Development Program (birth-6), services are offered to families through home visits, playgroups, parent information sessions, and other community groups. We help support families by offering play based suggestions to help promote all areas of development, by connecting families to community resources, and by advocating together with parents on behalf of their children. As part of our service, we can also provide developmental screenings which give a quick “snapshot” of where the child’s development is or provide a full developmental assessment.
When Yumiko is not working, you can find her with her two young children at the playground or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.