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Welcome Crystal!

The National Council is very pleased to welcome our new National Office Administrator, Crystal Murgatroyd.

Crystal is passionate about enriching the lives of families through the power and the pleasure of songs, rhymes and stories. She is the Family Outreach and Parent-Child Mother Goose Program Coordinator for the Kamloops Community YMCA/YWCA. Crystal coordinates over 70 Mother Goose groups each year across Kamloops, BC and surrounding region, as well as virtually. She works hard to ensure that Parent-Child Mother Goose groups are accessible to all families in her community, and is the force behind the development of a virtual platform.

 Crystal is a trained P-CMG facilitator, and has a background in psychology, infant and child development, and supporting children with diverse needs. Her goal is to welcome thousands of people each year to fall in love with singing, rhyming, storytelling, and learning together. Crystal’s role has now expanded to include National Office Administrator, and she looks forward to building connections with facilitators, families, and passionate Parent-Child Mother Goose leaders on a national level.

We are excited to begin working with Crystal, who brings such talent and enthusiasm for Mother Goose to this new role. We would also like to bid a fond farewell to Catherine Taylor, who is retiring after many years of wonderful work with us. Good luck in your new adventures, Catherine!


Job Opening: Parent-Child Mother Goose Program National Office Administrator (Contract Position)

Are you a self-directed, organized and enthusiastic individual who is ready to roll up their sleeves and help support the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program™? The National Council of Parent-Child Mother Goose is looking for a part-time office administrator with great organizational skills and a passion for supporting children and families.

In this role, you will support the organization with a variety of administrative and communications tasks including membership and donation tracking, responding to inquiries, website updates, and social media engagement. You will work with our committed board members across Canada to advance the mandate, objectives and goals of the organization.

This position offers flexible hours, opportunities to grow your skills and the chance to help support program teachers in communities across the country who deliver the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program™ to parents and young children.

Compensation: This is a junior to mid-level role and compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Wage range $20 – $22.50 per hour.
Application Closing Date: February 12, 2021.
Start Date: As soon as possible and flexible for the right candidate.
Term: Annual contract. This contract will commence with a three-month probationary period.
Hours: Up to 8 hours per week. Flexible schedule.


  • Demonstrated previous experience working with a non-profit board.
  • Strong writing skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel) and Google Docs.
  • Familiarity with WordPress or other website platform, mail chimp or other e-newsletter software, social media platforms.
  • Ability to learn new software quickly and efficiently.
  • Familiarity with the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program™ an asset, but not required.


We are looking for an individual who is:

  • Passionate about supporting children and families through community-based programs
  • Self-motivated with a strong ability to be self-directed and work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proactive with an ability to identify tasks that need to be done, and then prioritize and efficiently and effectively get the jobs done.
  • Professional, personable and positive demeanor with a can-do attitude.
  • Results-driven, collaborative and a critical thinker.
  • Effective communicator both in person and in writing with stakeholders and board members;
  • Responsible and reliable.
  • Strong multi-tasker with the ability to juggle various initiatives and tasks.
  • Flexible, versatile and/or resilient in a changing work environment.


This individual will work remotely and is responsible for providing their own office space, computer, internet connection and telephone systems.
We will consider applicants from anywhere in Canada.

To Apply

Email your cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject line: PCMG Application – National Office Administrator. The closing date for applications is February 12, 2021.

A shortlist of candidates will be contacted to schedule interviews.
Questions can be directed to the Parent-Child Mother Goose National Council Chair at [email protected]


Welcome in 2021 by supporting PCMG

2020 has been a year that will live on in history. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us in ways we have never experienced before. As I write this, the year is (thankfully!) almost behind us, but many of the challenges will remain. There is still a long road ahead, and your support for Parent-Child Mother Goose is needed now more than ever.

Over the past year, families across Canada have faced lockdowns, school closures, quarantines, job losses, isolation, illness – it has been a perfect storm of emergencies and stressors.

Through it all, despite community agencies being forced to close their doors, Parent-Child Mother Goose teachers have done everything they can to support families, providing them with much-needed social connection and opportunities for strengthening the parent-child relationship through a shared enjoyment of songs and rhymes.

The pandemic has shown everyone that programs like Parent-Child Mother Goose aren’t “nice to have’s”—they’re essential to public health and community well-being. But to keep PCMGP healthy and growing in Canada we need your help, even once we’re on the other side of this pandemic. Advocacy, oversight, and strong leadership in the year ahead will be critical to keeping Parent-Child Mother Goose active in our communities and reaching our families.

Help us continue this important work in 2021. Your gift will help us ensure more families in communities across Canada have access to a Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, and that program teachers receive the support, information, and advocacy that they need to continue delivering this essential program.

Wishing you health and happiness in the year ahead!


Marilee Peters
Chair, National Parent-Child Mother Goose Program