Salima Alam Hafeez

Name Salima Alam-Hafeez
School Community Services
ProgramBachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations

M.Ed, Masters in Education (Wilfrid Laurier University)

B. Ed, Bachelors in Adult Education (Brock University)

ECE, Early Child Educator (Sheridan College)

Certification: Registered Early Childhood Educator, Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators
Courses Taught

SOCS74020 - Professional Identity and the Socio-political Context

ECE72060 - Professional Engagement

EDUC7200 - Curriculum Studies and Program Design

EDUC74030 - Reconceptualizing Educational Theory in Practice
Areas of Expertise & InterestEducational / Learning Theory and Practice
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities Over 25 years of industry experience, practicing in the early years sector as a:
  • Researcher
  • Post-secondary educator
  • Administrator
  • Consulting
  • Educator
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications SCHOOL OF COMMUNITY SERIVCES - SSHRC GRANT

2016-2019, Project Lead

Project Name: Ideas Connect

Community-based Research: Early Learning Sector

The aim of the project/research is to work alongside community partners to determine, and provide support, to areas of need in the early learning sector in response to recent government/regulatory changes—municipally and provincially.


2018-2019, Project Lead

Project Name: Waterloo Region Early Years' Workforce Study

The Region of Waterloo Children Services requested Conestoga College to conduct a workforce study of early years' programs in the Waterloo Region, as an extension to the Ideas Connect project. The research study helped to inform the development of a local workforce strategy to increase the sector's ability to attract and retain an engaged, integrated, and knowledgeable workforce that provides high quality inclusive programming for all children and families in the Waterloo Region. The study specifically surveyed professionals working in the early years' sector about their workplace experience on various elements that impact employment/career satisfaction, recruitment, and retention.
Additional Information
Salima's passion for the early years began over 25 years ago. This passion and commitment to the sector continues to grows as she builds community capacity with students and community partners.