Franchisors Spotlight – Angie Girgis
Hi, my name is Angie Girgis. I am the proud Founder of Angelic Treasures Christian Daycare.
Before Franchising I spent time working in the centre on Vicar Gate in Mississauga.
The most enjoyable part of my work was meeting new families. I love taking them on tours throughout our facility. I can showcase our program advantages and demonstrate our commitment to the families who trust us with their children’s care. Also, at the beginning and ending of each day, I see the children as they come in; l watch them learn so much, and the payoff: hugs as children filled with pride share their accomplishments with me.
Childcare is my passion. I have always wanted to be an advocate for children and remain to this day.
As a Franchisor, I now take it one step further and enjoy meeting Entrepreneurs who wish to follow this proven model of great childcare.
I grew up in Guelph, Ontario, where I attended Bishop MacDonell High School. Later I went to Conestoga College, George Brown and finally Sheridan College in 1996. My first experience in childcare was at the University of Guelph daycare, where I volunteered for a year, and I was hooked from then.
I have been in childcare for over 25 years. Before that, I was in pharmaceuticals. Angelic Treasures Christian Daycare was born in 2003. We are home for 75 children between six weeks and six years of age every day.
Every morning I am thankful and give thanks to God for the opportunity to serve Him. When working as the Director of Angelic Treasures, my primary commitment was and is to our children, their families and our dedicated team of professionals. Mrs. Katryn Murray, Supervisor and Program and Planning Director for the Franchise, oversees the daycare’s day-to-day operations. At this time, I can boast that 4 out of 5 grandchildren attend the centre daily. Truly a blessing.
Hours of operations are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. We welcome the children and begin to roll out our full program of activities, meals and outdoor play. I am not a stranger to working long hours.
In my role at this time, I participate on advisory boards for the region as well as consult where needed.
The most important decisions I face are those impacting the well-being of our children and staff. When I am able to ensure that all their needs are met—that’s what it takes for me to have a wonderful, successful day. The three top skills I routinely exhibit to perform my job well are: communicating effectively, troubleshooting and sound financial planning and decision-making. I attribute my success to perseverance, faith and understanding of my purpose, and not being afraid to grow in knowledge. I am most satisfied looking upon my vision which has become a reality.
Reflecting upon my leadership development, I can say that Christ is the leader, and I wish to aspire to be like Him. Undoubtedly a tall order. I admire many leaders. I have adopted certain aspects of their styles into my own. I surround myself with expert, successful people who guide me in decision-making. After all, being a family business, all my family members contribute in some way.
I adore stories about growth from humble beginnings. I admire entrepreneurs and their struggles. The eventual success of corporations like Tim Horton’s and McDonald’s. They began with a dream, born from recognizing a need and imagining how they could satisfy it, and then they went out and made it happen.
I treasure the time I spend with God in reading the Bible or other spiritual books. I knit, sew and can be crafty. Spending time with my husband and grown children and grandchildren is also my best non-work time joy! We have been blessed with wonderful grandchildren and in-laws that I call my own children. God is good and continues to bless my family.
I value life, family and my friends. What you see is what you get. I am loyal and fair and expect the same treatment from others. I have an unshakable work ethic. I take my commitment to Parenthood and Grandparenthood extremely seriously. I will do anything for my children and grandchildren.
I have enjoyed sharing my story about the things which matter to me and how they influence the way I do business.
If you or someone you know could benefit from our expertise in providing quality child care and educational experiences for young children, I invite you to get in touch.