Sheri became one of the first members of the ECC when as a private centre owner she was looking for a support group/ sounding board to share ideas.
She later became the area contact for the Taranaki area until these positions were no longer required as the ECC grew and employed paid staff, thus support was given through the head office.
Sheri set up her centre in 1985, early childhood centres [of which there were very few apart from state kindergartens - hers was only the second in Taranaki.] Centres were then regulated by the Dept of Social Welfare. Through the years she has seen many changes, including the Ministry of Education taking responsibility for licencing and regulating, and the ERO reviewing EC centres.
Sheri still owns and manages the same centre although it has grown in size many times.