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2016 Recipients

2016 recipients
Province Community Name of setting Name of educator Type of setting Highlights
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Abbotsford Busy Bear Preschool Club and Head Start Sophie Loewen Aboriginal Head Start for children ages 0 to 12 years Caring educator's sincere love for First Nations community brought her to reserve to live and to work to keep the traditional language and culture alive.
Certificate of Excellence Comox Brooklyn Elementary School StrongStart Maureen Wagner School-based StrongStart centre for children ages 0 to 5 years who are accompanied by an adult Parents learn side-by-side with their children at morning drop-in program and leave with sound suggestions for guiding their children's explorations at home.
Certificate of Achievement New Westminster Core Education & Fine Arts (CEFA) New Westminster Lois Mae Pearson Junior Kindergarten for children ages 1 to 5 years Veteran educator and "wonderful person we all love" shares her extensive experience with families and opens the world to children through drama and charitable activities.
Certificate of Achievement Richmond Fine Arts Montessori Centre Nicky Nickpasand Child care centre for children ages 2.5 to 5 years A comprehensive curriculum in a structured environment, combined with educator's dedicated attention to children's needs, lead young learners on to success in school, regardless of ability.
Certificate of Excellence Salt Spring Island A Child's Garden Kim Hunter Family child care centre for children ages 3 to 6 years Community-focused educator and documentary filmmaker advocates for giving children time to learn and experience the world through movement and play.
Certificate of Achievement Vancouver Sir John Franklin Elementary School Vita Di Giovanni Kindergarten for children ages 4 and 5 years Parents, therapists and counsellors are welcome additions to the classroom as they work together to support children with and without special needs in their learning and growth.
Certificate of Achievement Victoria Centennial Daycare Centre Bea Van Roy Licensed group daycare for children ages 3 to 5 years An immigrant herself, educator respects children's home language and culture, helps new families find their way and ensures city kids get plenty of time in nature.
Certificate of Achievement Winnipeg Parkside Child Care Olha Zablotski Family child care for infant, preschool and school-aged children A model in the province, home-based childcare centre provides a warm and caring environment for parents to leave their children and for the little ones to learn.
Certificate of Achievement Winnipeg St. James-Assiniboia Montessori Association Inc. Laura Burla Child care centre for children ages 2.5 to 6 years Differences are celebrated in this "invaluable" educator's classes, with children welcoming and supporting each other, leading activities and learning from one another.
Certificate of Excellence Ajax Carruthers Creek Public School Laurie Higgins Full-day Kindergarten for children ages 4 and 5 years Inquisitive educator discovers children's talents interests and fosters them through in-depth explorations and hands-on activities such as making books on how to win at tic-tac-toe or wear a hijab.
Certificate of Achievement Scarborough Isabella Walton Childcare Centre Lori Benn Child care centre for children ages 2.5 to 4 years "Let's find out together" is this "gem" of an educator's enthusiastic response to children's questions and ideas as every day she helps the children in her care shine.
Certificate of Achievement Laval Centre de la petite enfance du Pic Bois Marie-Ève Gauthier Child care centre for children ages 0 to 5 An educator who is always looking for new ways to stimulate the children's minds and to encourage them to cooperate and communicate with each other.
Certificate of Achievement Montréal Centre de la petite enfance Tour à Tour Marie-Êve Thérien Child care centre for children ages 0 to 5 This educator's goals, both at the child care centre and at the social economy company she founded, is to meet children where they are to foster their optimal development and integration.
Certificate of Achievement Elrose Elrose ABC Family Centre Inc. Meghan Nickason Child care centre for children ages 0 to 12 years Co-founder and now director of first licensed day care centre in small rural community now works to ensure families of all means can access early childhood education services.
Certificate of Excellence Regina Henry Braun School Lindsay Stuart Kindergarten for children ages 4 to 6 years "Ms. S." focuses on children's well-being and long-term development, not only preparing them for school but also empowering them to change the world.
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