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2017 Recipients

Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education 2016-17 Recipients
Certificate Community Name of Setting Name of Educator Type of Setting Highlights
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Port Moody Childgarden Preschool Caren Eigenmann Preschool, children aged 30 months to 5 years This educator started a garden to contribute to a local foodbank and to teach her children about those less fortunate, while inspiring a wonder of nature and a curiosity about differences between people and cultures.
Certificate of Achievement Burnaby SFU Childcare Society Nita Pedersen Group  child care centre, children aged 0 to 3 years Veteran educator understands each family's diverse needs and sees each child as a competent and unique individual, capable of things he or she has yet to even imagine.
Certificate of Achievement Port Alberni Mini Miracles Preschool Carrie Nahorney Child care centre-preschool; children aged 3 to 5 years Innovation is not costly, prescriptive or complicated for this educator who takes inspiration from the world around her – or an artist of the month – to create endless opportunities to learn through play.
Certificate of Achievement Vancouver Kittiwake Daycare Melanie Walters Mixed-age Child Care centre, children aged 1.5 to 5 years An advocate for nature-based risky play, and a naturalist at heart, this educator sees exploration as foundational in learning opportunities and self-expression.
Certificate of Achievement Halfmoon Bay Halfmoon Bay Child Care Centre Andrea Wilson Child care centre, children aged 2.5 to 5 years A new tree, a river full of salmon, or a bear cave – "queen of dress up" creates innovative spaces for exploration and intuitively supports the most vulnerable families in respectful ways.
Certificate of Excellence Winnipeg Robertson Early Enrichment Program Patricia Furman Child care setting, children aged 12 weeks to 12 years Love and passion fuel this educator who dedicated her career to working with children with special needs, and to build innovative and inclusive programs.
Certificate of Achievement Winnipeg St. Germain Daycare Centre Lisa McClory Child care setting, children aged 5 years A beekeeper in a hive of busy bees, this educator creatively makes use of natural and open-ended materials like leaves, branches, rocks or gems to stimulate interest and create learning opportunities for each individual child.
New Brunswick 
Certificate of Achievement Dieppe Safari Social Stéphanie Haché Daycare centre, children aged 4 years This educator turns her classroom into an Imaginarium – all ideas are possible. She makes the children travel by using their creativity and reveals the world to them.
Certificate of Achievement Moncton Centre de jour l'Éveil Julie Hachey Francophone child care, children aged 2 to 5 years This francophone educator in a minority setting encourages the children to develop a sense of belonging and to discover the possibilities open to them in French.
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Achievement Halifax Halifax Early Childhood School Sara Lordly Preschool, children aged 2.5 to 5 years From jungle safaris to firefighting missions, this educator believes in building from children's interests to provide a supportive environment that will promote future success.
Certificate of Excellence Kentville Kingstec Campus Learning Centre Sarah Marshall Community College with an ECE centre, children aged 0 to 5 years Have you ever thought of using your head to paint? This educator has. Every day is an exciting new journey as she guides her students to explore their creative sides.
Certificate of Achievement North York Seneca College Early Childhood Education Lab School Tanya Farzaneh Child care centre, children aged 18 to 36 months It's more than just paint: for this Reggio-inspired educator, it's an opportunity to catch a glance of "the competent capable child" in a space with no limits – a space to feel free, express and explore.
Certificate of Excellence Ottawa Little Scholars Strandherd Montessori Sabrina Rehman Child care centre, children aged 12 months to 6 years Engineer turned educator pioneers innovative and holistic STEM-based program, inspiring children to see and explore even the most abstract concepts.
Certificate of Achievement Saskatoon Dee's Playhouse Denise Skuce Family child care, children aged 12 months to 12 years International mud day or camping excursions to the river bank, this educator lets children be children as they discover, question and wonder about the world around them.
Certificate of Excellence Whitehorse Dusk'a Head Start Family Learning Centre Erin Pauls Family Learning Centre, children aged 18 months to 5 years A hunter and fisher, this educator believes that children learn best in the outdoors and encourages cultural opportunities through rich reciprocal relationships with Elders and the community.
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