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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016
Ministry of Children and Family Development
British Columbia honours outstanding child-care providers

VICTORIA – Energetic, devoted, creative and compassionate are just a few words used to describe the outstanding child-care providers being honoured with 2016 Child Care Awards of Excellence as part of Child Care Month and Child Care Appreciation Day on May 19.

After an open call for nominations, 10 child-care providers from across British Columbia have been selected to receive Child Care Awards of Excellence in one of five categories: provincial, innovation, local government, leadership and Aboriginal.

“Anyone who dedicates their careers to caring for children during their earliest years deserves to be recognized every day,” said Minister of Children and Family Development Stephanie Cadieux. “The Child Care Awards of Excellence is just a small way for us to show our appreciation for those who go above and beyond the call of duty to support B.C. children and families.”

In addition to Child Care Awards of Excellence, 17 child-care facilities with more than 40 years of service will receive a Child Care Legacy Award recognizing their contributions to B.C. children and families.

“Child-care providers do some of the most important work in our province, and they are not regularly acknowledged for the immense contribution they make to the lives of children, families and communities,” said Wayne Robertson, chair of the Provincial Child Care Council.

“Whether it’s finding a creative way to teach toddlers about bullying, preparing little ones for kindergarten with personalized ‘Welcome to Kindergarten’ booklets or attending Christmas concerts and events of former kids they’ve cared for, child-care providers make a huge difference in the lives of the families they support.”

To help make this year’s awards extra special, former youth in care were invited to submit artwork to be used for the awards. The winning submission was inspired by the artist’s time working in pre-schools and child-care settings and reflects nurturing relationships and growth.

The Child Care Awards of Excellence recognize the exceptional contributions made by early childhood educators, licensed family child-care providers, organizations and local governments throughout British Columbia. Award recipients were nominated by peers, parents and local governments and a total of 52 nominations were received this year.

Quick Facts:

  • There are approximately 5,000 licensed child-care facilities in communities throughout British Columbia.
  • Throughout the province, there are close to 15,000 early childhood educators and more than 5,000 early childhood educator assistants.
  • To help celebrate Child Care Month in May, the Province invested $500,000 to the Early Childhood Educators of BC to continue the Early Childhood Educator (ECE) bursary fund for students enrolled in early childhood education programs. The Province has now provided $2 million since the program began in April 2014.

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Ministry of Children and Family Development
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Province of British Columbia
For Immediate Release
May 18, 2016
Ministry of Children and Family Development
2016 Child Care Award of Excellence Recipients

Ten child-care providers will receive a 2016 Child Care Award of Excellence for their outstanding work on behalf of B.C. children and families. In addition to the Child Care Awards of Excellence, 17 licensed child-care facilities will receive a Child Care Legacy Award in recognition of more than 40 years of service.

Provincial: Recognizes Early Childhood Educators with an active licence, individually or as a team. Also recognized in this category are licensed family child-care providers who are currently working in a licensed child-care setting.  This year’s winners are:

  • Kiwassa Variety Club Daycare – Vancouver
  • Harpreet Gill, Terrace Sunflower Childcare – Terrace

Innovation: Recognizes an individual, facility or organization demonstrating innovation in child-care programming in a traditional or non-traditional setting that links services to opportunities for child development and growth. This may include a StrongStart BC Centre, recreation centre program, or programs offered by a business. This year’s winner is:

  • Kristin Webster, Salal Child Care Team – Vancouver

Local Government: Honours local governments that demonstrate excellence in supporting or delivering existing child-care initiatives. This year’s winner is:

  • North Shore Partnership – City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and District of West Vancouver

Leadership: Honours child-care providers under three categories, including lifetime achievement, business leaders, and emerging leaders who have a minimum of three years’ experience. 

Leadership – Business: Honours licensed businesses that provide non-direct child-care service delivery – through external partnerships – to provide exceptional child-care support for employees and their children. This year’s winner is:

  • Lexie Biegun, Lexie’s Little Bears Child Care and Puddles & Paints Playschool – District of Highlands (Victoria)

Leadership – Lifetime Achievement: Recognizes a child-care professional’s outstanding contributions to enriching the lives of children and families. These contributions may be through innovation, knowledge, or new ways of improving professional practice. This year’s winners are:

  • Carol Hunter, Castleview Child Care Centre – Victoria
  • Charlene Gray, Comox Valley Children’s Day Care Society – Comox
  • Noreen Marshall, Noreen’s Daycare – Fort St. James
  • Wendy Lowe, Infant Plus – Victoria

Aboriginal: The Lenora Pritchard Mentorship Award recognizes an Aboriginal nominee working in a licensed child-care setting who demonstrates leadership by acting as a role model and mentor to others. This year’s winner is:

  • Joan Gignac, Aboriginal Head Start Association of B.C. – Cobble Hill

Child Care Legacy Awards: Recognizes licensed child-care facilities that have provided more than 40 years of service. This year’s honourees are:

  • Armstrong Preschool – Armstrong
  • Britannia Child Care Centre Pre-School and Out of School Care – Vancouver
  • Cameron YMCA Kids Club – Burnaby
  • Children’s House Montessori Preschool – Coquitlam
  • Douglas Park Preschool – Vancouver
  • Kensington Community Centre Preschool – Vancouver
  • Kids Club – Vancouver
  • Kitsilano Area Childcare Society – Vancouver
  • Lakehill Co-op Preschool – Victoria
  • Little Neighbours Preschool – Coquitlam
  • Queen Mary Out Of School Day Care – North Vancouver
  • Queen Mary Preschool/Daycare – North Vancouver
  • Stepping Stone Preschool – Vancouver
  • Sunbeam Preschool – Langley
  • Sunflower Early Learning Society – North Vancouver
  • Trimble After School Care Society – Vancouver
  • Windermere Valley Child Care Society – Invermere
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Ministry of Children and Family Development
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