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Year: 2003 – Province: Saskatchewan
Certificate of Achievement Recipients
Setting: Southwest Day Care and Early Learning Centre
504 - 4th Avenue SW
Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan S6H 5V7
Type of Setting: Child care centre for children ages 18 months to 12 years of age.
Philosophy of Care:
Put into action the motto "It takes a village to raise a child," by involving parents, families andthe community in the children's care and education.
Teach children to both respect and to be open to cultural diversity.
Ms. Gilliland developed a program that helps children realize that there are different ways to get along with other kids. The successful program is now being offered in child care centres, preschools and play schools throughout the community.
A strong advocate for both her preschool and profession, Ms. Gilliland often leads the preschool's fundraising campaigns. She has developed various centre materials, such as a parent handbook and a staff training manual. Ms. Gilliland also participates in workshops, courses and conferences on early childhood education and development.
In Praise Of:
"Gilliland's vibrant personality and her zest for life are clearly visible and as a result everyone who gets a chance to meet her will definitely pick up on this attitude." - Parent
"Gilliland is compassionate in both her job as an educator and her job as a director, her students enjoy going to school, they are noticeable happy and continually learning. How many three-year-olds know how to use and navigate a computer?" - Parent