ARCHIVED—Gwynneth Hawes Cook
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Year: 2003 – Province: Ontario
Certificate of Excellence Recipients
Setting: North End Children's Centre (Hamilton) Inc.
75 Hillyard Street
Hamilton, Ontario L8L 6B3
Type of Setting: Half-day preschool program for children between the ages of 2½ to 5 years old
Philosophy of Care:
To inspire children, need to create a safe and warm environment that encourages creative thinking and cooperation.
Play activities are designed to help children develop and grow while learning to get along with others. Children are also encouraged to share their cultural heritage through song, art, dance, food and pictures.
Ms. Hawes Cook visits each family before the child begins preschool to help parents ease the child into the school routine. She also encourages parents to participate in classroom activities as often as is possible.
Ms. Hawes Cook is a well-respected professional. She works tirelessly on behalf of the rights of children, and is only one of a few Canadians who are members of the USA's Children's Rights Council based in Washington, D.C.
In Praise Of:
"Ms. Hawes Cook is outstanding in her expertise and relates to all children. Her door is always open to children of diverse cultural backgrounds." - Holistic Health Practitioner
"Ms. Hawes Cook has truly dedicated herself to the development of early childhood education in the Hamilton area. She unselfishly gives of herself to oversee both the centre's day-to-day operations and its long-term sustainability." - Former member, North End Children's Centre's Board of Directors