Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education —
2012 Recipients List

2012 Recipients List
Province/ Territory Setting community Educator community Name of setting Name of educator Type of setting Highlights
Alberta
Certificate of Excellence
Drayton Valley Drayton Valley Drayton Valley Early Childhood Development Centre Bernice Taylor Childcare centre for children ages 13 months to 9 years Educator mobilizes myriad of local resources to build a magical Eco-Park for all to enjoy.
Alberta
Certificate of Excellence
Edmonton Edmonton Genesis Early Learning Centre Corine Gannon 100 Voices Preschool Outreach Program for children ages 2.5 to 6 years It's all about the environment: educator maintains carefully manicured classrooms that are cozy, stimulating and intentionally designed to look like an extension of home.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Burnaby Port Moody Simon Fraser University Childcare Society Pat Frouws Childcare centre for children ages 3 months to 13 years A living building for living people: educator seizes opportunity to design a new facility, inspires and guides funders to build a place that every child deserves.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Comox Comox Tigger Too Preschool – Comox Valley Children's Daycare Society Charlene Gray Preschool for children ages 30 months to 5 years Tireless advocate for children everywhere believes in a world where children should be seen and heard.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Coquitlam Coquitlam Childgarden Preschool Susan Woodward Preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years A daycare fairy tale: educator and children discover enchanted forests, magical creeks and mystical little creatures, which become the stepping stones to learning about the world that surrounds them. 
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Golden Golden Little Chimps Preschool / Golden StrongStart Shelley Zajsek Licensed Preschool and StrongStart BC Program Intuitive, creative and patient, educator knows exactly when to tease and joke, and when to offer a hug.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Langley Langley Douglas Park Community Preschool and Childcare Dawn Adamson Preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years Nature lover follows dream and provides outdoors-based inclusive program where children can learn and explore at their own speed.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Port Hardy Coal Harbour Stepping Stones Childcare Centre Jan Prowse Childcare centre for children up to the age of 12 Like a little elf with a heart of gold, educator works tirelessly behind the scenes, quietly doing good deeds, building playhouses, making healthy food, or distributing clothes.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Surrey Surrey A Place to Grow Childcare Centre Danielle Denise Jimeno Group childcare for children ages 6 months to 5 years Educator makes sure that the village actually does raise the child, secures partnerships and gets students involved in projects and programs that are supportive and nurturing.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver Vancouver Creative Minds Early Learning Centre Kathleen McCabe Childcare for children ages 2 years to school age Educator guides inquisitive young learners through an exploration of the world both inside the classroom and all around them.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver Burnaby Lilliput at UBC Childcare Services Ingrid Keen Childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 3 years Kind and caring educator takes time to pay attention to details, gets to know each child and their dreams, and relies on local current events to inspire programming.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver Vancouver Marpole-Oakridge Community Centre Preschool Linda Murdoch Community centre for children ages 3 to 4 years Educator experiments with new activities to expand minds. One day they're watching little baby eagles hatch, the next they're building papier-mâché eagles and nests.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Victoria Victoria Nightingale Preschool and Junior Kindergarten Limited Catriona Brown Preschool and junior kindergarten for children ages 2.5 to 5.5 years Imagination and education take centre stage: childcare centre undergoes transformation as children read a book – from snacks, to the role-play area, to props and costumes.
Manitoba Certificate of Achievement Morden Darlingford Morden Community Childcare Centre Shuana Richards Childcare centre for children ages 3 months to 12 years "Inclusion for all" philosophy guides educator to create memorable environment gets people moving and be happy doing it.
Manitoba Certificate of Achievement Shilo Brandon/
Wawanesa
Shilo Military Family Resource Centre Janine Guenter, Hailey Kusche and Dana Lynn Thompson Resource Centre /
Occasional childcare program for children ages 3 months to 12 years
Daycare trio tailors programs to meet military families' needs and quickly become valued resources for households that rely on a single parent for short to long periods of time.
New Brunswick Certificate of Achievement Saint John Saint John Saint John Y Early Learning Centre Janet Towers Childcare program for children aged 2 With pages worth of qualifications, experience and workshops, educator always seems to know what's happening in a child's world.
Newfoundland and Labrador Certificate of Achievement Lewisporte Appleton New Fun Land III (3) Gaye Roberts Childcare centre for children ages 2 to 12 years Energetic educator recognizes need for affordable and accessible childcare in rural Newfoundland, and caters to over 400 families.
Ontario Certificate of Achievement Hagersville Waterford Ekwaamjigenang Children's Centre Patricia Barber Childcare centre for children ages 0 to 5 years Up-to-date and informed, educator always on the lookout for new ways to improve activities, create partnerships and offer resources to parents and colleagues.
Ontario Certificate of Achievement London London Arbour Glen Day Nursery Charlene Moss Childcare centre for children ages 3 to 6 years If play is the work of all children this educator is their professional developer: she turns each encounter into a lesson and has a knack for tapping into connections and resources.
Ontario Certificate of Achievement Ottawa Osgoode Acorn Early Learning Centre Joanne Saunders Childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 10 years Innovative and above all compassionate, educator helps students save a turtle, writes book, and organizes fundraisers.
Ontario Certificate of Excellence Ottawa Almonte Algonquin College Early Learning Centre Lisa Lamarre Demonstration Full Day Learning Centre Putting words into action: with years of experience in challenging situations, educator seamlessly runs an incredibly respected demonstration program in the Ottawa community.
Prince Edward Island Certificate of Excellence Charlottetown Charlottetown Little Wonders Child Care Centre Elizabeth Jeffery Childcare centre for children up to the age of 5 Educator finds learning possibilities in any material, object or situation and creates environment where students feel motivated to think differently, push further and do better.
Quebec Certificate of Excellence Montréal Laval McGill Childcare Centre Lisa Gallagher Childcare centre for children ages 4 months to 5 years Grace under pressure: executive director of a childcare centre almost doomed to close down, always has time to lend an ear and make you feel like you're the most important person in the world.
Saskatchewan Certificate of Excellence Canora Canora Canora Junior Elementary School Christine Danyluk Pre-kindergarten to grade 4 elementary school Educator creates colourful world that changes seamlessly with the seasons and where children have endless opportunities to be creative explorers.
Saskatchewan Certificate of Achievement Regina Regina Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST)Children's Day Care Centre Melanie Bacon Childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 5 years Ooey gooey and messy: yes please! Educator lets children be messy and builds on concept that play and exploration are central to a child's development.