Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education: 2019 Recipients

Province/Territory Community Name of setting Name of educator Type of setting Highlights
Certificate of Achievement Calgary BrightPath Sage Hill Jennifer-Jill Beaman Child care centre for children 6 weeks to 5 years This scientist-turned-educator asks "what if" questions and explores the answers with the children, organizing hands-on activities so they can delve into their interests, while meeting learning objectives and developing new skills.
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton St. Monica Catholic Elementary School Tonya Lee Byrne Early learning school for children 4 to 5 years Believing that every child is a capable learner, this educator combines curriculum with children's interests; they learned about Africa by coding a BeeBot map, studying the animals there and playing in an African mud hut in the classroom.
Certificate of Achievement Edmonton McKernan Child Development Centre Erin M. Pampu and
Morgan Elizabeth Nadeau
Child care centre for children 6 months to 6 years Children, teachers and families learn from each other in the circle of education; teaching team embraces risky play and its benefits, while fostering children's skills, and emotional and social development.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence Victoria Lexie's Little Bears Child Care Lexie Biegun Licensed group child care centre for infants, toddlers and preschool-age children Children explore, learn and play on a four-acre, forested property and in art studios, uncovering what really matters to them—and even having nap time outdoors—nurtured by this experienced educator and her trained staff.
Certificate of Achievement Burnaby Simon Fraser University Childcare Society Saaiqa Bhanji Child care centre for children 3 to 5 years Pushing past preconceived notions about what children can do, this educator engages in research projects and builds relationships with staff on campus so children have familiar, safe and interesting places to learn and play.
Certificate of Achievement Vancouver Langara College Child Development Centre Ruth Bancroft Child care centre on college campus for children 18 months to 5 years A pioneer of inclusion in early childhood education, this veteran educator welcomes children with all types of special needs and opened her centre to a wider age group, all while providing countless opportunities for play-based learning.
New Brunswick
Certificate of Excellence Saint John Hamilton Homestyle Daycare and Clubhouse Heather Hamilton Child care centre for children 1 month to 10 years This fourth-generation teacher ensures children grow to appreciate the history and nature around them; young learners explore child-size models of local and world-famous structures, and a real-life, heritage schoolhouse.
Northwest Territories
Certificate of Excellence Yellowknife La Garderie Plein Soleil Amandine Falette-Galiussi Daycare (10 months to 4 years) The Great Canadian North has no more secrets for this Frenchwoman who has made Yellowknife her new playground and enables the young children in her care to develop their confidence, motor skills and their respect for others and nature.
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Achievement Halifax Leeds Street Child Care Centre Jessica Rose Landry Non-profit child care centre and demonstration school for children 4 months to 5 years This facilitator of excellence ensures programming is inclusive, co-created with the children and gets them out into the world: learning about bridges led to a walk to see a local one, a unit on the environment took children to a farm.
Certificate of Excellence Ottawa Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start Inc. Pauline McKay Indigenous child care for children 2.5 to 6.5 years Modelling positive cultural practices and healthy living, this educator help students and families connect to their Indigenous heritage—through dance, for example—while supporting children's cognitive and personal development.
Certificate of Achievement Courtice Ultimate School Agers Kim Bradley Child care centre for children ages 30 months to 12 years Land-based learning introduces children to traditional Indigenous produce and sacred medicinal plants, while they also participate in ceremonies conducted by elders and help in the local community, including cleaning up local trails.
Certificate of Achievement Ottawa Global Child Care Services: Trillium School Age Program Kevin Fowlow Child care centre for children 3.8 to 12 years This young educator creates emotional space for every child, while nurturing and nourishing young minds through open ended, play-based learning—sometimes on a pirate ship or at the Tim Hortons' drive-through he has created.
Certificate of Excellence St-Denis-sur-Richelieu Centre de la petite enfance Les Frimousses, installation Les Petits Dyno-Denis Nadia Chicoine Childcare centre for children 18 months to 5 years An educator with boundless energy and enthusiasm, even after 20 years in the profession, who knows how to use her vast experience to serve the children, their parents, the Centre and the community while remaining up-to-date with the latest trends and endlessly, meeting new challenges.
Certificate of Achievement Sainte-Martine Centre de la petite enfance Maison des copains Marie-Pier Leduc Daycare (3 to 5 years) A devoted and tuned-in educator, she is endlessly looking for new knowledge and skills to share, always enabling her children and colleagues to go further and develop their full potential.
Certificate of Achievement Val-d'Or Centre d'amitié autochtone de Val-d'Or Martine Rodrigue et Yvonne Lacoursière Indigenous Friendship Centre (2 to 5 years) A winning duo that thanks to their intimate knowledge of indigenous culture, engagement and great caring, supports the children in their social, motor and psychological development while helping them and their parents create pride in their identity.
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