Patricia Furman - Robertson Early Enrichment Program
Year: 2017 – Province: Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence Recipient
Robertson Early Enrichment Program
1155 Notre Dame Avenue
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 3G1
Type of setting: Child care setting, children aged 12 weeks to 12 years
Patricia Furman has dedicated her career to working with children with special needs. Love and passion fuel her drive to build innovative and inclusive programs that benefit the child, their families and their peers.
Philosophy of care
With an extensive background working with children with special needs, Furman fosters a strong inclusion philosophy throughout her programming. She works cooperatively with families and the community to "learn and grow together".
Support of child development
- Works and consults with physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language pathologists to help develop curriculum for each individual child to build cognitive, language and motor skills.
- Has obtained close to $100,000 in grants from various funders that have been used for inclusion supports, art and literacy, nutritional food programs and projects like the Reading and Creating with Illustrators Project.
Involvement with parents, families and the community
- Developed the Reading and Creating with Illustrators Project that partnered students with illustrators to study books, included field trips to the art gallery, fringe festival and library. Students participated in Claymation and puppet-making workshops, and had their work displayed at an art show.
- Furman's business proposal was selected to co-locate her childcare centre to a new specialized facility that enables organizations to work together and includes a child rehabilitation centre, a family services department and a child development clinic, among others.
Pat is very involved in our community. She encourages parents' participation and plays a part in organizing meetings where parents, children and educators come together as a family."
"Pat has a very real love and passion for what she does. (…) She strives to reach out and work in community areas that have challenges and build connections with children and families."
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