Awards ceremony celebrates 25 years of Niagara’s early learning professionals

Forty-seven early childhood educators were celebrated at this year's Annual Niagara Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence.Forty-seven early childhood educators were celebrated at this year's Annual Niagara Early Learning and Child Care Awards of Excellence.

Forty-seven early studying professionals, packages, volunteers, and college students had been acknowledged at this 12 months’s twenty fifth annual Niagara Early Studying and Baby Care Awards of Excellence.

The ceremony occurred on Nov. 29 at Membership Roma in St. Catharines, the place 450 folks attended.

Lorrey Arial Bonilla, government director of the Early Childhood Group Growth Centre (ECCDC), mentioned they got here up with the concept 25 years in the past to have a good time educators to maintain the sector resilient.

“There’s not quite a lot of recognition publicly for early childhood educators, and we had been searching for one thing to present packages and group companies an outlet to actually present their gratitude and to commend distinctive efforts,” she mentioned. “So 25 years in the past, it was established and it is grown rather a lot, and it is a chance to carry educators collectively for recognizing their achievements, but additionally to have a good time all of their efforts all year long.”

The gala was sponsored by Louise Kool and Galt, a number one provider of classroom assets and tools. It was additionally supported by 4 native organizations: Mountainview Constructing Group, the District Faculty Board of Niagara, the Niagara Catholic District Faculty Board, and Beatties.

Representatives from the Kiwanis Golf equipment of Niagara had been honoured with the Distinctive Volunteer Award for ongoing assist of the early studying group.

“All through the previous 20 years, the Kiwanis Golf equipment of Niagara have donated near $400,000 on initiatives which have immediately impacted early studying and youngster care packages in Niagara with a wide range of assets and coaching alternatives,” mentioned a launch from ECCDC.

Arial Bonilla famous the Kiwanis Golf equipment additionally helped supply a community van, which the group makes use of to get provides to varsities.

“The rationale why that is so essential proper now’s as a result of there’s fairly a workers scarcity,” she mentioned. “Prior to now, it could be simpler for educators to have the ability to go away their packages to come back … to the workroom to borrow supplies to do their curriculum planning off website. Now, it is very tough for educators to go away except it is after work as a result of they haven’t any protection. In order that outreach van got here at an ideal time.”

Different awards offered had been the Eco-friendly Baby Care Practices Award, offered to A Baby’s World — Woodlawn.

Rachel Henry and Marc Savain had been honoured with the Distinctive Volunteer Award for his or her efforts in early studying packages.

The Nurturing Kids’s Connection to Nature Award was offered to A Baby’s World — Lookout Ridge.

Jessi Fairly and Winnifred Willems had been the proud recipients of the EarlyON Baby and Household Practitioner Award, whereas the Kindergarten Workforce Excellence Award was offered to Becky Bartel, Alison Witcomb, Donna Iconomopoulos, Krista Smith, Sarah Cukierski, Roxane Manners, and Melissa Taddeo.

The Licensed House Baby Care Professionalism Award was given to Karen Dryce, Shannon Fletcher, Dorene Gahite, and Salve Raro, and La Boîte à soleil — Franco Niagara was honoured by way of the Kelly Albanese Memorial Inclusion Award.

Jennifer Westveer was acknowledged because the winner of the Steady Skilled Studying and Group Collaboration Award, and the Margaret Hamilton Graduating Scholar Award was offered to Damian Lloyd.

Melissa McLauchlan was honoured as this 12 months’s winner of the Licensed Baby Care Administrator Award for Distinctive Management and Dedication.

The Early Childhood Educator Professionalism Award was offered to Paige Bernie Reid, Cindy Boles, Nicole Doan, Robynn Doolittle, Brittney Fraser, Elizabeth Gervasio, Laura Jutras, Andrea Lavoie, Lisa MacKay, Grace MacLeod, Lhex Mandanas, Afaf Motssim, Olivia O’Reilly, Cassandra Poitras, Maegan Value, Breann Russo, Suzanne Sheehan, Andie Shepherd, Heather Stephen, Erin St. Pierre, Debbie Tracey, Sabrina Vautour, and Jennifer Westveer.

ECCDC is a registered charity that gives pedagogical assets and training assist to organizations {and professional} studying alternatives.

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