Child care providers honoured at 2021 awards of excellence.
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2021 Child Care Awards of Excellence recipients

Regional Award of Excellence (five awards):

  • North region - Lynette Mikalishen of the YMCA of Northern BC in Prince George
  • Interior region - Edna Johnson and Myrtle Johnson of Cathy’s Daycare in Alkali Lake
  • Fraser region - Maria Cargnelli of Archway Community Services in Abbotsford
  • Vancouver Coastal region - Daniela D’Onofrio of Cranberry Eco Preschool in Powell River
  • Vancouver Island region - Vanessa Lee of Storyoga in North Saanich.

Lenora Pritchard Award of Excellence: Shauna Alec of Lake Babine Nation - Aboriginal Service Innovations – Early Years in Burns Lake

Innovation Award: Tara McKinnon of Wet’suwet’en Beginning Preschool in Smithers

Partnership awards (two awards):

  • Métis Nation BC and the Métis Family Connections Program received the Partnership Award of Excellence in the Government category
  • The Kiwassa Neighbourhood House-Childcare Department and the Early Childhood Care and Education Program at Capilano University in Vancouver received the Partnership Award of Excellence in the Community category

Emerging Leader Award: Keely Freeman of the Nanaimo Innovation Academy in Nanaimo

Early Care and Learning Leadership Award: Maven Lane in Vernon

Inclusive Practices Award: The Hudson Child Care Society in Vancouver

Honourable Mention: The Centre for Child Development Childcare Program in Surrey

Lifetime Achievement Award: Magdalena Amestica of the Métis Community Services Society of BC in Kelowna

Perseverance Award: The Simon Fraser University Childcare Society in Burnaby

Honourable Mention: Whistler Waldorf School in Whistler