Prime Minister's Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
2014 Recipients List

2014 Recipients List
Province Setting Community Name of Setting Name of Educator(s) Type of Setting Highlights
Alberta
Certificate of Achievement
St. Paul École enfantine de St. Paul Aline Beaudoin Francophone preschool for children age 3 and a half This educator is constantly coming up with new strategies for communicating with the children. She encourages children to tune into all five senses to observe the world around them.
British Columbia
Certificate of Excellence
Burnaby Brentwood Nursery School Society Marina Giovinazzo,
Julie Kamiya and
Cristina Faria Primerano
Preschool for children ages 3 and 4 years old Dynamic trio pioneers innovative activities like "The Dark" so children can express and conquer their fears. An outdoor classroom is the scene for 'teachable moments' with this team of passionate educators.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Burnaby Grace Lutheran Preschool Janet Chen and
Kim Makaseff
Preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old With 50 years of combined childcare experience, these two educators help outstanding preschool program thrive by celebrating diversity and fostering inclusion and acceptance.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
New Denver New Denver Nursery School Charlene Alexander Preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old Yoga teachers, carpenters and politicians all play a part in this educator's classroom to teach young learners about the world around them. She also turned the preschool into a thriving community hub.
British Columbia
Certificate of Achievement
Vancouver University Hill Preschool Maria Rodrigues Preschool for children ages 3 to 5 years old An arts and crafts area, a dress up booth, a music station, a quiet reading corner: this educator's class stimulates children's imagination by appealing to their five senses with finger painting, nature stations and bubble blowing.
Manitoba
Certificate of Excellence
Swan River Children of the Future Aboriginal Head Start Program Ruby Anne Chartrand Preschool program for Aboriginal children ages 3 to 5 years old This educator uses drumming and dance to explore Aboriginal culture for her preschool children. From tying shoes to zipping coats, she also builds the confidence of the children in her care, one day at a time.
Manitoba
Certificate of Achievement
Winnipeg Crestview Park Day Nursery Inc. Cathy Addis and Carla Treger Childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 6 years old Kids helping kids ‑ this childcare duo teaches that anyone can make a difference ‑ no matter how young. With cardboard cities, superhero costumes and taking apart electronics, they make learning and helping others fun.
Northwest Territories
Certificate of Achievement
Yellowknife Four Plus Early Intervention Program Leslie Caines Preschool program for children ages 4 and 5 years old This educator gives special needs children the attention and tools that are essential to excel in life and provides children and their families with incredible support at a small school in the community.
Nova Scotia
Certificate of Excellence
Dartmouth Dartmouth Day Care Centre Angela
Daniels­Drummond
Childcare centre for children ages 12 months to 5 years old Caring is at the core of this educator's mandate to bring compassion, empathy and inclusion to her childcare centre. Fostering links with the greater community helps her plant 'Seeds of Empathy' in the lives of the children in her care.
Ontario
Certificate of Achievement
Kanata Kanata Research Park Family Centre Meagan Bell Childcare / early learning centre for children ages 3 to 4 years old This beloved childcare worker has children connecting with nature to provide memorable teaching experiences. She also involves children in the community alongside clean‑up crews and visits to seniors' homes.
Ontario
Certificate of Excellence
Ottawa Brightpath Kids
Little Scholars Montessori Academy
Mona Khan Licensed childcare centre for children ages 18 months to 6 years old Childcare centre becomes a bustling marketplace where 'Miss Mona' creates stimulating experiences to optimize children's development and seeks to discover and celebrate all children's individual abilities.
Quebec
Certificate of Excellence
Baie‑Saint‑Paul Centre de la petite enfance La Goélette enchantée Arnold Laplante Childcare centre for children ages 4 and 5 years old This exemplary educator is recognized by his peers and many parents for his commitment to children. Amusing and infinitely wise, he designs activities that promote the children's development on all levels (social skills, motor control, language and cognition).
Quebec
Certificate of Achievement
Mirabel Centre de la petite enfance Les Colibris Manon Pronovost Childcare centre for children ages 0 to 5 years old This educator believes that children are the principal agent of their own development. She fully immerses herself in all of her projects to help develop emotional health and promote the children's social development.
Saskatchewan
Certificate of Achievement
Saskatoon Jadranka Pocrnic's Family Childcare Group Home Jadranka Pocrnic Family childcare group home for children ages 6 months to 12 years A pillar of the Saskatoon community for 20 years, this educator focuses on developing the 'whole child' with an emphasis on emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs. She encourages a spirit of acceptance by celebrating the diverse cultures of her children and their families.
Saskatchewan
Certificate of Achievement
Saskatoon Saskatoon Early Childhood Education Demonstration Centre Brandy Pilon Childcare centre for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old This educator stimulates her children's learning environment by creating kitchen tools and musical instruments from recycled materials. From teaching pitch and tempo to filling balloons with baking soda, she designs fun projects to suit the learning styles of each child.