Dec. 15, 2004 - Silver medal winner excels in school and community

      December 15, 2004
      Contact: Shelley Kean
      Tel: 604.983.7596

      (NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Her interactions with children are meaningful, warm and accepting and she treats them with compassion, curiosity and open-mindedness. Because of these traits and so many others, it was easy to see why Capilano College Early Childhood Care and Education grad, Alexis Conlinn, was the 2004 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver medal.

      “These qualities also shone in the classroom with her fellow ECCE students,” said instructor Darlene O’Krainetz. “Alexis was consistently supportive, reliable and a strong leader. She arrived to each class with a huge smile on her face and, of course, carrying all the essential bags of early childhood resources.”

      Despite having a challenging year where she had to attend to her school commitments while raising her two small children and caring for her terminally ill father, the North Shore resident still managed to participate in community fundraising events, such as the Great Pursuit. This event is the largest annual fundraiser for the North Shore Association for the Mentally Handicapped and Conlinn, along with five other mothers, raised funds by organizing car washes, garage sales, bake sales and collecting pledges from family and friends.

      Therefore, it came as no surprise to her instructors when Conlinn was hired by Chelsea House, a North Shore preschool, immediately following the completion of her practicum at that institution.

      “We have no doubt that she will be a true asset to their program, continuing with her passionate commitment to children, to families, and to early childhood education,” O’Krainetz said.

      The annual award is presented to a student for scholastic achievement and contributions to the community. Conlinn certainly excels in both.


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