Sept. 25, 2003: Child care centre recognized for exceptional work

      The inclusion award is given annually to a British Columbia child care facility or school that has demonstrated significant contributions and efforts to support and facilitate the success of children with extra needs in participating in a typical childhood setting.

      “Capilano College Child Care Centre truly does an exceptional job including children with special needs in their daycare,” said Terri Shea, a registered speech pathologist with the Centre for Ability. “Its employees understand the flexibility required to provide an inclusive environment for these children, while still managing to offer a structured environment that promotes creativity for all the children.”

      Accepting the award was early childhood educator, Anita Tveit-Pettersen, who has worked at the College for 10 years, and the Child Care Centre’s manager, Janet MacDonald.

      “Although all employees in the Centre share this award, Anita is and has been the one employee specifically focused on the children requiring extra support,” MacDonald said. “She is very committed and dedicated to inclusion.”

      The Centre for Ability is a non-profit society with more than 33 years experience in the field of disabilities. It provides unique and valuable services for children and youths in their homes and communities; delivering specialized programs for adults and youth, and promoting successful community participation for individuals with disabilities.

      Also recognized by the Centre this year is Lynn Valley’s Sandpiper Preschool, where at least one of the teachers is a graduate from Capilano College’s Early Childhood Care and Education program.

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