Nominate Outstanding Professionals in Child Development

Countless child development professionals make a difference in the lives of Alberta’s children every day. Recognizing them acknowledges how their outstanding work has contributed significantly to supporting parents and to the development of Alberta’s children.

You can nominate a child development professional by visiting the Human Services website. Nominations will be open until Oct. 14, 2016.

Eligible nominees must work with children in licensed or approved child-care programs, early-childhood-development programs or Parent Link Centres. They may also work in early childhood services programs that are approved through Alberta Education.

“Every family deserves access to quality services and programs that contribute to a brighter future for their children. The professionals who provide these valued services deserve our appreciation and recognition.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services


Nine awards will be presented in the categories of individuals, teams and programs. Award recipients must demonstrate excellence in one or more of the following areas:

  • innovative programming
  • inclusionary practices
  • collaborative partnerships
  • leadership
  • promising practices
  • family/parent support
  • community building
  • continuous improvement

2015 Award Recipients

2015-child-development-professional-awards-of-excellenceTen child development professionals who excel in their work with children and families are recipients of this year’s Awards of Excellence.

Award Category Recipient Child Care Program
Individual Category Meghan Hetherington BriarPatch Community Preschool
Sandra Martin Varsity Preschool and Out of School Care Recreation Program
Lorrie McCullough Oliver Early Learning Centre
Team Category Denise Morgan, Doreen Barsi A Brite Beginning Childcare Society
Carmen Newchuk, Christine Ralph, Shimi Mani Edmonton Northwest Preschool
Louise Caron, Sarah Heacock Grandin Préscolaire
Program Category Good Shepherd School Out of School Care Good Shepherd School Out of School Care
Jasper Out of School Care Jasper Out of School Care
Terra Child and Family Support Centre Terra Child and Family Support Centre
ACCA Dr. Sherrill Brown Award of Distinction Maria Valenti Mount Royal University Child Care Centre