ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence

Last updated on July 26, 2023

The 2023 ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence Ceremony was hosted on May 27, during Child Care Month. Check out the ChildCareBC Bulletin to see a featured award winner in each edition and you can now watch the recording of the awards ceremony.

The ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence honour the outstanding achievements of individuals, organizations, school districts and local governments who help families and communities thrive by providing or supporting the delivery of quality child care in B.C. Nominees demonstrate their excellence in supporting children’s development and their commitment to improving and enhancing relationships with children, families and their community.

The Province’s ChildCareBC plan is committed to making affordable, accessible, quality and inclusive child care a core service that British Columbian families can depend on. The ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence recognize that child care professionals and organizations are vital for B.C. families, communities and the economy.

2023 ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence winners

Watch the video recording of the awards ceremony.

Regional Award of Excellence

Vancouver Island - Ayako Inoue

Interior - Kootenay Family Place

North - Julie Hutchinson

Vancouver Coastal - Violet Jessen

Fraser - Sharlene Wedel

Innovation Award

Wendy Flegel

Child Care Leadership Award

Karen LeSage

Rechelle Patrick

Lifetime Achievement Award

Connie Bourne

Emerging Leader Award

Amy Mueller

Inclusive Practices Award

Little Badgers Early Learning Program

Lenora Pritchard Award of Excellence

Taylor Parker


2021 Award recipients

Watch the 2021 Child Care Awards of Excellence.

Regional Award of Excellence

North - Lynette Mikalishen

Fraser - Maria Cargnelli

Island - Vanessa Lee

Interior - Edna Johnson and Myrtle Johnson

Vancouver Coastal - Daniela D'Onofrio

Partnership Award  Government

Métis Nation British Columbia

Métis Family Connections Program

Partnership Award  Community

Kiwassa Neighbourhood House Childcare Department

Early Childhood Care & Education Program Capilano University

Lifetime Achievement Award

Magdalena D. Amestica

Innovation Award

Beginnings Preschool of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en

Emerging Leader Award

Keely Freeman

ECL Leadership Award

Maven Lane

Inclusive Practices Award

Hudson Child Care Society

Honourable mention: The Centre for Child Development Childcare Program

Perseverance Award

Simon Fraser University Childcare Society

Honourable mention: Whistler Waldorf School

Lenora Pritchard Award of Excellence

Shauna Alec

 Legacy Awards

SFU Childcare Society (Morningside Centre)

Laugh and Learn Children Centre

SFU Childcare Society (IT Program)


SFU Childcare Society (Los Ninos Room)

Upper Fraser Valley Developmental Preschool

Appledale Children’s Centre

Sunshine Playschool

Tiggy Winkle Corner Preschool

The Child Center

Mountain View Child Education Center

Ray-Cam Centre Out of School Care

Mount Pleasant YMCA Kids Club

Beach YMCA Child Care Centre

Discovery Playhouse Children’s Centre

Cedar Valley Children’s Centre

Sacred Heart Preschool & Daycare

Tumbleweed Playschool

PJ Kids Club

Kildala Nursery and Out of School Care

Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs- West Kelowna Club

Sandcastle Developmental Preschool

Highlands Out of School Care

Playshare Preschool

Blackberry Lane Children’s Centre

Family Montessori School

Valemount Child Care

Gilmore Preschool

Woodgrove Tot’s Town Children’s Centre

Teddy Bear Daycare Centre

Quadra Child Care Centre

Good Shepard Daycare

A’Q’Amnik Daycare

Reach Developmental Preschool North Delta

Belmont Park Preschool

SFU Childcare Society (Espuleta)

Creekview Tiny Toys

Kiddies Korner

Kingsway Christian Children’s Centre

Selkirk Out of School Care

Merry King Preschool

Brentwood Nursery School

Tiny Town Childcare Centre

Lonsdale Preschool, Harry Jerome Complex

Caledonia Early Care and Learning Centre

3 Wishes Childcare Centre

Little Mountain Child Development Centre

Osoyoos Child Care Centre