Press Release – Winners Announced for 8th Annual Tri-Cities Champions of Young Children Awards of Excellence

On May 11, 2017 the Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee was pleased to host their eighth Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event at the Molson Canadian Theatre at Hard Rock Casino Vancouver.

Bricks 4 Kidz won the Business Champion Award of Excellence. The award was presented to Agnes Olszewska and Kyla McLeod, owners, in recognition of their responsive, developmentally stimulating programming and their high level of community engagement and philanthropy.

The 2017 Leadership Champion award was given to Diane Lee, Program Director at the YMCA Child Care Resource and Referral Program. Over her 35 year career, Diane has led by example and is a true collaborator.

The Champion for Children Who Have Special Needs for 2017, is Joanne Perkins. Joanne works as a Program Assistant at Friendly Forest Preschool with children who have extra support needs. Joanne has shown herself to go above and beyond, and she is incredibly resourceful in supporting families with multiple challenges.  

Tri-City Family Place was named as the 2017 Champion Group Winner. This long-standing Family Resource Program, provides a strong community for families who are raising young children and gives them amazing supports.

Tazeen Bharucha won for the 2017 Individual Champion. Tazeen is a Strongstart Facilitator for SD#43 and goes above and beyond her job description, to make sure families have the supports and connections that they need.

The Volunteer Champion for 2017 was Luc Picard. Luc volunteers at Step-By-Step Child Development Society and he is dedicated, caring and passionate about sharing the joy of music with the preschoolers there, every week.

Press Release submitted by:

Susan Foster, the TriCities ECD Community Development Co-ordinator

Phone Number: 604-561-2977 E-mail:

*To view photos of the event please visit our Champions 2017 photo gallery.

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On May 12, 2016, the Tri-Cities Children's Accord was re-affirmed in front of over 180 people at the 7th Annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards of Excellence Event. The signing parties, known collectively as the Early and Middle Childhood Public Partners, recognizes the importance of supporting early and middle childhood development in the Tri- Cities. Contained in the Tri-Cities Children’s Accord is the Tri-Cities Children’s Charter of Rights which outlines the 12 Rights that children ages 3-12 have identified as important for supporting their healthy development.

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