Community Papers

Children's champs sought for awards

Do you know someone who has made a difference in improving the lives of young children and their families in the Tri-Cities?

The Tri-Cities Early Childhood Development Committee wants to hear from you.

The committee is sponsoring its fifth annual Tri-Cities Champions for Young Children Awards and is looking for nominees in six categories:

• individual champion – direct service role;

• individual champion – leadership role;

• individual or program champion – working with children who have special needs;

• group or organization champion;

• business champion;

• volunteer champion (new this year).

Last year’s winners were Diane Spooner, Valerie Lavallie, Carol Lindsay, Port Coquitlam Daycare Society and Coquitlam Centre.

Champions could be anyone in the community who promotes the well-being of young children through a personal or professional relationship and has demonstrated a genuine commitment to providing a better future for our children. This could include someone who works with others to raise awareness about children’s issues, believes in building strong families or demonstrates leadership in the community about the importance of young children and their families. From a business perspective it could include businesses that follow practices that encourage outstanding employee relations and/or child and family friendly customer relations.

The committee will accept repeat nominations — if you nominated someone last year and they did not win, you can nominate them again. New this year is a volunteer champion category, specifically targeting those who volunteer to promote the well-being of youngsters in the Tri-Cities.

To submit a nomination, contact Susan Foster at and share in 200 words or less what the nominee has done to improve the life or lives of children under the age of six in the Tri-Cities. To download an electronic nomination form, visit the ECD Committee website: Nominations close on March 24.


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