Leanne Dalton Working with Passion Staff Award
The Leanne Dalton Award of $500 is presented annually to an SFUCCS Educator who has displayed particular dedication to the Society’s values. Award recipients are nominated by their peers, and are judged on their positive, collaborative, and respectful relationships with children, families and colleagues of SFUCCS, as well as demonstrating commitment to the SFUCCS mission, vision and core values. Prior to 2017, this award was funded solely by donations. The 2016/2017 Board reiterated the value of this prestigious award by approving a set amount of $500 annually to ensure its viability and continuation
The selection criteria include demonstrated commitment to the mission and vision of SFUCCS, and particular dedication in the four areas listed below.
SFUCCS Mission Statement: Leading Excellence in Early Care and Learning in a Sustainable way
SFUCCS Vision Statement: SFU Childcare Society values children as the heart of our respectful, collaborative and reflective community by providing them with a place to develop their potential through freedom to explore and engage the world around them.
- Children: The Educator’s interactions with children are respectful, engaging, and meaningful, based on self-discovery with children. A researcher/collaborative co-learner disposition is shown and the Educator promotes these interactions both within and outside their program.
- Families: The Educator demonstrates a positive and collaborative relationship with families that values their participation in building a vibrant childcare community both within and outside their program.
- Colleagues: The Educator demonstrates and promotes an open attitude to new ideas that respects and values others’ input. Collaborates with colleagues to further understand children’s thinking within their own program and across the Society. Is a supportive and active member of the SFUCCS team and is willing to make their learning visible to others (via presentations, articles, conferences, workshops, and/or study tours).
- Community: The Educator actively promotes the work of SFUCCS to the entire SFUCCS community in a positive manner. They are involved in promoting the great reputation of SFUCCS to the entire SFUCCS community. They participate in the broader community to promote SFUCCS in a positive and professional manner.
2018 Award Winner: Ines Tuzlukovic
- 2017: Saaiqa Bhanji
- 2016: Lina Brasil Do Couto
- 2015: Wieslawa Nagorny-Jez
- 2014: Sarah Medakovic and Donald Lum
- 2013: Sera Oh
- 2012: Nita Pederson
- 2011: Lisa Moore
Margaret MacDonald Grant for Early Childhood Education Research
SFUCCS recognizes the importance of ongoing professional development in helping Educators to remain at the forefront of research and developments in their field. Established in 2015, this grant is awarded annually to an Educator who has demonstrated a committment to professional development. Candidates submit a proposal outlining intended use of the funds and benefit to the greater Society, from which a panel selects the recipient.
2018 Grant Recipient: Sarah Medakovic
- 2017: Sera Oh
- 2016: Nita Pedersen
- 2015: Rebecca Sung