Welcome to Kindergarten™ Awards for Partnership Excellence

The Welcome to Kindergarten Awards for Partnership Excellence honour individuals/agencies/school teams who demonstrate greatness in community/school collaboration; in the Welcome to Kindergarten™ program planning/implementation; and, in providing support to young children and families within their school communities.
The Learning Partnership congratulates the following individuals and teams for being selected to receive The Learning Partnership’s annual Welcome to Kindergarten Award for Partnership Excellence. Their outstanding contributions to The Learning Partnership’s Welcome to Kindergarten program have been recognized by the National Awards Selection Committee.
  • Jackie Dare - with highest honour
    Kindergarten Teacher, Parkdale Elementary School St. Laurent, Quebec
    English Montreal School Board
  • Karonhianónhnha Tsi Ionterihwaienstáhkhwa Team - with highest honour
    Kahnawake, Quebec
    First Nations Education Council
  • Blakeburn Elementary School Team – with highest honour
    Port Coquitlam, British Columbia
    School District No. 43
  • Marisa Mineiro
    Principal, Michelangelo International Elementary School, Montreal, Quebec
    English Montreal School Board
  • The Steering Committee Partners – Men Raising the Next Generation Project
    Eastview Public School, Native Child and Family Services, Scarborough Village Public School, Toronto Public Health, Toronto Public Library, Ontario Early Years Centre – Scarborough Centre, The Language of Parenting, The Learning Partnership, Boys and Girls Club of East Scarborough, Family Daycare Services, Psychology Foundation of Canada, Dad Central Ontario
    Toronto, ON
  • Allyson Gilmour
    Senior Kindergarten Teacher, Obishikokaang Elementary School, Lac Seul, Ontario
    Lac Seul Education Authority
See who can apply for a Welcome to Kindergarten Award and how to nominate someone.
Nomination forms:  For additional information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact us.

Characteristics of Partnership Excellence:
  • Acts as a change agent resulting in successful partnerships with The Learning Partnership, Welcome to Kindergarten™ (WTK), parents, schools and community
  • Fosters strong collaborative relationships
  • Empowers others to develop and use their leadership skills in support of The Learning Partnership and WTK
  • Provides ongoing support to WTK within that community
  • Demonstrates effective outreach and support to parents and children
  • Establishes structures to ensure ongoing parental, school and community support is sustained for The Learning Partnership and the WTK program
  • Demonstrates support of the Welcome to Kindergarten™ Program through sharing of resources
  • Demonstrates support in school/community partnership
  • Demonstrates engagement in WTK program planning/implementation/delivery/follow-up sessions
  • Demonstrates support for parents/guardians and providing them with strategies on how to nurture the development and learning of their children
Additional description of the criteria:
Community representatives/agencies/teams who demonstrate one or more of the following:
  • Excellence in community/school collaboration
  • Excellence in WTK program planning/implementation
  • Excellence in promoting TLP WTK
  • Excellence in providing support to children and parents/guardians

The National Selection Committee consists of four outstanding individuals from across Canada who have extensive knowledge and interest in early years initiatives:
  • Gillian C. Corless – (British Columbia) – Core Projects Director, School of Population and Public Health / Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), The University of British Columbia
  • Carmen Turcot – (Ontario - French language) – Multi-faceted career in Education: Teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Debra Mayer – (Manitoba) – Early Childhood Consultant, Manitoba Education and Training, Winnipeg
  • Angie Sferlazza – (Ontario) – Former Early Years Principal Coordinator of the Early Years Program, Toronto Catholic District School Board
 The Learning Partnership is thrilled that these exceptional leaders of early years literature, education, research and programming are partnering with us in this exciting initiative.  We thank them for sharing their expertise and donating their time.