Welcome to Kindergarten™ Awards for Partnership Excellence

The Learning Partnership created the Welcome to Kindergarten Awards for Partnership Excellence to 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.
Congratulations to the following individuals and teams for receiving The Learning Partnership’s 2015/2016 Welcome to Kindergarten Award for Partnership Excellence.
  • Calgary Bridge Foundation for Youth/In-School Settlement Program, Kingsland Centre, Calgary Board of Education
  • Comox Valley School District’s Intergenerational Project, Valley View Elementary, School District #71, Berwick Comox Valley, BC
  • Margaret Park School Early Years Team – (Jolene McFadyen-Nein, Tara Ewanchuk, Debbie Talling), Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Early Learning Kindergarten Program Team (Sabrina Aversa, Milena Falcicchio, Tommasina Lio, Denise Padovani, Joanne Alves, Dianangela Gutierrez, Paola Ritacca), St. Francis Xavier Catholic School, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Sandy Giles - Coordinator, Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, York Region District School Board
  • Oakridge Junior Public School, Toronto District School Board
Honourable Mention Awards:
  • Devona Coutinho – FDK teacher, St. Renẻ Goupil Catholic School, Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Team of Graziella Bellissimo-Bougadis and Bepina Hila, St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School, Toronto Catholic District School Board

See who can apply for a Welcome to Kindergarten Award and how to nominate someone.
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 five outstanding individuals from across Canada who have extensive knowledge and interest in early years initiatives:
  • Pippa Rowcliffe – (British Columbia) –Deputy Director, Human Early Learning Partnership
  • Carmen Turcot – (Ontario) – French Language – Multi faceted career in Education: Teacher, Principal, Superintendent and Education Officer with the Ontario Ministry of Education
  • Carolyn Simpson – (Prince Edward Island) – Director, Early Childhood Development
  • Susanne Eden – (Ontario) – Author and Professor Emeritus York University, Faculty of Education
  • Gayle Karen Robinson – (Manitoba) – Early Years Consultant, Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg
 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.

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For more information, contact:

Valerie Sterling
Welcome to Kindergarten
Manager, Family and Community Engagement
416 440 5121

Special thanks to our partners:


TD Bank
Brandon Community Area Foundation
The Winnipeg Foundation
The Thomas Sill Foundation