We are not shy to tell you that this Silver Creek Team won the Business Excellence Award 2007 for Excellence in Community Service not-for-profit from the Board of Trade.
The ecstatic Silver Creek team includes Staff, Board of Directors, and Volunteers
CityKids Inclusion Award 2008
The CityKids Inclusion Award 2008 in recognition for Outstanding Inclusionary Practices within an Early Childhood Program (West Quadrant).
Receiving this award from The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario
Denise Wins Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Our teacher, Denise Squizzato, BA, RECE (registered Early Childhood Educator) has received the National Award for Excellence (2011) in her field. We know she is clearly outstanding and were very pleased when the Prime Minister's Award team concurred. Following are excerpts from the nomination:
Denise is a person, employee, team member, educator and caregiver who exhibits the highest standards in all she does. Her quiet drive is palpable. She inspires others to be the best that they can be, too. Her overall commitment to the field of early childhood education and care profession is seen in her daily actions. From her exemplary practice and innovative projects and approach, she is walking the talk every day of supporting others in our diverse society. She is inclusive of all, and shares her expertise within the profession of ECE and special needs willingly. She is an agent of change, influencing the next generation of educators, as well as her own children. She teaches by example and is a seemingly unflappable, very generous and open individual. It is a privilege and joy to work with Denise, and this is best expressed by the faces of the children in her care. Her contribution through her work as an ECE is making a positive change in the lives of children and families every day.
It is not taken lightly by this nomination team to put forward Denise Squizzato as the best candidate for this prestigious award. Her work as an ECE at Silver Creek, with some of the most effective program plans, creatives and circle curriculum, set the standard for our specialized school. She is a strong, quiet leader who manages the most active classrooms with grace and seemingly with ease. This is possible because of the proactive efforts Denise puts into planning and organization, her thorough knowledge of child development and significant experience with children who require different supports and strategies to learn.
The best example I have of Denise’s ability to do all of this is the tremendous response I received when I complied a list of parents who I thought might do a letter of support for this prestigious award. First, the list was long. It included families of every race, SES, Moms and Dads of typically developing children and children with challenges, families from 10 years ago and present families. I did not have to go far down the list. The first 3 families I asked responded Yes immediately. This is the continuing testimony to Denise’s profound affect on children and families.
Denise is the quintessential teacher that every parent hopes his/her child will experience. She is an amazing team member who inspires-by her work ethic, calm voice, caring attitude, and knowledge. Denise embodies all of the attributes for the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education, in the estimation of her team, parents and especially as seen through the eyes of the children.
Parent letters of support also point out why this team member at Silver Creek is the face of Excellence:
The challenges as parents of a child with special needs can be absolutely overwhelming especially when there are very few answers to your many questions.
Then we became enrolled at Silver Creek Pre-School.
Then we met Denise .
The kind of work Denise does everyday is critical to any child, but particularly for those with special challenges like Marasia. Thinking on your feet becomes paramount in order to maximize the opportunity to learn. I truly believe that educators like Denise do so much behind the scenes and humbly never require any praise other than what they receive from the children that they work with.
Having the opportunity to write such a letter about someone that I think so highly of has been a pleasure. I ask that you strongly consider Denise for this acknowledgement with such a high honour.
I know that she has already received it in my child’s eyes.
Denise est une éducatrice extraordinaire mais encore plus que ça, elle est une personneextraordinaire. Denise n’est pas quelqu’un qui cherche de la reconnaissance pour son travail mais elle touche tous les enfants et leurs familles depuis plusieurs années à la façon spéciale à Denise. Nous sommes parmis les familles fortunées à avoir une ange comme Denise sur notre chemin.
Nous aimons Denise de tout coeur. Elle nous a touché d’une façon très profonde dont nous, comme parents, l’oublierons jamais. Nous ressentons un pincement au coeur quand nous pensions que Noémie, à cause de son jeune âge, va peut être oublier ce temps précieux avec sa Denise. Ceci dit, sa relation avec Denise lui restera toujours. Denise a eu un gros impact sur Noémie - qui elle est aujourd’hui, participante dans sa communauté ainsi que l’adulte qu’elle deviendra.
Pour tous les points et les exemples notés ci-haut ainsi que toutes les choses que Denise fait qui changent le monde mais qui passent inaperçues, nous croyons fortement que Denise mérite le Prix du Premier ministre pour l’excellence en éducation de la petite enfance.
Elia Edwards et Nadine D’Aigle
CONGRATULATIONS, DENISE, FROM ALL YOUR FANS AT SILVER CREEK AND BEYOND.
My son Aleksander currently attends Silver Creek. My only disappointment is that we didn’t discover Silver Creek sooner. The amount of love, kindness and support he has received has surpassed all my expectations. The staff and other children never fail to put a smile on both our faces. Every child and staff member will forever hold a special place in our hearts.
Mother of Silver Creek Student
Silver Creek offers one-on-one attention to all children that strives to bring out the very best in each child, regardless of what their needs are. By far, one of the best benefits of the program is the staff, who are loving and supportive and who go well beyond expectations on a daily basis.
The staff at Silver Creek have definitely exceeded my expectations in every way. They genuinely care about the children and work tirelessly every day for the benefit of the children. They also have a wealth of knowledge and have become my trusted advisers whenever I have questions or concerns about my child.
Silver Creek is a wonderful, caring and enriching experience for pre-schoolers. The program met our expectations (which were high!) because we had spoken with other parents whose children previously attend Silver Creek Pre-School. The teachers and staff exceeding our expectations.
The one-on-one attention, the follow through notes that the OT, the Speech and Language therapist or the music teacher, and everyone that’s involved is phenomenal. Silver Creek staff, you possess the healing hands and big hearts for looking after the welfare of our child in the areas we don’t know how.
Farah Fua and Roy Ramnarine
The staff at Silver Creek see the children as a ‘whole child’ i.e. well beyond any special needs that they might have, and see them as individuals with lots of strengths in different ways. For me, I have learned that the more work I can put into helping my child, the more she will be able to achieve her goals, and they can be small goals so we can celebrate success often. You are a very special group of people and you have definitely made a huge positive impact in our lives.
I am always in awe at the great variety and quality of the activities that your staff bring to the outdoor space. The range of activities and the attention to detail is quite a feat. Amazing really. Thank you for all that you do.
Polly Sutton, Mother of Ethan
David flourished at Silver Creek and so did I. The staff became my friends and a great emotional support to me. They helped with equipment suggestions, sources of extra funding, and co-ordinating David’s school placement at Sunnyview P.S. Well, David moved on but I stayed. I have been on the Board of Directors since 1998, and President for the past 5 years. Silver Creek is a magical place!
Thank you Silver Creek Pre-School for welcoming me as an observer to your program. I learned so much about paying attention to every little detail in supporting a child who needs assistance in taking small steps to reach their larger goal. The staff at Silver Creek Pre-School are very special professionals who demonstrate how precious life is to our little children.
Sheri Robb, Special Needs Consultant
Fadhil has become a more confident boy ready to take on the world. He is able to sign and communicate his needs very efficiently. I am no longer worried about how he will do in school because of the great accomplishments that I have seen while he was at Silver Creek. Thank you for giving us courage and strength.