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.
Thank you all for all of your hard work and all of the feedback regarding Alexa. Your dedication towards my daughter’s continued development is inspiring. Alexa is extremely fortunate to have so many people in her life ready to support and inspire her to do things we were not sure were possible.
Nicole Payette and Family
I will never forget the impact that Silver Creek had on our family and more importantly Piero’s success in transitioning into mainstream school. Always a challenge but without a doubt you and your team made all the unknowns not as daunting as them seemed.
Susy Gallucci, mom of Piero
I will never forget the moments when interacting with my children’s teachers, speech therapists, occupational therapist and volunteers how obvious it was they were fulfilling their truest calling in supporting them and all children. I feel profoundly lucky and grateful knowing that my children’s path forward is brighter now because of them.
Maya Dansereau, Mom of Mila and Remy
The staff at Silver Creek are a very special group of professionals who I find care deeply for the children they work with while at the same time pushing them to excel and surpass expectations often placed on children with disabilities. Thank you, Silver Creek!
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.
My husband and I are so grateful for the wonderful and exceptional team of teachers, therapists and volunteers at Silver Creek. It is inspirational and beautiful to witness daily the love, passion and dedication that they have for each and every child/student, and their professions. They are the very best!
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!
Our twins started at Silver Creek in the fall of 2009. I knew they were in excellent hands and I saw them progress so rapidly. I was very concerned about their development prior to starting Silver Creek and in no time, they were at the same level as the rest of their peers. The impact the staff at Silver Creek has had on our children has been tremendous. We are happy that our twins will benefit from another year under their guidance.
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.
The Gedi Family
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.