FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Contact: Shelley Kean at 604.983.7596
(NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C.)—Capilano University’s 2010 recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal is North Vancouver resident and Early Childhood Care and Education student, Hannah Naomi Kinch. The medal was awarded at the university’s fall convocation ceremony on November 29.
Established in 1979 by the Ministry of Advanced Education, the Lieutenant Governor’s Silver Medal is awarded to a student in a vocational or career program of less than two years duration who has excelled in his or her studies and who has contributed in a positive way to the life of their post-secondary institution or their community.
When presenting the medal, ECCE instructor Violet Jessen told the audience that Hannah’s intellectual curiosity led her to take risks by challenging her own ideas and beliefs as she refined her teaching practices and philosophy with thoughtfulness and clarity.
“In her work with young children, Hannah treated each child as an individual and it was evident to see that Hannah was quickly becoming a distinguished and effective early childhood educator. Those same qualities also shone in the classroom with her fellow students. Hannah exhibited exceptional leadership, modeled strong work ethics and was always considerate of her peers.”
Hannah has volunteered with Amnesty International, Diversity Track Meet and other community projects in her hometown of Okotoks, Alberta. Today, she dedicates the same unflagging commitment in her work with children and families at Windridge Preschool in North Vancouver.
“Hannah has shown herself to be a true asset to that program, in particular, working with a child with special needs and providing additional support to the same family outside of the hours of the preschool,” Violet explained. “She strives to be authentic and ethical in her relationships with children, families and colleagues. And so we are that much richer and fortunate that Hannah has chosen a career in the field of early childhood care and education.”