Le Coin Des Petits wins provincial child care provider award

Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond presents a Child Care Legacy Award to Chantal Marquis, early childhood educator, and Martine Belanger, executive director of Le Coin des Petits. Bill Phillips photo
Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond presents a Child Care Legacy Award to Chantal Marquis, early childhood educator, and Martine Belanger, executive director of Le Coin des Petits. Bill Phillips photo

Just off 17th Avenue in Prince George lies Le Coin Des Petits.

The French language pre-school has been around for 40 years. This week it was recognized with a provincial Child Care Legacy Award for outstanding service to the community as a child care provider.

“Over the past 40 years there have been generations of families that have come under our care,” said Chantal Marquis the Early Childhood Educator for over 20 years. “Over that period of time we have the opportunity to put so many children on the right path to success in life in a French environment.”

The award was presented by Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond, on behalf of the Minister of Child and Family Development, Katrine Conroy and Minister of State for Child Care Katrina Chen.

“We are so fortunate to have the dedicated staff of Le Coin Des Petits provide safe and reliable child care and a learning environment in which children can flourish,” said Bond. “It is an honour to present this award that recognizes 40 years of dedicated service to families in our community.”

Every two years, the Child Care Awards of Excellence recognize the contributions that early childhood educators, licensed child care providers, non-profit and private organizations, businesses and local governments make throughout British Columbia. This year’s award recipients were nominated by peers, parents and local governments. The ministry received 66 nominations.