SCARP Director Penny Gurstein has been awarded the Faculty of Applied Science Dean's Medal of Distinction. "The medal serves to recognize individuals who have brought high honour to the Faculty and/or who have made long standing/significant contributions to advance its vision, mission and mandate."
SCARP Adjunct Professor Scott Graham, and the team he led, has received a PIBC Excellence in Planning Award for their innovative report on thriving and affordable child care.
The winning submission was a comprehensive report for the City of Coquitlam, "Child Care Partnership Strategy", developed using a collaborative process that brought together partners and community members to:
- learn about the local child care system
- strengthen relationships
- Identify key child care needs
- Introduce new ways to help meet those needs
"For many families living in Coquitlam, child care plays a vital role in their daily lives, as it allows them to participate in the workforce and have a positive impact on the local economy. Beyond this, equitable access to high-quality, affordable child care provides early childhood education, contributes to healthy child development, promotes equity and gender equality, builds community connectivity, and enhances the overall health and well-being of the community.
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