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Burnaby child care provider earns lifetime achievement award

Gilmore Preschool also earned a provincial legacy award.
Connie Bourne was awarded the ChildCareBC 2023 lifetime achievement award at a ceremony on May 27 by Minister of State for Child Care Grace Lore. | Province of B.C.

A long-time child care provider has been recognized for her years of service in the community.

Connie Bourne was awarded the 2023 ChildCareBC lifetime achievement award at a ceremony held on May 27.

Bourne, manager of Metrotown YMCA Child Care, started her career at the YMCA in 1990, moving into a leadership role in 1995.

"It is an honour to receive this prestigious award, and I could not be more grateful to work in the child care sector and for the opportunity to follow my passion for building meaningful relationships where everyone feels valued and has a sense of belonging," Bourne said in a news release.

"Working in the YMCA's child care program at Bob & Kay Ackles YMCA Nanook House provided me the opportunity to work with a diverse community, and I gained experience by working together with the children, families and staff in providing an inclusive place to connect."

The province said award recipients were chosen from 50 nominations submitted by peers, parents, child care advocates, local governments and other organizations.

"The ChildCareBC Awards of Excellence honour the outstanding achievements of individuals, organizations, school districts and local governments who help families and communities thrive by providing or supporting the delivery of child care," Minister of State for Child Care Grace Lore added in the release.

"The winners and nominees represent the dedication and commitment the child care sector as a whole brings to work every single day. It's an honour to be able to celebrate and highlight the work of these professionals who provide critical care for our children."

Burnaby's Gilmore Preschool was also honoured with a legacy award, which is given to facilities with more than 40 years of service.