Early Learning professionals gathered at the Best Western on November 6, 2019 to celebrate the amazing work they do for children and families in our community.  This was the 17th Awards Banquet hosted by Kids Can Fly and a sold out crowd enjoyed an 80’s Theme.        The Donn Zver Love of Literacy Award was given for the first time to Mieke Schroeder for a life time of supporting reading for young children and highlighting her efforts with Strong Start.  Kids Can Fly created this new award to honour the amazing contributions Donn has provided to one of our largest programs, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.  Donn was the keynote speaker and he shared his story of growing up in a family where English was the second language which proved challenging when learning to read.     In total 10 Sponsored Awards were presented along with pins for years of service.  Dozens of Door Prizes including a voucher for VIA RAIL were given out to wrap up a memorable evening.