Kids Can Fly’s 19th annual ECE Awards Celebration was a fantastic success!

Held on November 2nd at a beautiful new venue, the TownePlace Suites, attendees embraced the Hollywood Stars theme and enjoyed food, drink and celebration of some amazing early learning professionals making a difference in Brantford/Brant.

Congratulations to our 2023 winners!

Donn Zver “Love of Reading” Award, sponsored by Kids Can Fly: Regina Jetleb

Early Learning Award of Excellence, sponsored by Conestoga College: Valerie Tansley

Early Learning Spirit Award, sponsored by YMCA Child Care: Karrie-Anne LaCombe

Making Every Kid Matter, sponsored by Lansdowne Children’s Centre: Amber Gibbons

Nancy Corke “Joy of Nature” Award, sponsored by the Corke Family: GROWE Outdoor School

Parents Choice Award, sponsored by the Dey Family: Sue Taylor

Resiliency Award, sponsored by Fostering Brant’s Growth in Early Learning Sub Committee: St. George Children’s Centre

Rising Star Award, sponsored by EarlyON Community Living Brant: Bethany Taite

Sharon Brooks Leadership Award, sponsored by Kids Can Fly: Jennifer Dawson

Wee Watch Commemorative Memorial Award, Wee Watch Licensed Home Child Care Brantford Brant: Kathy Rennie


And congratulations to our Lifetime Achievement recipients:

Michelle Hill and Shannon Wood earned their 20-Year Pins!

Audrey Thompson and Robyn Berardi earned their 30-Year Pins!

Maria McCann, Valerie Rosebrugh and Sherry Lickers were recognized for 40 years of service!


Thank you to our event sponsors: City of Brantford, Enterprise Brant, Grand Erie District School Board, Brant Haldimand Norfolk District School Board, and Wee Watch Licensed Home Care.

Thank you also to the donors of door prizes – we are thrilled that so many attendees walked away with awesome gifts.