41 years of dedication to childcare.

Thursday, August 1

If it takes a village to raise a child, it sure helps to have someone like Ruth Bancroft around.

The Head Teacher of Langara’s Child Development Centre retired Wednesday, July 31st after 41 years at Langara College. It makes her recent recognition with a Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education especially fitting.

At a brief ceremony on campus last week, Ruth received her Certificate of Achievement from Hon. Harjit Sajjan, Minister of Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South. The Minister also took the opportunity to present Ruth with the Minister of Defence’s Personal Coin.

Since 2002, almost 300 educators have been honoured for their leadership, exemplary early childhood education practices, and their commitment to help build the foundation children need to make the best possible start in life. Recipients are selected via a rigorous process that involves volunteers from major education stakeholders across Canada, including post-secondary institutions, business organizations, early childhood education associations, and parent organizations.

In her 41 years at Langara, Ruth has helped lead and grow the daycare into a welcome space for the children of students, employees, and community members. She has assembled and mentored a dedicated team of caregivers. Ruth and her staff have partnered with Langara’s Early Childhood Education (ECE) program to give students valuable practical experiences. She has been an advocate and champion of affordable and inclusive childcare in British Columbia, leading to the Centre’s inclusion as a $10-per-day childcare prototype site. In 2013, Ruth received a Langara Service Excellence Award.

The Langara Child Development Centre is a full-time inclusive day-care centre that serves 62 children ages 18 months to five years in three separate programs—one toddler and two 3-5 years programs. The Centre includes some spaces designated for children with special needs. Priority in placement is given to students and employees of Langara College.

We wish Ruth all the best in future endeavours and hope she’ll be a frequent visitor here on campus.

Ruth Bancroft received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education from Hon. Harjit Sajjan, MP for Vancouver South.