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Miller honoured by province for child care expertise

For years Tammy Miller was given posters and nomination papers from the provincial government for clients to possibly nominate her for a child care award of excellence. Opting instead to exercise humility, she never did so.

For years Tammy Miller was given posters and nomination papers from the provincial government for clients to possibly nominate her for a child care award of excellence.

Opting instead to exercise humility, she never did so.

But this year one local parent, Susan Roy, did so.

“I never hung one ever,” said Miller, chuckling. “I don’t believe in boasting about myself. At the end of the day all I care about is making kids and parents happy.”

But today the 35-year-old Innisfail child care supervisor admits to be overwhelmed Roy did pick up the papers.

Miller, who operates the Innisfail School Age Program on 42 St. and has 20 years experience as a child care provider, was recognized on April 8 by the province as one of the 12 award-winning early learning and child care professionals.

“Congratulations to each of the 2011 Child Care Professional Awards of Excellence recipients,” said Yvonne Fritz, minister of children and youth Services, this month at the awards ceremony in Calgary. “The high level of expertise you bring to your work, every day, helps to ensure Alberta families have continued access to one of the best early learning and child care systems in Canada.”

Miller and the other 11 winners were selected from a group of 40 semi-finalists from across the province. The Innisfail mother of one daughter, three-year-old Hunter, won in the category for out of school care in rural Alberta.

“There is no greater award I could have received for this accomplishment,’ said Miller. “It is a huge honour to be recognized at this level as the minister (Fritz) was there to present it. It is very overwhelming.”

The other recipients represented excellence in various rural and urban communities throughout the province including Beaumont, Calgary, Cold Lake, Edmonton, Grande Cache, Lethbridge and St. Paul.

Nominations for the 2011 Alberta Child Care Professional Awards of Excellence were submitted by parents and colleagues from across the province.

When selecting the award recipients, the committee looked for specific examples of innovation and creativity, including how each supported children’s development and well being and how they celebrated the diversity and individuality of each child.

Other factors reviewed were how the finalists engaged parents and families and raised the profile of the early learning and child care profession.

The Alberta Child Care Professional Awards of Excellence were presented by the Alberta government and the Alberta Child Care Association.