PRESS RELEASE: Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education Recipient Pauline McKay: Role Model for Positive Cultural Practices

“The Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education have honoured outstanding early childhood educators since 2002. Recipients are 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.”

Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start is proud to share the exciting news that Pauline McKay has been awarded the prestigious Prime Minister’s Awards for Excellence in Early Childhood Education during a ceremony on May 28th at the National Arts Center.

Pauline has been a dedicated employee of Makonsag Aboriginal Head Start Inc. since 2011 working as Educator, Cultural Teacher, Program Coordinator and now Indigenous Child Care Manager. Over the course of the past eight years Pauline has been an invaluable member of Makonsag, working tirelessly and diligently to incorporate the six components of Aboriginal Head Start which include education, culture and language, parent and caregiver involvement, social support, health promotion and nutrition daily into the Head Start programming. By incorporating “How Does Learning Happen” with Indigenous pedagogy, culture and language, Pauline’s approach to early learning supports the holistic wellbeing of all children and families of Makonsag.

Beyond Pauline’s ongoing commitment to the children and families of Makonsag, Pauline consistently exhibits professionalism and exemplifies the ethics outlined in the Registered Early Childhood Educator’s code of ethics. Pauline exudes true dedication to her profession by training and mentoring future Indigenous ECE’s.