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Year: 2008 – Province: Quebec
Certificate of Achievement Recipient
Centre de la petite enfance à tire d'aile
103 boulevard des Pins
Drummondville, Quebec J2C 1R1
Type of setting: Child care centre for children ages 0 to 5 years, inclusion of children with disabilities
Philosophy of Care
Mrs. Leblanc includes children with disabilities in activities at the centre, focusing on putting differences in a positive light and giving each child insight into the other's world.
Support of Child Development
- Mrs. Leblanc helps children with disabilities get the most out of their time at the centre. When conventional aids—orthotics, corner chairs, adapted toys—are not enough, she develops her own teaching materials. She is also careful to adapt activities at the centre to the needs of the children in her care.
- She uses massage therapy and reflexology to enhance the students' physical and emotional well-being.
Involvement with Parents, Families and the Community
- Ms. Leblanc stays in close touch with parents; some of them even call her their partner in crime. She builds bridges between the children's home lives and school lives.
- She is successful at rallying the community to provide better services for very young children. She once organized a golf tournament with an NHL goalie as the honorary president and raised $17,000 to install an elevator at the centre.
"Every morning, Mathilde shows us how well she is doing when we see how excited she is as we get her ready for …the centre. As parents of a little girl who can't express herself in words, we get great comfort from her spontaneous smiles and laughter, knowing that Mélanie has such a warm relationship with our Mathilde and has achieved such a genuine bond with her." Parents
"… expands the other children's horizons, so they become wonderfully open-minded about differences." Teachers