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Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development to honour the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research and the Norlien Foundation for their contribution to the well-being of children


 


Montreal, January 25, 2007 – The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development (CEECD)  awarded its 2006 medal for Exceptional Contribution to Early Childhood Development to two organizations that are leaders in the field of early childhood development research.


 


The Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research (AHFMR) received the Exceptional Contribution to Early Childhood Development medal for its outstanding support and proactive initiatives to improve knowledge on early childhood development, in particular, the organization of the 2005 Inukshuk conference. This event brought health researchers, social scientists, philanthropists, and policy-makers from around the world to Alberta to discuss a wide range of factors around the theme of fetal and childhood development for optimal health.


 


“This recognition from CEECD is a tremendous honour,” said AHFMR President and CEO Dr. Kevin Keough. “Ensuring every baby has a healthy start in life is a global priority. AHFMR’s contribution through the Inukshuk conference was the culmination of 25 years of experience and knowledge, facilitated by our long-term investment in excellent research. The Inukshuk conference was a high point and we look forward to greater strengths in this area provincially in terms of research and policy-setting.”


Joining the AHFMR as co-recipient of the 2006 CEECD award, the Norlien Foundation has been honored for its remarkable support to community programs that foster prevention, health, and wellbeing of Albertans children and families. By promoting collaboration between research and community programs and services through the Fraser Mustard Chair in Child Development, the Foundation has demonstrated its will to support the field of child development and its commitment to help vulnerable families and children.


“We are honored to be part of a growing group of individuals and organizations that are identifying innovative approaches to improving the quality of life for children, regardless of their circumstance,” said Norlien Foundation President Dr. David Elton.  “There is a pressing need to find better ways to deliver comprehensive services to children and their parents that take into consideration all aspects of their development be it health care, education, social development, emotional well-being, or economic opportunities. Demonstration projects such as the CUPS One World Child Development Centre give all of us an opportunity to put in practice holistic approaches to early childhood development.”


 


These prizes were awarded during a special event on January 22, 2007 at the Palliser Hotel in Calgary.


 


The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is a network of Canadian organizations working to improve knowledge on the social and emotional development of young children and on the policies and services that best influence this development.


 


The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development is one of four Centres of Excellence for Children’s Well-Being founded by the Public Health Agency of Canada.


 


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Source: Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development


For further information: Kristell Le Martret, (514)343-6111 ext.1-2549
Website: www.excellence-earlychildhood.ca





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