Thursday, February 16, 2012

Graduation 2012: Jasmine Gillan, Early Childhood Education - Infant/Toddler - Program Citation

Jasmine Gillan, ECE graduate and valedictorian
Working as an early childhood educator in Cloverdale

“A better world tomorrow begins with how we go about educating our youngest today.”

Vive le Quebec

"I completed my final two practicum in 2011 at progressive preschools in Sweden, with the intention of learning how we might develop similar practices in Canadian early childhood education settings. But this cannot develop here until we secure government funded, community operated, universal access to child care for all children in Canada. Quebec was first, now the rest of us must follow."


"My mother. She found herself in a job that lacked meaning for her, so she went back to school in her mid-40s to pursue her passion for the arts. She got a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Simon Fraser University."

Next up
"I am currently in my third year of a degree in Early Childhood Care and Education at Capilano University. Next year I intend to return to Sweden, where I completed my post-basic ECE practicum, to learn more about the language and live and work in the old town of Stockholm. Eventually, I would like to be involved in the movement advocating for universal access to quality child care in Canada."

Big plans
"One day I want to open a farm-and-forest child care centre and inspire an outdoor education movement."

A word of advice to new students
"Plan to work in settings that are reflective of your values, and never settle for less. They are out there and they need passionate educators to support them."