PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The province has awarded Lynette Mikalishen the 2021 Child Care Award of Excellence for the North Region.

For over a decade, Mikalishen has served as the Director of Child Care Services for the YMCA of Northern BC. In that time its increased child care spaces in Prince George and has provided child care in Vanderhoof, Fort St. James, Fort St. John, and Chetwynd.

Mikalishen has also brought forth innovative initiatives to address the shortage of early childhood educators through training and education, the YMCA says in a statement Wednesday.

YMCA of Northern BC CEO Amanda Alexander says, “Lynette is a true champion of ensuring child care practices continually evolve to meet children and families’ needs. She is a collaborator, bringing partners together to enhance child care offerings in the north, and has a deep commitment to truth and reconciliation b ensuring cultural competency is a core part of the YMCA Child Care practice.”

The awards ceremony video can be viewed below, with Mikalishen’s part starting around the 18:00 mark.