Queens Ave. Daycare gets ministry award

Queens Avenue Daycare is proud of its legacy of offering quality childcare in the Royal City.

The New Westminster non-profit daycare recently received a Child Care Legacy Award from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

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The awards recognize the long service provided by child-care centres across B.C. and the valuable contributions that are made in support of early learning and child care.

"These awards honour licensed child-care programs that have been in operation since 1973," Minister Stephanie Cadieux wrote in a letter to the daycare. "The efforts of child-care professionals working in licensed centres such as yours have contributed to the development and delivery of high-quality child-care services throughout British Columbia.

"The enclosed plaque commemorates the 40th anniversary of Queens Avenue Day Care and acknowledge you and your staff for your commitment to the care and nurturing of young children over the past four decades."

Queens Avenue Day Care's board of directors is currently working on plans for a 40th anniversary celebration that will take place later this year.

HEALTH SESSION AT THRIFTY FOODS

Thrifty Foods wants to help residents make healthy choices in the grocery store.

Registered dietician Jessalyn O'Donell is leading information sessions designed to help consumers choose wisely.

The tours, which take place on Thursday, May 2 at 2 p.m. or 6 p.m., will focus on areas so the store where people often encounter the toughest decisions - including breads, cereals and yogurts.

The tours are for adults only and will last 60 to 75 minutes.

They're free but registration is required.

To register email sear le@newwestcity.ca, call 604-777-5100 or drop by Centennial Community Centre.

KIDS & COMPANY HOLDS OPEN HOUSE

Kids & Company is inviting the community to drop by its new facility in the Brewery District.

The company is holding an open house on Thursday, May 2 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to showcase the services it will be offering, including nutritious meals, education programs and music, French and sign language for infants. Kids & Company has four locations in Greater Vancouver and continues to expand.

"Our newest location is strategically placed to help parents who spend unnecessary commuting time in the morning to get their children to child care," said Kids & Company founder and CEO Victoria Sopik in a press release.

"Parents can now drop off their children at the child care and continue on their way to work. Additionally, flexible care hours will be available to address the needs of shift workers."

The new location is located in the Brewery District development on the former Labatt Brewery site on East Columbia Street in Sapperton.

tmcmanus@royalcity record.com

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