Diana Elliot awarded the Dr. Hillel Goelman Award for Outstanding Leadership in Professional Development in Early Childhood Intervention

It is our great pleasure to share news that Diana Elliott, Aboriginal Infant Development Programs Provincial Advisor, was awarded the Dr. Hillel Goelman Award for Outstanding Leadership in Professional Development in Early Childhood Intervention at a ceremony during the Early Years Conference, January 26th, 2018.

The Hillel Goelman Award was created to recognize the enormous contributions Dr. Goelman made to the field of early childhood intervention in BC. With its 2018 selection, it is recognizing Diana’s wisdom, knowledge, care and lifelong dedication to the service to children and families in her own community and across the province.

She describes her work in her own words in this way:

“Working from the philosophy that each child is a gift from the Creator, Diana appreciates the importance of enriching early and lifelong learning and the benefits of family and parenting support and education. She also understands the importance of doing this from a culturally meaningful and safe place. She provides advice, guidance, mentorship and assistance to ensure that culture is the foundation of Aboriginal Infant Development programs.

Diana, who is also a member of HELP’s Aboriginal Steering Committee (ASC), brings these traits and more to every aspect of her work as an ASC member. Her knowledge and understanding, coupled with a serenity and wisdom few possess, has not only helped guide HELP and our research as it applies to and has implications for Aboriginal peoples, it has contributed to the education and growth of everyone at HELP – staff, students and faculty.

Congratulations Diana.

We are also pleased to share that Jackie Watts, Senior Early Years Outreach Supervisor, Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council, was awarded the Dana Brynelsen Education Bursary during the same ceremony.