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PLASP Joins Sheridan College to Recognize Amazing Volunteers and Students on Placements

On June 13,  PLASP honoured  Arshdeep Dullett, student on placement  with our Barbara Kleschnitzki Early Childhood Education (ECE) Award. The 2018 Academic Awards Ceremony was hosted by Sheridan College’s Faculty of Applied Health and Community Studies, at the Mississauga Convention Centre.

Each year, PLASP presents the award in conjunction with the Sheridan College Early Childhood Education Program. Sheridan  selects the recipient of the “Barb K Award” (as it’s known to PLASP staff), presenting  the scholarship to a student who  has overcome challenging or unusual circumstances while maintaining high academic standing.

Barb K award  recipient Arshdeep Dullett with PLASP CEO Lynn Hiebert

Arshdeep had this to say about receiving the Barb K award:

“This award will help me excel in furthering my education. I sincerely respect and appreciate the effort you have put in to helping me realize my life long dream of becoming an elementary teacher. It has  been a great pleasure to have completed (my) ECE placement at a PLASP Child Care Centre. Thank you once again.”

PLASP CEO Lynn Hiebert, was thrilled to  see Arshdeep recognized. “Arshdeep’s dedication and commitment to her ECE studies and to the children in our programs is truly inspiring,” said Lynn. “We know that she will go on to make a difference in the lives of children. We are  grateful for the time  she spent with us at PLASP.”

Andrea Artuso, a PLASP head office volunteer, was awarded the TD Alumni Award of Excellence for achieving  “top marks” in her ECE Intensive Program.

TD Alumni Award of Excellence Andrea Artuso (right) with Sheridan College Early Childhood Education Program Coordinator and Professor Stephenie Gillingham.

Congratulations to Arshdeep, Andrea and all of the ECE  graduates for their dedication to children and their hard work. We are very proud of all of the graduates, with a special congratulations to both of these amazing women for their contributions to our organization!

Volunteers and students on placement work alongside staff in the office and in programs to augment the high quality care PLASP provides to the children in their programs.  PLASP volunteers and students on placement gain valuable life skills as they contribute in a very unique way to the organization, while increasing the learning and engagement of the children.

PLASP recently recognized 1,250 program volunteers and students on placement for their contributions during the 2017-2018 school years. These individuals contributed 50,000 hours to various PLASP programs. For more information about volunteer and student on placement opportunities, please visit our website at

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