George Brown College Early Childhood grad wins prestigious Harry Jerome Award

    Winner Tolu Quadri one of three sisters to graduate from George Brown's
    distinguished Early Childhood program

    TORONTO, April 25 /CNW/ - Tolu Quadri, a child care professional based in
Toronto, and a graduate of George Brown's School of Early Childhood, is the
winner of this year's Harry Jerome Youth Leadership Award. The award will be
presented to Quadri this Saturday at the Harry Jerome Awards Gala in Toronto,
a yearly event celebrating the achievements of the Black community in Canada.
    Quadri graduated from George Brown College in 2006 with a diploma in
Early Childhood Education. As a student, Quadri participated in the School of
Early Childhood's Jamaica project, a Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA) funded project that, for the past four years, has sent students to aid
in the enhancement of early childhood education in the Caribbean nation.
Quadri also took part in the post-graduate program in China, where students
participated in an International Kindergarten Program in Sozhou, a city in
eastern China. The daughter of Jamaican parents, Quadri is one of three
sisters to have graduated from the George Brown School of Early Childhood.
    "It is a great honor to receive a Harry Jerome Award for Leadership.
Harry Jerome truly exemplified excellence as a man who persevered through
countless struggles in his lifetime to find success, contribute to his
community and pave the way for others," said Quadri. "George Brown College and
the ECE program was a window of opportunity for me that allowed me to seek new
opportunities and excel in my efforts to help families and young children
function as best as they can in their social environments."
    "While studying at George Brown and taking part in our intensive
work-study programs, it was quite evident that she was a natural-born leader,"
said Lynn Wilson, a faculty member with the George Brown School of Early
Childhood. "We are extremely proud of Tolu's achievements and we wish her all
the best in her future endeavours."

    About the George Brown School of Early Childhood
    The School of Early Childhood at George Brown College prepares students
to provide young children with the very best care and education. Building on
its recognized strengths in applying theory and research in real settings,
including the largest number of college-run child care centres in the Greater
Toronto Area, the Centre provides future early childhood educators with a
solid foundation in the theory of childhood development and practical
experience working with children and families.

    About George Brown College
    Established in 1967, George Brown's (GBC) three campuses are located in
downtown Toronto, the most multicultural city in the world. With more than
14,000 full-time students, including 1,400 international students, GBC is one
of Ontario's fastest growing colleges. GBC offers more than 150 programs
ranging from one-year certificates to four-year bachelor's degrees. In
addition, over 50,000 continuing education students are enrolled in more than
1,300 courses.

For further information:

For further information: Paul Zanettos, Media Relations Consultant,
George Brown College, Office: (416) 415-5000 ext. 3428, Mobile: (416)
893-5435, Email:

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