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Association of Early Childhood Educators Nova Scotia


New award for June 2024!!!

The Ujima Community Empowerment Award is presented by AECENS in collaboration with the Delmore "Buddy" Daye Learning Institute.

Ujima is one element of Nguzo Saba, or “The Seven Principles” of Africentrism. Ujima is the principle of "Collective Work and Responsibility,” which means, “to build and maintain our community together and make our community’s problems, our problems, and to solve them together.

The Ujima Community Empowerment Award honors the exceptional accomplishments and dedication for collectively advancing the African Nova Scotian Early Childhood Community and will honour one educator  who consistently encourages mentorship and the passing of knowledge and skills within the community. 

To nominate an ECE for this award, please download the Ujima Award Nomination Package and return it to us my June 8th, 2024.


To nominate an ECE for an award please download the application booklet & form and submit it along with the supporting documentation by June 8th, 2024. Or, you can fill in the online form and send the supporting documentation by email later.

AECENS distributes the following awards for excellence in ECE work at our annual professional learning weekend:

  • The ECCE 20+ Service Award recognizes the long-term contribution that your Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) Program has made over the past 20+ years

  • Early Childhood Education Commitment to Care Service Award recognizes the years of commitment working in Early Childhood Education (Must be an AECENS member)

  • Early Childhood Learning and Care (ECLC) Awards of Excellence for Program  or Practice recognizes outstanding high-quality best practices, professionalism and dedication in either a Program or an individual Early Childhood Educator's Professional Practice. 

  • Caring At Work Award recognizes individual early learning and care practitioners for their amazing work in our field.

  • Letter of Commendation recognizes an  Early Childhood Educator's exceptional commitment and dedication to elevating the profession. This award is not open to nominations, it is decided on by the AECENS Board of Directors when warranted.

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AECENS is a registered non-profit in Nova Scotia, Canada

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Halifax, NS B3L 4H9


AECENS is located in Mi’kma’ki, the unceded territory and ancestral homeland of the Mi’kmaq Nation.  Our relationship is based on a series of Peace and Friendship treaties between the Mi’kmaq Nation and the Crown, dating back to 1725. 

AECENS recognizes that We Are All Treaty People.

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