A long-time area childcare professional has been bestowed with an award of excellence for her dedication to the job and the children she cares for.
Lynne Ings of the Rimbey Nursery School received notice recently that she has been selected as one of the top 10 childcare professionals in Alberta.
“I was nominated by my board chairperson and they told me that I had made it as one of the top 40 finalists,” Ings said. “Then, on my son’s birthday, they phoned me and said I was one of the top 10 and that I’d be getting an award at a ceremony in Calgary.”
Ings had worked for the past 30 years in the childcare field – 15 as a nursery school teacher and another 15 as a special needs aide and has split her time between Rimbey and Bluffton.
Despite her lengthy career in the industry, Ings said she was very touched by the news that she would be receiving the award.
“It made me feel a little overwhelmed; quite thrilled, honoured, I was just over the top. It was a nice vote of confidence in what I do. It felt really nice,” she said. “I felt it was the parents saying, ‘you’re doing a good job and we appreciate it’, so I’m really grateful to them and to my co-workers because we couldn’t do it without all of us. It’s really a joint effort. I got the award, but we all deserve it.”
As for the most enjoyable part of the job, Ings said it was a no-brainer.
“Being with the kids – no question. It’s great fun,” she said. “Every day’s a new day, every group’s a new group. Every day is different and it’s a journey that I’m taking with the kids and it’s great fun.”
As for the future, Ings said despite the fact she’s been doing it for many years, she still thoroughly enjoys her work.
“I’m getting older so we’ll see. But I’ll be doing it for a while yet,” she said. “It’s a job I love. I always wake up in the morning and say, ‘it’s off to work!’
Ings added that she would invite any young person to seriously consider a career working with children not only because it is so rewarding, nut also because the local nursery school could soon be looking for additional staff.