“One hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, how much I had in my bank nor what my clothes looked like…but the world may be a little better because I was important in the life of a child.” (Forest E. Witcraft).
Loretta Sinclair is important in the life of not only one child, but in the lives of all the children she works with.
After a lot of hard work, determination and vision, Loretta recently graduated from Red River College with her diploma in Early Childhood Education. A mother and grandmother from Little Saskatchewan First Nation, Loretta completed a portion of her studies via distance education and the remainder in St. Laurent as part of a community based-training initiative in that Métis community.
Attending classes in St. Laurent meant driving many kilometres back and forth between home and school. This commitment to her education served as a great role model to other students, and Loretta took it upon herself to support and encourage them to complete their studies, as well.
Loretta now works as the director of the childcare centre in her home community and feels strongly about the movement of First Nations communities to meet provincial licensing standards by 2015. She wants Aboriginal childcare centres and families to have the same benefits, licensing, trained workers, and subsidies for parents as mainstream centres.
It is this vision that led to her decision to immediately begin her post-diploma training in the Studies in Aboriginal Child Care Certificate program, in order to achieve her ECE III — a requirement for directors of licensed centres. Loretta is working on this training via distance education and is encouraging other students in her community to begin their training, as well.
What continues to motivate her and push her forward? It’s the children.
“The main reason why I’m still in this is that I am really very passionate about child care,” Loretta says. “I love the sparkle in little children’s eyes when they learn something new, when they have accomplished something.”
Loretta Sinclair is making the world a better place because of the difference she is making in the lives of its most valuable resource — our children.
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Profile by Daphne Flett, Student Support Counsellor, RRC Peguis – Fisher River Campus