Families at the Heart

Distinguished Educator Judy Pollard Builds Thriving Early Childhood Care & Education Program


A community leader in the field of childcare who describes herself as a catalyst to help people find their potential will be honoured by Selkirk College later this month.

At age 35, Judy Pollard came on board with Selkirk College in 1978 and was one of two founding members of the Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) Program. Alongside Selma Sheldon, setting high standards at the onset was critical to the educator who remained open and eager to incorporate new instruction techniques and up-to-date developments in the field throughout her career. She retired from the college in 2003.

Judy Pollard Distinguished Educator

Selkirk College’s 2016 Distinguished Educator Award will be given to Judy Pollard at the Graduation Ceremony held in Castlegar later this month. Pollard was instrumental in developing the Early Childhood Care & Education Program and continues to work as an advocate for children and families into her retirement.

At the Selkirk College Graduation 2016 Ceremony on the Castlegar Campus, April 22, Pollard will receive the honour of Distinguished Educator for her tireless work for children and families through Selkirk College and beyond as an advocate in the field.

“The work is so very important. It’s very much values based,” she says, thrilled to learn of the tribute to her and her career. “The essence of it all is really to have a strong value of the importance of the children and to learn how to work with those kids and their families and be able to listen and pay attention.”

Born in British Columbia, Pollard lived in the United States and British Columbia, then moved to Alberta where she studied in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary. After graduation in 1964, now a public school teacher, she married and made a home in the Kootenays with her husband who was from the area. Her family lived in the Yukon, Western Alberta and the East Kootenay before settling down in Castlegar and then Nelson where Pollard still lives today.

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The Graduation 2016 Ceremony takes place on the Castlegar Campus on April 22 starting at 12:30 p.m.


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