The late Carol Reid was an admired and much-loved educator in the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program at Humber College. From her first day of teaching until her retirement in 2014, Carol’s commitment to students and the community was characterized by her creativity and love of learning.
On Thursday, January 25th, Carol’s legacy of teaching was celebrated with the official re-opening and dedication of The Carol Reid Early Childhood Education Lab. The Lab is a creative classroom designed for hands-on educational experiences, and includes a one-of-a-kind Resource Centre – filled with educational materials, books and equipment to be used for in-class assignments and field practicums.
The recently renovated Lab is a reflection of Carol’s dedication and hard work - a fitting tribute to her great kindness and unwavering commitment to the education of children across Ontario, and in particular to the training of the next generation of ECE students at the College.
Much gratitude is extended to the many generous donors who supported the project in Carol’s memory by donating to ECE Fund. The funds raised help enable the ECE program to offer its students and faculty valuable educational materials and teaching resources, workshops and specialized training, student scholarships, bursaries and awards.
The celebration included Shelley Charles, Elder, at Humber College – performed a traditional Water Ceremony to welcome guests. Heart-felt tributes commemorating her achievements were heard from Jason Powell, Dean of the School of Health Sciences; Alister Mathieson, Vice-President of Advancement and External Affairs; and Dr. Lisa Salem-Wiseman, Associate Dean of the School of Health Sciences. Dean Powell noted that Carol always put the needs of others first, especially the needs of young children and those who worked with them.
Also in the audience was Carol’s husband Morry Macleod, his son Gavin, daughter-in-law Maiko, and granddaughter Yuki. As well, many ECE program faculty and staff, educators from across the GTA, and generous donors to the project who helped raise much-needed resources to support the work of the lab.
Guests were pleased to see a special tribute plaque and collection of photographs unveiled inside the Lab that will support the legacy that Carol leaves behind.
The room was filled with much joy and tears, as so many in attendance felt a strong connection to Carol’s life and the importance of her work.
Give a gift in memory of Carol Reid:
Early Childhood Education Fund