By Lobna Ajaini
PLASP staff honoured for pioneering spirit in building inspirational learning environments

Eight years after trading in blueprints for building blocks, a PLASP staff has been honoured for applying her mechanical prowess in constructing enriching learning environments for children.

A mechanical engineer and university instructor from Syria, Lobna Ajaini found her true calling and passion in life by transitioning to a career in child care. She currently serves as a Program Director at PLASP’s Plowman’s Park location, where she combines science, technology, engineering and math concepts into many aspects of daily programming.

It was this unique passion for creating distinctive learning environments that led to her receiving the Sylvia Leal Memorial Award at PLASP’s annual parent and community meeting in October. Created in recognition of PLASP’s founding CEO Sylvia Leal, the award honours a PLASP staff who demonstrates exceptional leadership in supporting PLASP communities, families, children, fellow staff, colleagues and partners.

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Watch Lobna's Speech:  the 2019 PLASP Sylvia Leal Leadership Award 
Lobna's Speech, Presentations & Leadership
What others are saying about Lobna's Workshops?
Lobna Presenting on EarlyON Day 2022 at PLASP Head Office
Lobna Facilitating Educational Experiences in the Community-23 YouTube Episodes of Journey to Learning EarlyON PLASP Videos
Lobna Leading "Weaving the Mat" Humanitarian & Environmental Community Project
Lobna leading the Physical Literacy

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In July 2022 Lobna took my workshop on creating and facilitating workshops. Lobna was one of the only participants who took the opportunity to have a consultation with me. From the moment I spoke to Lobna, I just knew she was passionate about ECE and teaching. I hired Lobna for both ECE workshops "microaggression in the ECE workplace" and "understanding the Forest school approach." I sat in on both workshops and I was impressed by Lobna's professionalism, and presentation skills. I highly recommend Lobna as an ECE workshop facilitator."

- Ana Valle Rivera, Founder of Early Years Thriving
Really enjoyed this presentation I really appreciated that the presenter took time on each slide and gave examples so the audience could get a proper understanding! Kindness vs niceness was my favourite part. Well articulated and deliberated! Thank you!

- Hiba Khan, Workshop participant 
I truly enjoyed this presentation. Not many presentations on this topic helped me link theory to practice like this one. I like how it focuses on self-reflective practice. I appreciate how the presenter represents diversity that reflects on children's development and is family-centered. I also like how the presenter clearly explains how to incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion into the four foundations of HDLH. Very educational and practical. Thank you.

- Vera, Workshop participant 
It was great how you identified and explained each of these meaningful words (DEI) that we have to have and understand in our practice as educators working in such diverse environments! My favourite part is "How do we promote empathy in the classroom?" This workshop is well-prepared and represented! Thank you Lobna!

- Noor Alahdab, Workshop participant 
Lobna, a big, huge thank you to you, your lovely assistant (daughter) Farah, and the whole Strive team for organizing and presenting this absolutely fantastic informative, inspiring and engaging event that not only will I be implementing in my practice, but will also be sharing with my leadership in technology class at Fanshawe College.

I appreciate all your hard work in bringing STEM education to us in this exciting workshop! So glad I attended. Special thanks to Bre at Strive as well. Bre is delightful!

Well done,

Danielle Norris, Workshop participant

Lobna Leading the physical Literacy Break for over 800 participants at PLASP

Sylvia Leal Leadership Award 2019