Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start Preschool

Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start Preschool

The Awahsuk Aboriginal Head Start Preschool Program, which began in 1996, is funded through the Public Health Agency of Canada under the Aboriginal Head Start Initiative. Our Host Agency is the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association.
AHS is made up of the following components:

• Culture and Language
• Education and School Readiness
• Health Promotion
• Nutrition
• Social Support
• Parental Involvement

We work closely with our parents/caregivers who meet as a PAC once per month or more, and workshops/training are available to empower and support the families.

Awahsuk is a comprehensive program designed to meet the spiritual, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs of Aboriginal preschool children (ages 3-5) living in the urban setting of Surrey.

Our Team facilitates a safe, non-judgment environment during the children’s formative years, encouraging holistic growth by understanding the importance of community, family involvement, cultural awareness, and respect.

The cultural curriculum is based on Coast Salish Territory and Hal’q’umi’num language teachings are part of the preschool curriculum. There is a respect for cultural diversity and all nations are valued and honoured.

The Awahsuk Preschool Program comes together in the summer to provide a full day Kindergarten Readiness Program. This program is designed to encourage a strong sense of identity and to prepare the children for the structures and routines of kindergarten.

For more information please contact:

Vanessa Hickman
Facility Manager
Awahsuk AHS Preschool
14589 108th Avenue
Surrey, BC
Office Line: 604-584-5527
Preschool Line: 60-584-4430

Awahsuk Programs and Events

Meet the Awahsuk Dream Team!

Vanessa Hickman Facility Manager

vanessa.hickman@frafca.org or 604-584-5527

Angela George Early Childhood Educator

Sarah Latham Aboriginal Supported Child Development Worker

Oscar the Great Awahsuk Mascot

Carolyn Bernard Senior Educator

carolyn.bernard@frafca.org or 604-584-4430

Mabel Wilson Aboriginal Supported Child Development Worker

Clint Kjar Aboriginal Supported Child Development Worker