CANADA POST

CANADA POST

September 03, 2009 09:29 ET

Literacy Educators and Learners Honoured by Canada Post

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 3, 2009) - Canada Post today announced the winners of its 2009 Community Literacy Awards. This year's submissions told stories of an uncommon courage to fight against circumstance and situation and ground-breaking efforts made by the people who understand an improved level of literacy means a better life. With winners from across the country, recipients reflect the Award's mandate to recognize literacy learners and the community-based organizations that support them.

"Our judges learned of educators and advocates who developed special games for their literacy students, spearheaded programs that reached out to an underserved section of their community or developed innovative resources to ensure people living with lower literacy levels are empowered," said Robert Waite, Senior vice-president of Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post.

The judging panel, which is comprised of literacy advocates, teachers and involved business people, also had the difficult task of choosing individual achievement winners from the entries. "Every individual submission relates a story that can be difficult to hear. But when you understand how hard our nominees have worked to change their literacy story, and the impact of their effort, you cannot help but be moved," Waite added.

This year marks the 17th edition of the Canada Post Community Literacy Awards. Prizes and awards will be presented at local ceremonies over the next few weeks; winners will be recognized at ceremonies in their communities and awarded a prize of $300 (Individual) or $500 (Educator). The Canada Post Community Literacy Awards are proud to have the support of Canwest as Presenting Sponsor, and Lowe Martin as the Official Sponsor.

For a full list of winners, visit canadapost.ca/literacyawards.

To arrange an interview with a Canada Post Community Literacy Award winner in your area, please contact the media relations office closest to you.

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