March 25, 2008 15:08 ET

Canada Post/Literacy Awards Open: Nominate a Deserving Individual From Your Community!

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 25, 2008) - Nominations are now open for the 2008 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards. This national program celebrates the remarkable efforts of individual Canadians and educators who have contributed to the advancement of literacy in their communities. Canadians have until May 23, 2008 to nominate deserving candidates.

Yinghua Liu started Adult Basic Education shortly after arriving in Canada, and did not miss a single class in three years. The Estevan, Saskatchewan resident won many education awards last year and is heading to university this fall. Literacy has given her a great sense of confidence and she is looking forward to continuing her literacy journey. Across the country, Lillian Moores, from Grand Falls-Windsor NL, understands the value of this confidence and instills it in her students. In her 15 years as an instructor and advocate, Lillian has helped individual students, developed trainer courses, helped produce a video to promote literacy, and serves on the Boards of Laubach Literacy and Literacy Newfoundland Labrador. As two of the winners from the 2007 awards, Yinghua's and Lillian's dedication are testaments to the role literacy plays in a productive Canadian society.

"The power of literacy triumphs again and again in the inspiring stories of last year's Canada Post Community Literacy Awards winners," says Robert Waite, Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Canada Post. "But we know there are other stories to share and more dedicated people who are equally deserving of this recognition. I encourage anyone who knows a literacy hero - and they are in every community - to nominate them today."

This year marks the 16th edition of the Canada Post Community Literacy Awards. Prizes and awards are presented at ceremonies that take place across the country in the fall; winners in the Individual Achievement Award category will receive a cash award of $300 and a Certificate of Achievement. Educator Award category winners each receive a cash award of $500 and a Certificate of Achievement.

Canada Post is very grateful for the support shown by the program's sponsors: CanWest Global Communications Corp. as Presenting Sponsor, and The Lowe-Martin Group.

Anyone interested in submitting a nomination can visit the Canada Post Community Literacy Awards website at Nomination booklets can be obtained by writing to:


Media requiring additional information or who wish to arrange an
interview with a previous Canada Post Community Literacy Award
winner, should contact:

Halifax: 902 494-4074 Regina: 306-761-6306
Montreal: 514 345-4333 Edmonton: 780 944-3137
Ottawa: 613 734-2811 Calgary: 403-974-2191
Toronto: 905 214-9299 Vancouver: 604 662-1388
London: 519 457-5282

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