SOURCE: ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada

September 04, 2014 09:30 ET

Prestigious Life Literacy Awards Winners Announced

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - September 04, 2014) - ABC Life Literacy Canada is delighted to announce the 2014 Life Literacy Awards winners. The Life Literacy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in adult literacy in the areas of community literacy, workplace and essential skills, journalism, and corporate excellence. Awards will be presented at the annual Life Literacy Night celebration on Thursday, September 18, 2014.


The Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

In its third year, the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award recognizes community organizations that have developed and delivered innovative literacy programs that make a significant impact on their communities. Each year the top winner shares the details of their winning program in a national webinar for Canadian literacy practitioners to help build capacity in the literacy field.

Top Winner, receiving $20,000

Toronto Centre for Community Learning & Development, Toronto, ON

Program: Youth Empowering Parents (YEP)

YEP connects adults and seniors who want to improve their computer skills with high school students who are seeking volunteer opportunities. Through free one-on-one tutoring, learners work at their own pace, at a convenient time, and, when required, in their own mother tongue. Learners are largely new immigrants, marginalized and socially isolated; through YEP, they acquire new skills in a comfortable environment while getting to know youth in their neighbourhood. Tutors, usually inner city youth, take on the roles of service provider and community change-maker while developing their leadership skills.

Four Honourable Mention Awards, each receiving $5,000

Aboriginal Mentoring & Training Association, Kamloops, BC

Program: Pathways to Success (P2S)

P2S works with learners to create a personal "pathway" that prepares them for entry into the job market through a program that combines life skills and essential skills, improving literacy and numeracy, and enhancing self-esteem and confidence.

Parkdale Project Read, Toronto, ON

Program: The Academic Upgrading (AU) Program for Youth

AU provides an accessible, supportive learning community that empowers disengaged youth to acquire the skills, confidence and attitudes required to transition successfully to post-secondary education.

Saint John Learning Exchange, Saint John, NB

Program: WorkLinks

Through WorkLinks adults are empowered to break down barriers to work by building transferable essential and employability skills, earning work experience and receiving ongoing support to help acquire and maintain meaningful employment. 

Tri-County Literacy Council (TCLC), Cornwall ON

Program: The Occupational Training Program

Aimed at people with barriers to employment, this program provides a variety of occupational training courses that respond to the economic development needs of the community, meet learners' interests and focus on the nine essential skills everyone needs to succeed.


The Dr. Alan Middleton Workplace Literacy and Learning Award

This award recognizes an individual for their exceptional achievement in increasing workplace literacy and essential skills in their community. The honour was established to pay tribute to the outstanding contribution of ABC Life Literacy Canada board member and former Chair, Dr. Alan Middleton.

2014 Winner: Lynn Charlebois

Lynn Charlebois is a teacher, adult educator, mentor, workplace literacy advocate and volunteer. As the City of Moncton's Workplace Education Program Instructor, Lynn's commitment to workplace learning and literacy extends to engaging as many employees as possible, increasing their skill and confidence levels in order to build a better future for their families, their workplace, and their community.

2013 Winner: Maurice Taylor (awarded in 2014)

Dr. Maurice Taylor is a leading researcher, thinker and contributor to the field of workplace literacy and essential skills. His research and writing are infused with the knowledge gained from first-hand experience and his work with real people who struggle with literacy and essential skills. 


The Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship

A tribute to the late broadcaster and journalist Peter Gzowski, this fellowship provides a $3,000 grant for a Canadian journalist to undertake and publish a literacy project to enhance public understanding, support for, and awareness of, the literacy cause.

Winner: Susan Quinn

Susan Quinn has been a community news journalist for over twenty-five years, writing and editing on sports, news, business and arts. Susan's successful proposal is for a series to be published in the Alberni Valley News and, on adult literacy in the Port Alberni area, underlining the effect government cuts to core funding is having at the grassroots level.


The Honourable Joyce Fairbairn, P.C. Literacy Public Awareness Award

Established in 1996 in honour of Senator Joyce Fairbairn, a long-standing champion of the literacy cause in Canada, ABC selects a corporation for their exceptional contributions in support of literacy.

Winner: Natrel

Natrel's commitment to family literacy has opened learning opportunities for tens of thousands of parents and children through Family Literacy Fun, a program that encourages families to learn together in a warm, fun-filled environment through activities, including songs, rhymes, and interactive play. Family Literacy Fun is promoted widely as part of Family Literacy Day© which is celebrated each January, but the activities are available to download for free from ABC's website all year long.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada:

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. ABC Life Literacy Canada envisions a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy please visit, follow us on Twitter (@abclifeliteracy) or join our Facebook page. 

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    Stephanie Wells 
    Manager, Communications 
    ABC Life Literacy Canada 
    416-218-0010 ext. 122