Out­stand­ing lit­er­acy ini­tia­tives rec­og­nized

Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre earns Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell Lit­er­acy Award

Sackville Tribune - - TANTRAMAR - BY SCOTT DO­HERTY TRI­BUNE- POST ED­I­TOR

The Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre (TFRC) was re­cently rec­og­nized by the Lit­er­acy Coali­tion of New Brunswick.

The TFRC was the re­cip­i­ent of the 2018 Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell Lit­er­acy Award in the com­mu­nity lit­er­acy pro­gram cat­e­gory.

Brian Neil­son, TFRC pres­i­dent, shared a brief story while ac­cept­ing the award.

“One day I was in our lo­cal post of­fice and no­ticed a young girl read­ing aloud the fam­ily bills from NB Power and Bell Aliant,” he said. “She was a girl I rec­og­nized from our Fam­ily Lit­er­acy Day event but couldn’t re­mem­ber her name. I was shocked she would be read­ing the bills in pub­lic and then it hit me. Mom couldn’t read. Mom was il­lit­er­ate. It is the idea that TFRC’S work and pro­grams can help con­trib­ute to end­ing the cy­cle of il­lit­er­acy in our town that keeps us mo­ti­vated to do the work we do.”

Neil­son and TFRC vice-pres­i­dent Heidi Laf­ford were on hand for a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Crowne Plaza, Fred­er­ic­ton on Nov. 26, to ac­cept the award.

Neil­son said sev­eral of the TFRC’S com­mu­nity pro­grams were high­lighted dur­ing the evening. They in­cluded Sto­ry­tent in the Park dur­ing the sum­mer months, Lit­er­acy Day cel­e­bra­tion the last Fri­day of Jan­uary each year, and the Sto­ry­sacks pro­gram.

In ac­cept­ing the award, Neil­son noted what an hon­our it was for the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion to be rec­og­nized.

“I be­gan by point­ing out how hum­bling it was to be amongst the other award win­ners and how grat­i­fy­ing it was to re­ceive an award named af­ter Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell who is from Sackville and our part of New Brunswick.”

Neil­son went on to thank the TFRC’S donors, not­ing the lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion op­er­ates out­side the provin­cial net­work of fam­ily re­source cen­tres.

Neil­son added he sat next to New Brunswick Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Do­minic Cardy dur­ing the awards cer­e­mony, who ex­pressed in­ter­est in com­ing to Sackville to learn more about the work be­ing done by the TFRC.

The TFRC was nom­i­nated for the 2018 Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell Lit­er­acy Award by Ch­eryl Brown from Qual­ity Learn­ing New Brunswick in Saint John.

STEVE MACGILLIVRAY PHOTO

Tantra­mar Fam­ily Re­source Cen­tre (TFRC) pres­i­dent Brian Neil­son ac­cepts the 2018 Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell Lit­er­acy Award in the com­mu­nity lit­er­acy pro­gram cat­e­gory on be­half of the lo­cal non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion dur­ing a spe­cial cer­e­mony at the Crowne Plaza Fred­er­ic­ton on Mon­day, Nov. 26. Also pic­tured is TFRC vice-pres­i­dent Heidi Laf­ford, right, as well as Dr. Mar­i­lyn Tren­holme Coun­sell, left, and Lynda Homer, Lit­er­acy Coali­tion of New Brunswick ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor.

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