Canada Post Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Awards

The Southern Gazette - - SPORTS -

Nom­i­na­tions for the Canada Post ‘ Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Awards’ are now open.

Th­ese awards high­light the achieve­ments of Cana­di­ans mak­ing a spe­cial ef­fort or im­por­tant con­tri­bu­tion to im­prov­ing Canada’s lit­er­acy land­scape. The awards rec­og­nize adult learn­ers and ed­u­ca­tors in ei­ther In­di­vid­ual Achieve­ment or Ed­u­ca­tor cat­e­gories.

The ne­ces­sity of solid lit­er­acy skills re­veal their true im­por­tance when you think about how many times a day we need to un­der­stand writ­ten lan­guage.

Al­though lit­er­acy is of­ten taken for granted, among Cana­dian adults aged 16 to 65, ap­proxi- mately nine mil­lion, or 42 per cent, ob­tained a score be­low the level con­sid­ered as a min­i­mum for cop­ing with the de­mands of mod­ern life and work.

Robert Waite, se­nior vice-pres­i­dent of Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity at Canada Post, said “There re­mains an enor­mous amount of work to be done to en­sure all Cana­di­ans have ad­e­quate lit­er­acy skills. But ev­ery year we are en­cour­aged by the in­cred­i­ble suc­cess sto­ries we’re told through the Award nom­i­na­tions.

Th­ese Awards truly hon­our the front-line he­roes, stu­dents and men­tors, of Canada’s lit­er­acy com­mu­nity.”

Cana­di­ans are en­cour­aged to sub­mit nom­i­na­tions by vis­it­ing Canada Post’s Lit­er­acy Awards web site at ‘www.canada­post.ca/lit­er­a­cyawards’ to down­load a nom­i­na­tion form and view full pro­gram de­tails.

Nom­i­na­tions must be re­ceived in Ottawa by May 31, 2009.

The names of the fi­nal­ists will be an­nounced in late July and the win­ners will be no­ti­fied in Au­gust.

Win­ners will be rec­og­nized at cer­e­monies in their com­mu­ni­ties and awarded a prize of $300 (in­di­vid­ual) or $500 (Ed­u­ca­tor).

Canada Post Com­mu­nity Lit­er­acy Awards are sup­ported by Canwest as Pre­sent­ing Spon­sor, and Lowe Martin as the Of­fi­cial Spon­sor.

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