TORONTO, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - On June 5th, 2012, a think-tank of experts in youth, criminal justice and literacy
will create a much-needed national literacy strategy.
In Winnipeg, this discussion will be moderated by University of Winnipeg
President Dr. Lloyd Axworthy, and feature panelists Justice Murray
Sinclair (Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission), Chief Dale
McFee (President of Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police), YOUCAN
CEO Dave Farthing and Frontier College President Sherry Campbell. This
conversation will be webcast live, and will welcome questions for
panelists via twitter (@frontiercollege) and email (email@example.com).
The conversation will explore:
The key gaps and challenges in the current literacy landscape for
at-risk youth and those involved in the criminal justice system
A literacy strategy that supports at-risk youth, as well as those
involved in the criminal justice system, in building their skills and
capacities so they can become full members of society
The features and characteristics necessary to the success of the
Methods that the justice system, schools, governments, police,
communities and others can best use to work together and complement
each other to leverage literacy as part of a coherent solution to this
The forum will also discuss the results of a national public opinion
poll conducted by Leger Marketing which reveals, among other things,
that the public believes education is more important than employment,
recreation, or a stable home life, in terms of keeping youth out of
Also on June 5th, full-day conferences will be hosted by Frontier College in Winnipeg,
Vancouver, Edmonton, Halifax and Toronto. These conferences fill the
knowledge gap of current research and provide promising program
practice for those working on the front lines that provide a wide range
of community support.
Critical Crossroads: Youth, Criminal Justice and Literacy is generously
sponsored by Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life through their
national corporate citizenship program.
"Literacy factors into employability, civic engagement, the potential of
youth and the overall vitality of our communities," says Jan Belanger,
Assistant-Vice President, Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London
Life and Canada Life. "This forum brings together stakeholders who
share a common priority and the insights to inform a national strategy.
It's the kind of collaborative effort our companies encourage to build
stronger communities together."
About Frontier College
Frontier College is Canada's original literacy organization. Founded in
1899, this non-profit organization recruits and trains volunteers to
deliver literacy programs to children, youth and adults in communities
across the country. Frontier College helps Canadians improve their
literacy and increase their opportunities. We believe that literacy is
About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Together, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life serve the
financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada.
As an Imagine Caring Company, the companies donate at least one per
cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community
organizations each year.
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