TORONTO, July 12, 2012 /CNW/ - The Indigo Love of Reading Foundation is
delighted to celebrate their Founder and Chair Heather Reisman, as the
recipient of the 2012 Public Education Advocacy Award of the Canadian
Teachers' Federation (CTF). The announcement was made today by the CTF
President, Paul Taillefer, at the federation's Annual General Meeting
currently underway in Halifax. The CTF Public Education Advocacy Award
is presented annually to groups or individuals outside the teaching
profession who have made major contributions to promote and support
public education in Canada.
According to Mr. Taillefer, "Heather was nominated by the CTF Executive
Committee for her tireless commitment to raising awareness about the
importance of literacy in young people's lives, for her significant
financial contributions to support school libraries through the Indigo
Love of Reading Foundation and for urging governments to reinvest in
the public elementary school system."
Since its inception in 2004, the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation has donated $13 million to schools in need across the country,
providing access to more than 1,000,000 books for 36,000 children.
For over a decade, the CTF Public Education Advocacy Award has also been
bestowed on other highly respected Canadians who have championed public
education through their advocacy and targeted initiatives. They include
John Ralston Saul, author; Annie Kidder, People for Education in
Ontario; l'Association francophone des parents du Nouveau-Brunswick;
Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy; Alfie Kohn, author; Eric P.
Newell, prominent business leader; Gerard Kennedy, former Education
Minister of Ontario; David King, former Education Minister of Alberta
and Félix St-Denis, creator of "Echo d'un people", just to name a few.
About the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation
Indigo Books & Music Inc. founded the Indigo Love of Reading Foundation in 2004 to address the underfunding of public schools, their libraries
and the resulting literacy crisis. Every year the Indigo Love of
Reading Foundation commits $1.5 million to high-needs elementary
schools so they can rebuild their libraries with the purchase of new
books and education resources. To date the Indigo Love of Reading
Foundation has committed more than $13 million to more than 500 schools
SOURCE Indigo Books
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Media Contact: Lisa Huie
Indigo Books & Music Inc.