TORONTO, May 22 /CNW/ - Frontier College, Canada's original literacy
organization celebrating its 110th anniversary in 2009, has just been
recognized by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada with a plaque
unveiled today. The plaque commemorates the historical significance of
Frontier College as a national educational institution in Canada for 110
years. Today at 4pm, a ceremony and plaque unveiling marking the event took
place at Gzowski House, Frontier College national headquarters at 35 Jackes
Avenue in Toronto.
"On behalf of Frontier College, its staff, volunteers, learners, donors
and supporters, we're honoured and grateful to Parks Canada to receive this
historic recognition. For 110 years we've continued to follow the motto of our
founder, Alfred Fitzpatrick, that learners are everywhere and every place is a
learning place," said Sherry Campbell, President of Frontier College.
Today the frontier for literacy has changed from the remote logging and
railway camps of Fitzpatrick's day to the new frontiers of inner city
communities where we serve new Canadians, at-risk youth, women in shelters,
individuals with disabilities and men, women, youth and children from all
walks of life.
2009 marks Frontier College's 110th year of helping people improve their
literacy skills to realize their potential and seize the opportunities that
come their way. Literacy is an essential skill in today's world. At Frontier
College we believe it's a fundamental right. Low literacy skills are directly
linked to poverty, poor health and high unemployment. Working with partners,
Frontier College is at the forefront of community efforts to strengthen
people's literacy skills to build stronger communities.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Clarke, Media Relations, Frontier
College, (416) 923-3591 ext. 308, Mobile (647) 235-9974,