Media Advisory - Canadians with low literacy skills are about twice as likely to be unemployed*



    Frontier College to host debate on literacy and the economy

    TORONTO, May 28 /CNW/ - On June 2, 2009, four of Canada's leading
workforce and literacy experts are coming together to debate the urgent issue
of literacy in the context of today's economy. The debate is part of Frontier
College's annual fundraising luncheon with proceeds supporting national
literacy programs for children, youth and adults. Tickets are available to the
public at www.frontierliteracyluncheon.ca.
    Hosted by the CBC's Brian Stewart, presented by Great West Life and
sponsored by CIBC, the debate will feature speakers Dr. Avery Shenfeld, Chief
Economist, CIBC World Markets, Dr. Michael Bloom, Vice President,
Organizational Effectiveness and Learning, Conference Board of Canada, Robert
Waite, Senior Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, Canada Post and
Sherry Campbell, President, Frontier College.
    The 9 million Canadian adults who have low literacy are about twice as
likely to be unemployed (*)(International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey,
2005). Panelists will examine the role literacy plays in helping Canada
compete in a new economy. They'll share their varying perspectives on how the
Canadian economy and society can benefit from increased literacy and discuss
the responsibilities of the public and private sectors in addressing the
urgent issue of low literacy.

    
    Date:        Tuesday, June 2, 2009

    Location:    Arcadian Court, 401 Bay Street, 8th Floor

    Time:        11:30 a.m. Registration - Meet & Mingle - Lunch
                 12:40 p.m. Debate begins
                  2:00 p.m. Interview availability with panelists

    About Frontier College
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    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: Kendra Tedford Devine, Manager, Special Events
& Media Relations, Frontier College Foundation, (416) 923-3591 ext. 335,
kdevine@frontiercollege.ca

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