Media Advisory - Frontier College names Sherry Campbell as president



    TORONTO, Nov. 23 /CNW/ - Frontier College, Canada's original literacy
organization, has named Sherry Campbell as president.
    Ms. Campbell joined Frontier College in 2005. She served initially as
national director of programs and subsequently as executive director. As
president, she will provide central leadership and day-to-day direction of the
College, will lead the College's program operations and communications
activities, and will work closely with the Frontier College Foundation in its
fundraising activities. She succeeds John O'Leary, who stepped down earlier
this year after three decades of service to Frontier College and the cause of
literacy.
    "Sherry has a clear vision for Frontier College's future and a deep
respect for its 108-year history," said Catharine Heddle, chair of
Frontier College's board of governors. "She leads a dedicated, creative and
talented group of staff, volunteers and partners who are devoted to social
justice and to making a difference in the lives of Canadians through the power
of literacy and learning. This is a bright moment in Frontier College's
history."
    As Canada's original literacy organization, Frontier College recruits and
trains volunteers to work with Canadian children, youth and adults from all
over Canada, in both French and English.
    Historically, Frontier College recruited Labourer-Teachers to teach and
work alongside their fellow labourers in mines, lumber camps, railway camps
and other remote locations. Today, Frontier College works at Canada's
socio-economic frontiers, operating innovative literacy programs including
homework clubs, reading circles, summer reading camps, an independent studies
program for disabled adults, one-on-one tutoring for adults, and the Beat the
Street program for at-risk youth. Frontier College also helps other
community-based organizations set up and run literacy programs for their own
participants.
    "Literacy is an important issue that impacts all facets of society," said
Campbell. "I am honoured to serve the College at such an important time in its
history and for a cause that impacts individuals, communities, schools, the
workplace and our country as a whole."

    About Frontier College
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    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. Forty-two percent of adult
Canadians have trouble with everyday tasks that involve reading. That's
millions of Canadians who are not reaching their potential. Through a network
of thousands of volunteers, Frontier College is helping people to realize
their potential and seize the opportunities that come their way.
    www.frontiercollege.ca





For further information:

For further information: Sandi Kiverago, Director of Communications,
Frontier College, (416) 923-3591 x318, skiverago@frontiercollege.ca


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