Critical Crossroads: Examining the Intersections Between Youth, Criminal Justice and Literacy

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 (

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 jail.

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.

In Toronto, following a keynote address by the Honourable R. Roy McMurtry, morning workshops will examine literacy and educational opportunities for youth involved in the criminal justice system. Presenters will address best practices, challenges, and opportunities for change.  The Toronto conference will be held at 569 Spadina Avenue from 9:30 - 3:30.

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 a right.

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.

SOURCE Frontier College

For further information:

please contact Abby Robins, Director of Communications, Frontier College
Office: 416-923-3591 ext. 378
Cell: 416-277-3340

Marlene Klassen
Assistant Vice-President, Communication Services
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Office: 204-946-7705

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