For its 20th anniversary, the Literacy Foundation will have a spokesperson with impact: Marie-France Bazzo

    MONTREAL, Aug. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - The Literacy Foundation is proud to
announce that Marie-France Bazzo will be the spokesperson for its 20th
anniversary. Already concerned by the problem of illiteracy, Ms Bazzo agreed
with no hesitation and much enthusiasm to lend her voice to the cause. This
alliance will kick off on September 8, 2009-International Literacy Day-at the
launch of the Foundation's 20th anniversary.
    The Foundation may be celebrating its 20th birthday this year, but
unfortunately there are still thousands of illiterate people in Quebec. In
all, there are 800,000 Quebecers for whom reading and writing remain an
insurmountable barrier. For this anniversary, the Foundation and Ms Bazzo hope
to put an end to the loud silence surrounding this problem, which affects one
Quebecer in six.
    For the new spokesperson, this reality is quite unacceptable: "the thirst
for knowledge, for me, is the most inspiring value to be transmitted. It's
what I work for, and what I believe in. Reading and writing are by far the
best means of achieving that. It's inconceivable that our knowledge society
should allow the problem of illiteracy to hamper its development. It's high
time to act."
    Without doubt, this great communicator, a sociologist by training, will
harness her conviction in order to raise the general public's awareness of the
impact of illiteracy on the development of Quebec society.

    Biography of the spokesperson

    Marie-France Bazzo was always interested in media and culture, and
started out with radio station CIBL-FM before moving in 1985 to CBC
French-language radio. For four years, she co-hosted the unforgettable
Plaisirs with Pierre Bourgault, before running her very own shows, including
Indicatif présent, which won a special place in Radio Canada listeners'
    On TV, Ms Bazzo was one of the well-known Bande des six before
masterfully hosting Il va y avoir du sport for Télé-Québec-for which she twice
won the Prix Gémeaux as best host of a magazine program. In Spring 2006,
Marie-France founded Les Productions Bazzo Bazzo and threw herself with gusto
into Since launching that venture, she has continued marrying genres
with intelligence, a light touch and panache.

    Literacy Foundation

    Founded in 1989, the Literacy Foundation is a non-profit organization
whose mission is to ensure that everyone-adults and children-has access to
reading and writing. To help the Foundation, make an online donation at

For further information:

For further information: Cindy Deslippes Gauthier, Public Relations
Officer, (514) 289-1178, ext. 225,;
Source: Awareness Department, Literacy Foundation,

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