Frontier College Hosts Lively Debate on Literacy and the Economy

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - Four of Canada's leading workforce and literacy
experts came together today to debate the urgent issue of literacy in the
context of Canada's current economy. The debate was part of Frontier College's
annual fundraising luncheon with proceeds supporting national literacy
programs for children, youth and adults.
    "Today's discussion brought much needed awareness to the issue of low
literacy in Canada," said Sherry Campbell, President of Frontier College. "Low
literacy deeply impacts our economy. Engaging in this type of debate and
bringing great minds together was an important step in addressing the problem
of low literacy and finding solutions."
    Hosted by the CBC's Brian Stewart, presented by Great West Life and
sponsored by CIBC, the debate featured 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 examined the role literacy will play in helping Canada
compete in a new economy. They shared their varying perspectives on how the
Canadian economy and society can benefit from increased literacy and discussed
the responsibilities of the public and private sectors in improving Canada's
literacy problem.

    About Frontier College

    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,

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