Ontario Recognizes Innovative Literacy Leader



    Premier Congratulates Literacy Award Winner For Helping Build Opportunity
    For Ontarians In The North

    MONCTON, NB, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - Premier Dalton McGuinty today thanked
Michelle Eady, recipient of the 2007 Council of the Federation Literacy Award,
for working tirelessly to help adult learners in northern Ontario reach their
full potential.
    "Michelle Eady is a passionate and dedicated person who helps others
learn vital reading and writing skills," said Premier McGuinty. "I want to
thank Mrs. Eady, and people just like her across Ontario, for making a real
difference in people's lives and for making our province an even better place
to live."
    This year's Council of the Federation Literacy Award celebrates
innovation in adult literacy. As a member of the Sioux Hudson Literacy
Council, Mrs. Eady led a pilot project to reach adult learners in remote
communities in northwestern Ontario. Mrs. Eady helped create a website to
support Aboriginal learners and she developed a number of distance learning
courses.
    Canada's premiers created the Council of the Federation Literacy Award in
2004 to recognize the importance of literacy in building a vibrant society and
strong economy. Each province and territory presents an award to a recipient
who has done an outstanding job of promoting adult literacy through learning,
teaching, fundraising or volunteering.
    Winners of the award are chosen from a list of provincial nominees by a
panel of peers, including former winners of the award. Mrs. Eady will be
presented with a medallion at a special ceremony later this year.
    "Our government recognizes the connection between the success of our
province and the success of our people," said Minister of Training, Colleges
and Universities Chris Bentley. "We are grateful for innovators like Mrs. Eady
who introduce new ways to help people achieve their potential."
    "We want to help everyone in Ontario build opportunity, get a good job
and climb the ladder of success," said Premier McGuinty. "We're going to keep
working, together with Ontarians, to ensure all our people have the skills
they need to reach their full potential so we can build a stronger Ontario."

    
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