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"Research shows the earlier parents become involved in their children's literacy practices, the more profound the results and the longer-lasting the effects."

Mullis, R.L., Mullis, A.K.,
Cornille, T.A., Ritchson, A.D. and Sullender, M.S., 2004.
Early literacy outcomes and parent involvement.
Tallahassee, Fl: Florida State University.

2009 Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award Winners Recognized

Over 200 people attended the Centre’s annual Leading with Literacy Breakfast. Manmeet Bhullar, MLA for Calgary-Montrose and parliamentary assistant to the Alberta Minister of Advanced Education and Technology was the keynote speaker. Jim Hole was on hand to congratulate the winners of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards.

Colin DesJardine received the Adult Learner Award in recognition of the courage he demonstrated in stepping forward to ask for help to improve his literacy skills, and his commitment to staying with the program until he reaches his goals.

Born and raised in Canada, Colin’s courageous journey began in March 2006 when he came of to the Centre for help with his math skills. Soon he realized he also needed to vastly improve his literacy skills in order to achieve his goal of getting his level 4 power engineering certification. When he first came to the Centre he had trouble with basic addition and subtraction and his math was at a grade two or three level. He now is learning algebra and working through more complex problems in addition to making huge strides in his reading levels. Colin used to have panic attacks at the prospect of taking conceptual skills tests at work. Now he is signing up for courses and going out of his way to learn more and take those tests. His intellectual confidence has grown in leaps and bounds in a short period of time. After discovering the joy of literacy, he’s now taken up reading in his spare time at home.

The Community Leadership Award was presented to Randy Boissonnault for his outstanding commitment to family literacy in Alberta. Randy has contributed immensely to the work of the Centre for Family Literacy as a Board member, Chair and Past Chair of the organization. In addition to his work with the Centre, Randy represented the Alberta literacy field on a Steering Committee put together by the Minister of Advanced Education to review the shape and scope of advanced education in the province for the next 15 years. He also facilitated an Advisory Committee on Literacy and Essential Skills that presented a national literacy strategy to the Federal Government. In his time with the Centre, Randy helped usher in an era of significant growth assisting to build an organization that now serves over 5,000 participants each year. Randy has volunteered thousands of hours to the cause of literacy locally, provincially, and nationally and it is for his major contributions to the field that he is received this distinguished award.

Photo of Colin and Jim

Colin DesJardine and
Jim Hole








Randy Boissonnault

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