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2010 Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award Winners

The banquet room was full for the fifth annual Leading with Literacy Breakfast where the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award nominees and winners were recognized.

The Jasper Place Child and Family Resource Centre – West End Parent Link was given the Community Leader Group Award. They were recognized for their innovative and collaborative approach in delivering family literacy programs. A Books for Babies program just for dads and a Rhymes that Bind program involving seniors from an extended care residence were examples of their unique approach.

Dr. Anne Price of the Calgary Learning Centre received the Community Leadership Individual Award for her role as a strong advocate for family literacy. She initiated the family literacy network in Calgary and was responsible for the development and overall administration of numerous family literacy initiatives and programs.

Her interest in sharing her expertise in family literacy has led Dr. Price to work on provincial and national projects including “Foundational Training in Family Literacy”. As well, she is active in many community initiatives including Chair of the Learning Disabilities Stakeholders Group, member of Setting Directions for Special Education Steering Committee, and a team leader on projects with Alberta Education, lending her expertise to the development of resources for students with learning disabilities.

The Adult Learner Group Award was given to the adults in the 2008/09 Learning Together family literacy program. Niaz Abdul, Dinh Le, Paula MacNeil, Soo Lee, Rovi Balleza, May Ong, Shu Wu, Mercedes Padilla, Cathy Antoniuk, and Sitiana Mohamed demonstrated a strong on-going commitment to their own learning and that of their children.

These women persevered through many personal challenges, and each one improved by at least one grade level in reading comprehension during this intensive 36-week program. Their children, who entered Kindergarten in the fall of 2009, demonstrated a “high degree of school readiness”.

Isabelle Tapp received the Adult Learner Individual Award. Improving her reading and writing skills was Isabella’s primary focus as she wanted to be able to help her grandson Tyler with his homework. She has, however, learned far more than that over the past three years. She now volunteers, sits on committees, and is a spokesperson for literacy, encouraging others to seek assistance.

Learning Together winners

Learning Together winners with Jim Hole

I never knew I could feel so good. It was the best day of my life. I was on top of the world. It is so nice to be recognized for all of your hard work.
Isabelle Tapp

Jim Hole, Isabelle Tapp, and Jonna Grad

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