The Westin Hotel was packed for the Centre’s Leading with Literacy Breakfast. They came to hear the keynote address by Councillor Don Iveson and to congratulate the finalists and winners of the Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards.
“It’s easy to take for granted that we have some of the best public education in the world right here in Edmonton, from kindergarten to post-secondary. It’s one of the primary reasons my wife and I chose to raise our family in Edmonton,” said Councillor Iveson.
He went on to say that in the spring of 2010, City Council declared Edmonton a City of Learners. “As a City of Learners, we recognize the importance of learning. This city’s educational strength is a competitive advantage we need to build on by encouraging a culture of learning at all ages,” stated Iveson.
In this context, it seems fitting the 2011 Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award nominees and winners were acknowledged. The awards recognize the efforts of individuals in their own personal learning journeys and those who support that learning through their leadership.
Two outstanding volunteer tutors, Alexandra Hildebrandt and Tammy Irwin, were finalists in the Leadership category along with the St. Benedict
Elementary Catholic School for their support of the Learning Together program.
Rob Campbell and Neil Bosch were the recipients of the Leadership Award. In his acceptance speech Rob said, “Literacy is a cause that is very close to my heart. My father and mother went a long way to instilling a love of books and a real understanding of how important and what a key literacy is to whatever you want to do in life”.
Luisa Magnan and Judy Tran were finalists in the Learner category. Both were recognized for their efforts and commitment to their children’s learning. The recipient of the Learner Award was Tanya Sherk.
Tanya has a dream. She wants to be a receptionist and came to the Centre to get help achieving that goal. Typically a student takes a full year to improve by one reading level. Tanya improved by four levels in one year and was admitted to NorQuest College in an upgrading course in order to enter the Administrative Professional Program.
Standing in front of an audience of over 200 people, Tanya confidently gave her acceptance speech impressing everyone with her commitment to achieving that dream?—?a fitting finale to the Leading with Literacy breakfast.
Neil Bosch, Jim Hole, Jonna Grad, and Rob Campbell