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The Centre for Family Literacy builds, develops and improves literacy with families and communities.

Breakfast Celebrates Literacy

Over 200 people got up very early on January 26th to attend the Centre’s Leading with Literacy Breakfast. Some were first time attendees while others have attended every year since the Breakfast began in 2006. No matter what their reason, they came away with a deeper understanding of the importance of literacy and learning on a personal and global level.

This year the Breakfast event was the culmination of the Centre’s yearlong 10th anniversary celebrations. It was an opportunity to reflect on the significant work that has been done over the past ten years, but, more importantly, it was an opportunity to challenge ourselves to do better.

Looking to the future, the next natural step was to explore how the expertise developed at the Centre could be shared with other countries. To that end, a new partnership with Literacy Without Borders was announced. The Chairs of both organizations stressed the need to use the talents, resources and models of the Centre to support learners around the world.

The highlight of the breakfast was the recognition of the 2012 Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Award nominees and winners. The awards were created in 2007 to honor the efforts of individuals in their own personal learning journeys and those who support that learning through their leadership.

CALS Family Literacy Vegreville was the recipient of the Community Leadership Award. Jodi Rasmusson and Marnie Kassian accepted the award for their organization.

In her acceptance speech, Jodi said “Building strong relationships with the community has enabled us to be innovative in our programming. The families, the children, the parents and caregivers are very important to us, and we learn from them everyday. ”

The recipient of the Adult Learner Award was Ken Gavenlock. Ken has struggled with learning problems since childhood. As a child he was told he was stupid, failed repeatedly but gradually moved through the school system until he finally gave up in frustration. Ken is the father of three young children, and it was when his eldest daughter learned how to read that he began to feel embarrassed and pressured to do something to overcome this hindrance in his life. Ken is now reading Level 6 material. He and his daughter take turns reading stories to his two younger children.

The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Maureen Sanders in recognition of her work in the field of literacy and family literacy for over 20 years. In accepting the award, Maureen said, “I was so lucky to be part of a rich network of colleagues, friends, mentors, staff, volunteers, students and families – all of them willing to go the extra mile. This award belongs as much to those I have mentioned as it does to me. I would not be accepting this award without the wisdom, confidence and support that you have all given to me.”

Congratulations to the finalists and winners. It was a great way to begin the next decade of work at the Centre.


Jodi Rasmusson and Marnie Kassian

Ken Gavenlock with his Centre for Family Literacy Tutor, Carolyn Thomson

Jim Hole, Maureen Sanders and Jonna Grad

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