Special camp visits from Lieutenant Governors of Saskatchewan and New Brunswick
Last summer, over 1,200 children participated in our Summer Literacy Camps in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, and 7,556 nationally.
Beat the Street celebrates 30th anniversary
Staff, volunteers, and learners joined in the 30th anniversary celebration of Beat the Street. The mission of Beat the Street is simple: to give at-risk or street-involved youth the opportunity to improve their reading, writing, and numeracy skills so they can take charge of their lives.
During the celebration, a former learner was moved to tears as she explained how she had fallen into a cycle of trying to further her education while trying to earn enough money to survive. Beat the Street not only provided her some flexibility but helped her build confidence. She is now on her way to becoming a fully licensed plumber.
15th annual Scrabble Corporate Challenge is a game-changer for literacy
Some of the sharpest minds of corporate Canada challenged their colleagues to a game of Scrabble at our annual fundraiser in Toronto. Past champions include CIBC, Scotiabank, and PwC, but this year TMX General Counsel Office delivered an impressive repeat performance from the prior year, scoring 719 points and winning the 2019 Scrabble Championship. Special thanks to TMX Group for once again being the lead sponsor.
New national research report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy
In March, we launched a new national research report on Literacy and Essential Skills as a Poverty Reduction Strategy. The research was funded by the Government of Canada’s Adult Learning, Literacy and Essential Skills Program and conducted in collaboration with Social Research Demonstration Corporation (SRDC).
The report makes 11 recommendations on how policies and programs should be funded and delivered to help people living in poverty. The key recommendation is for governments to recognize literacy as not only a policy priority, but a basic human right.
Giller Light Bash expands to Victoria
The Giller Light Bash was held for the first time in Victoria, British Columbia. Organized by dedicated volunteers, the Giller Light Bash is an opportunity for writers, readers, and book lovers to gather and celebrate Canadian literature and the Scotiabank Giller Prize.
Hosted by Margo Goodhand, panelists advocated for their chosen book to win the Giller Prize. Panelists and special guests included The Hon. Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia; Rob Fleming, British Columbia’s Minister of Education; Dan Dagg, President and CEO of Hothouse Marketing; and H2 Digital; and Canadian authors Susan Juby and Monique Gray Smith.
Remembering Joyce Matthews
Few people have contributed more to our mission and culture than Joyce Matthews, who passed away last spring. As a member of the Frontier College Board, Joyce worked to raise awareness of our organization and was the founding volunteer of our Reading Circles. Joyce attended a Reading Circle in downtown Toronto every week, getting to know the children and families through her unwavering commitment to volunteering.
Joyce had enormous grace and integrity, and her legacy will live on through the new National Volunteer Award we named in her honour. We will miss her.