Highlights

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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.

The late Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and her husband, Ronald, were welcomed by the children last summer at the Math and Literacy Camp in Eel River Bar First Nation, New Brunswick
The late Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, The Honourable W. Thomas Molloy visited campers at First Nations University of Canada in Regina
The late Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and her husband, Ronald, were welcomed by the children last summer at the Math and Literacy Camp in Eel River Bar First Nation, New Brunswick
The late Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, The Honourable W. Thomas Molloy visited campers at First Nations University of Canada in Regina
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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.

Graphic recording by Disa Kauak, Think Link Graphics
Graphic recording by Disa Kauak, Think Link Graphics
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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.

From left: Kelley Keehn, emcee and host, and from TMX Group, Pierre Tellis, Michelle Kisluk, Rebecca Brackley, Jim Hinnecke, and Jay Rajarathinam
From left, Stephen Faul, President and CEO, Frontier College; Paul Lalonde, Research Associate, SRDC; Angela Briscoe, Director of Program Development, Frontier College; and David Gyarmati, President and CEO, SRDC
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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.

From left, Stephen Faul, President and CEO, Frontier College; Paul Lalonde, Research Associate, SRDC; Angela Briscoe, Director of Program Development, Frontier College; and David Gyarmati, President and CEO, SRDC
From left, Stephen Faul, President and CEO, Frontier College; Paul Lalonde, Research Associate, SRDC; Angela Briscoe, Director of Program Development, Frontier College; and David Gyarmati, President and CEO, SRDC
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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.

Joyce at a reading circle in St. Jamestown, Toronto 1998
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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.

Joyce at a reading circle in St. Jamestown, Toronto 1998
Joyce at a reading circle in St. Jamestown, Toronto 1998