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Council of the Federation Literacy Award

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was created in 2004 by Canada's Premiers to recognize outstanding achievement, innovation and excellence in literacy in each of Canada's provinces and territories. The award is presented annually in each jurisdiction to an individual or organization that gives a significant amount of time, knowledge or expertise to assist learners, communities or organizations.

The 2017 call for nominations is now open. Saskatchewan residents aged 18 and above are invited to nominate an outstanding family literacy practitioner, early childhood worker, teacher, librarian or community educator who has contributed to the advancement of literacy in Saskatchewan. This year's nomination deadline is June 16, 2017.

The guidelines for the nominations and application forms are available at the bottom of this page.

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1. Guidance

The Saskatchewan recipient of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award will be presented with an inscribed medallion, a certificate and a gift certificate of $300.

An independent selection committee will review the nominations and select the award recipient.

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2. Eligibility

Nominees considered for this award:

  • Are knowledgeable in the principles of family literacy theory and practice and use/champion innovative intergenerational approaches to help parents/caregivers and children learn together;
  • Are good communicators and exhibit leadership within their organization or communities to serve families and strengthen family engagement efforts;
  • Model lifelong learning and/or share family literacy best practices with educators, families and communities within their sphere of practice; and,
  • Have a demonstrated record of success in the promotion, development and/or delivery of family literacy programs, services, and/or initiatives that benefit families and/or communities in Saskatchewan.

Who can submit a nomination for this award?

Anyone over 18 years of age may submit a completed nomination package (including all supporting information) for the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.
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3. How To Nominate

The Council of the Federation announces a call for nominations each spring.  You will need to provide the Literacy Office with:

  1. Complete and attach the signed nomination form (2 pages including signatures of the Nominator and the Nominee).
  2. Attach the following supporting information:
    1. An account of the nominee’s education and relevant experience pertaining to family literacy initiatives or actions taken, including impact the nominee has had on advancing family literacy in Saskatchewan, either through public awareness, program development, service delivery, innovation, and/or research. 
    2. Two letters of support describing why the nominee should receive the award, with specific examples of: 
      • Initiatives the nominee has undertaken to  advance family literacy in Saskatchewan and impacts; and/or,
      • Other awards and recognition received.
  3. Additional supporting evidence, i.e., copies of portfolio, photos, newspaper articles, etc., that provide evidence of a nominee’s achievements may be included, but will not be returned unless specifically requested by the nominee.
  4. The nomination package (including attachments) may be submitted by one of the following by Friday, June 16, 2017:
    1. Electronically by 11:59 pm on June 16, 2017 (with the nomination forms signed and scanned) to sk.literacy@gov.sk.ca;
    2. Couriered by 4 pm on June 16, 2017  to: Provincial Library and Literacy Office, 409A Park Street, Regina, SK S4N 5B2; OR,
    3. Canada Post Mail (electronically date stamped or postmarked by June 16, 2017) to:
    The 2017 COFLA Selection Committee
    Co/ Provincial Library and Literacy Office
    409A Park Street
    Regina, Saskatchewan S4N 5B2.

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5. Further Information

Previous Saskatchewan Council of the Federation Literacy Award recipients are:
  • 2016 – Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN), a strong advocate for a broader vision of literacy that encompasses social justice, human rights and expression of freedom
  • 2015 - READ Saskatoon, Inc., a community based organization that has been providing adult and family literacy programming for over 35 years
  • 2014 - Edith Klassen, a volunteer literacy tutor who helps newcomers to the Lanigan area learn English
  • 2013 – Phyllis Jones, a volunteer literacy tutor committed to helping adult learners achieve their goals
  • 2012 - Gordon Li, a literacy learner dedicated to helping others achieve their literacy goals
  • 2011 - Dr. Wei He, a literacy learner in Regina
  • 2010 – Kim Newlove, a K-12 educator and literacy leader from Saskatoon
  • 2009 – Dr. Margaret Lipp, former Literacy Commissioner and accomplished educator, administrator and literacy advocate from Regina
  • 2008 – Irene Jacques, a First Nations Elder and literacy leader from Standing Buffalo First Nation, noted for promoting and establishing Aboriginal Literacy initiatives provincially and federally
  • 2007 – Colleen Christopherson-Coté, a community literacy leader from Coronach
  • 2006 – Carey Rigby-Wilcox, community literacy volunteer and children’s author from Saskatoon
  • 2005 – Lynda Richards, literacy learner and entrepreneur from Swift Current

Additional information about the awards can be found on The Council of the Federation website.

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