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Saskatchewan Announces the Recipient of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award

Released on September 11, 2017

Saskatchewan’s recipient of the 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA) is Marilyn Stearns of the Saskatchewan Literacy Network.

Stearns is a passionate family literacy leader who has contributed to building and strengthening family literacy development in Saskatchewan.  She received the award today from Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre during a formal ceremony at the Saskatchewan Gallery, in the Legislative Assembly.

“I want to congratulate Ms. Stearns for her leadership and years of work in promoting literacy in our province,” Eyre said.  “This award acknowledges the important role that literacy plays in enhancing our people’s ability to participate fully and actively in all areas of society.  Literacy provides access to a better quality of life for our people, greater social and civic engagement, and strong labour force participation and economic growth.”

Through her work at the Saskatchewan Literacy Network for more than 10 years, Stearns has impacted many families, travelling thousands of kilometres to provide family literacy workshops to nearly 900 participants.  She has also led many significant projects to promote literacy in Saskatchewan families and communities.  Stearns’ work has inspired the creation of specialized family literacy programs as well as numerous language resources.

“I am humbled and honoured to receive this year’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award,” Stearns said.  “I am privileged to work with and support a network of very dedicated family literacy practitioners providing literacy opportunities for the families of Saskatchewan.  I strongly believe that family literacy supports parents and caregivers to be the greatest influence in their children’s lives and provides a solid foundation for continuous learning.”

Established in 2004 by Canada’s Premiers, COFLA celebrates the valuable contributions made by Canadians who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to literacy.  Saskatchewan recognizes literacy champions by focusing on a different category every two years, rotating the award between literacy learners, literacy volunteers and literacy leaders.

The 2017 COFLA award recognizes an outstanding family literacy leader, who has made significant contributions to support literacy development in families and communities through public awareness, research, program innovation, development and delivery.

For more information on the award, including a complete list of previous recipients in Saskatchewan, please visit

For more information about the Council of the Federation, visit


For more information, contact:

Chris Hodges
Phone: 306-787-1069

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