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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 2019 call for nominations is now open!

Saskatchewan residents aged 18 and above are invited to nominate an outstanding family literacy volunteer who has contributed significant knowledge, time and/or expertise to assist family literacy learners, communities or organizations. This year's nomination deadline is June 14, 2019.

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


1. Guidance

The Saskatchewan recipient of the 2019 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.


2. Eligibility

Nominees considered for this award:

  • are an unpaid literacy volunteer living in Saskatchewan;
  • currently, or since January 1, 2018, have contributed significant knowledge, time and/or expertise to assist family literacy learners, family literacy organizations or communities; and,
  • consent to his/her nomination.

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 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.


3. How To Nominate

  1. Complete and attach the signed nomination form (two pages including signatures of the Nominator and the Nominee).
  2. Attach the following supporting information:
    • The nominee’s personal account of what impact being a literacy volunteer has had and what has been achieved as a result of his/her volunteer literacy work.
    • Two letters of support describing why the nominee should receive the award, with specific examples of:
      • how the individual has provided support to literacy organizations or individuals; and,
      • other awards and recognition received.
  3. Other supporting evidence such as copies of newspaper articles, portfolios and items that provide evidence of a nominee’s leadership and commitment to literacy.
  4. The nomination package (including attachments) may be submitted using one of the following methods by Friday, June 14, 2019:
    • Electronically by 11:59 p.m. on June 14, 2019 (with the nomination forms signed and scanned) to;
    • Couriered by 4:00 p.m. on June 14, 2019; or,
    • Canada Post Mail (electronically date stamped or postmarked by June 14, 2019) to:
The COFLA  Award Selection Committee
Provincial Library and Literacy Office
Ministry of Education
409A Park Street

5. Past Award Recipients

  • 2018 – Judy Craig, a Family Literacy Leader who contributed to moving family and early literacy services forward during her 35-year career at the Regina Public Library
  • 2017 – Marilyn Stearns, Saskatchewan Literacy Network (SLN), a passionate family literacy leader who has contributed to building and strengthening family literacy development in Saskatchewan
  • 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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