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Searching For A Champion

Ontario Seeks Nominations For Adult Literacy Award

Office of the Premier

QUEEN'S PARK -- Ontario is looking to crown a champion -- the first recipient of a new award that celebrates outstanding achievement in adult literacy.

"This year, for the first time, every province and territory is creating an adult literacy award to publicly recognize someone who has done a tremendous job of learning, or teaching, or both," said Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty.

"Here in Ontario, we want to celebrate someone who has really championed adult literacy in his or her community, and we need your help. We're asking all Ontarians to nominate deserving candidates."

Nominations must be submitted by July 13, 2005.

You can get more information on submitting a nomination by calling the JobGrow Hotline at 1-888-JobGrow or 416-326-5656 in Toronto. Or you can visit the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities website at www.edu.gov.on.ca

A selection committee of individuals involved in literacy programs across Ontario has the tough job of choosing just one nominee to receive the award.

"This award will not only recognize an outstanding learner or educator from Ontario who has helped others, but also acknowledge the excellent work that is carried out by community agencies, schools and colleges that deliver adult literacy programs across the province," said Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Mary Anne Chambers.

Canada's premiers will announce the winners from each province and territory at this August's meeting of the Council of the Federation. They agreed to establish the awards at last year's meeting.

"Ontario is only as strong as our people and strong literacy skills enable our people to reach their full potential," Premier McGuinty said.

"That's why adult literacy is so important to our future, and those who champion adult literacy are so worthy of recognition."


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