Recognizing An Innovator in Literacy
Ontario's 2011 Council Of The Federation Literacy Award
Ningwakwe George is the winner of Ontario's 2011 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.
Ms. George is one of thirteen winners - one from each province and territory - announced at the summer meeting of the Council of the Federation, held in Vancouver from July 20-22, 2011.
This year, the category for Ontario's award is innovation, and reflects someone who has proven to be an innovator in researching, developing or delivering literacy programs.
Throughout her career, Ms. George has shown leadership in engaging and inspiring her community with world-class innovative practices, combined with a commitment to improving Aboriginal literacy.
Ms. George coordinated the first-ever National Aboriginal Literacy Gathering and led the process of setting up a national Aboriginal literacy office, The National Indigenous Literacy Association. She is an advisor with ArrowMight Canada on a literacy project that develops innovative literacy curriculum for delivery via DVD.
She is the founder of Ningwakwe Learning Press, a non-profit organization that publishes literacy and education resources. Ms. George is Anishnawbe Kwe from the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation in Southern Ontario.
About the award
The award recognizes the valuable contributions made by Canadians to literacy and celebrates the accomplishments and contributions of literacy advocates. Winners are honoured for their work in a diverse range of areas, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.
Nominees may include educators, volunteers, learners, and community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
Each province and territory administers its award separately with its own process for the awards including award categories, nomination process, selection criteria and evaluation.
Ms. George was chosen by a three-member selection committee:
Jacinthe Leclerc is a Senior Policy and Programs Advisor in the French Language Education Branch of the Ministry of Education. She led the planning of the French-language Child Care Strategy to increase the number of schools hosting preschool child care services. Ms. Leclerc has been in the education field for 21 years.
Leah Morris was the winner of Ontario's 2010 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Ms. Morris is a literacy network leader who engages and inspires her local Hamilton community toward action on literacy. Under her leadership, along with her team, the Adult Basic Education Association has become a well-established regional literacy network and community resource.
Yvonne Morrison is an Education Officer with the Aboriginal Education Office of the Ministry of Education. Ms. Morrison has been involved in education for 24 years, working as a teacher, facilitator, consultant, coordinator, and administrator.