Ontario's 2014 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winner
Tim Nicholls Harrison, CEO of the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library, is the winner of Ontario's 2014 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Mr. Nicholls Harrison is one of 14 winners announced earlier today by the Council of the Federation on International Literacy Day.
This year, the category for Ontario's award focuses on a learner or individual who has promoted accessibility or inclusiveness through their commitment to literacy activities. The winner demonstrates this by supporting a range of adult learners, and their learning goals, or by reaching out to vulnerable populations.
Mr. Nicholls Harrison has helped adults in Bruce and Grey counties with their employment and educational goals for almost 30 years. Before becoming CEO of the library in May 2014, he was manager of the library's Adult Learning Centres: Grey-Bruce-Georgian and was active in regional and provincial educational initiatives.
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, community organizations, non-governmental organizations and businesses.
Each province and territory administers its own award with separate criteria for award categories, nomination processes, selection processes and evaluation.
Laura Hamilton is a regional program adviser in the Western Region Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities in London. For the past 30 years, Ms. Hamilton has worked for both the federal and provincial governments administering employment and training programs. She spent most of this time supporting Ontario's Literacy and Basic Skills Program.
Shelley Harris is an education and employment manager at the YWCA St. Thomas-Elgin. She won Ontario's 2013 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. Working in adult education for more than 20 years, Ms. Harris began her career in northern Ontario working with Aboriginal learners and has worked with women's groups, people living in poverty, newcomers and learners faced with multiple barriers.
Anushé Rabbani is an employment program consultant with the Program Delivery Support Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ms. Rabbani works with French-language support organizations to improve the delivery of the Literacy and Basic Skills Program across the province.
See also:Championing Adult Literacy