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Ontario's 2015 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winner

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Ontario's 2015 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winner

Brenda Krys, a volunteer with Essential Skills Upgrading, a literacy program for adult learners, is the winner of Ontario's 2015 Council of the Federation Literacy Award

This year's award honours an individual who demonstrates caring, compassion and commitment in volunteering their time to tutor and support the learning goals of adult learners across Ontario.

Brenda Krys has volunteered with the Essential Skills Upgrading program since 2008. She has dedicated her retirement years to working at literacy agencies in the Waterloo Region, where she has worked as a one-on-one tutor, small group instructor and outreach person to promote adult literacy programs. She has a certificate in adult literacy education and is working toward a bachelor's degree in adult education.

About the Award

The Council of the Federation Literacy 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.

Selection Committee

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 35 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.

Tim Nicholls Harrison has helped adults with their employment and educational goals for almost 30 years. Mr. Nicholls Harrison was the winner of Ontario's 2014 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. He is the CEO of Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. Prior to that, he managed the library's Adult Learning Centres: Grey-Bruce-Georgian, and was active in various regional and provincial educational initiatives.

Daniel Aube is an Employment Program Consultant for the Program Delivery Support Branch of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. For the past eight years, Daniel has worked for the ministry administering employment and training programs.

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