Ontario's 2017 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winner
This year's award honours The LearningHUB, which has demonstrated excellence in developing or delivering creative curriculum resources and in coordinating supports and services that facilitate blended learning.
About the Recipient
The LearningHUB has provided online literacy and basic skills programming to over 25,000 adult learners across Ontario since its establishment in 2007. This reach includes those living in rural and remote communities where classroom programs are not accessible and those in urban areas who may be challenged with physical, emotional or scheduling barriers that restrict them from attending classroom programs.
Over the past decade, the LearningHUB's catalogue of programming has expanded to over 260 live classes, anytime learning courses and interactive tutorials covering a variety of academic and employability topics. The LearningHUB's staff work out of the Centres for Employment and Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board, connecting them to the full suite of programs offered and funded by Ontario.
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 recognized for their work in a variety of areas, including family, Indigenous, 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.
The LearningHUB was chosen by a three-member selection committee:
Katherine Shine is the executive director of the Kenamatewin Native Learning Centre (KNLC), recipient of the 2016 Council of Federation Literacy Award. For the past 17 years, KNLC has led the charge on adult literacy programming in Kenora. By forging partnerships with the local school board, college, educators and key members of the provincial justice system, Katherine and her dedicated staff have helped hundreds of at-risk learners in northern Ontario upgrade their literacy skills so they can pursue further education and successfully transition to the workforce.
Laura Hamilton is a regional program adviser in the Western Region Branch of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development 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.
Daniel Denommé is an education officer in the Program Implementation Branch at the Ministry of Education. Daniel started his career in education 15 years ago as a classroom teacher with Lakehead Public Schools. Since, he has worked extensively with school boards, community partners and Indigenous communities across northwestern Ontario, first as the Regional e-Learning Contact, and later as a school board administrator, where he completed the Principal's Qualification Program. Prior to joining the Ontario Public Service, he also sat on the board of directors at YES Employment Services in Thunder Bay, and taught in postsecondary teacher education at Lakehead University.