Ontario Celebrates Literacy Champion
McGuinty Government Names Council Of The Federation Award Winner
Leah Morris, a community builder and passionate advocate for literacy in the Hamilton area, has been awarded the Ontario 2010 Council of the Federation Literacy Award.
Premier Dalton McGuinty honoured Ms. Morris for her leadership and dedication to helping adults improve their reading and writing skills. She is executive director of the Adult Basic Education Association in Hamilton, which has been promoting and supporting lifelong learning in the area since 1983.
By 2020, about 70 per cent of new jobs are expected to require postsecondary education and training. Supporting strong literacy skills to develop a skilled workforce and raise our quality of life is part of the government's Open Ontario Plan.
- The McGuinty government has invested $527 million in adult literacy programs since 2003. An additional $25 million this year is being invested in colleges, school boards and community literacy organizations.
- High school graduation rates continue to rise in Ontario.
- Ontario is supporting more language training for newcomers.
“Literacy opens doors to a world of opportunity. Leaders like Leah Morris inspire others to realize their dreams and be their best. That's good for Ontario families, our communities and our economy.”
“Working in literacy is a team effort, and I am proud of my role and what we have achieved in education and literacy upgrading. Where you are tomorrow depends on what you learn today.”