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Premier Recognizes Outstanding Contribution to Adult Literacy

Council of the Federation Literacy Award Celebrates Excellence in Education

Office of the Premier

Adult literacy volunteer Brenda Krys, of the Waterloo Region District School Board, is the winner of this year's Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Ontario. For the past eight years, Ms. Krys has dedicated her retirement to helping people in the Waterloo Region improve their reading, writing and math skills.

Premier Kathleen Wynne is honouring Ms. Krys for her exceptional work helping adult learners upgrade their basic skills, find jobs and succeed in their daily lives. As a lifelong learner herself, Ms. Krys' pursuit of a bachelor's degree in adult education is an inspiration for both her students and colleagues.

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was created in 2004 and acknowledges the importance of literacy as an essential part of a vibrant society and a prosperous economy. The award recognizes the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses in a range of areas, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy. Winners are chosen annually from each province and territory in Canada.

Supporting adult literacy and helping more people succeed in the workforce is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.

Quick Facts

  • September 8 is International Literacy Day.
  • Ontario’s Literacy and Basic Skills Program provides free training primarily to adult learners 19 years and older who have been assessed as having limited literacy and basic skills.
  • In 2014–15, the program helped more than 43,000 people. About 62 per cent found a job or went on to further education.

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“Literacy is an integral skill that empowers people to realize their full potential. As a volunteer, tutor and passionate advocate for adult literacy, Brenda Krys is giving her students the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed. I am delighted to officially recognize her contribution to making a positive difference in the Waterloo community.”

Kathleen Wynne

Premier of Ontario

“Brenda Krys’ commitment to literacy is helping adult learners lead more fulfilling and independent lives. Congratulations on such an important honour — Ms. Krys’ dedication is strengthening her community and truly helping to secure a better future for Ontario.”

Reza Moridi

Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, and Minister of Research and Innovation

“Our community is fortunate to have a dedicated educator like Brenda Krys. Her commitment to adult literacy, through community advocacy, ‎has made a positive impact on many lives in Waterloo Region. Brenda has gone above and beyond by identifying the barriers that adult learners in our community face, and then taking the initiative to solve them.”

Daiene Vernile

MPP for Kitchener-Centre

“Brenda is a person who is deeply committed to the promotion of adult literacy. She demonstrates care, compassion and commitment in volunteering and supporting the learning goals of adult learners, always entering a classroom and asking, ‘Who can I help today?’ Not only has Brenda continuously volunteered at three different literacy agencies, she has promoted lifelong learning as she completed the Teacher of Adults: Literacy Educator certificate. Brenda is greatly respected by both adult learners and other literacy instructors. It is a real pleasure working with her.”

Linda Brooks

Program Coordinator, ESU: Essential Skills Upgrading, Waterloo Region District School Board



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