Congratulations Street School!

Congratulations Street School!

Big congratulations to one of our close community partners, Street School on being awarded an honourable mention for a national literacy award recognizing the impact and importance of Street School’s Literacy Outreach Worker, which is a position partially funded by United Way!

Congratulations Street School!


Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association top winner of $20,000

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award

 Literacy programs in Goderich ON, Taber AB, Vancouver BC and Kamloops BC

honourable mention winners of $5000 each


(Toronto, ON – August 29, 2013) – ABC Life Literacy Canada is pleased to announce the winners and honourable mentions of the 2013 Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. This annual national award recognizes five community organizations that have developed and delivered outstanding and innovative adult and family literacy programs with significant impact on their clients and on their communities.

Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association receives $20,000 as the top winner of the Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. Four honourable mention winners receiving $5,000 each are The Centres for Employment and Learning in Goderich ON, Taber and District Community and Adult Learning Association in Taber AB, HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Canada in Vancouver BC, and Street School in Kamloops BC.

“The Literacy Innovation Award celebrates outstanding achievement,” said Jan Belanger, Assistant Vice-President, Community Affairs, Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life. “But the award is more than recognition; it’s an effective way to help literacy leaders move toward their goals and share their knowledge with peer organizations.”

“ABC Life Literacy Canada brings a valuable national perspective to the needs of local literacy groups. Working with ABC, we’re seeing how the award and the financial support help strengthen effective programs, spread the word on these proven models and encourage literacy groups coast to coast to collaborate.”

“ABC is grateful for the outstanding commitment Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life are making to improve adult literacy across Canada,” said Gillian Mason, President of ABC Life Literacy Canada. “Only in its second year, the Literacy Innovation Award is a catalyst to a growing community of practice among our literacy sector partners. Each of these recipients has made a significant impact on the literacy skills of adults and families in these Canadian communities. They will also be sharing their unique program success with other networks across the country, so that we all learn together about the most effective ways to enable Canadians to thrive.”


Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association’s Low Literacy Modular Employment Program, Calgary AB

This program raises the literacy and workplace skills of immigrant and refugee women, often a highly barriered population. Realistic teaching modules focus on employment that is accessible and available, and are tailored to English language proficiency, literacy skills, background experience, existing skill level, and employment goals. The program also offers support for job search, interview preparation, resumé development, and job retention.

The Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association will be sharing the details of their winning program in a national webinar that will be attended by literacy practitioners from across Canada, and hosted by ABC Life Literacy Canada.


HIPPY (Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters) Canada, Vancouver BC

HIPPY Canada works with low-income, immigrant, refugee and Aboriginal families. The program components weave together employment of parents, parent education, and structured materials for parent-child interaction, to develop their own and their child’s skills to ensure success in school and full participation in their communities.


Street School – Supportive Services (Literacy Outreach), Kamloops BC

The key to this program is Literacy Outreach Workers (LOWs), who develop supportive relationships with adult learners who have high needs for daily living. LOWs assist students in accessing post-secondary education and employment, and connect them to community support for housing, health care, addictions treatment and mental health services.


Taber and District Community and Adult Learning Association – Work Foundations, Taber AB

Taber has a large population of Low German-speaking Mennonites from Mexico who have migrated to work as seasonal farm laborers. The Work Foundations program offers these ESL adult learners an intensive program of literacy, numeracy, essential skills and employability skills, to help them keep their current jobs or find full time employment, and increase their self-confidence and engagement.


The Centres for Employment & Learning of the Avon Maitland District School Board –

The LearningHUB, Goderich ON

The LearningHUB is an online literacy and basic skills upgrading program for adult learners who are unable to attend classroom programs due to barriers such as scheduling, transportation or childcare. Learners can upgrade their job skills and prepare for high school equivalency courses, post-secondary credit courses, apprenticeships and training programs.

The 2013 Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award will be presented as part of ABC’s Life Literacy Night, to be held at the Thompson Landry Gallery in Toronto’s Distillery District on Thursday, September 19.  The Peter Gzowski Life Literacy Fellowship honouring journalism excellence and The Honourable Joyce Fairbairn, P.C. Literacy Public Awareness Award (The Joycee) honouring corporate excellence also form part of this year’s awards ceremony. Official announcement on recipients of these two prestigious awards will be made in the coming days. To learn more about ABC’s national Life Literacy Awards, please visit


About Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life
Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life offer a broad portfolio of financial and benefit plan solutions, and serve the financial security needs of more than 12 million people across Canada. Responsible and ethical management is an intrinsic value of the companies and is essential to long-term profitability and value creation. As an Imagine Caring Company supporting the principles of corporate citizenship and benchmarks for community investment established by Imagine Canada, the companies donate a minimum of one per cent of average pre-tax profits to non-profit, charitable and community organizations each year.

Learn more about the organization’s corporate social responsibility.

About ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada is a national non-profit organization that inspires Canadians to increase their literacy skills. We mobilize business, government and communities to support lifelong learning and achieve our goals through leadership in programs, communications and partnerships. We envision a Canada where everyone has the skills they need to live a fully engaged life. For the latest news and information on adult literacy, please visit, follow us on Twitter @abclifeliteracy or join our Facebook page.


For more information, please contact:

Helena Aalto

Marketing and Communications

ABC Life Literacy Canada

416-218-0010 ext. 122


Marlene Klassen, APR

Assistant Vice-President, Media and Public Relations

Great-West Life, London Life and Canada Life





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