Ambassadors

ABC Life Literacy Canada's team of high-profile Life Literacy Ambassadors came together to help focus attention on the literacy cause. Each Ambassador has a connection to the cause and belief in the power of Canadians to join them on a learning journey.

Joy Fielding

"It's up to us to do what we can to encourage and support adult literacy. I'm thrilled to be able to help in any way I can."

New York Times bestselling author Joy Fielding has written several mystery novels, many of which have been published in multiple languages worldwide. Joy recently wrote Home Invasion, a Good Reads title that helps provide easy reading for emerging adult readers.

Ken Georgetti

"I have seen firsthand how improving skills opens previously closed doors for so many workers, both in their workplaces and their homes."

As former President of the Canadian Labour Congress, Ken Georgetti understands the impact literacy has on Canada's labour force and economy. Training our workers to have the proper literacy and essential skills is key to Canada's growth. The Canadian Labour Congress represents the interests of more than three million affiliated workers in every imaginable occupation from coast to coast to coast.

Lesra Martin

"By lending my support, I have a real opportunity to help a great deal of people. But if I only ended up helping one person, I know that it is still worth giving the time."

Lesra Martin faced his own literacy challenges and learned to read at age 15. He went on to university and became a lawyer, ultimately helping free former boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter from wrongful conviction. He has been interviewed by Oprah and Larry King, and was featured in the 2001 movie The Hurricane.
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Robert Munsch

"The more parents improve their literacy skills, the brighter a child's life will be."

Robert Munsch is the author of more than 50 children’s books, including the Paper Bag Princess, Thomas’ Snowsuit and Love you Forever, which has sold more than 20 million copies in North America. Munsch is the most published writer in Canada and held the role of Honourary Chair of Family Literacy Day beginning in 2003.

Jayson Myers

"Essential skills is what opens the door for us and allows us to contribute to it."

Jayson Myers is President & CEO of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), Canada's largest industry and trade association. He is co-chair of the Work & Learning Knowledge Centre of the Canadian Council on Learning and a strong believer in workplace training.

Paul Rosen

"I struggled with literacy. Improving my skills has given me so much confidence, now I am able to help others face their fears and improve their literacy skills."

Paul Rosen is a Paralympic gold medalist and former goalie of Team Canada's sledge hockey team. After hiding his literacy challenges for years, Paul finally decided to seek help at the age of 50 after acknowledging he struggled with reading. He has overcome several challenges and is now a motivational speaker.
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Gail Vaz-Oxlade

"When words and numbers are like a code, we feel isolated. Everyone should be given the opportunity to break the code."

Gail Vaz-Oxlade is host of Til Debt Do U$ Part, Princess and Til Debt Do U$ Part – Home Edition. The shows offer Gail a way to teach people how to effectively manage their money and make confident choices for their future. The author of 15 books on money, Gail's latest book, in e-book format, Money-Smart Kids, is designed to help parents guide their children on their journey to financial literacy.
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The Honourable Michael Wilson

"Jobs today almost always require a combination of knowledge and communications skills. Literacy is a key ingredient for both."

Michael Wilson is the Chairman of Barclays Capital Canada Inc. He has had a successful political career, starting off as a Member of Parliament in 1979. He then served as Minister of Finance, Minister of Industry, Science and Technology, and Minister of International Trade. From 2006 to 2009, Wilson served as the Canadian Ambassador to the United States.
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