2023 Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award honourable mention winners

Last month, ABC Life Literacy Canada awarded three organizations with the Canada Life Literacy Innovation AwardThe top winner was Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council, whom we profiled in an earlier post. In addition, we presented two honourable mention awards to organizations also doing great work in their communities.

Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network, Sheet Harbour, NS
Program: Chrome, Books and Bytes

The Chrome, Books and Bytes (CBB) program combines aspects of a book club, digital literacy program, cooking class, and arts and cultures studies. The program builds reading, writing, and public speaking skills, and also emphasizes digital skill building. CBB uses Google Maps and Google Earth to help learners virtually travel to the locations of their selected books and do research on the climate, culture, and language of the region. The 12-week program ends with a cultural cooking activity. Learners are exposed to culinary dishes from around the world while also being taught essential skills such as cooking, meal planning, budgeting, label reading, and safe food storage and handling. CBB encourages a lifelong love of learning through its fun and engaging activities. By discussing books and participating in the cultural cooking activity, learners are given the chance to explore new cultures, and gain a better understanding of diversity and inclusivity. 

Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick Ltd., Fredericton, NB
Program: Family Time Online

Family Time Online (FTO) is an online family literacy program that strengthens the adult component of family and early childhood literacy programs, an element of family literacy programming that has traditionally been overlooked. The program is designed for families who have been identified as vulnerable. Families participating in FTO can receive technological devices (including high-speed internet), books, instruments, craft supplies, and more. A facilitator provides digital literacy sessions, customized for each family, and personalized tutoring is available. Adult learners are also given access to employment counsellors and resources for educational upgrading and skill development. The program also supports family literacy practitioners, providing resources with tips and best practices for family literacy programs. The tools make FTO highly shareable for integrating elements into other literacy programming.

The Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award, sponsored by Canada Life, honours innovation in the creation and delivery (or in the development, implementation and delivery) of adult literacy or adult-integrated family literacy programs delivered by a community organization in Canada. The adult-focused literacy program makes a positive contribution to the lives of the participants as well as the community and could serve as a model for other organizations to adapt.

“At Canada Life, we believe education has the power to inspire and make meaningful change in our society,” says Doug Tkach, Senior Vice-President, Corporate Operations and Workplace Strategies. “That’s why we proudly support ABC Life Literacy Canada and the Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award. Education programs that focus on adult literacy, provide learners with the essential skills they can use to improve their well-being and succeed in life.”

If you weren’t able to attend our virtual awards presentation and roundtable discussion, which featured a discussion with staff from Eastern Shore Musquodoboit Valley Literacy Network and Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, you can watch the recording.