Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council

Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award top winner: Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council

Earlier this month, Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council was awarded top honours for this year’s Canada Life Literacy Innovation Award for their program, Good Learning Anywhere (GLA). Good Learning Anywhere offers digital literacy skills to inmates incarcerated in Federal Institutions in Ontario, with a pilot expansion in the Atlantic region. The program was developed in partnership with Correctional Services Canada (ON) and has 29 self-directed online courses on a wide range of topics and includes topics specific for Indigenous learners. GLA encourages self-directed learning, allowing learners to choose which courses they would like to take. With the support of their onsite instructors, learners complete their courses independently with courses ranging from 10 to 25 hours. By providing learners with access to flexible literacy programs, GLA equips them with the necessary skills for the modern job market. In addition, the program helps learners develop essential life skills, such as renewing government identification, navigating medical appointments, and filling out rental applications.

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 Sioux-Hudson Literacy Council, you can watch the recording.