Students for Literacy at Memorial - finalist for the Canada Post Awards!
So I've posted about the Canada Post Literacy Awards before and there is also a quick link to their site along the side of this blog in the Tutor Resources Section.
Anyhoo, the finalists have been selected and the winners will be announced at the end of August (which, given the date today is likely coming soon).
Imagine my delight when I discovered that Students for Literacy at Memorial University is one of the finalists in the Community Leadership category! According to the website:
Students for Literacy @ Memorial University, St. John's, NL
The members of this student society volunteer their time and talents year-round to help learners of all ages. In addition to tutoring adults in a variety of community settings, Students for Literacy developed the Kids on Kampus program, which brings children to the University for workshops that demonstrate how much fun learning can be.
We'll keep our fingers crossed.
As we start to gear up for another great year of volunteering, all the finalists offer great motivation and inspiration as to why it is important to get involved in literacy. Learn about the other finalists here!
Each winner in the Individual Achievement and Educator categories will receive a notebook computer and winners in the Community Leadership category receive cash awards of $2,000.
If you are looking for other motivating stories, you may also wish to check out the Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winners here. Direct link to info on the award here.
Basically, the Council of the Federation is composed of all the Premiers of Canada's provinces and territories. And I'm actually kind of stoked by this list on their site which lists their six initiatives. The literacy award is right up there with initiatives like the Advisory Panel on the Fiscal Imbalance. It's the little things like this (and this) that give a literacy tutor hope.