April 17, 2019

Nominations Are Open for Saskatchewan's 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2019 Canada’s Premiers’ Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA).  Saskatchewan recognizes literacy champions by focusing on a different category every two years, rotating the award with literacy learners, literacy volunteers and literacy leaders.  In 2019, Saskatchewan will honour a family literacy volunteer.

“This year, Saskatchewan’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award will recognize the important work that volunteers do to promote family literacy in Saskatchewan,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “Increasing literacy levels in Saskatchewan is a priority, the support of literacy volunteers provides a considerable resource for our province.”

Family literacy volunteers work with Saskatchewan families by contributing to strengthening family engagement and increasing families’ capacity to support their children’s learning.

The nominees promote literacy through programming, awareness, collaborative partnerships and education.  This year’s award will go to a volunteer who has made a significant contribution to literacy in our province.

Nominees for the award this year are unpaid literacy volunteers living in Saskatchewan who have currently, or since January 1, 2018, contributed significant knowledge, time and/or expertise to assist family literacy learners, family literacy organizations or communities.  The award will be presented to an individual that is selected by a review panel.  The recipient will be honoured at a presentation ceremony at the Saskatchewan Legislature in the fall.

COFLA is an annual award that recognizes the valuable contributions made by Canadians across the entire field of literacy, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.  The Council of the Federation is made up of all provincial and territorial premiers.  It enables premiers to work collaboratively on key initiatives that are important to all Canadians.

This year’s nomination deadline is June 14, 2019.  To make a nomination, please visit the following link for the nomination guidelines, criteria, form and a list of previous award recipients at http://www.saskatchewan.ca/government/heritage-honours-and-awards/council-of-the-federation-literacy-award.

For more information about the Council of the Federation, visit http://canadaspremiers.ca.