Greetings from LCNB’s President!

This has been a busy and exciting year for the Literacy Coalition as we continue to advance our mission to provide leadership to advance literacy, life-long learning and essential skills for all citizens through partnerships and collaboration with others.

In keeping with our mission, the Literacy Coalition was proud to assume the role of co-chair for the NB Literacy Strategy Guiding Group. This is the Anglophone Group established by the government to develop an accountability framework and facilitate shared ownership in the implementation of the NB Comprehensive Literacy Strategy released in 2017.

We also have several significant projects underway. We received 2.5 million in funding from ESDC Canada, to carry out a 33-month Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries project (ESAF) to address the labour market and workforce challenges in the fisheries sector in Atlantic Canada by piloting an innovative literacy and essential skills training model for unemployed and underemployed individuals. We are also carrying out a project funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, to create a bilingual, online Family and Early Childhood Literacy Asset Map for New Brunswick. In addition, we are also working in partnership with UNB Early Childhood Centre and Born to Read NB to create an online video for parents and program providers on early literacy.

We continue to recognize and celebrate literacy programs throughout the province with the Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Awards. In October we held our very well attended Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards ceremony. This year, the 2018 award ceremony was held on November 26th, 2018. In April of 2018, we held our annual Peter Gzowski Literacy Dinner and Auction, raising approximately $30,000.  Thank you to PGI chair Bob Scott and his very outstanding cabinet and volunteers who spent tireless hours insuring the success of this event.  Our fundraising from the PGI dinner allows us to distribute funds for community literacy programs throughout the province.

As an organization, we deliver ongoing literacy programs to our community. Over the past year, these programs and initiatives have included Family Literacy Day, the Adult Learner’s Writing Contest, book giveaways contests and distribution of our “Let’s Learn!” booklet for parents in both official languages. Through our meetings, newsletter and social media, we share knowledge, information and best practices about literacy which result in better delivery of programs.

I’d like to recognize the incredible efforts from everyone on the Literacy Coalition team over the past year. Thank you to our Executive Director, Lynda Homer, and her dedicated staff: Nada Ratmi, Communications officer, Susan Yarom, Administrative Assistant, Dianne Leger, ESAF project manager, Sherri Deveau, ESAF project coordinator and Myriane Ouellette contract coordinator for the Literacy Asset Map project.

Finally, thank you to our tireless Board of Directors, who generously donate their time and experience to the management of this worthwhile organization. The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is committed to fostering and improving literacy in this province and it would not be possible without our partner organizations and individuals like yourselves. We thank all of you for your continuous support.

Brent Melanson
President, Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick