The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick will provide leadership to advance literacy, lifelong learning and essential skills for all citizens through partnerships and collaboration with government, educational institutions, business, labour and community.

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PGI 2019: A Success!

On May 7th, 2019 over 200 literacy supporters gathered at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton for the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick’s annual Peter Gzowski Invitational. This year the event raised $57,000 for literacy in New Brunswick.

This year’s recipients of the Champions of Literacy Award were Diane and Bernard Lord.  Diane believes literacy is a cornerstone of early childhood development. She offered her time and support to the Born to Read and Le goût de lire initiatives as well as Family Day.

Bernard is the Chief Executive Officer of Medavie and became one of Canada’s youngest Premiers in 1999. He also oversees Medavie’s holistic approach which includes the Medavie Blue Cross sponsorship of Moncton’s Legs for Literacy Expo and Race. Bernard played an instrumental role in establishing Born to Read and Le got de lire.

The Marian Zaichkowski award was introduced this year to honour the memory of Marian and all the work she did for the coalition. Craig Manufacturing was the first recipient of the award. They were chosen due to their outstanding dedication to literacy over the past 65 years. One of their contributions was organizing a community library in Hartland. 

The Peter Gzowski Award went to Janet Parlee. The PGI award recognizes Janet Parlee’s unwavering support for literacy and the PGI. Particularly, her support for the live and silent auctions. 

The President’s Award was given to Office Interiors for their outstanding contributions to child and youth literacy.

As always, a special part of the evening was honouring hard-working adult learners with Adult Learner Awards. Kianne Nicholas-Perley, Samuel Côté-Larouche, Crystal Drew, and Gloria Clark were celebrated for showing exceptional performance and progress in their literacy programs.

Since our first inaugural Peter Gzowski Dinner and Auction 16 years ago, the Literacy Coalition has raised more than $1.6 million dollars. Funds raised go directly to youth, adult and family literacy programs around the province, including support for our schools, libraries and community groups.

To view a photo gallery of this year’s dinner, follow this link:

Celebrating Adult Learner’s Week April 15 – 20!

“Returning to Learning Changes Lives”

Click here to read all of the 2019 Adult Learner essays in our eBook!

Adult Literacy Week is an occasion to acknowledge the triumphs that many New Brunswickers have and celebrate the importance of life-long learning in our lives.

 In conjunction with this week, the Literacy Coalition held their annual Adult Learners’ Writing Contest, with this year’s theme being “Returning to Learning Changes Lives”.  Congratulations to our essay contest winners and a sincere thank you to all who participated in the contest. Each essay contest winner will receive a $100 prize and a framed certificate at the Literacy Coalition PGI gala Literacy Dinner and Auction on May 7th at the Delta Hotel in Fredericton.


Kianne Nicholas-Perley – Tobique Adult Learning Centre, Western Valley Adult Learning Association

Samuel Côté-Larouche – Classe d’alphabétisation du centre diocésain d’Edmundston

Crystal Drew – Community Adult Learning Program, Saint John Learn Exchange

Gloria Clark – Kingsclear Training Centre, Central Valley Adult Learning Association

We received submissions from over 30 contestants whose inspiring stories are featured here on our website.  Click here to read them all in our eBook!

Thanks to all for sharing your stories about how returning to learning has changed your life!

Family questionnaire results for the Literacy Asset Map Research

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick’s Literacy Asset Map is an initiative to develop a user-friendly, province wide, French and English Community Literacy Asset map and Navigational Tool for Family and Early Childhood Literacy. This tool will provide a comprehensive, easily accessible contact list of programs, services, and supports focusing on the wide variety of early childhood literacy resources that are available through New Brunswick. Integral to the site, will be links to a wide variety of exemplary literacy and education resources and information for parents, educators, various service providers, and the general public. The project will culminate in a public awareness campaign to launch the tool.


Parents and caregivers with children aged between 0 and 5 living in New Brunswick were surveyed between January and February 2019 in order to find out how parents and families access information on early childhood development and parenting. 

To view the results, click here.

“Returning to Learning Changes Lives” – Adult Learners Writing Contest

We are holding our annual Learner’s Writing contest in celebration of Adult Learner’s week (April 15-19, 2019.) This year’s theme is “Returning to Learning Changes Lives”. Adult learners are invited to share their stories about why they returned to learning and how it has positively impacted their life and what their future goals may be.

The deadline for submissions is 5: 00 pm, March 18, 2019.

The stories will be featured on our social media during Adult Learner’s week and the winners will have the opportunity to read their submissions and receive a framed certificate as well as a $100 prize at the 2019 PGI Literacy Dinner and auction!

Please send your submission to:

Please include your name, address and phone number, as well as the name and phone number of your adult learning program and teacher.

«Retourner à l’apprentissage change des vies» – Concours de rédaction pour apprenants adultes

Nous organisons notre concours annuel d’apprentissage des apprenants pour célébrer la semaine des apprenants adultes (du 15 au 19 avril 2019). Le thème de cette année est «Retourner à l’apprentissage change des vies». Les apprenants adultes sont invités à partager leurs histoires sur le raisonnement pour lequel ils sont retourner à l’apprentissage et de l’impact positif sur leur vie, ainsi que sur leurs objectifs futurs.

La date limite de soumission des candidatures est le 18 mars 2019 à 17 heures.

Les récits seront présentés sur nos médias sociaux pendant la semaine des apprenants adultes et les candidats auront l’occasion de lire leurs soumissions et de recevoir un certificat encadré ainsi qu’un prix de 100$ au dîner d’alphabétisation PGI!

S’il vous plaît envoyez votre soumission à  et incluez vos nom, adresse et numéro de téléphone, ainsi que le nom et le numéro de téléphone de votre programme d’apprentissage pour adultes et de votre enseignant.

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