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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Official Project Launch Thursday Dec. 6, 2018

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick hosted the official launch of the Essential Skills for Atlantic Fisheries (ESAF) project at the Fredericton Convention Center on Thursday, Dec 6, 2018.

The project, funded by the Government of Canada’s National Essential Skills Initiatives, is led by the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick in partnership with the PEI Literacy Alliance, Literacy Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador Laubach Literacy Council.

“This project, which has the opportunity to serve as a staple for training in other sectors is exactly the kind of endeavor we want to be involved in. It is an ambitious and exciting project, and the first that Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick will carry out in partnership with our Atlantic partners”, stated Brent Melanson, LCNB President.

Dianne Leger, Project Manager and Master of Ceremonies for the event, said that the program has three primary goals.

“It will help increase the pool of skilled labour for the fisheries sector which has been hard hit by an aging workforce and a younger workforce migrating out of rural areas. It will improve essential skills for unemployed individuals as well as supervisors and middle managers. And it will connect potential workers with available jobs in the fisheries sector and help increase efficiencies and productivity in the sector.”

During February and March of 2019, the program will provide participants with six weeks of classroom training, four weeks of on-the-job-training and six to 12 weeks of paid work placement at a fisheries employer.“

To learn more about ESAF or for updates, click here or visit our Facebook page.

Winners Announced for 2018 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards

The 2018 winners for the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards have been named and will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza Fredericton on November 26th with reception from 6:00 -7:00 and award ceremony beginning at 7 p.m.  We hope you will join us as we celebrate the following worthy individuals and organizations for their contribution to literacy:


Sheree Fitch – Individual in Outstanding Contribution to Literacy category


Tantramar Family Resource Centre –  Community Literacy Program category


Glenwood Kitchen Ltd  –  Business Corporate Literacy Initiative category


Claudette Godin(Lire et faire lire Acadie) and The Elizabeth Frye Society of Saint John( Child Read Aloud Program)- Early Childhood Literacy category


Wendy McLeod MacKnight  – Published New Brunswick Author category


Mah-Sos School of Tobique First Nation -Outstanding Effort in Indigenous Literacy category

2017-2018 Annual General Meeting a Success!

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick’s Board meeting and Annual General Meeting was held at the Delta Marriott Hotel Fredericton on October 30th, 2018. This meeting provided an opportunity for those in attendance to hear about the Literacy Coalition activities and accomplishments over the past year, and a chance for Board members, literacy partners and guests to exchange information and updates about their various organizations. To read our LCNB Annual General Report, visit our website:

20th Annual Dr.Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards to be Held November 26th, 2018

The 2018 winners for the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards will receive their awards at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza -Lord Beaverbrook Hotel Fredericton on Monday, November 26th. Refreshments and welcome reception will be from 6:00-7:00 p.m and the awards from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


Awarded annually since 1998 by Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, former New Brunswick lieutenant-governor and senator and now past president of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB), these awards recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of literacy and essential skills. They are supported by funds generated by the Peter Gzowski Invitational (PGI) Golf Tournament for Literacy.

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