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Constituency Office of Elgin-Middlesex-London MPP Jeff Yurek
Ontario Honours Outstanding Achievement in Literacy

Council of Federation Literacy Award Celebrates Excellence in Education

St. Thomas, ON, October 17, 2019 - Today, Jeff Yurek, MPP for Elgin-Middlesex-London, was at the YWCA in St. Thomas-Elgin to present the Council of the Federation Literacy Award Ontario to this year's winner Katharina Peters.

"On behalf of Premier Doug Ford, I'm honoured to be here today to give Katharina this award. Her hard work and dedication to learning in spite of adversity is exceptional," said Yurek. "I'd also like to thank the staff here at the Literacy and Basic Skills program at the YWCA. Your commitment continues to help people like Katharina achieve their literacy and education goals, get good jobs, and contribute to the economy."

Katharina grew up in a community in Belize where education for women was discouraged. She moved to Ontario with her husband and had three children. When she and the children experienced family violence, she made the difficult decision to become a single parent. She got her high school equivalency certificate and is now attending Fanshawe College.

Established in 2004, the Council of the Federation Literacy Award celebrates the valuable contributions made by one recipient from each province in the field of literacy, as well as adult learners who demonstrate an exceptional commitment to literacy. The award is presented each year to learners, educators, volunteers, community organizations, and businesses in each province and territory.

Literacy plays a fundamental role in strengthening all areas of our society and enabling labour force participation. Literacy is linked to better health outcomes, as well as greater social and civic engagement, and is crucial to the future prosperity of the Canadian economy.

Quick Facts

  • Almost 200,000 Ontarians participate in adult education programs every year.
  • Ontario's Literacy and Basic Skills program provides literacy, numeracy, digital and other essential skills training to residents of Ontario who want to improve their skills so that they can pursue further education, training, employment or gain greater independence.
  • The Employment Ontario network helps approximately 1 million clients annually, including employers across Ontario.

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