Premier King recognizes International Literacy Day

As Prince Edward Island joins provinces and countries around the world in celebrating International Literacy Day today, Premier Dennis King proudly recognized Ms. Linda Fraser as this year’s recipient of the 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award for Prince Edward Island. 

Ms. Linda Fraser is an educator who began teaching Adult Education in Abegweit First Nation in 2008 through a partnership with Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, Abegweit First Nation, Holland College and the Province of Prince Edward Island. On average, she mentors 10 new learners per year, creating a safe and inviting classroom environment. Many of her students have been able to pursue post-secondary education as a result of her efforts. Ms. Fraser also created an after-school program in Abegweit First Nation to include the children of her learners in a cycle of positive learning.

“Literacy is an important gift and skill that we can give ourselves and others as it creates a world of possibility and opportunity. As we mark International Literacy Day, I want to congratulate Ms. Fraser as this year’s award recipient for PEI and thank her for incredible work as an educator and leader. She is an inspiring and passionate Islander who is changing the lives of those she mentors and their families by helping them to improve their literacy skills and empowering them to follow their dreams.” 

- Premier Dennis King

"As the minister of education, I recognize the importance of literacy as a foundational skill that enables individuals to participate in daily life including education and employment. It also supports individual and community well-being. I want to congratulate Ms. Fraser on her accomplishments and for her dedication to supporting the literacy and learning of Islanders," said Education and Lifelong Learning Minister Brad Trivers. 

Created in 2004, the Council of the Federation Literacy Award celebrates adult learners who undertake literacy training, as well as the valuable contributions made by Canadians in the field of literacy, including family, Indigenous, health, workplace, and community literacy. The Award is presented annually to learners, educators, volunteers, community organizations, and businesses in each province and territory.

For more information about the Council of the Federation Literacy Award and this year’s recipients, visit: Canada's Premiers.

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