Awards recognize literacy efforts

Canada Post continues to recognize important contributions to reading with its annual Community Literacy Awards.

Award nominations in individual achievement and educator categories are being accepted until June 3.

Nearly 50 per cent of all Canadian adults have low literacy skills and less than 10 per cent who could benefit from literacy upgrading programs actually enroll.

Individual achievement awards are available for those who have overcome literacy challenges ($300 prize), plus educator awards for educators who have demonstrated a commitment to adult literacy in their community ($500 prize).

Canada Post will announce finalists in late July and winners will be notified in September.

Those interested can download nomination forms at or can send a request by mail to 2011 Canada Post Community Literacy Awards, 2701 Riverside Dr., Suite N0890, Ottawa Ont., K1A 0B1.

Established in 1993, the awards aim to discover and acknowledge the achievements of Canadians who have made a special effort.