Each year, in conjunction with the Symposium, Alberta's Community Adult Learning Program celebrates the achievements and accomplishments of its dedicated practitioners, staff and volunteers. This year we gathered in Edmonton on September 27 for the CALP system's Awards banquet.
One of the highlights of the evening was hearing Maria Thiessen speak. Maria shared her story about the impact her journey to learn English as a Second Language, with supoport from the County of Lethbridge Community Learning Council, has had in her life, and in that of her children, friends and colleagues.
Maria Thiessen, left, with Melanie Patenaude, Coordinator, CLCLC
We were delighted to once again have the Honourable Marlin Schmidt, Miniter of Alberta Advanced Education join us for this annual evening of celebration. Minister Schmidt brought greetings on behalf of the Government of Alberta, and also presented the prestigious Council of the Federation Literacy Award to the Red Deer Public Library Adult Literacy Program.
Minister Marlin Schmidt, left, applauds Alla Mysko-Henke, Manager of RDPL Adult Literacy Program, as she accepts the Council of the Federation Literacy Award on behalf of the organization.
The CLN Board of Directors presented two awards this year: one to an outstanding individual, and one to an outstanding team.
Kelsey Lievers, left, presents the Outstanding Contribution to Community Adult Learning Award
|The entire team from Pincher Creek Community Adult Learning Council (left to right: Monica Sczyrba-Davis, Lucille Provost and Annie Steward) was recognized for their combined efforts to transform their programs and reach new learners.|
The Ruth Hayden Family Literacy Practitioner Award is presented each year to an individual who has excelled in the field of family literacy, maintained a high quality of service to participants in their programs and the community and shown a commitment to their own learning.
Kim Chung, left, with Monique Sedlar from Rocky Community Learning Centre, winner of the 2018 Ruth Hayden Family Literacy Practitioner Award.