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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Adult Learner’s Writing Contest/Concours annuel d’écriture pour apprenants adultes

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is holding their annual Adult Learner’s Writing Contest!

This year’s theme is “Learning Changes Lives”. Adult learners are invited to share their stories about why they returned to learning, how learning has changed their life, or will change their life and what their future goals may be. The stories will be featured on our social media during Adult Learner’s week and in an ebook which will be available on our website. The winners will have the opportunity to read their submissions and receive a framed certificate as well as a $100 prize at the 2021 PGI Literacy Dinner and auction.

Your story should be a maximum of 500 words in length or shorter. It should include:

  • why you returned to learning
  • how learning is changing your life or has changed your life
  • your goals for the future
  • your name and contacts (phone number, email and mailing address)
  • name of your Learning Program
  • your teacher’s name and contacts: (email and phone)

The deadline for submissions is Friday, March 26th, 2021.  Essays should be submitted by email to

To  view the essays from last year’s contest, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact Lynda Homer, Executive Director, LCNB at: 506-457-1227 or via email at:

La Coalition pour l’alphabétisation du Nouveau-Brunswick organise son concours annuel d’écriture pour apprenants adultes!

Le thème de cette année est « L’apprentissage change des vies ». Les apprenants adultes sont invités à partager leurs histoires sur la raison pour laquelle ils ont fait un retour aux études, comment l’apprentissage a changé leur vie ou est en train de changer leur vie et leurs objectifs futurs. Les soumissions seront présentées sur nos médias sociaux pendant la semaine des apprenants adultes et dans un ebook qui sera disponible sur notre site Web. Les gagnants auront l’occasion de présenter leurs soumissions et recevront un certificat ainsi qu’un prix de 100$ au dîner de l’alphabétisation PGI 2021.

La soumission doit contenir jusqu’à 500 mots, mais il peut être plus court. Il doit inclure:

  • pourquoi vous êtes retourné aux études
  • comment l’apprentissage a changé votre vie ou est en train de changer votre vie
  • vos objectifs futurs
  • votre nom et vos coordonnées (numéro de téléphone, courriel et adresse postale)
  • le nom de votre programme d’apprentissage
  • le nom et les coordonnées de votre enseignant (courriel et téléphone)

La date limite pour les soumissions est le 26 mars 2021. S’il vous plaît envoyez votre soumission à

Pour voir les soumissions gagnantes de l’année dernière, cliquez ici.

Si vous avez des questions, veuillez contacter Lynda Homer, Directrice générale, LCNB au 506-457-1227 ou par courrier électronique au

LCNB Selected for ANBL Quarterly Lottery Donation

We are excited to announce the LCNB has been selected for Alcool NB Liquor’s (ANBL) Quarterly Lottery Donation! This program selects one winner from each of the seven community zones across New Brunswick, and each winner receives $2,000. We are excited to put these funds to good use!

For a full list of this quarter’s winners and more information on the Lottery program, check out ANBL’s website by clicking here.

Thank you to ANBL for this amazing opportunity!

Free Online Information Session Hosted by ABC Life Literacy Canada

ABC Life Literacy Canada will be hosting a free online information session on their programs on February 25th from 11am – 12pm Atlantic time. This session will be available for organizations in New Brunswick. See below for more information:


An information session on ABC Life Literacy Canada’s free adult literacy programs:

  • Date: Thursday, February 25th
  • Time: 10:00am – 11:00am ET/ 11am – 12pm AST
Who will be attending
  • Attendees include non-profit organizations, businesses, and other community leaders
What you’ll get – Network and sharing opportunities
  • You’ll learn about how ABC’s free programming can help support your community
  • You’ll have the opportunity to learn about and from other organizations, businesses, and leaders in your area
What’s more – Surprise gift card!
  • As a thank-you for participating, the first 21 organizations who register for and attend will receive a surprise gift card 
  • Limit to one card per organization/business

To register

United Way Centraide ECSF Round 2 Grant Announcement

The Literacy Coalition is happy to announce that we have been awarded a grant from United Way Centraide through their COVID-19 Emergency Community Support Fund (ECSF) Round 2. Funded by the Government of Canada, the ECSF was established to help organizations continue their work in attending the needs of vulnerable people in the community. LCNB was awarded a grant of $3,000 to help reprint and distribute our early literacy booklets in four languages. Let’s Learn! A parent’s guide to giving your child a great start provides tips and ideas for encouraging family literacy in everyday life and lots of fun activities for the whole family. These funds will ensure we can print and ship these booklets to service providers who are in direct contact with young families and vulnerable people.

We are so grateful to receive this grant so we can get these literacy resources into the hands of families at a time when many are struggling due to COVID-19 and not able to attend in person programs. Thank you to United Way Centraide and the Government of Canada for selecting us as recipients. We are looking forward to helping families across New Brunswick with our Let’s Learn booklets!

2020 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards a Success!

Our Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards may have looked quite different this year, but we are happy to announce that the virtual event was a success! Taking place on Zoom for the first time, the award ceremony was held on November 26th with over 60 participants. Lynda Homer, LCNB Executive Director, was Master of Ceremonies. Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Dominic Cardy, brought greetings from the province and spoke about the importance of literacy, which is relevant now more than ever in these turbulent times. Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell spoke about the power of literacy and how important these awards are. Finally, Brent Melanson, LCNB President, gave the closing remarks.

As a special highlight for the winners, a video was put together by LCNB with messages recorded by friends and coworkers to congratulate the winners. This video was presented at the end of the ceremony after the winners accepted their awards.

Congratulations to the 2020 winners! Thank you to everyone who participated in the Zoom ceremony! You can watch the ceremony by clicking here.

Early Childhood Literacy – Talk with Me/Parle-moi

Talk with Me/Parle-moi is the only free community-based speech-language pathology services in NB. The program is funded by the government of New Brunswick and works directly with parents and early childhood service providers to strengthen early language and communication development of all young children in NB in both official languages. The award was accepted by Laura Garland for Talk with Me, and Josée Castonguay for Parle-moi.

Outstanding Effort in Indigenous Literacy – Gail Francis

Gail Francis of Negotkuk (Tobique First Nation) is the Autism/Resource Specialist for for Three Nations Education Group Inc. She has recently launched a culturally based Indigenous children’s book, entitled “Moonbeam” which highlights traditional naming practices. Her niece, Tara Audibert, illustrated the book, and helped Gail start her own publishing company, Francis Books.

Published Author – Armand Doucet, Hope, Where Are You?

Armand Doucet is a teacher in Riverview, NB. Armand has co-written a book that he hopes will help children around the globe open up to their parents about the stresses of living with the COVID-19 pandemic. His book, “Hope, Where Are You?” was co-authored by Elisa Guerra, a fellow teacher living in Mexico, and illustrated by her daughter, Ana RoGu, also of Mexico. The book is available free online and proceeds from the print book are being donated to UNICEF.

Individual Outstanding Contribution to Literacy – Kim Stewart & Jill Davidson

Kim is an experienced educator, researcher and assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, University of New Brunswick. Jill Davidson is a Literacy Coordinator for 21 Middle and High Schools across Anglophone West School District in Fredericton, New Brunswick. They are receiving this award not only for their innovative Shelfie-Talk Twitter program but also for their exemplary contribution to professional learning for educators in New Brunswick and beyond.

Individual Outstanding Contribution to Literacy – Bob Savoie

A partner with KPMG, Bob Savoie has been a tireless volunteer for literacy for over 20 years. As a longtime member of the NB PGI team he has helped raise over $1.5 million in his tenure with PGI for literacy programs.

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