2022 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards Winners Announced!

Established in 1998 by Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, former New Brunswick lieutenant-governor and senator and now past president of the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick (LCNB), these awards recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of literacy and essential skills.

The winners are:

Early Childhood Literacy – « La pédagogie au service de l’actualisation linguistique préscolaire ». Created by Karine Pineault, this project aims to equip early childhood educators with pedagogical practices that promote learning French. Karine has shared her expertise to create resources for these educators according to the best up to date practices. It is expected that over 200 educators will receive this training by June 2022.

Outstanding Effort in Indigenous Literacy Shyla Augustine. Shyla is from Elsipogtog First Nation and is is a 2nd grade teacher at Elsipogtog First Nations school. While studying at St. Thomas University for her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees, as well as being a single mother of two, she wrote the children’s book Mi’kmaq Alphabet Book. The goal of this book was to increase literacy and awareness of the Mi’kmaq language across New Brunswick and Canada as a whole.

Published Author Leo LaFleur. A writer of short stories, poems, novels, graphic novels, children’s lit, and songs, he has been published in literary magazines in North America, as well as nominated for multiple music related awards — Producer of the Year, Rock artist of the Year, and Folk Artist of the Year. His poetry is to be featured in Queen’s Quarterly this year.

Business Corporate Initiative Paul McAllister and Monster House Publishing. Paul believes that one of the most direct ways to encourage improvement in our society, is through literacy development in our children. That is the mission statement for Monster House Publishing. Through programs like the “Young Author Program” in which Paul works with a class to help them publish their own book, the “Tell us Your Story Writing Competition” and the “A is for Art” program in partnership with The Beaverbrook Art Gallery, he and he hopes to reach those at-risk youth who need that extra boost to develop a lifelong love of literacy.  

Community Literacy Program Achieve Literacy Greater Saint John. Formed in 2014 as a partnership with BCAPI, ELF, PALS and the Anglophone School District South, their focus has been on improving the learning abilities of children in low-income areas from birth to grade 2. The program has added teachers to seven priority schools and raised $150,000. The program also helps families with availability of books, tools and tips to improve reading and provide a comprehensive approach to literacy.

Individual Outstanding Contribution to Literacy Moriya Boyle. In 2020, Moriya Boyle became a New Brunswick youth ambassador for Digitally Lit, a youth-led online engagement strategy designed to connect online spaces and locally published books to young people. Moriya stands out as the only ambassador to consistently read and share in both official languages.  She  has also founded and oversees the social media campaign Atlantic Giveaways with Moriya, a book giveaway designed to drive excitement about new local books. Her social media page, Reading with Moriya, promotes reading and local authors.

Individual Outstanding Contribution to LiteracyMary Ryan. Mary Ryan has been an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in the Fredericton area school system. Over that time and in retirement, Mary published several books for New Brunswicker’s reading pleasure and education on a variety of topics. Her most recent book, Flying With Peek-a-Book Multicolored Feathers, shares her vast knowledge and experience as a classroom teacher about how children grow and benefit from exposure to various cultural traditions and religions.

Congratulations to all of the winners of this year’s awards! The ceremony will be held virtually on April 21st at 6pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!