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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Project Announcement: “Talk, Sing, Read Everyone, Everywhere!”

We are so excited to announce “Talk, Sing, Read Everyone, Everywhere!” in partnership with the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development!

We will be delivering training to 400 early childhood educators over the next 4 years, starting with 100 in the anglophone sector this fall. This training will include coaching and mentoring so educators can feel confident in their skills.

“The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is a recognized leader in advancing literacy in New Brunswick, with over 35 years of experience supporting literacy from birth to older adults,” said our President, Brent Melanson. “We have been a strategic partner for literacy in many areas, and we are certainly invested in providing training for early childhood educators.”

Read on about this amazing project here:…/news/news_release.2024.04.0174.html

Celebrating Adult Learner’s Week 2024: April 14th – 19th!

Adult Literacy Week is an occasion to acknowledge the triumphs that many New Brunswickers have and celebrate the importance of life-long learning in our lives.

We were thrilled to receive 25 wonderful and inspiring submissions this year! Thank you to each learner who took the time to send in a submission.

Read all of the wonderful essays in our ebook by clicking here!

We are excited to now announce the winners (click on their name to read their essay):

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards 2024: Call for Nominations

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is calling for nominations for the 2024 Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of individuals or groups in the field of literacy, essential skills and lifelong learning. Awards will be presented to worthy recipients in the following categories: Early Childhood Literacy, Community Literacy Programs, Individual Outstanding Contributions to Literacy, Business/Corporate Literacy Initiatives, Workplace Essential Skills, Published Author, and Outstanding Effort in Indigenous Literacy.

“The Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards recognize those who work tirelessly to help ensure a better quality of life for all New Brunswickers, through the advancement of literacy, essential skills and lifelong learning.”

The English nomination form can be downloaded here.

Version française ici.

Or you can find a printable version of both forms here.

Click here to read about last year’s award ceremony.

Click here to see a list of past winners.

2024 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!

The 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 winner will receive a framed certificate as well as a $100 prize and may have the opportunity to read their submission at the 2024 LCNB Literacy Dinner and Auction.

Your story should be around 500 to 600 words. 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 March 29th at 5:00 pm. Essays should be submitted by email to

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

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

Le thème 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. Le gagnant recevra un certificate ainsi qu’un prix de 100$ et peut avoir l’occasion de présenter sa soumission au dîner de l’alphabétisation LCNB 2024.

La soumission doit être d’environ 500 à 600 mots. 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 29 mars à 17h00. S’il vous plaît envoyez votre soumission à

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

Celebrate Family Literacy Day with a Giveaway from LCNB!

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Family Literacy Day, taking place on January 27th! This year’s theme is “Let’s have a family party”.

To celebrate, we are holding a contest on our Facebook page! You can enter for a chance to win a gift card to the bookstore of your choice – $50 gift card and two $25 gift cards will be up for grabs!

You can have up to three entries by doing one or more of the following:

  1. Take a picture of you and your family having a party, playing a game, cooking together – anything you can imagine for Family Literacy Day! Send it to us at or post it on Facebook and tag our page.
  2. Attend ABC Life Literacy’s celebration with Barbara Reid. Follow along with her demonstration and send us a photo! Register here:
  3. Like our Facebook page and comment on our post, telling us what your favourite family board game is!

Contest closes on January 29th!

ABC Life Literacy has some great resources to help you make the most of your family party!

Literacy Coalition Receives ABC Life Literacy Award for Family Literacy Program


Fredericton, NB – We’re proud to announce that the Literacy Coalition has received an ABC Life Literacy Honourable Mention Innovation Award for their Family Time Online program. Designed to build capacity for early childhood educators’ and families’ engagement in virtual literacy sessions, the program provides online family literacy sessions, free literacy kits and technology for participants. This innovative program includes a strengthened adult component for family programs which have traditionally focused primarily on children’s literacy.

“Our Family Time Online project is encouraging healthy relationships with technology for both children and adults”, says project manager and Executive Director, Lynda Homer.” As a result of their participation in this program, both educators and adult family members have increased their digital literacy skills and their capacity to engage in online learning. They can now more easily access support and resources for employment and educational upgrading. The skills and knowledge that participants have acquired will continue to benefit them long after their involvement in the program. “

The Family Time Online Project was funded by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development and Post Secondary Education Training and Labour. It has been carried out in collaboration with the University of New Brunswick Early Childhood Centre, and a wide range of early childhood service providers, educators, families, government, and community literacy groups.

“Much credit for the success of this project goes to all involved, including our dedicated staff, partners, educators, families and funders” says Literacy Coalition President, Brent Melanson. “The results are extremely positive to date, and we look forward to expanding the project to reach more families and educators”.

The Award will be presented in a virtual ceremony in early October. For more details about the
award and ABC Life Literacy click here.


For more information contact Lynda Homer, LCNB Executive Director

(506) 457-1227 or toll-free: 1 (800) 563-2211 or email:

We’re Hiring!
Communications and Project Director

Summer Student Internship – Flexible work model, combining remote and in-office work.

Location: Fredericton, NB

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a post-secondary program in business administration, communications, journalism, marketing, public relations, or a related field. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated individual with strong written and oral communication skills and expertise in social media and digital technology. Experience with WordPress, Google Analytics and website management is desirable.

Reporting directly to the LCNB Executive Director, the Communications and Project Director will coordinate the execution of communication strategies and assist with the plans and activities in support of LCNB priorities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintain the LCNB website using WordPress.
  • Manage Facebook and X (Twitter) sites.
  • Produce the bi-monthly online LCNB newsletter.
  • Provide writing capacity and expertise to support priority communications.
  • Scan media coverage on literacy and essential skills regularly.
  • Support the coordination of literacy and essential skills projects and initiatives.
  • Other tasks as needed.

Term of Employment

This position will start in May 2024 and end on August 30, 2024. Possibilities of extension on a part-time basis for the school year (8 hr per week) and continuing the following summer on a full- time basis (35 hr per week) depending upon funding availability.


$16.50 per hour for 35 hours per week.

Application Instructions: Submit your resume, cover letter, and 3 references via email to, attention, Lynda Homer, Executive Director. We appreciate your interest in applying for this position. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

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