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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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!

Holiday Literacy Ideas

For more ideas and tips on Reading, Mark Making, Digital Resources and learning through play with Babies and Toddlers, see the LCNB Family Resource Booklet by clicking here!

The holidays are a busy time full of fun and excitement. They are also a wonderful opportunity for literacy enriching experience.
Reading can be a wonderful way to relax and reconnect.

Children of all ages love read-alouds. Cuddling up on the couch with a good book, hot chocolate, and soft lighting sets a relaxing mood for reading. Taking turns reading with your child, whether it is reading the words or reading the pictures, boosts reading enthusiasm and success.

The Holiday Season is the perfect time to enrich writing skills!

Writing thank you letters for gifts, helping to write lists for groceries and fun activities, and keeping a journal are fun ways to create personal connections to writing. The Holiday Season is the perfect time to enrich writing skills!

Take Literacy into the kitchen!

Make your favourite recipe together, having your child read the recipe.
Make some playdough and use it to “write” letters, words, and pictures.
Have an Alphabet Cereal scavenger hunt; fill up your bowl and look for letters or build words.
ABC pasta silly words; cook up the pasta, dip up a spoonful and see what word you can create!

Get the whole family in on the fun!

Dig out those “old favourite” board games to promote oral language and conversation.
Pick up a few new games, such as Headbandz or Pictionary.
Story Cubes are tons of fun; roll the dice and tell a story using the pictures.
Play charades – talking, moving, AND laughing!

Technology can enrich literacy learning.

Technology can enrich literacy learning, especially on those long car rides!
Add a literacy app to that tablet! Search “literacy for kids” and load a few free apps.
Check out Epic! for online stories. has great early learning activities.
Create interactive puppet shows with the Puppet Pals app.

Literacy is everywhere; when you are having fun and spending time together, the learning will blossom!


Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards 25th Anniversary

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick held their annual Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards at Old Government House in Fredericton on October 3rd, 2023. This year’s ceremony marked the 25th anniversary of the awards.

“These awards were established in 1998 by Dr. Trenholme Counsell during her term as New Brunswick’s Lieutenant Governor to recognize outstanding achievements in the fields of literacy and essential skills” said Lynda Homer, Executive Director of the Coalition and Master of ceremonies for the event. The Literacy Coalition is proud to have carried on the tradition of presenting these awards annually since 2007.”

During the evening, the Honourable Brenda Murphy, Lieutenant Governor, gave opening remarks in both official languages. She spoke of Dr. Trenholme Counsell’s forward thinking in championing literacy for twenty-five years. She also commended the Literacy Coalition for its valuable work and congratulated the award winners. thanking them for giving back to their communities.

Minister of Education and Early Childhood Development, Bill Hogan, brought greetings from the province. He highlighted some of the government’s promising initiatives for literacy and praised the Literacy Coalition for their valuable work.

Seven award winners were presented with a framed certificate, and an engraved pewter bowl presented by Literacy Coalition President Brent Melanson, and the Lieutenant Governor of New Brunswick, Honourable Brenda Murphy.

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell gave closing remarks. She thanked the Lieutenant Governor for her huge contribution to the province and the Literacy Coalition for their work in literacy, and for continuing to present these awards for the past 18 years. She spoke of each award recipient and how their work made them so worthy of their award. In conclusion, she recited a beautiful poem by Sheree Fitch.

Brent Melanson said that “The Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Awards is one of our favourite events that we are proud to host each year. It’s a celebration of literacy and accomplishments of remarkable individuals and organizations”.

LCNB Recognizes Outstanding Achievements in the Field of Literacy

The Fredericton Public Library received the award for Community Literacy Program. Under the leadership of Julia Stewart, the Fredericton Public Library has implemented initiatives to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including the community fridge program, which supplies snacks, milk, and water to patrons for free. Julia spoke about the importance of food security, especially for children, and how the necessity of programs like this should raise the alarm about the state of our most vulnerable population in the province.

Patsy McKinney received the award for Outstanding Effort in Indigenous Literacy. As Executive Director of Under One Sky HeadStart, Patsy has been an outstanding leader in supporting the early childhood development of Indigenous children, helping to give them and their families a positive sense of themselves as they gain Indigenous knowledge, language and culture in their communities. While accepting her award, Patsy spoke about the importance of remembering, learning, and teaching our Indigenous languages which are our connection to the land, our ancestors, and our traditions. She also played an audio clip of her language hero’s 3 year old son, singing happy birthday in Wolastoquey.

Janet North of Westminster Books received the award for Business Corporate Literacy Initiative. Westminster Books has been a bedrock of the Fredericton reading community for over 44 years, and Janet has been at the center of that operation, hosting events for local and visiting authors and putting books into the hands of readers of all ages and experiences. Upon retiring, she has ensured that the local independent bookstore experience will continue in Fredericton and beyond.

Marshall Button received the award for his Outstanding Individual Contribution to Literacy. Beloved comedian, actor, playwriter, director and founder of Moncton’s Hub Cap Comedy Festival, has generously contributed to countless community events, organizations, and causes, including as MC and Poet Laureate for the NB PGI (Peter Gzowski Invitational) Literacy Dinners for 20 consecutive years. Marshall gave his thanks in both official languages, attributing his success to support from those who instilled a love of theatre in him. In typical Marshall fashion, he made everyone laugh during his acceptance speech, and said what an honor it was to be in the room with his fellow award winners.

Lily Van Beek was the second winner for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Literacy. Lily founded Student Stories NB, while attending Saint John High School. The online news outlet became a platform where students could publish their news stories and works of fiction, including important pieces about climate change, the impact of social media on youth, and schools. In its first four months, the platform saw nearly 6,000 views.

Dave Lawrence, winner of the award for Published Author. is the author of Noah Bear: A Day in the Life of a Young Bear with Autism and The Ongoing Adventures of Noah Bear. He is also a radio host on The Wake Up Show with Dave on Rewind 93.1. Dave spoke about how important this work has been for families and children like his son, and never expected his book to become an Amazon Best Seller.

Peter Clark, the second winner in the category of Published Author, is a writer, chronicler, and self-publisher of NB folklore and stories. Five of his nine books have achieved Canadian Bestseller status, and he has helped raise countless lifelong readers by donating his books to schools, libraries, and charities. Peter had many people to thank over the course of his illustrious career and spoke of the realities of making a living as an author.

Thank you to everyone who attended this milestone event!

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