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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Family Literacy Day Celebration and Video Launch

Our new online educational video for parents was launched in conjunction with Family Literacy Day celebrations on Monday, January 27th at the Fredericton Public Library at 2:00 pm. The event included book giveaways for families in attendance, a premiere viewing of the new video, snacks and a story time for children with books read by our New Brunswick Lieutenant Governor, Brenda Murphy.

The video demonstrates the joy and importance of sharing books with infants and toddlers and contains helpful information and tips for parents wishing to support their children’s early literacy development from birth. It was developed as a collaboration between Born to Read NB, the UNB Early Childhood Centre, the Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, and the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, which funded the project.

Check out the video below!

Adult Learner’s Writing Contest

The Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick is holding their annual 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, 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 2020 PGI Literacy Dinner and auction.

Your story should be a maximum of 500 words in length and include:

  • why you returned to learning
  • how learning is changing 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 5:00 pm, February 28th, 2020.  Essays should be submitted by email

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!

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 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.

La soumission doit contenir jusqu’à 500 mots et inclure:

  • pourquoi vous êtes retourné aux études
  • comment l’apprentissage a changé 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 28 février 2020 à 17 heures. 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

Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards 2019 a Success!

The 8 worthy winners of the Dr. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell Literacy Awards received their awards at a ceremony at the Crowne Plaza, Fredericton on November 18th. Click here for the full article and photos!

Congratulations to the 2019 award winners!

  • Early Childhood – Kristiana Myers, Evergreen Acres Early Learning and Child Care Home
  • Early Childhood – Francobulles, District Scolaire, Francophone Sud
  • Community Literacy Program- Crescent Valley Resource Centre (Saint John)
  • Business /Corporate Literacy– Mowi Fisheries (St. Stephen)
  • Outstanding Individual Contribution to Literacy – Cynthia Adams
  • Outstanding Effort for Indigenous Literacy – Imelda and David Perley
  • NB Author – Hélène Devarennes for A Pony Day
Questions to federal political parties in the context of the 2019 elections

For the PDF version of this document, click here.

This document was created by a national network of people, researchers and organizations committed to adult literacy.

1. What is your party’s position on establishing a national adult literacy policy?

2. How will your party support collaboration and coordination across government and stakeholders to best support our population’s potential?

3. How will your party integrate literacy and essential skills development into sectoral policies in areas like employment, health, the environment, settlement, culture, the promotion of the Official Languages, and work with Indigenous peoples?

4. How is your party prepared to commit to federal funding for literacy?

5. How will your party address the particular literacy needs of Indigenous peoples, people living in official language minority communities, and newcomers to Canada?

6. What is your party’s plan with respect to implementing Canada’s commitments to UNESCO and on the international stage in the fields of literacy and adult education?

7. How will your party convene conversations about lifelong learning for adults experiencing challenges because of lower literacy skills?

8. How will you address the fundamental learning needs of those adults who are unable to transition to jobs in the new economy because of lower literacy skills?


ABC Life Literacy Canada, Mack Rogers, Executive Director

Adult Basic Education Association, Sara Gill, Executive Director

AlphaPlus, Alan Cherwinski, Executive Director

BC Health Literacy Networks

Canadian Labour Congress, Hassan Yussuff, President

Calgary Learns, Nancy Purdy, Executive Director

CanLearn Society, Krista Poole, CEO

Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF)

Change Makers’ Education Society, Karen Buchanan, Executive Director

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy, Desneiges Profili, Executive Director

Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy – Creston, Gillian Wells, Community Literacy Coordinator

Community Literacy of Ontario, Joanne Kaattari, Co-Executive Director

Decoda Literacy Solutions, Margaret Sutherland, Executive Director

Fédération du Québec pour le planning des naissances (FQPN), Julie Robillard, Co-coordinatrice

Frontier College, Stephen Faul, President & CEO

Brigid Hayes, Brigid Hayes Consulting

Institut de coopération pour l’éducation des adultes, (ICÉA) Daniel Baril, Directeur général

Lakes Literacy, Jennifer Petersen, Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Literacy Coalition of New Brunswick, Lynda Homer, Executive Director

Literacy Haida Gwaii, Beng Favreau, Executive Director

Literacy Link South Central, Tamara Kaattari, Executive Director

Literacy Matters Abbotsford, Sharon Crowley Literacy Outreach Coordinator

Literacy Nova Scotia, Jayne Hunter, Executive Director

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