Kitchener 519-743-6090 Cambridge 519-621-7993


The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal

We are pleased to announce that our own Carol Risidore, Executive Director of The Literacy Group, has been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

diamond jubilee medal

In honour of Queen Elizabeth’s 60-year reign as the British Monarch, ABC Life Literacy Canada was selected as a partner in nominating 30 individuals to receive a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for their contribution to improving literacy and skills of adult Canadians while raising awareness about literacy across the country.

Congratulations Carol: your valued contributions to literacy and Essential Skills move us closer to a Canada where everyone has the literacy skills they need to live a fully engaged life.

Click this link for an ABC Life Literacy video of the recipients.

Lana Faessler Award

Lana Faessler Award

Please join us in congratulating our Executive Director Carol Risidore who was awarded the Lana Faessler Outstanding Service award.

This award is granted to an employee of a Laubach Literacy Ontario member agency who has given outstanding service to her agency and community by advancing literacy in her community. Criteria for the award includes: initiative, volunteerism, and continuous learning.

Congratulations Carol; you’ve worked so hard to get our agency where it is today!

Arnie Stewart Award

Arnie Stewart Award

Congratulations to Denis Mandarino, winner of the Arnie Stewart individual Achievement award. The award recognizes Denis’ accomplishments as a learner who has overcome barriers, become a mentor to others, and has given back to TLG by raising awareness.

Peter Gzwoski Literacy Award

TLG chosen as the beneficiary of the 2008 Peter Gzwoski award


Record reporter wins literacy award

September 15, 2008

KITCHENER — A Waterloo Region Record reporter will receive a national award at a ceremony in Toronto Wednesday night for her coverage of literacy issues.

Education reporter Karen Kawawada has been named the 2008 recipient of the Peter Gzowski Literacy Award of Merit, for an article which appeared in the Record in March, 2007.

The story, titled Books and Beyond, profiled adult students at the Literacy Group of Waterloo Region and the challenges they’ve faced in living with low literacy skills. The annual award was created by the ABC Canada Literacy Foundation in 1993 in honour of Gzowski, the late broadcaster and journalist who was passionate about literacy. Kawawada has written several stories on the subject, and said she was surprised to learn how many people struggle with illiteracy — and just how few actually seek the assistance they need. “Somebody I talked to said it was like an invisible disability,” she said. “It does make life much more difficult.” Kawawada said it was also important to highlight the fact there are various levels of illiteracy — some that are much easier to identify than others. “I think a broader definition is applied, and rightly so.” A $1,000 contribution to a literacy organization of the winner’s choice accompanies the award. Kawawada selected the Literacy Group of Waterloo Region as the beneficiary of the 2008 award. Kawawada joined the Record in 2004, and has worked on the education beat for about two years.