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Leading with Literacy Breakfast

Family Literacy Day (FLD) is a national initiative that promotes the importance of reading and learning together as a family. In recognition of Family Literacy Day, the Centre hosts the annual Leading with Literacy Breakfast where business, government and community leaders come together to celebrate family literacy as an innovative approach to improving literacy in our community.

Each year an individual is selected as the keynote speaker to present their unique perspective on the importance of literacy.

Breakfast Cancelled for 2021

Unfortunately we had to cancel this event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Leading with Literacy Breakfast 2020

Senator Paula Simons was the keynote at the 2020 breakfast, which was held on January 24 at The Westin Edmonton.

Past speakers have included:

  • 2019 Dr. Louis Hugo Francescutti, physician, professor, and recognized storyteller
  • 2018 Craig Alexander, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist, Conference Board of Canada
  • 2017 Don Iveson, Mayor, City of Edmonton
  • 2016 Randy Boissonnault, MP for Edmonton Centre
  • 2015 Dr. David Atkinson, President, MacEwan University
  • 2014 Todd Hirsch, Senior Economist, ATB Financial
  • 2013 Stephen Mandel, Mayor of the City of Edmonton
  • 2012 Eric Newell, OC, AOE, former Chair and CEO of Syncrude, seventeenth Chancellor of the U of A
  • 2011 Dr. Ruth Hayden, Professor Emeritus, U of A, Department of Elementary Education
  • 2010 Manmeet Singh Bhullar, MLA Calgary-Montrose, parliamentary assistant to Minister of Advanced Education and Technology
  • 2009 Jim Hole, business owner, writer, radio personality, Past-President of the University of Alberta Alumni Association
  • 2008 Don Iveson, City of Edmonton Councilor, chair of the City of Learners initiative

The Lois Hole Memorial Literacy Awards are presented at the breakfast. The awards are named after the Centre's Honorary Patron, the Late Honorable Dr. Lois Hole.

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