Awards

The ABEA presents the annual Leaders in Literacy Awards at our annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast in June.

Nominations are open from Jan-Apr each year.

Award Descriptions and Current Winners

The Lynne Livingstone Memorial Award

This award is presented by the staff of ABEA in memory of a friend and dedicated supporter of the Adult Basic Education Association. This award will be given to those who exemplify the dedication, support and caring nature of Lynne Livingstone.

More information about the Lynne Livingstone Memorial Award

2021 Recipient – Tony Maddalena and Aurélie Dimandja 


The Kim Brooks Memorial Lifelong Learning Award (sponsored by friends of ABEA)

This award is in memory of an outstanding supporter of lifelong learning and a friend of ABEA.  This award is open to anyone 18 years and older, living in the city of Hamilton, or to any agency/business working within Hamilton, who has a long and outstanding commitment to lifelong learning and has been

  • involved in lifelong learning as a participant, or
  • a driving force of lifelong learning programs in the workplace, or
  • the driving force of lifelong learning programs for the public

More information about the Kim Brooks Memorial Lifelong Learning Award

2021 Recipient –  Kathryn Deiter


The Hamilton Spectator Adult Literacy Learner Award

This award celebrates the achievements of adult learners who exemplify the spirit of lifelong learning. These learners must be 19 years of age or older and meet one of the following criteria

  • a current learner who shows commitment, leadership and success in moving towards their goal
  • a former learner who has shown success since leaving the program
  • a group of current learners who show commitment leadership and success as a group

Each Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS) program in Hamilton can nominate one learner.  All learners will be recognized at the Leaders in Literacy Breakfast.

2021 Recipients

Amanda Hackney, Mohawk College
Olga Leguisamon Reinoso, Mohawk College
Megan Masters, St. Charles Adult & Continuing Education
Sharifa Gauhar, St. Charles Adult & Continuing Education
Noura Mahamat, Hamilton Literacy Council


The Excellence in Adult Teaching Award (sponsored by friends of ABEA)

This award is given in recognition of outstanding commitment and dedication by a paid teacher/instructor in the field of adult literacy and basic education within Hamilton.

2021 Recipient – Cheryl Richesin 


The CIBC Murphy Investment Group Individual Early Literacy Education Award

This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an individual involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).

2021 Recipient – Magdalena Newman 


The Agency Early Literacy Education Award (sponsored by friends of ABEA)

This award was established in 2006 to recognize excellence by an agency involved in early literacy education (ages 0-6).

2021 Recipient – Niwasa Kendaaswin Teg


Past Recipients

List of past award recipients.