The ABEA presents the annual Leaders in Literacy Awards at our annual Leaders in Literacy Breakfast in June.
Nominations are open from January to April 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.
2023 Recipient – Jessica Rose
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
2023 Recipient – Colleen Woolsey
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.
Balqis Saeed Saad Alshaibani, St. Charles Adult Education Centre
Sarah Shamim, Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, Continuing Education
Fisher Bennett, Hamilton Literacy Council
Rashard Cooper, Mohawk College – Academic Upgrading
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.
2023 Recipients – Katherine Gebel, Patrick Cross and Bruce Belcher
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).
2023 Recipient – Sadia Bukhari
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).
2023 Recipient – Cornerstone Preschool Child Care Centre