Council of the Federation Literacy Award

What is the Council of the Federation Literacy Award?

The Council of the Federation (COF) Literacy Award was established by Canada’s Premiers to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Canada’s provinces and territories are repositories of innovative principles, practices and programs that reflect the very highest ideals in literacy best practices, and serve the varying needs of many different types of learners. Each year, 13 COF Literacy medallions are awarded, one for each province and territory. 

Each year, British Columbia will celebrate the achievements of a literacy educator, volunteer or organization, honouring their commitment to helping people in B.C. acquire the literacy skills they need to improve their lives. In B.C., the award is administered by the Ministry of Education.

2019 Recipient

Morie Ford, Literacy Champion, Leader and Outreach Coordinator at Mount Pleasant Neighbourhood House

For over 30 years, Morie Ford has championed community-based literacy programs for adults and youth in the Lower Mainland. She has worked as a literacy tutor, mentor, facilitator, educator and board chair. Morie helped launch the ONE TO ONE literacy program, which recruits, trains and supports volunteer tutors to work with school-aged children. She also helped incorporate the Writers’ Exchange Society, a creative literacy program that connects Vancouver inner-city kids with volunteer tutors. As the current Family Outreach Coordinator at Mount Pleasant Neighborhood House (MPNH), Morie works with immigrant and refugee families to provide one to one, home-based, intergenerational literacy support. According to her nominators, Morie is a compassionate change-maker who has positively impacted many people’s lives through her hard work, true dedication, and big heart.