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. 

In 2019, British Columbia will celebrate the achievements of a literacy educator, practitioner or volunteer, 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.

Who is eligible?

Any individual who has been a resident for at least two years in British Columbia that demonstrates outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy, for the benefit of learners in the province. 

Employees of the Government of British Columbia, individual members of the selection committee, past winners and their families are not eligible for the British Columbia Council of the Federation Literacy Award.

Each nominee must consent to having his/her name, summary of achievements, and photograph released to the media and included in Government of British Columbia publications for publicity purposes associated with this award.

What will the Council of the Federation Literacy Award winner receive?

Recognition will include a medallion, certificate, honorarium, and public promotion. 

2018 Winner

Sara Grant, Manager Youth Services, Surrey Libraries    

Sara Grant has championed literacy for over two decades as a children’s librarian, including 19 years as Youth Services Manager for Surrey Libraries. Committed to improving children’s literacy, Sara has helped establish innovative programs like Curiosity Corner, a hands-on station where families can develop their digital literacy skills and Daddy Storytime, a program that supports men to take a more active role in their children’s early literacy. Sara has formed partnerships and advocated for staff training to ensure Surrey’s diverse community needs are met and that families receive high-quality, public library services. Sara and her team continue to help children grow, develop and thrive by supporting creativity, encouraging discovery, celebrating the joy of reading and fostering community connectedness through the public library.