Monday, November 14, 2011
Claire Derome of Yukon Territories takes home 2011 Council of the Federation Literacy Award
The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes the valuable contributions made by Canadians across the entire spectrum of the field of literacy, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy. It is presented to educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations, and businesses in each province and territory.
Each recipient receives a certificate, signed by the Premier of their province or territory, as well as a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion.
Premiers created the award in 2004 to recognize the importance of literacy as a major factor in Canadians' ability to participate as full and active citizens in all areas of society.
Claire Derome has been an advocate for both family and workplace literacy for many years. As Member and past President of Whitehorse Rendezvous Rotary, Derome partnered with Yukon Literacy Coalition and was instrumental to the introduction and success of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library in Yukon. Derome was involved in the creation of the Family Literacy Centre, which provides programming and resources to meet literacy and essential skill needs of Yukon families. As President of Yukon Chamber of Mines and Board Member of Yukon Mine Training Association, Derome advocates for literacy within the workplace and throughout the workforce. She has shown herself to be a committed community literacy worker and has dedicated herself to raising literacy levels across Yukon.