Council of the Federation Announces Literacy Award Winners for 2011

Dr. Wei He – Saskatchewan
Dr. He, a medical doctor from China, has shown great determination and success in her efforts to improve her English language skills. A lone parent of three daughters, she has studied English, worked full time, studied for and written the Medical Council of Canada examinations, and participated in the International Medical Graduate Preceptorship Program. Dr. He uses her medical knowledge and English skills as a volunteer within the Chinese community in Regina, translating for Mandarin-speaking patients who need assistance with the medical system. Dr. He has dealt with significant personal challenges since 2007, when she was matched with a tutor from the Literacy Unit at the Regina Public Library. She has demonstrated great diligence and commitment to learning and, as a result, her dream of practicing medicine in Saskatchewan and providing for her family is becoming a reality.

Claire Derome – Yukon
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.

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For more information:

Nina Chiarelli
Government of British Columbia
Cell: 250-216-8426
Lindsay de Leeuw
Council of the Federation Secretariat
Cell: 613-851-5978