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September 8, 2004
City of Toronto, Canada Post and literacy groups celebrate International Literacy Day with winners of the Canada Post Literacy Awards
On the occasion of International Literacy Day, the City of Toronto co-hosted a
celebration with Canada Post and the Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy, and
recognized Ontario recipients of the 2004 Canada Post Literacy Awards.
Representatives from the training program of the Hospitality Workers Resource
Centre were also in attendance.

As Chair for the Working Group on Language Equity and Literacy Issues,
Councillor Maria Augimeri said, "Literacy is a life-line. It ensures greater
employment possibilities and personal success. It broadens the options and
raises one's quality of life. A city is enriched by the literacy of its

Councillor Augimeri presented the City's International Literacy Day
Proclamation to program participants and restated Toronto City Council's
commitment to the elimination of illiteracy by the end of the decade.

"By presenting the 2004 Canada Post Literacy Awards, we are recognizing those
people who have taken on the challenge of addressing literacy issues in their
own lives and for others in their community," said Paul Keery, General Manager,
Metro Operations, Canada Post. "Improved literacy skills open doors to
opportunity and adventure."

Honoured at Toronto City Hall were winners:

· Luisa Beltrame, Mississauga Educator Category
· Rita Buffalo, Thunder Bay Individual Achievement - English
· Betty Wakubela, Ottawa Individual Achievement - French
· John A. Mangone, Sault Ste. Marie Program READ - Community Leadership
· Josephine Altilia, Toronto Literature for Life - Community Leadership

The Canada Post Literacy Awards program recognizes the contributions and
accomplishments of Canadian businesses, literacy organizations, educators and
learners in overcoming the barriers to literacy. Launched in 1993, the awards
are open to individuals and organizations participating in, or affiliated with,
a recognized literacy program in Canada and are presented in several locations
throughout the country during September and October.

All winners receive a certificate of achievement and public recognition.
Winners in the Individual Achievement and Educator categories receive a
computer. Winners in the Community Leadership category receive a cash award of
$2,000. Sponsors of the 2004 Literacy Awards include Scotiabank, the National
Literacy Secretariat, the Lowe-Martin Group, National Post, Maclean's Magazine,
Les Affaires, MDG Computers Canada, the Canadian Community Newspapers
Association, and Les Hebdos du Québec.

For more information, visit the Canada Post Web site at:

Media contacts:
Priscilla Cranley, Diversity Management and Community Engagement, Strategic and
Corporate Policy, Chief Administrator's Office,
Sandra Chiovitti, Communications, Canada Post, 905-214-9299
Katrina Grieve, Interim Executive Director, Metro Toronto Movement for
Literacy, 416-961-4013



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