Executive Council
Advanced Education, Skills and Labour
September 6, 2019

Premier Ball Announces 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Winner

The Honourable Dwight Ball, Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador, today announced Gladys Pardy of Marystown, as the recipient of the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. The announcement comes just in advance of International Literacy Day on September 8, which celebrates literacy and skills development.

Ms. Pardy enjoyed school and had dreams of being a social worker; however, at the age of 16 she left to help support her family financially. In 2018, after working in the same job for 32 years, Ms. Pardy returned to school to try and fulfill her educational dreams. While attending, she also became an active member of student council and was known to help other students with their studies. She successfully completed Adult Basic Education ahead of schedule to obtain her high school equivalency and is currently enrolled in a Child and Youth Care Worker post-secondary program.

The Council of the Federation Literacy Award was established in 2004 in recognition of the valuable contributions made by Canadians in the field of literacy, as well as adult learners who demonstrate exceptional commitment to literacy. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of presenting this award across Canada.

“On behalf of all Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, I congratulate Gladys Pardy on receiving the 2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award. I commend Ms. Pardy on her achievements and dedication not only to her family, but also to her goals. The fact that she fully embraced school once she returned is evidenced by her involvement with student council and by assisting others in the program. That level of passion and perseverance is inspiring and she proves that it is never too late for someone to learn. Our government recognizes the importance of supporting literacy and essential skills development in Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Honourable Dwight Ball
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador 

“Improving adult literacy is a key component to building our workforce and driving economic growth across Newfoundland and Labrador. We want to support all people in reaching their potential. Congratulations to Ms. Pardy on receiving this prestigious award.”
Honourable Christopher Mitchelmore
Minister of Advanced Education, Skills and Labour 

“I am honoured to receive this award. You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. That is what Keyin College taught me.”
Gladys Pardy
2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Recipient 

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Gladys Pardy
2019 Council of the Federation Literacy Award Recipient

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