FREDERICTON (GNB) – New Brunswick’s 2019 recipients of the Council of the Federation Literacy Awards are Karen Garnett of Carlingford and Doreen Sirois of Edmundston.

Canadian premiers and territorial leaders created the awards in 2004 to recognize outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy in each province and territory.

Garnett is recognized for her dedication to adult learning and literacy. She promotes the programs and services available in her community, including those at the Western Valley Adult Learning Association where she is an instructor. Garnett has also secured funding for non-profit organizations and special events so that her learners can improve their literacy skills.

Sirois is a teacher specializing in sign language. Her sign language literacy class is the focus of the Tournesol Adapted Learning Centre where her learners have a program adapted to their hearing barriers.

An annual awards ceremony is usually held in April but was cancelled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.