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Board member and past award winner Joan Somerville, presenting the 2024 JRVM Award to Alison Teague



Adult Literacy Fredericton established the Hon. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau Memorial Adult Literacy Award in 2019 as a tribute to her memory and as a way to recognize the significant contribution that an individual has made to adult literacy.   Literacy was an issue that she championed during her tenure as Lieutenant-Governor.  She believed that reading can expand our minds and that knowledge is a source of value in our world today. In 2015, she became the Honorary Patron of Adult Literacy Fredericton and hosted our Annual Meetings and Award Ceremonies where, on behalf of ALF, she presented achievement awards to adult learners and certificates of appreciation to volunteer tutors.  We are very grateful for her support.

Her Honour modeled lifelong learning and promoted literacy.  She achieved a number of firsts throughout her career. She was one of the first women to graduate from Université de Moncton's Faculty of Engineering; she was the first woman to serve as Director General of a francophone New Brunswick Community College campus; she was the first woman to occupy a secular position as Vice President of a campus of Université de Moncton; and she was the first Acadian woman to serve as Lieutenant-Governor. 

Nominations for the award can be made by submitting an application form to the Executive Director of Adult Literacy Fredericton.  We are looking for an outstanding individual who is advancing adult literacy in the community. Whether it is developing innovative literacy community-based programs or championing progressive literacy strategies, this award is meant to showcase the great work being done to improve essential reading and writing skills and promote lifelong learning.  The selected recipient will be awarded at our Annual General Meeting.

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