Sasketchewan Literacy Commission Advisory Board Members Introduced

Minister responsible for Literacy Andrew Thomson, introduced members of the
Saskatchewan Literacy Commission Advisory Board in the Saskatchewan
Legislature today.

The Advisory Board will guide the Saskatchewan Literacy Commission as it
develops a strong, co-ordinated literacy strategy for the people of
Saskatchewan. The strategy will focus on six key literacy knowledge centres –
Aboriginal, work-place based, family, adult, early learning and second
languages.

“Members of the Advisory Board have a broad range of experience and have
demonstrated both a personal and professional interest in literacy and the six
identified literacy knowledge centers,” Thomson said. “They are
well-positioned to lead the Saskatchewan Literacy Commission as it develops
literacy policy and supports for the people of our province.”

The Advisory Board is chaired by Saskatchewan Literacy Commissioner Dr.
Margaret Lipp. Board members, who have been appointed for a five-year term,
are: Gladys Christiansen, Deirdre Crichton, Dr. Ann Curry, Chief Marie Ann Day
Walker-Pelletier, Bula Ghosh, Keith Hanson, Holly Hetherington, Vicki
Ignerowicz, Brian Opikokew, Fay Stupnikoff and Michael Zaplitny.

“Saskatchewan’s approach to literacy is a first in Canada. It is an innovative
and results-oriented approach that is community-delivered, but provincially
co-ordinated. It is a Saskatchewan solution that works for Saskatchewan
people,” Thomson said.

Premier Lorne Calvert and Minister Thomson announced the Saskatchewan Literacy
Commission and SaskSmart – Literacy for Life Initiative in September 2005.

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