Nova Scotians are encouraged to nominate an adult learner for the Council of the Federation Literacy Award for their contribution to literacy and learning. “Literacy is the first step in preparing Nova Scotians for the opportunities available in our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This award recognizes the efforts of outstanding adult learners in the province, and helps encourage more Nova Scotians to pave their own path to success.” Each year, Canada’s premiers present one adult learner in each province and territory with an award for learning and leadership progress in their community, workplace or school. The award also recognizes the role literacy plays in the social and economic health of Canadians. “I knew going back to school would be hard, but I also knew I had to try,” said Celeste Axworthy of Tusket, Yarmouth Co., last year’s Nova Scotia literacy award winner. “Being recognized for my accomplishment makes me very proud. I hope I can serve as a model to others and show them that with a little hard work and determination, anything can be accomplished.” The winner is selected by a committee of business, community and education organizations. The premier will present the winner with a medallion and a certificate of merit at a ceremony in the fall. “Recipients are recognized for their determination to overcome obstacles and achieve personal goals,” said Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education. “There are many inspiring stories out there to be shared. I encourage Nova Scotians to nominate a learner whose commitment to literacy inspires others.” Nomination forms are available at www.goNSSAL.ca or by calling toll free 1-877-GoNSSAL (466-7725). The deadline for nominations is Friday, April 11.