Alana Murdoch

Contributions to literacy in Castlegar area recognized

Presentation of awards Tuesday, June 18 acknowledges efforts to bolster valuable life skills

submitted: Alana Murdoch


Who is a champion for literacy?

A champion for literacy is anyone who has made a contribution to literacy in Castlegar and the area, including individuals, groups or organizations.

On June 18, in the staff lounge at Selkirk College, I had the honour to acknowledge and present a certificate and a gift to each of the nominees who were nominated by others in the community.

This years champions for literacy include: Friends of the Castlegar & District Public Library, Laurie Watson, Leanne McKenzie , Jennifer Cliff-Marks, June VanArendonk, Olga Jacinto, Alana Medeiros, Laura VanderHoek, Joanne McMeekin, Ken Radcliffe, Donna Bagshaw, Wayne Naka, Tammy Matthews, Sandra Wyllie, Gloria Boyle and Denise Talarico.

The Partner in Learning award is awarded by CBAL to an outstanding partner organization. This year’s partner in Learning award was given to Selkirk College for being an outstanding partner.

Selkirk College continues to be a key partner in local literacy initiatives. We appreciate their dedication to literacy in the community and support towards the Adult Upgrading Program.

Thanks for being an outstanding partner in learning!


Angus Graeme, Selkirk College president, responded June 26 with the following comments about receiving the award:

“It’s a great honour to receive that award from our friends from CBAL. We’ve been working with the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy for almost 20 years and they are really one of our tried and tested friends at the college.

“We love working with them on providing learning and literacy opportunities in the region and so to get this recognition is really cool because it’s one of those activities in the community that may go unnoticed by a lot of people, yet there are so many people we have seen benefit from that community-based approach to learning and literacy that then leads to learners who come to the college or go on to other opportunities.

“The great thing with CBAL is we work with them in Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Nakusp and all over where their operations are; it’s a really successful program for us in all other areas of our operation. They just do amazing work.”


For more information, contact:

Alana Murdoch, community literacy coordinator at the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (Tel) 250-304-6862, (email) or via the web at

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