Polly Chernoff (centre) nominated both Jenn Bell (left) and Margaret Sutherland (right) as Champions for Literacy for teaching the seniors computer class at Robson Community School.

Polly Chernoff (centre) nominated both Jenn Bell (left) and Margaret Sutherland (right) as Champions for Literacy for teaching the seniors computer class at Robson Community School.

Nineteen ‘Champions for Literacy’ recognized for their contributions

Nineteen Castlegar residents received a Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) Champions for Literacy award last week.

Nineteen Castlegar residents received a Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy (CBAL) Champions for Literacy award last week.

The champions were recognized as people who have made a contribution to literacy in Castlegar.

Winners this year were: Brad McVittie, Olga Jacinto, Kirk Duff, Kim Klashinsky, Olga Fostey, Sandra Lamont, Joanne McMeekin, Alana Murdoch, Cheryl Babakaiff, Trish Glass, Kim Magi, Margaret Sutherland, Steve Sutherland, Jenn Bell, Arlee Venier, Julie Kalesnikoff, Jean Borsa and June VanArendonk.

Nominees contained a mix of teachers, librarians and people connected with reading and literacy in the community.

This year’s Partner in Learning Award went to Robson Community School.

“The Partner in Learning Award is awarded by CBAL to an outstanding partner organization,” said Alana Murdoch of CBAL. “Robson Community School is one of CBAL’s original partners in Castlegar and continues to be a key partner in local literacy initiatives and programs, including: Girls Night Out, Boys Time, Family Fun Night, Seniors Computer Classes and PALS. We appreciate the wonderful space for programs, the use of the computer lab during school hours once a week for most of the year and the openness and welcome we receive when we are at the school.”

This was the second annual ceremony for Champions for Literacy.

Nominations come from community members who have experienced the work or passion of nominees.