Regional Council Proclaims September Literacy Month in Peel
BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 11, 2008) – Peel Regional Council today proclaimed September as Literacy Month in Peel to stress the importance of literacy in our community.
“September is a month when education is at the forefront of our minds,” said Keith Ward, Commissioner of the Region’s Human Services department and General Manager of Peel Living. “Back-to-school offers a great opportunity for us to highlight the importance of literacy to our residents as well as the community as a whole.”
Each September, the Region of Peel, the Brampton Literacy Committee, the Caledon Parent Child Centre and the Mississauga Literacy Committee host events to celebrate literacy and showcase the resources and programs available to adults, children and families in Peel.
According to the 2005 results of the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey (IALSS), approximately nine million Canadian adults scored below the literacy level experts believe is necessary to cope effectively in society. The study also indicates that Canadians with low proficiency in literacy tend to have higher rates of unemployment and lower earnings.
“Studies like IALSS illustrate how low individual literacy impacts the economic health of the community as a whole,” said Councillor Patricia Mullin, Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee. “We all have a vested interest in helping our friends, neighbours and families increase their literacy skills.”
The Region of Peel’s Children’s Services division provides several literacy-related programs, such as Family Fun Night, a series of 12 literacy workshops based at 76 locations throughout the Region.
The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon.
For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit www.peelregion.ca.