There are many ways that families develop and use literacy skills, from enjoying a storybook together at bedtime to playing word games, singing, writing to a relative, sharing day-to-day tasks such as making a shopping list and surfing the Internet in search of games. Family Literacy Day falls on January 27 and lots of organizations in Ottawa think it’s very important to mark the occasion.


On Sunday, January 26, Ottawa Public Library kicked off Family Literacy Week celebrations in the city with a wonderful bilingual performance of stories and songs by Sylvi Belleau a singer and storyteller from Montreal. Suzanne Pinel and Trista Lynchblack from TD Bank presented Suzanne Pinel Book Awards worth $750 each. The three winning organizations who serve families and children at risk were:


  • Centre de ressources communautaires de la Basse-Ville

  • Nanny Goat Hill Nursery School

  • Centre Youville Centre




    Thank you/Merci to the following organizations for the contributions they made to support Family Literacy Day activities:

  • TD Bank
  • Child Care Council of Ottawa
  • Ottawa-Carleton Headstart Association of Preschools
  • Ottawa Child Care Association
  • Le Regroupement des services éducatifs a l’enfance d’Ottawa

Their donations made it possible to purchase the three Suzanne Pinel Book Awards as well as 25 book certificates of $50 each from Kaleidoscope Kids Booksand Le coin du livre.   Twenty-five participants in the Family Literacy Day Challenge/Journée de l’alphabétisation familiale: Un défireceived draw prizes of $50 book certificates.  The bookstores made the certificates go a little farther by offering a discount on purchases made with them.

This year we registered an outstanding 114 activities for the Family Literacy Day Challenge/ Journée de l’alphabétisation familiale: Un défi. Thank you so much to all the organizations who developed such creative and fun activities for their children and took the time to tell us about them. We wish we could give all of you prizes – you deserve them!

Here are the winners of the prize draw who each received $50 book certificates from Kaleidoscope Kids Books:


Beacon Learning Centre

Centrepointe Co-operative Nursery School

Chapel Hill Before & After School Club

Child Care Providers Resource Network (CCPRN)

Child Family Connect

Cornerstone Children’s Centre

Crestway Childcare Centre

Georges Vanier Extended Day Program

Global Child Care Services – Heritage Program

Global Child Care Services – Trillium School Age Program

John Paul II EDP

OCDSB-440 Albert Street

Our Lady of Fatima

Parent Resource Centre Drop-In

Riverside Park Nursery School

Rural Family Connections

St. Cecilia Extended Day Program

St. Joseph Adult High School

St. Marguerite D’Youville EDP

St. Nicholas Child Care Centre


These programs received $50 book certificates from Le coin du livre:


Centre Éducatif Beausoleil

Service de garde parcours francophone – GENA – La Cité

Centre Éducatif Cooperative Le Manège

Fiers de nos enfants – Maison de la famille de Rockland

Centre de services communautaires Vanier


A special thank you to the members of the 2014 Family Literacy Day Committee/ Comité de la journée de l'alphabétisation familial: 


Caroline Coté                    Parenting and Family Literacy Centres, OCDSB

Jennifer Fontaine              Parent Resource Centre

Jennifer Kudluk                 Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre

Louise Lalonde                  Moi, j’apprends

Melanie McCool                First Words

Maureen McGovern          Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy

Charlyn Monahan              Ottawa-Carleton District School Board

Kim Oastler                       ALSO (Alternative Learning Styles and Outlooks)

Jessica Roy                      Ottawa Public Library

Mary Wiggin                      Ottawa Community Coalition for Literacy