On Oct. 30th, I attended an award ceremony for Prince George’s former Literacy Outreach Coordinator, Helen Domshy. Helen was the BC winner of the 2015 Council of the Federation Literacy Award:
The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. Thirteen awards are presented annually, one for each province and territory, to recognize the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses in many areas, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.
Helen was Prince George’s Literacy Outreach Coordinator for many years before retiring this past June. As she was leaving, notice of this award opportunity came up, and those of us on the Prince George Literacy Advisory Committee decided to put together a nomination package for her. It was a thrill when Helen was chosen from the stiff competition around the province of British Columbia!
From the Media Release:
Helen Domshy — British Columbia
As a lifelong learner, Helen Domshy has worn many hats. She has had a lengthy and successful career as a medical imagist with specific interest in women’s health, pursued further education in gender studies, and has been a vital part of Prince George as the community’s literacy outreach coordinator. Since 2008, Domshy has worked tirelessly to develop and nurture community connections between learners, services, and agencies. She has built community capacity by offering plain and clear language workshops, coordinating training for dozens of volunteer tutors and creating locally relevant programs and materials for learners. Domshy has been successful in promoting a broad and intersectional definition of literacy that empowers people in all aspects of their lives.
I’ve known Helen since grad school, when we were both doing our MA in Gender Studies at UNBC. She’s been a wonderful role model, and it has been a pleasure and privilege to work with her in the literacy field.
Thank you so much, Helen.