We wish to express appreciation for the contributions of all those who
inspired this project and contributed to our needs assessment. Our thanks go
The 24 learners, 11 literacy practitioners (current and former),
and five executive directors/steering committee members who filled out the
surveys, and the 10 participants who attended two focus groups.
The steering committee for their guidance and direction:
Colleen DSouza, Metro Toronto Movement for Literacy
Michele Murphy, TASSA/Spirit of the People
Helen Thundercloud, Native Womens Resource Centre
Those who offered their contributions and shared ideas in the Wednesday
Dawn Antone, Council Fire Literacy Program
Nancy Cooper, AlphaPlus Centre
Sue Neilson, Toronto Adult Student Association
The many community members/literacy workers who have demonstrated a
long-standing commitment to the field of adult literacy and/or Native learning,
and who were interviewed so we could incorporate their words of wisdom.
The eight community members who participated in our community meeting;
including a special meegwetch to elder Athol Hart for helping us envision our
Dawn Maracle, coordinated the project for the first nine months and Sally
Gaikezheyongai who coordinated the final three months.
The National Literacy Secretariat and the Ministry of Training, Colleges and
Universities for their generous provision of funding and support of the