For adults, returning to the classroom to improve their literacy skills requires commitment, but the payoff can be tremendous. Premier Rodney MacDonald will recognize one exceptional adult learner with Nova Scotia’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award this summer. Nominations are now being accepted. “It takes a lot of courage to go back to school as an adult, but the rewards are tremendous,” said Premier MacDonald. “This summer, I will join premiers from across Canada in celebrating outstanding adult learners. I look forward to recognizing one commendable Nova Scotian who has demonstrated his or her commitment to becoming better educated.” At the Council of the Federation meeting in July 2004, Canada’s premiers and territorial leaders created an award to increase awareness of the many achievements in literacy in each province and territory. The Council of the Federation Literacy Award will be given annually to a recipient in each province and territory who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the field of literacy. In Nova Scotia, the award will be presented to an adult learner who has made outstanding progress in his or her own learning. “Learning doesn’t stop when you leave school, it’s a lifelong journey,” said Education Minister Jamie Muir. “In Nova Scotia, there are many resources for adults who want to improve their education and boost their job skills. We want to ensure adult learners have the tools they need to live, work and participate successfully in their communities.” The Department of Education works with educational institutions and community organizations to help about 5,000 Nova Scotia adults each year improve their literacy and math skills through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. The department also helps about 1,200 adults in Nova Scotia workplaces improve their essential skills through the Workplace Education Initiative. To nominate an exceptional adult literacy learner for the Council of the Federation Literacy Award, individuals must complete a nomination package. The package includes: a nomination form; a personal story written by the nominee; and two letters of support — one from a representative of an adult learning program the nominee attended, and one from either an employer, community organization or fellow student that has been inspired by the nominee. The award selection committee will include representatives from business, industry, education and community organizations. Nomination materials will be available at adult literacy organizations in the province, including Literacy Nova Scotia, community-based literacy groups, Nova Scotia Community College, school board adult high schools and workplace education partners. To download a nomination form, or for more information about the award, see the website at www.ednet.ns.ca . All nominations must be address to the Department of Education, Adult Education Division, 2021 Brunswick St., P.O. Box 578, Halifax, N.S., B3J 2S9 and post-marked by May 19. The winner will be notified in July.