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Ottawa, Sep 27 (Canadian-Media): Located in the Hull area of Gatineau, Quebec, directly across the Ottawa River from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canadian Museum of History is a crown corporation established by the Museums Act, to oversee the operations of three museums: the Canadian Museum of History, the Canadian War Museum and the Virtual Museum of New France, www.historymuseum.ca reports said.
Canadian Museum of History. Image credit: Website
The corporation is mandated to enhance Canadians’ knowledge, awareness of world history and cultures, understanding and appreciation of events, experiences, people and objects that have shaped Canada’s history and identity.
One of the special exhibitions of the Canadian Museum of History which are open Sep 2020 through Jan 31, 2021 is a new special display 'Highlights From the Rick Hansen Man In Motion World Tour Collection' which features 18 iconic objects documenting the 26-month, 40,000-kilometre wheelchair marathon around the world taken by Canadian marathon, Hansen in 1985 with a goal to promote accessibility and inclusion for people with disabilities, which Hansen generously donated to the Canadian Museum of History at a live virtual event in May 2020.
Photo credit: Rick Hansen Foundation
Dedicated to raising awareness, changing attitudes, helping create accessible spaces, and liberating the potential of people with disabilities, Hansen and the Foundation, for more than three decades have been dedicated to creating a world that is accessible and inclusive for all, by removing barriers for people with disabilities.
Through his ongoing work as Founder of the Rick Hansen Foundation, Rick Hansen’s dream of creating a world without barriers continues.
Please visit the Rick Hansen Foundation website to learn more about the great work being done to build a more accessible world.
#Victoria; #StoryStudioWritingSociety; #COFLA; #GVPL; #DecodaLiteracySolutions
Victoria (B.C.), Sep 8 (Canadian-Media): Victoria-based Story Studio Writing Society, a non-profit, literacy-focused organization was granted B.C.’s 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award (COFLA) for demonstrating innovative leadership by inspiring, educating and empowering youth through storytelling, media reports said.
Story Studio. Image credit: Twitter handle
Since 2001, more than $1.5 billion had been invested by the B.C. government in literacy and literacy-related initiatives for British Columbians.
“Storytelling is a valuable outlet that provides youth with the opportunity of self-reflection, expression and connection,” said Rob Fleming, Minister of Education in a news release. “Congratulations to Story Studio Writing Society on this remarkable achievement. You are having a positive impact by helping British Columbians, especially youth, to build their literacy skills, so they have the tools they need to succeed.”
Founded in 2011, Victoria-based Story Studio Writing Society's volunteers, writers and illustrators have worked with almost 10,000 youth, taking a unique, fun and creative approach to improve their literacy skills to build self-confidence and have produced around 1,500 youth-authored books annually, creating a memorable experience for each young writer.
Working at the community level and partnering with a broad range of community organizations, including the Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) and Royal BC Museum, Story Studio's 80 percent programming recognizes marginalized or lower-income families’ needs with focus on supporting and engaging vulnerable youth.
Story Studio, a registered charity, supported primarily by individual donations and grants, is currently running an innovative program with Greater Victoria Public Library (GVPL) to mentor teen writers. In August, with the help of last year’s COFLA award winner Morie Ford, the studio offered online workshops to a small group of immigrant mothers new to B.C. in the Family Literacy Outreach program in Vancouver. By the end of the program, each mother will create a short story that she can read to her young child.
Created by the Council of the Federation including all 13 provincial and territorial premier in 2004, the literacy award is presented to outstanding achievers in literacy in each province and territory.
Story Studio will receive a certificate signed by Premier John Horgan, a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion and $500.
“We're delighted to be recognized for the important work of our staff, volunteers and donors,” said Sarah Tarnopolsky, board chair, Story Studio in the news release. “Stories help us process the present and imagine the future. Given the challenges our communities face, it’s now more important than ever for youth to be given the skills and space to tell their stories. That’s what Story Studio is here to do.”
More than 400 communities throughout British Columbia are being supported by community-based literacy and learning initiatives in partnership with Decoda Literacy Solutions, which provides resources, training and funds to support .
“We congratulate Story Studio Writing Society as the recipient of the 2020 Council of the Federation Literacy Award,” said Margaret Sutherland, executive director, Decoda Literacy Solutions in the news release. “Studio Story inspires, educates and empowers youth through storytelling. It is wonderful to see this fun and creative approach to improving literacy skills honoured.”