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For Immediate Release:
September 20, 2011

Peel Celebrates Literacy Month

BRAMPTON, ON. (Sept. 20, 2011) Peel Regional Council has proclaimed September as Literacy Month to highlight the importance of literacy and showcase the wealth of literacy-related programs available throughout the Region.

The Canadian Council on learning estimates that about 48 per cent of Canadian adults have low levels of literacy. These rates affect Canadians in the most basic ways, for example, being able to read instructions on medication or paying bills.

“Literacy involves lifelong learning that begins at home,” said Councillor Paul Palleschi, Chair of the Region’s Human Services Committee. “I challenge Peel’s families to spend a few minutes each day reading bedtime stories, playing board games or drawing pictures. It will build your child’s skills and help set them up for success.”

The Region of Peel and its partners are committed to improving Peel’s literacy rates and offer a number of programs to increase these skills throughout the community. Examples include The Family Literacy Program , SELF (Skills for Employment, Life and Family) and The Ontario Early Years Centres Family Literacy Workshops.

“The Region of Peel is working to make a positive impact on literacy levels in our community,” said Janet Menard, the Region’s Commissioner of Human Services.  “Each year, more than 4,500 families benefit from the Family Literacy Program, which offers programs in English, French, Mandarin and Hindi.

Each September, the Region of Peel works together with libraries, Ontario Early Years Centres, school boards and child care centres to plan events that celebrate literacy and showcase the resources and programs available to adults, children and families in Peel. Visit the online calendar for events and easy tips to incorporate literacy activities into your daily routine.

The Regional Municipality of Peel was incorporated in 1974 on the principle that certain community and infrastructure services are most cost-effectively administered over a larger geographic area. The Region of Peel serves more than one million residents in the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton and the Town of Caledon. For more information on the Region of Peel, please call 905-791-7800 or visit peelregion.ca.



Jennifer Marvin
Public Affairs Associate
Region of Peel
905-791-7800, ext. 4668

Communication Services, 10 Peel Centre Dr., Brampton, ON L6T 4B9
Phone: 905-791-7800, Fax: 905-791-0595, e-mail



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