OUR HISTORY

L'initiative de la Semaine READ IN a commencé lorsque l'UNESCO a déclaré 1990 Année de l'alphabétisation. Des représentants des écoles catholiques d'Edmonton, des écoles publiques d'Edmonton et de Norquest (alors) AVC ont décidé de s'unir pour sensibiliser à l'importance de l'alphabétisation. Il a été déterminé que l'importance de l'alphabétisation doit commencer avec les jeunes enfants de la maternelle à la 12e année et se poursuivre jusqu'aux adultes sous la forme d'un apprentissage continu. Divers partenaires ont été impliqués dans la semaine READ IN, des écoles dont le district francophone aux établissements postsecondaires, la ville d'Edmonton et divers médias.

READIN WEEK MISSION

During the first full week of October, Edmontonians are invited to build and enhance both personal and community relationships through literacy and the love of reading.

OUR PARTNERS

Centre for Family Literacy |famlit.ca
Concordia University of Edmonton | concordia.ab.ca
Conseil scolaire Centre-Nord |centrenord.ab.ca
Edmonton Catholic Schools | ecsd.net
Edmonton Public Library |epl.ca
Edmonton Public Schools |epsb.ca
NorQuest College |norquest.ca

Honorary Chair/Founder
Esther Starkman

HONORARY CHAIR/FOUNDER

Esther Starkman is a lifelong educator. Born in Edmonton, She began her educational journey in Edmonton Public Schools and continued her studies at the University of Alberta. A teacher by profession, she taught for over 30 years. The first half of her career with Edmonton Public Schools, the second half teaching adults at what is now Norquest College. Esther also served on the Edmonton Public Schools Board of Trustees from 1989 to 1995, which included a term as Board Chair. Esther has and continues to be an advocate of lifelong learning and is a strong supporter of quality public education.

Mrs. Starkman was the driving force behind the creation of READ IN Week in 1990. This city-wide annual event, held the first week of October, will be celebrating its 28th anniversary this year with Esther acting as its Honourary Chair. READ IN Week’s purpose is to cultivate a greater awareness of the importance of reading and to promote both the school systems and post-secondary institutions as important places for the development of lifelong literacy.

Esther has made great contributions to the community as a member of a multitude of community boards and organizations, including the Citadel Theatre, Cancer Board, CASA Foundation and a National Advisory Board on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. She is a recipient of The Alberta Centennial Medal, an honour bestowed upon those who have made a notable contribution to fellow citizens, the community and the province. She also received a Literacy Volunteer Award from the Government of Canada in 1990; a Commemorative Medal in 1993 “in recognition of outstanding contribution to the social well-being of your community in particular through your work in education” as well as the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal in 2005.

In 1996, The Minister of National Defense appointed Esther to serve as the sponsor for HMCS Edmonton, one of Canada’s Costal Defense Vessels. This honourary position in naval tradition is always bestowed upon a prominent female in the namesake city and is a life time designation.

A K-9 school in Terwillegar has been named “The Esther Starkman School” in recognition of Esther’s lifelong association with education, literacy awareness and community service is clearly evident, as is the significant impact she has made on our city.

LITERACY ORGANIZATIONS IN EDMONTON

The Centre for Family Literacy

The Centre for Family literacy is dedicated to helping families grow and prosper. Our programs, training and research help Alberta families achieve what they imagine – improved education, jobs and health. famlit.ca

Norquest College

NorQuest College is an accredited high school and courses follow the Alberta Education curriculum. We also offer selected high school equivalency courses that are accepted by Alberta universities and colleges under the Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer agreement. The college also has expertise in adult literacy, academic upgrading, English as a Second Language (ESL) Aboriginal education and learner supports for students with disabilities. norquest.ca

The Learning Centre Literacy Association

The Learning Centre Literacy Association offers reading, writing, math and other learning programs for adults in Edmonton. The Learning Centre Literacy Association engages people in community-based learning and literacy development that further enables them to make positive changes for themselves and their communities. tlcla.org

The Edmonton Literacy Coalition

The Edmonton Literacy Coalition is a group of organizations working together to raise awareness of literacy issues in our community. Each member organization knows the impact literacy levels have on the ability of citizens to lead fully engaged and healthy lives.edmontonliteracycoalition.ca