This year’s ‘Breakfast of Champions’ was  held on October 2, 2012 and celebrated the accomplishments of Tina Bergen of Grunthal, recipient of this year’s Council of the Federation Literacy Award.  Premier Greg Selinger presented the prestigious award and medallion to Mrs. Bergen at a co-hosted breakfast of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and Literacy Partners of Manitoba.

“Literacy skills are the essential building blocks for the development of a vibrant society and economy,” said Graham Starmer, President and CEO of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.

“These foundation skills are embedded in activities in the home, school, community and workplace and play a key role in the quality of life. Thus, we are pleased and proud to collaborate with a wonderful organization such as Literacy Partners of Manitoba and with the Province  – the Premier – to encourage and support this effort.”

In order to bring recognition to achievements in literacy in every province and territory, the Premiers created a Council of the Federation Literacy Award Medallion in 2004. The award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy.   The Council of the Federation Literacy Award covers the entire spectrum of the field, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy and is given to recognize the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, organizations and businesses.

Tina Bergen has had a passion for learning as a child in Paraguay where her schooling stopped at age 12. When she moved with her young family to Canada,  “a whole new world opened up” and she said that it was like her “mind had come to life.”

When Tina was laid off from the local manufacturing plant in Steinbach, there was the opportunity to pursue a job in the Residential Care field.  However, this work required a grade 12 diploma so she enrolled at South Eastman English and Literacy Services in Steinbach in order to improve her writing skills.  Within six months she finished her Stage 3, wrote a book, Turbulence, Transitions and Triumphs and enrolled in high school courses.  Tina continues to inspire other learners through her writing, volunteering and her successful transition.

“We’re proud to co-host the presentation of the Council of the Federation Literacy Award with the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce,” says Wendy Bulloch, Executive Director of Literacy Partners of Manitoba.  “Tina’s story demonstrates the value of lifelong learning.  Tina’s commitment to improving her education has broadened her opportunities, and she now serves as an inspiration for us all.”

Literacy Partners of Manitoba is a non-profit organization. LPM is committed to supporting learners and practitioners in their efforts to improve literacy and essential skills, and to raising awareness about the importance of literacy and essential skills in Manitoba.

The Breakfast of Champions is an annual event that is co-hosted by Literacy Partners of Manitoba and the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce.  The event will be held at the Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion Street, Winnipeg in St. Boniface at 7:30 am on October 2, 2012.  For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact:

Wendy Bulloch, Executive Director |Literacy Partners of Manitoba

321-401 McDermot Ave
Winnipeg, MB. R3A 0A3

Tel: (204) 761-3705 ­

Fax: (204) 956-9315

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