HLNA was pleased to be asked to host the Province's 2018 Family Literacy Day Celebration on January 26th. The afternoon included making story forts with librarians from Annapolis Valley Regional Library and Colchester - East Hants Public Library, playing games with the facilitators from HLNA's "Family Literacy Fun!" program, and an assortment of refreshments.
The official ceremony took place at 3:00 pm. Sandra Milbury, a longtime board member with HLNA, welcomed everyone to the event. MLA Keith Irving provided opening remarks on behalf of the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education and read the official Family Literacy Day proclamation in English, followed by Denise Blanchard-Carpentier in French. Katharine McCoubrey, HLNA's Executive Director, and Shelley King, principal of Windsor Forks District School, then spoke about the impact of our own "Family Literacy Fun!" programs. A highlight of the afternoon was hearing from the Purchase-Cull Family. Noah and his mother both spoke to the group about their experiences with "Family Literacy Fun!" and how the program has benefited their family.
We were also pleased to have author Daphne Greer participate. She spoke about her influences and read to us from one of her three novels, Jacob's Landing, which was inspired by the local area. To conclude the formal part of the celebration, Sonya Horsburgh, Director of Adult Education for the Department of Labour and Advanced Education, gave the closing remarks and guests were invited to share in cake and refreshments.