About Us - Historical Highlights


A year-by-year summary of our historical highlights, going back to our establishment in 1984.


Executive director Linda Shohet is awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her work in adult literacy and essential skills and honoured as a champion of lifelong learning by the The Québec Association for Lifelong Learning (QALL).
The Centre is recognized as a national centre of expertise.
The Centre begins Measures of Success, a three-year national research project on evaluating workplace literacy and essential skills programs.
The Centre manages Connecting the Dots, a two-year national project on adult literacy and accountability, in which funders and adult literacy practitioners look together at accountability and how accountability mechanisms could be improved.
In collaboration with the Salvation Army and Elizabeth House, The Centre establishes HIPPY Montreal.
The Canadian Education Association names Linda Shohet as one of 30 top literacy researchers in Canada.
Linda Shohet, Executive Director of The Centre for Literacy, is given the ATEQ Award for outstanding leadership and innovation in English Language Arts in the province of Quebec. The award is given annually by the Association of Teachers of English in Quebec.
The Centre wins awards for community leadership from both Canada Post and the Quebec Writers’ Federation.
In recognition of its work in health and literacy, The Centre wins the Weiler Award for exceptional contributions to community and social development in Canada.
First project on health and literacy
Incorporated as an independent organization with charitable status
First Summer Institute on Literacy (now an annual event) focused on literacy and related topics.
Dawson College and the Quebec Association for Adult Learning (QAAL) formally establish The Centre for Literacy as a literacy resource centre, with a grant from the National Literacy Secretariat.
Publication of newsletter Literacy Across the Curriculum begins.
Literacy Across the Curriculum, a faculty development project, is established at Dawson College on the premise that literacy is everyone’s responsibility.
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