25th Anniversary AGM

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On October 23, 2012 Essential Skills Ontario celebrated our special 25th Anniversary Annual General Meeting. The event provided an opportunity to reflect on the organization’s – and the literacy and essential skills fields’ – rich history, and look forward to the organization’s future endeavors. We were joined by guests from various fields, including government, national and provincial literacy and essential skills organizations, employment services, business, labour, education, policy organizations and our members - truly highlighting just how important and vital literacy and essential skills are across all different sectors.

At Essential Skills Ontario we believe it’s important to examine what’s happening in other areas of the world in the area of adult skills development. As part of this mandate, we were pleased to have Mark Johnson, Education Director, Adult Secondary, Developmental and General College Education for the Wisconsin Technical College System and one of the founders of the acclaimed Wisconsin RISE Initiative as our guest speaker. RISE is one of the United States’ most successful projects involving moving adults living in poverty into sustainable employment. Attendees were able to learn from the project’s success and discuss what such a strategy might look like in Ontario.

We were also fortunate to welcome special guest speakers Silvano Tocchi, Director General of the Workplace Partnerships Directorate, the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, HRSDC and Barb Simmons, Director of Service Delivery from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities – thank you for your kind words and well wishes. Also showing his support at the event was Minister of Provincial Parliament Michael Coteau for Don Valley East.

To view pictures from our AGM please visit our Facebook page.

We also presented our video with representatives from Essential Skills Ontario, PTP Adult Learning and Employment Programs, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, Colleges Ontario, Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters and the Toronto District School Board Family Literacy Centres that highlights how jobs and skills have changed over the past 25 years and how it is more critical than ever that we work together and collaborate for a more prosperous province. View the video here.

Thank you again to all who came to celebrate our 25th anniversary milestone – it truly was a special day.