Ian Carr was the PEI recipient of the 17th annual Council of the Federation Literacy Award, announced by Canada’s Premiers on International Literacy Day, September 8.
Created in 2004, the Award is presented to learners, educators, volunteers, community organizations, and businesses in each province and territory. The award celebrates exceptional achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. It also celebrates adult learners who undertake literacy training, as well as the valuable contributions made by Canadians in the field of literacy—including family, Indigenous, health, workplace, and community literacy.
As an educator and lifelong learner, Carr has devoted his career to education. Retiring early from the classroom, he has worked with Workplace Learning PEI (WLPEI) for over 20 years. Since 2016, he has been an instructor at WLPEI’s Workplace Essential Skills Program. The success of this program is in no small part due to Carr. When asked what he does, Ian responds that he “teach[es] people confidence.”
Carr’s skills as an educator; wisdom, professionalism, and sense of humour, make him an effective learning coach and role model within the classroom. His ability to accurately respond to individual learning needs has helped many learners reach their goals. From Carr’s perspective, the world is a classroom rich with opportunities to make learning come alive.
The Council of the Federation comprises all 13 provincial and territorial Premiers. Each Award recipient receives a certificate, signed by the Premier of their province or territory, as well as a Council of the Federation Literacy Award medallion.