The success of the Newfoundland and Labrador Literacy Council Inc. is built upon the passion and commitment of invaluable and dedicated volunteers. The Susie Day Volunteer of the Year Award was created to recognize those who demonstrate outstanding service through participation in and leadership of Laubach programs. This year’s recipient is Maureen Kennedy of Massey Drive. Maureen was nominated by Monnie Moores from Grand Falls-Windsor.

In order for an organization to be successful it is instrumental to be supported by dedicated and driven volunteers. NLLLC has many wonderful volunteers and all make it possible for NLLLC to fulfill its mandate which is to help all people reach their full literate potential. And Maureen Kennedy makes an exemplary contribution to this mandate to the betterment of the well-being of Newfoundland and its people. For more than 30 years she has shown an outstanding level of commitment to helping individuals improve literacy skills whether it was at the kitchen table as a tutor or at the board room table.

Maureen’s dedication to literacy is evident as she began as a volunteer tutor helping adults learn to read and write in the late 1980s and she continues to do so despite working full time with the College of the North Atlantic and being an active community volunteer. As a literacy tutor, beginning in 1994, Maureen worked her way up the ladder to obtain her Supervising Trainer-Literacy certification, the highest Laubach Trainer designation in the country. In this role, Maureen volunteers to provide training so that others can become trainers of tutors who help adults improve their literacy. She also continues to train tutors across the province whenever called upon so they too can provide one-on-one tutoring to adults.

She has filled so many positions and roles within this organization over the past 30 years that they are too numerous to list. Maureen served as a member of the Humber Literacy Council for more than 10 years and was one of the driving forces for many literacy programs such as the Books for Babies program. She worked as a volunteer executive member of the council holding many positions including that of President. Maureen has also served as a member of NLLLC board for the past 10 years and currently holds the position of Treasurer. She has also held the position of Provincial Trainer Officer, and represented Newfoundland as a Training Officer at the National Organization level as well. Maureen continues to be instrumental in running the Summer Reading for Fun program and training the tutors across the province who work for this program.

Maureen provides valuable support to the provincial office and Board of Directors and particularly to the Executive Director. She chairs project committees, reads and edits all important reports and documents, maintains the financial integrity of the organization and generally is there always for any assistance, direction or advice.

Maureen has never been one to accept recognition for her contribution to this organization and does all her work on the sidelines but she is a literacy hero and is very deserving of being recognized for keeping literacy in the forefront and working diligently to promote literacy in this province and nationally.