New Partnership Puts Yukon Books in the Hands of Yukon Families
September 23, 2015
Whitehorse, Yukon – The Yukon Indian Development Corporation (YIDC) and the Carmacks Development Corporation (CDC) are getting behind the Yukon Imagination Library to help support the promotion of family literacy throughout the territory.
Through this partnership, the Yukon Imagination Library will be providing “Lessons from Mother Earth” written by Elaine McLeod of the Na Cho Nyak Dun First Nation. Starting in October, this Yukon story will be the first book mailed to each child when he or she enrolls in the program.
“Literacy is such an important part of the development of our communities and our territory,” says Stanley Noel, CEO of Yukon Indian Development Corporation. “Promoting reading and developing a love of books is an investment in our youth and we are happy to play a role in that.”
“Literacy is such an important part of the development of our communities and our territory.”
– Stanley Noel, CEO of Yukon Indian Development Corporation
“We are so pleased to be able to be putting Yukon stories into Yukon family homes, and we look forward to making more of these types of connections,” says Claire Derome, Yukon Imagination Libraryʼs committee chair.
The Yukon Indian Development Corporation and the Carmacks Development Corporation are providing $10,000 per year over the next three years to the Yukon Imagination Library program.
To celebrate the new partnership, the Yukon Imagination Library will be holding a family literacy “adventure race” on September 26 featuring childrenʼs book themed obstacle courses, scavenger hunts and exciting prizes. The event is free and will be held between 1-3 pm at Yukon College campuses in Whitehorse. A picnic lunch will be provided to all participants. A similar event will be held on October 8th at the Carmacks Recreation Centre. To find out more information or to register, visit the Yukon Imagination Libraryʼs Facebook page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The volunteer-driven Yukon Imagination Library was launched in 2007 under the leadership of the Rendezvous Rotary Club of Whitehorse and its partner the Yukon Literacy Coalition. Today and with the support of many sponsors and volunteers, the program has grown to provide monthly free books to every enrolled child under the age of five. Enrollment is free and over 1,500 children receive books throughout the territory.
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