Debbie Schiller presents the Ruth Kovacs Literacy Award to James Quigg for his commitment to literacy.

Debbie Schiller presents the Ruth Kovacs Literacy Award to James Quigg for his commitment to literacy.

Awards honours literacy support

James Quigg is the 2013 recipient of the Junction Literacy Centre’s Ruth Kovacs Literacy Award

An unconditional commitment to helping kids improve their literacy skills has earned recognition.

James Quigg is the 2013 recipient of the Junction Literacy Centre’s Ruth Kovacs Literacy Award, presented at a recent meeting of the Vernon Retired Teachers’ Association.

Quigg portrays all the criteria for the award: an unconditional commitment to literacy, quietly, selflessly does literacy work year after year – under the radar – and makes an impact, empowers families, inspires communities

“James received this recognition because of his 18-year commitment to the One to One Children’s Literacy Program,” said Debbie Schiller, Junction Literacy Centre executive director. “Since retiring as a teacher in 1996, he has trained hundreds of program volunteers and patiently tutored countless children at Coldstream Elementary School.

“In volunteer training sessions, James injects humour and practical advice, sharing stories about  the children he has worked with. Our community is enriched by James’ unconditional commitment to children’s literacy skills and to the value of trained and supported volunteers.”