The Carol Aubee-Girard Award of Excellence in Community Adult Learning

To celebrate ECALA’s 20th year of investing in community adult learning programs in Edmonton, the Board of Director’s chose to recognize the legacy and contributions of Carol Aubee-Girard by creating the “Carol Aubee-Girard Award of Excellence in Community Adult Learning”.

Carol’s tenure as ECALA’s Executive Director from 1998 to 2015 contributed to the caliber and excellence of Edmonton’s adult learning programming under the mandate of the Community Adult Learning Program. Carol’s professionalism and passion to ensure organizations, programs, and learners were positively impacted by the funding allocations given each year resulted in many of the practices and guidelines ECALA continues to follow.

Carol’s strong belief in funding all types of organizations, from very small to large, led to the development of many new innovative practices to better meet the needs of learners within our community.  Carol also implemented the integration of the National Essential Skills Framework in 2008 and mandatory measurement and evaluation requirements in 2015.

On an annual basis, an award recipient will be selected from nominations showcasing excellence in one of the following categories:

  • Funded organization
  • Funded program
  • Learner in a funded program

Nomination criteria and the process for selection will be shared through a call for nominations in May each year.  The award recipient will be recognized at ECALA’s AGM and in our Member’s Matter and Learners’ Lens Newsletter.

Our Community

Many people, groups, organizations, and programs make up the diverse support system for adult foundational learning within our community. The following are organizations and programs that help shape our work:

Advanced Education

Calgary Learns

Community Learning Network (CLN)

Edmonton Literacy Coalition 

Edmonton Social Planning Council

End Poverty Edmonton

Frontier College

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Language Assessment, Referral, and Counselling Centre (LARCC)

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

Lifelong Learning Council of Red Deer

NorQuest College

Office of Literacy and Essential Skills

Rural Routes