May 14, 2015

Thousands of Peel students will join Canadian authors to celebrate literacy

More than 4,400 students and their favourite Canadian authors will fill Brampton's Powerade Centre on May 21 to celebrate literacy at this year's Forest of Reading Celebration. During the Forest of Reading program, students across Ontario are encouraged by teacher-librarians to read books by Canadian authors from different categories and vote for their favourites.

"The Forest of Reading Celebration is the culmination of a year-long focus on reading Canadian literature," says Jeanne Conte, instructional coordinator (library) for the Peel District School Board. "The students bring an incredible amount of enthusiasm to meet the authors and join them in a celebration of literacy."

​Students will learn the results of their votes as the winners of the following programs are announced: Silver Birch Express, Silver Birch Fiction, Silver Birch Non-Fiction and Red Maple Fiction. The event will also feature a number of renowned Canadian authors including:

  • Helaine Becker
  • Nancy Runstedler
  • Richard Scrimger
  • ​​​David Skuy
  • Sylvia Taekema
  • Eric Walters
  • The celebration will be hosted by MTV Canada host Derek Forgie and feature student performances from Beryl Ford Public School and Fletcher’s Creek Senior Public School. Other special performances include Juggling Rhythms with Jeff Salem and Brent Matthews, as well as Culture Shock with Alan Faigal.

    Forest of Reading is an annual program run by the Ontario Library Association (OLA), with a focus on connecting students with great books by Canadian authors and getting them involved in their school library. The OLA suggests students read at least 5 books from the category they wish to vote in.

    The Peel board would like to recognize that this event could not be possible without the generosity of the following sponsors:

    • EduCan Media
    • Blue Jays™Baseball
    • Brampton Public Library
    • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
    • McCarney & Associates
    • PopularBook Company
    • Saunders Book Company
    • TinLids
    • Toronto Argonauts Football Club
    • Whitehots

    The event is from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on May 21 at the Powerade Centre, located at 7575 Kennedy Rd. S. in Brampton.


    Media contact: Jeanne Conte, Library Co-ordinator, [email protected] 905-890-1010  ext. 2602

    Reference: Matthew Anderson, Communications Assistant, [email protected] 905-890-1010 ext. 3567​

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