Celeste Axworthy often told her three sons they would never know what they were capable of unless they tried, as they faced the challenge of overcoming learning disabilities.
Then she took the advice to heart and enrolled in an Adult Learning program to get her Grade 12.
Ms. Axworthy, 56 at the time, dreamed of a career in health care. Now, she is a high school graduate, an NSCC student, president of the student association, and future continuing care assistant.
Ms. Axworthy was presented the Council of the Federation Literacy Award at the Adult Education and Workplace Awards today, Nov. 15.
“I always wanted to work in health care, and now I’m well on my way to the career I’ve dreamt about,” said Ms. Axworthy. “I knew going back to school would be hard, but I also knew I had to try. I thank my boys for showing me that with a little hard work and determination, anything can be accomplished.”
The annual award recognizes an adult learner who demonstrates outstanding achievement in literacy and makes a significant contribution to their school, workplace or community.
“Ms. Axworthy is a shining example of what we can accomplish when we believe in ourselves,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “She has shown strength and determination, and has become a role model to her three children and to every Nova Scotian looking toward a better life and a brighter future.”
Several other awards, including the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning Community Literacy Volunteer, Nova Scotia Family Literacy Achievement, Seniors’ Literacy and Learning Partnership, and the Workplace Education Ambassador Award were also presented.
“Success in learning wouldn’t be possible without support from family, friends, employers, volunteers and organizations across the province,” said Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan. “Today is about recognizing the achievements of individuals, and the people and organizations that helped pave their way.”
A full list of award recipients is available at www.gonssal.ca .