Jacqueline's Keynote address was amazing!She spoke not only of literacy...40% of Manitobans do not have even a Level 3 benchmark [Grade 12].

But she also spoke of Health Literacy--the lack of which leaves people vulnerable in a healthcare setting; unable to read and comprehend medical forms and consent. To say nothing of legal literacy....

The statistics are amazing...if you know someone in that 40%...

  • they are likely to earn less than $27,000 annually
  • they are more likely to be unemployed--60% compared to 4% of the top 20%
  • they are more likely to have been involved in the justice system, both as a victim and a perpetrator 
  • they will live on average 17 years less the the average lifespan
Sobering numbers for those less literate



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