A Message from ABC Life Literacy

Margaret Eaton (President, ABC Life Literacy)

Make writing part of your life’s screenplay

On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at ABC Life Literacy Canada, we are pleased that David Cormican and the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition have selected us as their Charity of Choice for 2010.

The literacy and essential skill level of Canadians remains an important issue across the nation. As recently as 2005, the International Adult Literacy and Skills Survey revealed that four in 10 adult Canadians, age 16 to 65 – representing approximately 9 million Canadians – struggle with low literacy.

To be literate means having the skills to understand what you read, write and communicate with others and lead a fully engaged life. ABC Life Literacy Canada believes in the important of lifelong learning and works to inspire Canadians to increase their literacy skills on a daily basis.

Writing is a key component of literacy and a skill that requires regular attention and practice. We must remember to take the time and develop this skill. Advancements in technology are changing the way we write with a more constant focus on typing, for both personal and business uses, through e-mail, word processing and Internet usage.

As the digital age continues to expand and new technologies are introduced, staying current with your writing skills will help ensure you have a successful future whether that is in the television and film industry or in some other area of interest.

It is also important to practice writing by hand, away from digital platforms, where one cannot lean on spell-checking software. Daily attention to writing helps ensure that skills are kept sharp.
Literacy is a tool that opens up a world of opportunities to an individual. It is also something that many of us take for granted.

As the most prestigious short film script contest in Canada, ABC Life Literacy Canada is excited about its new partnership with CSSC, and looks forward to utilizing this partnership in furthering the literacy cause in Canada.

Best of luck,
Margaret Eaton

Find out how the CSSC is working with Life Literacy here.

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