Copian’s Feature of the Month gives us the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a new initiative, a document, organization, program, event or website that we’d like to recognize for its contributions to learning and essential skills in Canada. (See also our archived features which go back to September 2008)
Our feature this month shines the spotlight on the 25th anniversary of Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning, the former National Adult Literacy Database (NALD.)
It’s important for every organization to take pride in and celebrate its milestones. Doing that keeps you focused on your attributes, in tune with your objectives and enthusiastic about future endeavours.
Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning is steeped in tradition. While it has a new name and a new brand, the national non-profit literacy organization has been in existence for 25 years.
What started in 1989 as a literacy project of the Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) evolved over time to become an innovative leader in connecting Canadian literacy and learning organizations, in both official languages, to information, resources, expertise and each other by using technology.
The National Adult Literacy Database Inc. (NALD) was incorporated in 1992 with a board of directors drawn from across Canada. Although its first headquarters was established at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, NALD relocated to Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1995 and found its place, in both English and French, on the World Wide Web on February 1, 1996.
As the Internet evolved and the World Wide Web developed, NALD changed with the times. It came to be relied upon as a trusted online repository of knowledge, education programs, learning materials and research reports. It also served as a technology utility for the field ̶ developing, hosting and maintaining websites and electronic mail systems for organizations across the country. In addition to offering various contracted IT services, the organization still hosts websites and provides email services free of charge for literacy and essential skills non-profits.
In September 2013 NALD changed its name to Copian: Connecting Canadians in Learning in order to reflect the ever-changing dynamics of the services it offers and the markets it serves. The word ‘Copian’ is derived from the Latin word ‘copia’ meaning abundance, which speaks to the organization’s abundance of resources, expertise and experience, and the numerous benefits learners accumulate as a result of improved skills.
In 2013, Copian launched three new products:
In addition, the Copian weekly Bulletin keeps stakeholders up to date on everything related to adult learning, from literacy and essential skills to workplace training and the labour market.
Copian CEO Bill Stirling noted that for 25 years the organization has played a lead role in the literacy and workplace essential skills field in Canada. “We’re modernizing but our roots remain firmly planted in literacy and learning. We’ve changed our name and brand but not who we are,” he said.
“We have continued to cultivate new partnerships, take on new projects and expand our network. We have also grown our vast online Library to over 7,300 resources with documents being added daily.”
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