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CDÉACF wins NALD Innovative Technology Award for its new website Compé

FREDERICTON, NB – The National Adult Literacy Database (NALD) is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2012 Innovative Technology Award.

From left to right at the award presentation in Montreal: Isabelle Coutant, project manager, CDÉACF; Bill Stirling, CEO of NALD; Geneviève Dorais-Beauregard, executive director, CDÉACF; René Saint-Pierre, former project manager, CDÉACF; and Roch Carrier, honorary chair of NALD.

The Centre de documentation sur l’éducation des adultes et la condition féminine (CDÉACF), located in Montreal, has won the award for its new online repository: Compé - 9 Compétences Essentielles pour apprendre, travailler et vivre. The directory offers practitioners resources that are for the most part available online and can be used in the classroom as well as by those who offer training in the workplace.

The new resource is the result of a collaborative effort, serving all aspects of the francophone literacy field in Canada and meeting the particular needs of each community. As CDÉACF says, “The vocabulary used was intended to be understood by everyone.”

Compé is the first French-language website that offers a collection of essential skills resources organized in kits. Each of the kits contains multi-support documents, interactive animation and videos. They are designed primarily for use by adult educators in the fields of literacy, education and workplace training but, in addition, they are suitable for anyone working in adult skills development. Many of the resources can also be used directly by learners.

The website’s content was gathered as part of a project spearheaded by CDÉACF entitled Maîtriser les compétences essentielles pour aller plus loin (mastering the essential skills to go steps further). The project was a collaborative effort involving six organizations from four provinces and one territory.

“CDÉACF has won the award for addressing a gap with respect to French resources in the field and making those resources available through efficient and accessible technology,” said the award selection committee comprised of members of the NALD Board of Directors. “The website will no doubt contribute to the expansion and improvement of French adult education opportunities while supporting digital literacy development.”

The website Compé - 9 Compétences Essentielles pour apprendre, travailler et vivre is funded by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills (OLES) at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. For more information, please contact CDÉACF at 514-876‑1180, Ext. 1201, or by email at

About the award

NALD established the Innovative Technology Award in 2010 to recognize outstanding achievement and bring greater visibility to an exemplary or innovative technology product, project or service that benefits the field of adult literacy and essential skills.


NALD contacts:

Marie-Claire Pître
Research and Communications Officer
Tel.: 506-444-4526 or toll free: 1‑800‑720-6253, Ext. 107


Christy English
Editor/Stakeholder Liaison
Tel.: 506-462-5034 or toll free: 1‑800‑720-6253, Ext. 120

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