Shelldale Better Beginnings, Better Futures (BBBF) was presented the CFUW Library Award for their Family Ties: Multicultural Family Literacy project in June 2016. The CFUW Library and Creative Arts Committee presents two separate awards of $4000 biennially; the Creative Arts Award and the Library Award. In 2015, the Creative Arts Award was presented to a community music school from Waterloo, ON and now Shelldale has received the Library Award.
Shelldale BBBF will use the money to buy sets of books translated into other languages. While learning the English version of a story at the centre parents will then be able to take those books home and read to their children in their first language. Tracy Otto, Chair of the CFUW Library and Arts Awards Committee presented the award at Shelldale – and highlighted the project’s ability to connect the whole family, while promoting and improving access to education as factors in its selection. Shelldale BBBF was sponsored by CFUW Guelph and won over 8 other applications!