We are delighted and humbled to announce that Strong Start was named the 2020 Diamond Winner of the Waterloo Region Record Readers’ Choice Awards in the Non Profit / Foundations category. We would like to congratulate Platinum Winner Carizon Family and Community Services, and Gold Winner Kitchener Stray Cat Rescue , and all the other nominees.

“Thank you for your time to support us with your nomination and vote. During these challenging times, we continue to be inspired by our community of champions committed to helping young children learn to read. We share this award with all our volunteers, donors, supporters, friends and family of Strong Start,” shared Executive Director, Machelle Denison.

This recognition of Strong Start fuels our existing passion and purpose to help create lifelong readers. We are working tirelessly with our program partners to support and adapt our programming in response to the pandemic. As just one example, we have added  Online Volunteer Coach Training for our Letters, Sounds and Words™ program. We know that in recovery from the pandemic, more children than ever will need the support of our programs, volunteers and community champions.

About Strong Start: Strong Start® Charitable Organization is a registered Canadian charity that helps children learn to read. Our programs involve working with children directly in addition to providing resources for families to support the development of strong literacy skills. We work through partnerships with schools, community centres, educators, and volunteers to create lifelong readers. Together, we are helping young children reach their potential and strengthening communities.