Dozens were honoured during a ceremony Monday thanking those who are involved in making the Adopt-a-Library program a success, but applause was loudest for Const. John Kennedy, the founder of the Adopt-a-Library program.
Const. John Kennedy was applauded for his efforts during a ceremony honouring those who have helped make the Adopt-a-Library Literacy program a success. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS
“He’s the unsung hero here, we all know,” said Central Nova MP Peter MacKay.
“John’s vision as we all know in promoting and projecting this incredible program forward is really a tribute to our community but also to John’s perseverance and ingenuity.”
Those honoured ranged from police officers and cadets to librarians and others.
“To each of you in here that received a reward today, this program has been a success because you invest in it,” said Ross Landry who also spoke at the event. “You believe in it and you believe in giving back to your community.”
MacKay said that in his former position as defence minister for Canada he had the chance to travel to Afghanistan where girls were once prevented from getting an education. Experiences like that highlight the importance of the work Kennedy has done with the help of volunteers in creating the program and spreading it internationally.
“You make learning fun, you make it valuable,” MacKay said. “You make it important in people’s lives. The slogan ‘fighting crime one book at a time’ really encapsulates the tie between education and the safety and security of our communities.”
Kennedy founded the Adopt-a-Library program in 1999 in New Glasgow. Studies show that an increase in literacy leads to a decrease in crime.