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October 12, 2010
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Community Access Program honours Grand Tracadie volunteer

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The Community Access Program (CAP) has presented the 2010 Stephen Dennis Memorial Award of Excellence to Nancy MacKinnon of Grand Tracadie, says Innovation and Advanced Learning Minister Allan Campbell.

The award is given in recognition of outstanding dedication to providing public access service to Island communities.

“I congratulate Mrs. MacKinnon on being recognized for her commitment to her community,“ said Minister Campbell. “Government is working to provide internet access and promote literacy across the province through CAP, and community volunteers like Mrs. MacKinnon do a lot of good work to strengthen the program.”

Nancy MacKinnon works as a teacher at L.M. Montgomery Elementary and has volunteered as the CAP Coordinator for Grand Tracadie since 1996. She also sits on the Community Council representing CAP.

The Stephen Dennis Memorial Award for Excellence is named in honour of the late executive director of Tremploy Inc. who worked as an advocate for persons with intellectual disabilities and helped found the Tremploy CAP site, since renamed the Stephen Dennis Centre.

“This award commemorates a great volunteer and community activist,” said Minister Campbell.

The Community Access Program is a partnership between federal and provincial government that provides Islanders with affordable access to the Internet in public locations like schools, libraries and community centres. The sites are designed to be “on-ramps” for online learning and literacy, as well as to foster community-based infrastructure and Canadian e-commerce.

For more information on CAP, visit

Media Contact: Ron Ryder
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