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Order of Canada

Richard Parsons, C.M.

York, Ontario [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on October 23, 1989; Invested on April 18, 1990

Co-founder of Toronto's innovative Beat the Street program at Frontier College, designed to teach basic literacy skills, he has inspired learners with his individualized teaching techniques and his personal experiences. He has achieved success with untold numbers, in a forum where many others have failed, and continues to profoundly influence the fight against illiteracy.